It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: The Gang Exploits The Mortgage Crisis (season premiere)
by Annie Wu, posted Sep 18th 2009 11:26AM
(S05E01) It's Always Sunny is back and it's kicking your ass. Or at least it's threatening you and your wife until you start crying a little bit and agree to partake in the antics, and we wouldn't have it any other way. There were a lot of good moments in the premiere episode, though it didn't really feel like a typical season opener, in as much as it didn't present anything too big and different from the usual Always Sunny episode. Again, it was funny, of course, but it didn't scream "premiere", and perhaps that's the best thing for Always Sunny.
Honestly, a small part of me feared that five seasons in would be about the time the creators decided to give the show a mini-makeover, like some other shows. Make a fancier title design, drop "Temptation Sensation" for something specifically tailored to the show... I probably would have started shouting at the television (because we all know that's incredibly effective) if there was something like a wacky season five spruce-up of the opening credits. I still feel the sting of Weeds' almost-betrayal in my mind, when they dropped their catchy little theme tune for some crappy digital visual gags.
But I digress.
The members of the gang don't change, don't improve upon their selves, so why should anything be punched up and different on the show? Dropping us right into another terrible, greedy plot (which ends in a carefree chicken fight in someone else's pool) is just perfect and maybe even a little reassuring, as if to let us know that it's still the show we love.
As always, whenever there are people suffering and feeling a little desperate, the gang sees a golden opportunity. In this case, it's the mortgage crisis, and in this episode, the boys decided to make a little cash from it. Dennis and Mac donned some blazers and got a little flirtatious and needlessly angry (respectively) to try and sell a house they technically didn't already have. One of the best parts of the episode was just Mac's confused fury-face after the confrontation on the stairs. I would also like to note that Mac could have removed the sleeves from that blazer and totally pulled off that look.
Meanwhile, Charlie brushed up on some of his lawyer-ing skills, which somehow turned into him putting on his one go-to tie and challenging a real lawyer to a duel. I like how Charlie's illiteracy has now spiraled out of just crazy-scribbles to generously sprinkled malapropisms in his speech. Yeah. "Malapropisms." I totally paid attention to most of AP English.
Sweet Dee, on the other hand, essentially tried to sell her uterus as prime real estate to a couple looking for a surrogate. "You guys want to do the Octomom thing? I'm game. You want to out-do that bitch? I'll have that conversation! -- I'm kidding, I don't want ten people inside of me." Also, way to find an excuse to show off those abs. Kaitlin Olson, your lankiness is deceptive.
Frank was also there, accidentally severely burning children's hands and sending battering rams through gates. Usual Frank stuff.
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