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It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 8th 2009 11:03PM
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(S05E04) This week didn't really bring anything mind-blowing, but it returned us to old stomping grounds. With this episode, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia revisited a few familiar themes: gross people from the gang's history and the never-ending quest to bang moms. Mary Lynn Rajskub (remember, it's like "rice cub") made her Always Sunny debut as Dee and Dennis' "garbage pail cousin," Gail the Snail, and successfully joined the McPoyle brothers in that elite league of characters that make viewers feel greasy just from looking at them too long.

In a weird, almost impressive way, Frank repeatedly redefined "rock bottom" as the episode went on. His beer-gurgling and gassy half-conversation with Mac on the sidewalk was pretty nasty (those noises were otherworldly), but getting hand action in the kitchen from his niece took things to a new level. I guess not being blood-related makes a difference. My understanding of genetics says yes, though my cringing body says no.

The gang's not quite accurate understanding of the "intervention" concept was also kicked up a notch. Their intervention-ing of Frank wasn't nearly as solemn and dramatic as the one from "Charlie Got Molested." There was just a lot of drunken screaming involved, which, I suppose, was to be expected since it was the gang staging an intervention at their bar. Apparently, all a person needs to do to stage an intervention is scream the word as loudly and as frequently as possible. Aggressive pointing also helps.

I must admit, even during the funeral, I couldn't bring myself to like Gail the Snail, as I didn't see what she could offer that the McPoyles didn't. However, that quick exchange between her and the gang during her exit from Paddy's was hilarious. Insert salt/assault joke here; insert resulting giant groan here. Now, I'm curious to see what else Gail and her overactive salivary glands are going to do.

Everything about Mac's pursuit of Gail's mom was spectacular, from his poor timing at the funeral to the failed/extra-crispy breakfast. And I can only imagine what masterful martial arts moves he pulled to kick that door and ruin that window. I bet it involved a lot of whooshy noises.

Finally, we all picked up something valuable in this episode, and that was the fine idea of putting box wine in a can. Practical and classy! The resulting red wine-stained lips (and the skin surrounding the lips) creates a pouty look. I'm going to start keeping all my alcohol in old soda cans.

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Looonz

Maybe I am crazy but I think "The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention" is the funniest thing I have ever seen. I love the show, and there have been many great episodes but I think this one was the best. It was the most consistently uproarious episode, in my opinion. The beginning: "Its not grease, its sap...I must have climbed a tree" The introduction to Gail the Snail: "Jealous? I'm a woman now, I'm not a virgin anymore!...Plus, if we all show up high at the reception, everyone will be like Whaaaat" The entire conversation during the meeting with the intervention lady: "You might wanna be armed...its just safer" (everything Dee says and does in this scene is awesome...especially when the woman calls her out for drinking wine out of a soda can "yeah, you guys didn't know, did you?...he's a smart man, that's not what we're here about") When Dennis tries to write Charlie's letter to Frank: "yes, that'll be fine (Charlie agreeing that Dennis should write the letter since Charlie can't read or write)...we're not making memories anymore (Dennis is not even gonna try to suss out where he's going with this one)...when was the last time we played night-crawlers together, Frank?" the rest of the episode from that point on is non-stop awesome. Frank to Mac about the Snail: "we did a bunch of those monster energy drinks and dry humped, it was awful, i think she gave me poison ivy!", Gail's interaction with her mom and following Mac. Dee, Dennis and Charlie pre-gaming for the intervention (drinking wine out of cans), Frank showing up with his gun out-"where's the goddamn fire?", Frank's "roast", the nightcrawlers reveal, Mac showing up with Gail the Snail (you can't be banging Gail the Snail!), Gail spitting, Frank finding out that Mac banged his dead wife, "hey guys, lets do shots and get CRAZY!", Charlie's Snail salting "Get out of here, SNAAIL!", Mac's introduction to drinking wine out of a can (Dennis, slurring: "you'll notice the advantages almost immediately", Mac: "I feel like its conducive to my violent hand gestures"), and the final line, a drunken "good intervention, everybody!" Perfection.

December 04 2009 at 7:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dak

By far the best show on TV, and just for the record last weeks had 2 much D&B's but it was still very funny. I almost fell over laughing when I saw Frank hanging from that rope 2 start the episode.

October 12 2009 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

Love the review, thanks Annie :)
And when Charlie salted the Gail the snail I was laughing so hard I think I pulled a muscle...

October 10 2009 at 3:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TorrentFreak

Yes. Solid Sunny episode which a great relief after last weeks 30 minute Coors and Dave & Busters infomercial. Possibly off point but as I read this review I was thinking thank god it's Annie. Just imagine if Danny Gallagher had been tasked to 1- watch sunny and then 2- offer his insights. Seriously, is it just me, or is that guy a bit of a puss?

October 09 2009 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhomboid

The running gags (Charlie's illiteracy, Mac's protector-complex, etc.) are great. I also found it hilarious that they own a bar and yet still ended up drinking that trashy box wine the whole episode.

October 09 2009 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shadowracer

A solid, if not great, episode of Always Sunny. That damn gun - ROFL. It all payed off though, seeing that salting at the end had me laughing like crazy for some reason...I think it was Charlie's screaming.

October 09 2009 at 1:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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LRM

Just read your comment, remembered that scene, and laughed out loud. Great episode.

October 09 2009 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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