It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s 9th season is set to premiere September 4th, or about 3 weeks from today. To make people aware of this date, as well as the shows move to new channel FXX (the comedy half of FX’s recent split) they have released some new trailers, and unlike last time, now they are actually showing some footage from the season.
Here are the 3 longest of the trailers…
While at Comic Con this year, Glenn Howerton (Dennis) said the new season will include a Thanksgiving episode, Lethal Weapon 6, and an installment written by Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss titled Flowers for Charlie. That all sounds wonderful.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres it’s 9th season this fall on their new comedy channel FXX, September 4th at 10pm ET/PT. Then after season 10 next year, the gang will be saying “so long bitches” for good! In a not so stunning move Glenn Howerton has announced that the show doesn’t want to overstay it’s welcome so they’re going to end on their terms. Read more below from IGN:
“There’s a certain point where you wear out your welcome and we don’t want to do that,” the actor/writer/producer said. “We want to leave them wanting more. We spend a lot of time trying to find new lines to cross. We’re not trying to offend people or gross them out, but we’re looking to surprise them. I think we’re proud of what we’ve done so far, so it’s time to stop.”
I’m glad Howerton is saying it because in my opinion the show has become a bit stale, even though I’ll always love it. I long for the earlier seasons when all of the characters weren’t so over the top.
But in the show’s defense the subsequent seasons have been pretty entertaining. From Kitten “Mittons” to Dance Marathons and Project Bad Ass to Thundergun Express, the show will definitely be missed. It is better for it to end before the fans decide to stop watching. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is a great show to have leading the charge on the network’s newest efforts at gaining viewership with FXX. The network has triumphed time and again, and not only with comedies, but dramas like The Shield, Justified, Rescue Me, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story and Nip/Tuck just to name a few.
Once It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia goes away, comedies such as Archer, Louie, The League and Wilfred will have to pick up the slack, which they are more than capable of doing. As the show reaches closer to it’s inevitable conclusion, what are everyone’s favorite episodes with so many to choose from?
You know Grizzly Bomb will be doing a top ten best episodes once the show has it’s series finale.
As the 9th season of the Always Sunny approaches, along with the shows move to the new FXX branch off, they’ve started releasing the first promotional stuff. Namely a series of trailers teasing the channel switch…in Swedish. FX had pulled them all from YouTube last week, but now King Angus has compiled them all into one video.
It’s all a bit more artsy than their normal fair, but DeVito really sells it all. Sweet Dee’s dry heaving is always a bonus as well. With 8 seasons already in the books and a new one coming they’re still going strong. The show returns this September. Here’s hoping next season is a little more Thunder Gun and a little less King of the Rats…
Howdy howdy! This here is a good ol’ fashioned TV News Roundup where we the good folk of Grizzly Bomb scour the big bad internets machine on the look-out for the news you need and gosh darn just want.
And that’s about as far as I’m taking that.
Hokey fake cowboy talk aside, this really is a TV News Roundup where we’ll scour the latest TV news and compile it for you in one easy to read place, no need to wade through countless photos of a Kardashian or Justin Bieber here!
A new generation of Boy Meets World returns to TV
Let’s start off with a bit of nostalgia, circa 1990’s. Everything that was old is now new again including the fantastic ABC sitcom Boy Meets World. If you hadn’t heard, Disney channel is bringing back the cast for a new show called, appropriately enough, Girl Meets World. Of course Cory and Topanga are married now and have a son and daughter. As the name suggests, the story will follow their daughter, and it appears from Ben Savage’s Instagram account, that Cory is now a teacher.
Speaking of teachers… from the Girl Meets World twitter account:[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/Girl_MeetsWorld/status/316348773477515265″]
Even though it will probably be a typical Disney channel show in the vein of Hannah Montana and crap like that, I will watch Girl Meets World and I have this strange feeling I won’t be the only person in their 30’s tuning in!
If that wasn’t enough awesome 90’s era news, get this – apparently there’s going to be a Clarissa Explains it All book. Written by the creator of Clarissa Explains It All, Mitchell Kriegman the book (with a tentative release date of Fall 2014) is titled Things I Can’t Explain and looks to basically just give us an update on Clarissa’s life and what she’s up to nowadays.
