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'It's Always Sunny' Premiere: Dee Tries to 'Pretty Woman' Roxie (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 16th 2011 3:24AM
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'Frank's Pretty Woman'['It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Season 7, Episode 1 - 'Frank's Pretty Woman']

Proving once again that they're fearless, the 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX) returned once again to face off against the new fall seasons on the big networks.

So while we're sampling all the new and fairly tame comedy offerings the broadcast networks have to offer, we can follow it up in the 10 o'clock hour with a swift kick in our funny bones.

In its seventh season now, 'Sunny' continues to pull no punches. For this season premiere, the show decided to do their own version of 'Pretty Woman.' It makes sense, since Frank's technically rich. But rather than Julia Roberts, Frank fell in love with a genuine crack wh*re named Roxie.

Still, Dee was determined to complete Roxie's transformation, even taking her to a fancy clothing store like in the movie. But as funny as Roxie's crude behavior was, her storyline may have carried the story along, but it certainly wasn't the funniest.

That would have to go to Charlie's ill-conceived plan to hook Frank up with a girl who they could be sure wasn't after him for his money. And because this is Charlie, that involved a plan way more convoluted than necessary that had Charlie pretending to be a rich cowboy and Frank his driver.

The laughs, though, came when Charlie started projectile-vomiting blood on the date over and over again. Throughout it all, he and Frank kept trying to play it off like this was Charlie's clever way to get out of the date and leave her to fall in love with Frank. But she was positively drenched and screaming, making it even funnier.

Then, as a tasty dessert, Charlie had one last burst of blood spew for Frank. As low-brow as that comedy device is, it's still funny and it's something that seems to be lost on most television comedies. There's a place for dark, twisted comedy, and even cheap physical laughs like this one, and 'Philadelphia' is it.

Perhaps the most talked about change this season was Rob McElhenney's decision to purposefully pack on 50 pounds just so his weight gain could be used for comedy. And yet, though, it served a more meaningful purpose this episode, beyond being a target for everyone to be disgusted by him and make fun of him for it.

When he and Dennis went to the doctor, they discovered that neither one of them are healthy. Granted, they're idiots who take terrible care of themselves, but it can also be a way of looking at how the body suffers as you get older when you don't take care of yourself.

I'm not so sure the creators were wanting us to think about mortality and the frailty of the human body, but considering how many seasons these two were posturing about like they were immortal, it was a very sobering scene that this kind of living can catch up to you. Mac now has the Type II diabet-us while Dennis suffers from malnutrition, anemia and a bunch of other things.

The show does a pretty good job of remembering its past, so these revelations will likely come to light again. We already saw Mac taking injections, but we also had Dennis jonesing for crack, while Dee actually took a hit from Roxie, recalling the episode when they became addicted to crack.

In the end, though, everything wound up as it should, with Frank proposing and Roxie dropping dead. I loved the almost beautifully framed scene when they dragged her out into the hall and left her there, walking off while we stayed behind with the body. It was poetic in its beauty while still being off-the-wall crazy. It's certainly good to have the gang back.

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Paul

*SOOO* glad this show is back! Hope Charlie can get over his "touch of consumption". 8-)

September 16 2011 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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