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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 12th 2007 11:14AM
Kaitlin Olson of It's Always Sunny(S03E09) Despite what we -- and Rob McElhenney -- thought was going to happen, FX has decided to stop airing back-to-back episodes of Sunny one week early. Does that mean that the show's ratings are so good that the network wants to spread things out a little more? Let's hope so. I mean, the longer we have new episodes of Sunny the better...

Anyway, this was an episode where the seemingly thrown-together B story was much funnier than the A-story featured in the title. In fact, if the episode was "The Boys Create a Band," that would probably have been a more accurate reflection of what dominated the episode. But you can't go wrong with the title they went with.

Oh, and there's another good reason why the title is the way it was: It ties perfectly into the cold open, like usual. "I am not dating a retarded person!" protests Dee, right before the title card flashes on the screen. It's a more elegant way to say "Uh... yeah, you are, you gold-digging whore!"

Poor Dee. She thinks she's smarter and more sophisticated than the rest of the gang, when we know she is just as dumb and depraved as the any of them. So when she was informed by Dennis that her rapper boyfriend might just be retarded ("He took class in a trailer outside the school. He rode the short bus!"), we don't feel sorry for her in the least.

Here's a question for you, though: didn't Dee and Dennis go to the same elementary school? I mean, they're twins! Dennis said that he went to school with the guy, but you'd think at the very least he'd ask Dee if he remembered Lil' Kevin, too. I guess it could have been possible that they went to separate schools, with the promising Dennis going to a private school and the back-braced, disappointing Dee dumped into public school.

Anyway, the best part of the plot was the "Normal vs Retarded" scoreboard Dennis was keeping, adding points to it at will. "Where did you get four from?" protests Dee. "No, it's Retarted 3, Normal 1." As we found out, Kevin isn't really all that retarded -- he may like his cartoons and juiceboxes, but he can freestyle bitter rants about Dee pretty quickly -- and Dee's just in it because Kevin's becoming famous.

Like, I said, that B plot, where Charlie, Mac and Frank form a band, was the better of the two stories. I mean, there wasn't much of an actual story there, but it was funny seeing Mac pick a guitar based on how he looked with it, Frank wear a bad toupee and an ill-fitting New Wave-era skinny-tie suit, and Charlie sing a song about how the "Nightman" pins him down and comes inside of him. "Dayman" might have been a better song, but that's only because Charlie created it after huffing spray paint for hours. How much is that trashed hotel room going to cost Frank, by the way?

Who knew that Charlie had musical talent? He not only can play keyboards but he can sing, too. And, at the very least, his dressing like Bob Dylan beats Dennis' spandex and codpiece. How he got "Nightman" from those pictogram lyrics is anyone's guess. It's amazing what an illiterate can do when he's motivated. Of the band names given, I kind of like "Pecan Sandies" the best, only because of the reason why Frank's twisted mind came up with that name. "Chemical Toilet" is next, especially when paired up on the bill with "Electric Dream Machine."

This was a funnier episode than some of the ones we've seen during the last few weeks. I think it was because we're just seeing the gang's normal degenerate behavior instead of a special "concept" episode. To me, that's when things work the best, especially when they're not all off in little groups. Not sure if the remaining six episodes will be this way, but we know that next week's will. Why? Because it's "Mac is a Serial Killer," the episode that's been playing on MySpace since the summer. And it's classic Sunny.

What's the best band name?
Chemical Toilet353 (33.3%)
Electric Dream Machine406 (38.3%)
The Pecan Sandies300 (28.3%)

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jurie

agreed, C19. I watch the clips of charlie singing 'night man' and him and dennis writing 'day man' all the time. That has to be the most epic episode of its always sunny ever!

November 03 2007 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam

I've got a remix of 'Dayman' up on my blog:

http://monkeydaemon.blogspot.com/2007/10/day-man-fighter-of-night-man.html

October 15 2007 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillS

If you actually look at the pictograph, it mostly makes sense. A moon followed by a stick figure means "night man," and the rest kinda follows in a similar manner.

October 14 2007 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

For those of you who caught the Sunny promo "Beatbox" on YouTube this summer (link below), you'll have heard Dennis' falsetto before. Having watched that promo so many times, DayMan made me smile that much more ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSJGro_iZPs

October 14 2007 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C19

The Nightman song was maybe the funniest thing I have ever seen on television. It's the first time I've teared up from laughing at a TV show in a long, long time, perhaps ever.

"Nightman, sneaky and mean ..."

Classic song. I want it on my iPod.

October 14 2007 at 3:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

"Nightman" was so outrageously epic. I demand an mp3 or video of it.

"Mac is a serial killer" is such a fantastic episode. Anyone who didn't see it on Myspace is in for such a treat next week.

October 12 2007 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diego M

I wasn't feeling this one that much it had it's funny moments but it wasn't as good as the season. Good thing that lil kevin freestyled that bitch.

October 12 2007 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AkitaMR

"Dayman! Fighter of the Nightman. Champion of the Sun. You're a Master of Karate... and friendship for everyone. Dayman!"

October 12 2007 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vin

My favorite part of the entire episode was Charlie saying he wanted to be as great as Holland Oates!

October 12 2007 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nikki

"Lil Kevin's" rap to Dee was awesome. This is probably the funniest episode of the season so far, I was laughing so hard when Dennis and Charlie came up with "DayMan, fighter of the NightMan. Champion of the sun!..."!!

October 12 2007 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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