Granted I think we would all be happier if the show were returning, or perhaps if we got a spin-off of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but neither of those dreams seem to be coming true so we’ll just have to be happy with a book. At least until every woman in my generation goes out and buys the book and the CW notices it and next thing we know, Clarissa has a daughter in high school and we’re watching a show about her and her high school hijinks.
Sherlock resumes filming and perhaps a familial guest star?
If you are like me, you’ve been torturing yourself by watching “The Reichenbach Fall” at least a few times a month just so you are ready for when Sherlock returns. Well thankfully they’ve started filming the first episode of the third series (season for the rest of us), which Mark Gatiss so kindly tweeted out, is titled “The Empty Hearse”.
Not only that, but the people over at Bristol Culture were able to get video of the filming which makes it just that much more real. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I think we can all agree that video of Benedict Cumberbatch in that familiar trench coat running and yelling is worth at least ten times that.
There has been a fair amount of speculation that the blond woman with Sherlock is none other than Martin Freeman’s partner, Amanda Abbington perhaps playing Mary Morstan, a love interest of Watson’s. Of course nothing has been announced so we’ll just have to sit and not so patiently wait for confirmation.
Amazon joining Netflix and Hulu with original programming
Even though the big news headline regarding Amazon this week was the greenlighting of a pilot based on the 2009 movie, Zombieland, there is quite a bit going on over at Amazon Studios. Along with the Zombieland pilot, there are six other pilots being filmed that have some rather big names behind them including David Javerbaum from The Daily Show, and actually a “news” program from internet news outlet, The Onion. While relatively new to the online streaming game, Amazon has been aggressive and not shy about developing themselves into a viable online entertainment network. Seems like just yesterday they were revolutionizing the way people read books. :sniff: They grow up so fast.
Fox retools network family, moves flagship Always Sunny to new FXX
Let’s take a moment of silence for the soon to be defunct, Fox Soccer. Thanks to NBCSports acquiring the rights to the Barclay’s Premier League, Fox Soccer is going the way of the dodo bird. Well, sort of. Actually it is being transformed into the new channel, FXX. Billed as the comedy counterpart to FX, which is going to focus on dramas (I’d say I was hoping for the return of Lights Out, but I’m pretty certain that isn’t going to happen) going forward.
What does this mean for current FX comedies? Well the flagship shows of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and Legit have all been renewed and announced as moving to the new channel. There’s been no mention of whether or not Louie, Archer, or Wilfred will be moving but if the new channel is going to be comedy, you’d have to imagine they will. Also announced was a fifth season of Justified… and the people rejoiced.
There is so much going on in the world of TV but those are some of the bigger stories (according to me). Because I’m such a giver, here’s a gathering of other things making the news that I cared about a little bit less.
– Dexter is ending after Season 8: Someone needs to tell Showtime president, David Nevins. [Huffington Post]
– Is Donald Glover also preparing for life after Community? Following fellow cast member Ken Jeong’s move? [TV Guide]
– George R.R. Martin hinting at Game of Thrones prequel? A new cast of characters for him to kill off! [IGN]
– It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is getting their own beer! You can now imagine yourself sitting at Paddy’s Pub. [DrinkPhilly]
– Syfy renews Continuum and announces the second season premier date: Oh Canada! [TVLine]
– Kurt Sutter sticking with FX for a new horror show: Teaming up with ‘Hell on Wheels’ showrunner John Shiban. [THR]
– Ron Swanson really is Batman:It’s like a dream come true, all thanks to artist Vicky Ryan. [Vicktrola]
So there you have it, the top news as we see it in TV today! If you think we’ve missed a story, by all means let us know down in the comments or if you’re feeling downright neighborly, it’s perfectly all right to just say hello. Until next time!
Okay, now that title might be a bit of a freak out. Community isn’t necessarily in danger of being cancelled, but it certainly is in danger of losing Chevy Chase, who plays Pierce Hawthorne on the show. Some problems have arisen between Chase and Dan Harmon, who created and executive produces Community. Little known fact, he also wrote some of Scud: The Disposable Assassin, which has nothing to do with any of this. Anyways, lets get to what went down. WarmingGlow reports:
Here are the facts:
On the final day of shooting for season three, Chase stormed off the set before filming was completed. Soon after, at the wrap party, Harmon “got up and gave a ‘Fu*k you, Chevy’ speech in front of Chase and his wife and daughter, and encouraged the crew to join him in saying ‘fu*k you’ to the actor,” according to Deadline. Needless to say, Chase was humiliated and pissed (seriously, di*k move, Harmon), and he later called Harmon and left a very NSFW voicemail, which you can listen to here. Brief excerpt:
“I don’t get talked to like that by anybody, certainly not in front of my wife and daughter, you goddamn asshole, alcoholic, fat sh*t. You’re gonna live to be about 57, if you’re lucky, the way you eat. I have nothing to say to you except you can suck my co*k. Is that clear?”
