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Review: It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - Mac and Dennis Break Up

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 13th 2009 12:17PM
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(S05E09) Well. This episode was certainly successful in further quelling the doubts of any audience members that are still, for whatever reason, unconvinced that all the guys from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia are actually super-gay for each other. Yeah, not just "gay" but "super-gay." Considering the adorable, almost symbiotic nature of the guys' relationships, I would probably just refer to them as "hetero lifemates," but Frank and Charlie play Nightcrawlers and we all know what happened onstage between Dayman and Nightman in "The Nightman Cometh." Don't fight it.

It was fascinating how protective -- almost a little motherly -- Mac acted toward Dennis. Peeling his apples, making him "check-in" all the time... I half-expected him to wipe schmutz off Dennis's cheek at some point. If anything, I would have expected this relationship to work the other way around. I suppose Mac's sleeveless tops and Dennis's Oxford shirts fooled me.

Frank and Charlie's relationship was equally fun, albeit a little less adorable. More creepy. And a little dirty (in that gross-germy way, not hot-filthy). Take a few moments to consider Frank's toe knife and their candy wrapper first-aid techniques, and then try not to gag. I realize that you've also probably repressed the idea that Frank and Charlie are more than likely father and son, but that's an important detail too.

Still, all creepiness aside, their living situation is what works for them and any interference, as shown by Mac desperately trying to clean up after them and covering their bed-couch in plastic, throws everything off-balance. I like to imagine them walking through Philly together, with a herd of furious cats trailing behind them.

Then... Dee. Oh, poor Sweet Dee. She, on the other hand, is the only un-matched member of the gang, which is a shame because I love episodes where she and Charlie team up. In fact, I enjoy that combo more than I do Dee and Artemis, who has just been kind of getting on my nerves lately (her Coyote Ugly audition was her high point). It also seems like Dee's frustrations and misery are part of the glue holding together Mac/Dennis and Frank/Charlie.

All in all, this was an all right episode. It wasn't nearly as quotable as some other installments from this season, but it was fun to see how far they could push the chemistry between the guys. Also: More cat humor.

In other news, can we just get the Christmas special over and done with, already? I don't think I can handle seeing ads with a sweaty Danny Devito writhe out of a sofa like a giant furniture baby anymore.

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December 07 2009 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe D

I have given up on this show as of half way through this episode. While I thought it was semi-funny, I can no longer take the fact that all the actors on this show do, is shout at each other. It's something that's been bugging me and it was like the shouting this episode finally broke my will to watch this show.

I'm talking shouting as in when they are in a normal conversation but are all screaming at the top of their lungs, not about a scene where shouting is called for.

November 16 2009 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you thiNk sweaty danny devito was bad...wait til you see what Charlie does to a Santa Claus in it.

November 15 2009 at 3:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im telling you the more you watch these episodes the funnier they get, I love how nervous mac and dennis were about the big breasted woman dee was gonna hook them up with. And I think I gotta go out and get a toe knife now.

November 14 2009 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A program my wife won't watch, but one I've become fond of maybe due to the huge swamp that passes for tv comedy anymore or maybe because I used to have friends like that till my wife made me grow up. The "green man" vs. the "Phillie Frenetic" became funnier the more I thought about it.

November 13 2009 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to disagree about Artemis' funniest moment...
"I have a bleached a--hole... Well, he was gonna find out eventually"

November 13 2009 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to SHANNON's comment

What about Artermis' line, "I'm gonna take off my bra; blast my nips."??

November 13 2009 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the funniest part was when Mac was concerned that since he had not seen "The Transporter", he would be completely lost when watching "Transporter 2". It just made me laugh which was exactly what I needed. I also completely agree. Episodes where Charlie and Dee team up are usually the best for me.

November 13 2009 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Katie's comment

My wife made a similar comment when I tried to get her to watch Crank 2. I told her there was no chance she couldn't follow the plot because she missed the first one...

November 13 2009 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Was anyone else disappointed they didn't go with the far easier and more self-referential Jason Statham movie choice of Crank, where Glenn Howerton/Dennis has like a 5-line cameo as the doctor?

November 13 2009 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

I was about to comment that this weeks episode sucked. But then I read your review and it made me smile... I guess the episode was better than I thought. Still not one of my favorites, though :)

November 13 2009 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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