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Review: It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - The World Series Defense

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 23rd 2009 3:32AM
Always Sunny
(S05E06)
Ooh! Things I learned in high school! This episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia was presented as a frame story, just like The Canterbury Tales. Did the gang out-Chaucer Chaucer!? Well, no, but it was a lot funnier than the Wife of Bath, I can promise you that.

There were a lot of excellent moments (read on to find out who won the "Best Retch-Face" award, which is as coveted as it is imaginary) and they made for a solid episode, though not one to immediately jump into my favorites. Admittedly, that's an unreasonable weekly expectation anyway. Oh well. At least we got some Greenman.

In a strange way, I would have liked to see more of Sweet Dee, Mac and Frank trying to get their tickets back from the bug-bombed building, even though it probably would have just been a lot of screaming and crawling through hallways. Also, the contest is over. Although Mac was pretty funny, Sweet Dee and Frank have tied for "Best Retch-Face." Didn't know there was a contest? Well, too bad, you should have anticipated it.

Charlie and Dennis' own adventure through the parking lot was also quite good, if only to see how they, fueled only by desperation and bright blue riot juice, would prepare to pounce in the way of a car. Also, the return of Greenman came with a brief but almost-epic battle with the Philly Frenetic (not the Phillie Fanatic, of course not), one of the highlights of the episode.

There were also a few other laugh-out-loud moments, including Mac's not-at-all love letter to Chase Utley (mainly because of the stickers and Mac's miming as Dee read it in the courtroom), the push-up contest and "Why are your eyes filled with blood?" However, the gang's screaming in the Phillies fan dungeon (and the courtroom) made me laugh the most.

Unlike Peter Petrelli's inexplicable allergy to shirts on Heroes (or at least the one he had before I stopped watching a few seasons ago), the guys' shirtlessness is always welcome on my television. Hey, at least their lack of reason works with the show. Also, it's usually a good indication that a lot of stupid things are about to happen. From the looks of the preview, there's going to be a whole lot of no-shirt with Mac, Dennis and Charlie in the next episode. This means maximum stupid.

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nelson

loved the throwback to Dee dry-heaving (and her stand-up comedy open mic nights)

October 23 2009 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dak

Great episode, a lot of funny parts but I think my favorite was when mac and dennis were doing push-ups in the courtroom. I love the WWE so I am really looking forward to next weeks episode.

GREEN MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 23 2009 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jables

This was probably the weakest episode of the season for me. Although some highlights were the "riot juice", red eyes, and Charlie randomly handing Dennis papers during the court proceedings.

October 23 2009 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MAKB

I thought the episode was a bit weak also. But I'm puzzled as to why they had to call the Philly Mascot - the 'Franatic' intstead of 'Fanatic'. Where they really afraid of being sued ? And here's another dumb question .... (pls cut me a little slack since I'm not from Philly and don't know the city's sports/teams much) .... was that the real Philly Fanatic or was it a knock-off (and thus the reason for the name change) ?

October 27 2009 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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