Now I have to say that both parties have responsibility here, so I’m not picking sides. But listening to Chevy’s old-school burn filled voicemail is pretty much the sweetest thing I’ve heard in a while. And the saddest, because I certainly don’t want him to leave Community. Harmon apparently played the voicemail to a group of people, which ignited the fire. More from WarmingGlow :
Maggie Furlong of the Huffington Post interviewed Chase a few days before he walked off the set, and she caught him in a particularly critical and cranky mood:
“I have creative issues with this show. I always have. With my character, with how far you can take [Joel McHale’s] character…just to give him a long speech about the world at the end of every episode is so reminiscent. It’s like being relegated to hell and watching “Howdy Doody” for the rest of your life. It’s not particularly necessary, but that’s the way they do these things. I think it belies the very pretenses that his character, Jeff, has, that he’s giving these talks. They’re supposed to, in some way, be a little lesson to people who watch sitcoms…to that degree, I can’t stand sitcoms.”
So its obvious Chevy is not enjoying his role on Community as much as we are. Which isn’t actually a huge surprise, as nobody really expected to see him on the sitcom circuit in the first place. He talks a bit more in the article about the rest of the cast, specifically Alison Brie. You can check the link for more on that. Now Harmon did later apologize to the fans for airing the dirty laundry in public, but not really directed at Chevy.
It was in that [Los Angeles] venue, months ago, that I made the horrible, childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional decision to play someone’s voicemail to me. He didn’t intend for 150 people to listen and giggle at it, and I didn’t intend for millions of people to read angry reports about it. I was doing what I always do, and always get in trouble for doing, and always pay a steep price for doing. I was thinking about myself and I was thinking about making people laugh. I was airing my dirty laundry for a chuckle…That was a dumb, unclassy, inconsiderate move on my part. I’m very sorry it’s reflecting poorly on the show. (Via)
So will Chevy walk? I mean, this isn’t the first time he’s been in this situation. He left SNL in ’76 to the dismay of his castmates, causing some bad blood between everybody. When he came back to host, he got in a fistfight with Bill Murray. Seriously. So obviously the ability to walk away from the project is obviously there. So how would that affect Community?
In my opinion, not that much. Sure, I don’t want to see him leave, but can the rest of the cast go on without him? Yes. When Community started Chevy added a certain level of legitimacy to a cast that was relatively unknown. Much like Danny DeVito on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, who came in later seasons to add that same level of legitimacy. But after 3 successful seasons and a dedicated fanbase that helped pull Community out of hiatus, I think the show will certainly survive without Pierce Hawthorne. But can he survive without it? Not to say that this is the end of Chevy Chase’s career, but has it reached a point where he may need Community more than Community needs him?
Nah. He’s Chevy Chase, and your not. He’ll be fine, Community will be fine, and we can all move forward amicably. If anything he can make a mint off writing sweet burns for the rest of his life. Take that, Harmon! Also, thank you for Community.
What do you think? Is Chevy/Pierce too valuable to the study group? Team Chase or Team Harmon? Sound off in the comments section below!
This week the gang gets out of Philly and heads to America’s most famous shoreline – Jersey. Inspired by talk of a childhood trip (sparked by Frank burning family photos) Dennis and Dee convince the gang to road trip it to the boardwalk and while they end up not having the greatest of times, Frank, Mac, and Charlie all manage to make the trip worthwhile.
We basically split into 3 groups…
Group 1 – Mac, Frank, and the Rum Ham: Determined to kick back and relax, Mac finds a nice spot on the (Toxic) beach and Frank supplies the day’s rations in the form of a ham soaked in Rum. However once accosted by a pack of wild dogs, they decide the best course of action is to hop in a raft and sit afloat, taunting the dogs. Things are going great until they both fall asleep on the inflatable raft…
While this is happening, Charlie, Dennis, and Dee take a stroll on the boardwalk, and eventually UNDER the boardwalk, where Dennis received his first kiss as a child. Well there is a different kind of romance rocking under there now – 2 old gay bums having the buttsex. It’s about this time that the trio split up, Charlie forsaking Dennis for leading him to the sodomy.
