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'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Season 6, Episode 9 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 12th 2010 6:30AM
['It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth']

Never in the history of television has there been a more terrifying episode title than that of tonight's 'IASIP'. The day that Dee is entrusted with the nation's developing minds is the day that we slip back into the primordial soup, never to see land again.

This week's episode picked up right where last week left off, with Charlie pursuing his new (old) career as a janitor at the local high school, while Dee filled in as a substitute for the inspiring old drama teacher she inadvertently crippled last episode. Charlie found himself fitting in at school surprisingly well, earning the admiration and respect of the students despite his penchant for eating half-peeled oranges out of the garbage. Dee ... well, it seemed like everyone still thought she was nuts, with good reason.

The main draw of this episode (deservedly so, since it took up almost half of the runtime) was the gang's inspired -- and eagerly anticipated -- production of 'Lethal Weapon 5'. It didn't disappoint.

We were kind of enthralled by Charlie's (excuse us, "Professor's") inexplicable rapport with the students, especially the random "juggalo" he befriended in the bathroom. We'll also be sad to see the semi-creepy school principal go, since the guy rolled with Charlie and Dee's weirdness with admirable nonchalance.

There was so much raw, untapped genius in the gang's attempt at 'Lethal Weapon 5' that it's impossible to know where to begin, so we'll bullet point our highlights.

-- The opening credits of the movie were so credible (right down to the font) that we had such high hopes for the rest of it ... and depending on your perspective, what came after them was kind of perfect.

-- Dennis's black voice (and the preceding argument over whether it was more, or less, offensive than Mac's blackface) was admittedly fairly legendary, although his Australian voice after he and Mac switched roles was even better. Honorable mentions also go to his single emo tear of man-pain, and his inability to blow out the retirement candle in one take.

-- Speaking of the Mel Gibson impersonation, we're kind of in love with that terrible '80s wig.

-- Poor Charlie, being entirely incapable of delivering any of the police chief's lines, then went on to steal the show with his terrifying blond villain who almost got his arm ripped off before he was run over by a truck. We're still fairly traumatized by his taser torture of shirtless Dennis in the alley, though.

-- We like how the gang neatly sidestepped their location scouting issues by simply changing the sign above the door of the pub depending on whether they were at the police station or Indian casino. (Don't even get us started on the "Indian" part.)

-- Frank's creeptastic Chief character had a voice that was eerily reminiscent of his Penguin character from 'Batman Returns,' which made the whole exercise even more epic/traumatic.

-- Sex scene. We're still too horrified to comment further.

-- Did Frank have a stunt double for his jump over the car hood? We're 99 percent sure.

-- The two-gun salute in the fake rain was such a poignant moment, we almost shed a tear. Alright, not really -- but we did appreciate the seeming hosepipe sprays from above, and the way Mac's makeup was rubbing off.

The scariest part is that we actually would've been happy to have watched a two-hour, feature-length production of 'Lethal Weapon 5,' which we're pretty sure is an indication that we're totally insane.

We've also got to give props for Mac -- if not for his terrible blackface, then at least for having the best line of the episode:

"In the 'Lord of the Rings' movies, Ian McKellen plays a wizard, do you think he goes home at night and shoots laser beams into his boyfriend's asshole? I don't think so, dude. Tom Cruise is a midget, but he plays guys that are normal-sized in movies!"

Classic cinema in 20 minutes, all from the comfort of your own home. Now we just have to decide which movie franchise the gang should massacre "reimagine" next. What gets your vote?

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' airs Thursdays, 10PM ET on FX.

Follow Laura on Twitter: @LauinLA.

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they should do avatar, but with charlie in his greenman suit instead of blue!

November 15 2010 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved the episode. Thought the movie-within-the-show was hilarious. I actually thought Mac would bring up Robert Downy Jr. in Tropic Thunder when he was talking about good uses of blackface.

Yes, that was definitely a stunt double for Frank. Pretty subtle touch there. Unless Danny Devito cannot physically slide across a car. Which is possible.

I also loved Devito's Penguin-esque portrayal. Especially when he ate the fruit or whatever, it looked exactly like when he ate the fish in Batman Returns.

November 12 2010 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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