Review: It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - Paddy's Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens
by Annie Wu, posted Nov 6th 2009 1:31PM
(S05E08) Yes! Finally. The moment we've all been waiting for. Ever since the season five promos first aired, I have been eagerly anticipating some sort of context for Charlie's uncontrollable eyebrows and the ridiculous Kitten Mittens (or Kitten Mittons, as it were). Seeing the ad in full certainly didn't disappoint, though I wish we could have seen more Kitten Mittons throughout the episode. Admittedly, thirty-some minutes of cats struggling in booties probably doesn't sound like a hot idea, but, hey, animal humor has sustained many a clip show.
Plus, I heart over-enthusiastic Charlie.
There were a lot of good moments in this episode, not to mention a whole lot of crap I found myself compelled to buy. Kitten Mittons have no purpose in my life and the Dick Towel isn't really my thing, but I immediately searched for Mac's super-straightforward RIOT shirt as soon as I saw it. I had no idea, but apparently FX has an As Seen On shop, where you can buy some of the shirts that the characters wear, including the RIOT one I liked. I don't think I'll be dropping $30 for a shirt that will make me look the opposite of bad-ass, but it's nice to know it's an option. I also hunted down Charlie's leprechaun vs. jackolope shirt, for those of you who are interested.
Also, yes... DickTowel.com is a real site, and all the Sunny fans broke that corner of the Internet when the episode premiered last night. A web exclusive infomercial is also included, and it looks like you can really buy a dick towel (funny, functional, sexual) for twenty-something dollars. Warning: If you're offended by crudely drawn genitalia, maybe you shouldn't click.
Apart from creepy merchandise and a lot -- A LOT -- of fake boobs (no, seriously, what was up with all those fake boobs?), this episode also marked the return of the gang's go-to lawyer guy, played by Brian Unger. Part of me expected his life to get screwed over Rickety Cricket style, but he managed to pull a few sneaky lawyer moves and give the gang a taste of their own douche medicine.
I dare you to even try to get the thought of "douche medicine" out of your mind.
And the ridiculous combo ad at the end... Oh, dear. That is worthy of mentioning on its own. I'm not sure if you noticed, but there were a lot of fake boobs in this episode. Did I say that already? The inclusion of Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" as the background song also made it funnier, somehow. The footage of the gang's brief (and dangerous) reporting stint was also beautifully included, as was another excuse for Danny DeVito to gag uncomfortably and look gross. Inherently hilarious, is what that is.
All in all, this was a fine episode. Plenty of good lines were there, including this little exchange:
Frank: You bring a woman with cans like that into the convention, you sell the idea in a second!
Mac: So this your plan? You're gonna go into the convention, waving a gun in people's faces, throwing tequila in everybody's eyes with a big-titted woman!?
Frank: ... Duh-yeah.
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