Group 2 – Dennis and Dee: After Charlie bolts the siblings begin a night that is sure not to be forgotten. After a freak accident on a carnival ride, they meet a lovely young woman at the hospital whom invites them out for the evening…
Group 3 – Charlie and the Waitress: In what I initially thought was a hallucination spawned by the massive amounts of Sun Block Charlie was drinking, the Waitress shows up to find Mr. Day alone on the beach. She proceeds to be quite civil to him…
After this, we are introduced to a montage that would make a Rocky movie jealous, as Dennis and Dee’s night takes a turn for the worse. And while I don’t want to ruin it, I can say that this night was bad even by their standards. Charlie and the Waitress however have a lovely moonlit and romantic evening, and Mac and Frank change their tune on Jersey when they’re picked up by a boat of guidos…
Overall, the episode wasn’t among their best, but the montage was brilliant. And for that, I’ll give it a 3/5…
When someone pukes fake blood all over a woman in the back of a limo, and that isn’t the most outrageous moment of the episode, it has to be Always Sunny. The gang is back and they’re as big as ever – mostly because Mac got fat. But it’s just nice to have our favorite bar owners back…
For their triumphant return the gang focuses on their romantic side as Frank announces his intentions to propose to his favorite hooker Roxy. Roxy is played to a T by one of television’s most underrated actresses Alanna Ubach. Ubach has popped up in a lot of good shows over the last few years like Men of a Certain Age, Friday Night Lights, and Hung.
Dee decides she is gonna give Roxy the ‘Pretty Woman’ treatment and try to make her more presentable. It doesn’t go so well.
Mac’s weight gain prompted a pretty solid trip to the Doctor’s office where we find out that not only does Mac have diabetes, but Dennis is woefully unhealthy himself. Mac’s diabetes should prove to be a storyline all season.
The best part of the episode though had to be, hands down, the date Charlie sets up for Frank. I won’t ruin all the details that lead to this, but lets just say this week’s biggest laughs were spawned by Charlie’s fake blood vomit…
That whole scene was classic, with Charlie doing his Texan voice from the Season 3 premiere 2nd part of the season 4 premiere – The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis. The episode comes to a close however when Frank proposes to Roxy and her heart explodes as she drops dead in front of everyone. In classic ‘Sunny’ fashion they drag her body into the hall and head to the bar.
Not the best premiere ever, but it looks to be a promising season ahead…
Last Thursday, during Louie, FX aired a new promo for the upcoming season of Always Sunny and I loved it. I wanted to post it then, but couldn’t find it at the time. Now I have. Soak it up, this is dramatic…
Cable’s best comedy returns to FX on September 15th. Thank God.
We’ve talked about The Knight of Badassdom before, but didn’t have much info. Now, thanks to Comic Con, we’ve got a Knights of Badassdom trailer. And we’re gonna show you the trailer, but let me first talk a little bit about what could be my favorite film cast ever. Ever.
Tyrion Lannister, Jason Stackhouse, and Steve Zahn are roommates, (Awesome already right?) and Stackhouse has just been through a rough breakup. So to cheer him up, his buddies do what all movie-land friends do – they kidnap him and take him somewhere to raise his spirits.
Only in this case, that somewhere is a LARP game. Once there, they encounter Liam McPoyle, Abed Nadir, and Summer Glau. Sounds good to me.
Now what that means is that in one paragraph, I’ve already tied this movie to Game of Thrones, True Blood, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Community. And I didn’t even mention W. Earl Brown (Deadwood, Justified), Joshua Malina (Sports Night), and Larry Zerner (Friday the 13th Part III) whose character ‘Shelly’ is famous for supplying Jason Voorhees with his hockey mask. And now, his name in KoB will also be ‘Shelly’…
Anyhow, here’s the Knights of Badassdom trailer:
In addition, we also have some interviews from Comic Con…
The first one with Entertainment Weekly, which feature both Margarita Levieva (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Michael Gladis (Mad Men) whom I for some reason had not already mentioned, along with may of the aforementioned actors and Director Joe Lynch.
And the 2nd, longer interview, for G4TV is just Lynch and Summer Glau…
There is no release date set thus far, but it’s coming out sometime this spring…
If there was any episode in that first short season that really showed us who ‘The Gang’ was, it was this one.
Dee: So, you’re not allowed to use birth control, but abortions are no problem…?
Charlie runs into a girl he slept with years ago and finds out he has a son. And the kid is pretty much the biggest A-Hole you can imagine.Charlie tries to spend some QT with the brat in order to impress the Waitress, only to later learn it’s not his kid at all.
Meanwhile, after talk about how that kid deserved to be aborted, Mac decides to look into the religious ramifications of aborting a pregnancy. This leads to him hooking up with an extreme anti-abortion hottie, who later tricks him into thinking she is pregnant and dumping him when he insists on aborting the baby. He and Dennis also attend a rally at an abortion clinic to try to pick up chicks. Sweet Dee, disgusted with her brother and Mac, joins the Pro-Choice side of the rally, which ends with Dennis getting pelted with eggs from both sides when he tries to hop the fence.
This is the episode hooked me forever. Even before DeVito joined the cast the following season, I knew this show was gonna be one of my favorites early on.
3.11 – Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender
In this episode a child molester moves into the neighborhood and bears a striking resemblance to Dennis. After being repeatedly mistaken for this pervert Dennis becomes angry, but not because they think he’s a sex offender, but because they think he looks like a fat guy.
While this is happening, the same budget cuts that got the molester released from prison got Luther, Mac’s Dad, released as well. Mac tries to reunite his parents so he can have the childhood he lost. At the same time Frank decides to move out of Charlie’s place to acquire a ‘Bang Maid’ to take care of him.
Frank: Charlie, I need a woman. I need a woman to… to cook for me, and clean up after me, and somebody that will do everything I say. Charlie: Well, that’s just a maid. You want a maid? Frank: Yeah, that’s right, a maid. A maid I can bang.
Dee then convinces Dennis to give an improv workout seminar to the kids in the park. Shirtless and with a fake mustache. Mac’s attempts fail and Charlie’s mom (who is Frank’s Bang Maid) leaves Frank for Luther. Mac drives Luther around while he tracks down the people on his list. Charlie’s name is last on said list and he and Mac become convinced that Luther is killing all these people. So they turn call the police, only to find out that Luther was actually apologizing to all those people and had plans to take Mac and Charlie to the Baseball Hall of Fame, which violates his parole. So he is taken back to jail.
3.02 – The Gang Gets Invincible
The New Kids on the Block movie’ aka Invincible starring Marky Mark was the inspiration for this episode. So like in the movie the Eagles hold an open tryout for the fans and Dennis, Mac, and Dee all decide to make a run of it. This is the also the first appearance of Green Man.
Also at the tryout is Doyle McPoyle, brother to the infamous McPoyle boys. Frank, while tripping balls shits in a trash can and shoots Doyle right after he made the team.
Artemis: He’s been trying to climb through that garbage can for 20 minutes. I’m pretty sure he’s on acid. Frank Reynolds: Thank God you guys are here. How’d you get in here? Dennis Reynolds: What are you talking about? Frank Reynolds: I’ve been stuck in this bathroom for three hours. Artemis: I think he pooped in there.
The exploits of the gang on the field are embarrassingly hilarious. Mac gets leveled by McPoyle, Dennis gets knocked out cold by a football, and Dee shatters her foot attempting to punt the ball.
3.04 – The Gang Gets Held Hostage
This one really hit a chord with me, as it both heavily features the McPoyles, and is a spoof of Die Hard with Frank as our John McClane.
As payback for the events at the Eagles tryout, and the Gang being responsible for Doyle’s leg injury, Liam, Ryan, and Margret McPoyle take the bar hostage. It’s ridiculous how quickly the gang turn on each other, almost immediately betraying one and other. Dee soon starts to fall victim to a case of Stockholm syndrome, and Dennis attempts to seduce Margret…
Dennis: Margaret, you like sweat, don’t you. Margaret–it is Margaret, isn’t it? Of course it is. You know, your eyebrow drives me crazy. It’s so thick, it’s so dark, so very…connected. You’re a stone cold fox, Margaret. You’re a stone cold fox, and I want you. I gotta have you–I need you. I want you inside me. But you know that, don’t you, Margaret?
All the while Frank is stuck in the air ducts searching for his will, which is hidden somewhere up there by Charlie. The McPoyles then demand then that the gang destroy their own bar, before taking them up to the roof for a helicopter escape. As they reach the roof, Frank emerges from the vent with Charlie who escaped earlier. They have a very Die Hard ending – Frank with a gun taped to his back and maniacal laughter coming from their captors, Frank opens fire, which results in Ryan falling off the roof ala Hans Gruber. The fall however is comically short and it’s revealed that the McPoyle’s guns were fake all along.
Easily my favorite part was when Liam commands his brother to “Stab SOMEBODY!” and Ryan charges from behind the bar to bury a small knife in Liam’s arm. Which they then pour warm milk on…hilarious.
2.03 – Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare
In typical ‘Reynolds-Fashion’, Frank begins screwing with the gang and Dennis and Dee decide they want no part of it. So they quit and go on unemployment. They have big plans to become very successful, but when their unemployment runs out, they’re not ready to get off of the government teet. So, until they can achieve their dreams, they decide they’ll go on welfare. To qualify for the government assistance though, they decide that they should first get hooked on drugs. They quickly become addicted to crack.
Meanwhile, tired of the added workload around the bar, Frank, Charlie, and Mac apply to get some ‘Work for Welfare’ slaves employees. With the new government funded help, Mac and Charlie are free to entertain themselves elsewhere. When they starting bumming Frank out though, he fires the new help. At this point though, Mac and Charlie have dipped into Frank’s money, which he hides from his wife in Charlie’s bank account.
While Dennis and Dee become low life drug addicts, Mac and Charlie become men of privilege, at least until the ATM declines them…
2.05 – Hundred Dollar Baby
As the episode starts out, the gang is cutting through an alley when they’re approached by a mugger. The guys quickly leave Dee on her own and run away. This inspires Dee to learn some self-defense and Frank it seems used to Box in the 60’s. So he volunteers to teach her.
The guys meanwhile find an underground fight club where they decide no one can take a beating like Charlie. So in a Rocky-Esqe training sequence, they continually beat him with various objects. At this time Frank and Dee are at the gym and Dee meets a shady character that offers he a quick solution – steroids. This is when the episode really takes off.
Dee soon becomes addicted and sets up a fight with an amateur boxer, who is the daughter of Frank’s old rival.
Brianna: You look like a Holocaust victim in pageant makeup. Dee: I will eat your babies, bitch! Frank: Nobody’s eating anybody’s babies. Dee: Come on, let me eat her babies. Dee: What did you just say you little bitch!
Dee begins to scare Frank…
As the steroids start to really take hold, Dee’s new mustache and sideburns come through. Charlie then finds her drugs and starts taking them himself. This leads to a confrontation between the 2 which is hilarious and ends up in both Dee and Charlie missing their scheduled fights. The episode ends with a ‘Million Dollar Baby’ reference after Frank fills in for Dee, and with Mac having to fill in Charlie and getting his ass kicked under the name ‘Clown Baby’.
4.04 – Mac’s Banging the Waitress
Two Words: Project. Badass. This is the cause to all the problems that arise in this episode.
Mac has been making a series of videos to show what a badass he is. Things like taping firecrackers to his jacket and falling down and what not. Well under the impression that Charlie hates his videos, Mac does what any logical person would do – fabricates a sexual relationship with the woman Charlie loves – The Waitress. She agrees to play along in hopes it will grant her access to steal back the sex tape Dennis made of them. Charlie initially doesn’t know who the Waitress is seeing, so he asks Mac to investigate for him. This is when Dennis learns that Charlie considers Mac to be his best friend and tries to change that.
This is the only episode that does not feature Dee, and Frank is also absent. That’s part of what makes its placement so impressive, it was able to deliver even with out them. This is in large part due to the performance of the Waitress who delivers one of her best performances. So while Charlie is waiting for Mac to return, Dennis tries to convince him that he should be Charlie’s best friend, but Charlie resists. He stays up all night waiting for Mac to return and finishes an entire case of beer and several pizzas. When he finally confronts Mac he starts to believe what Dennis has been saying and goes to Dennis’ room to sleep.
Charlie: (in Dennis’ bed) Am I peeing?… Hey Guys, if I’m peeing – Wake me up.
In the end, once Mac learns that Charlie actually loves his Project Badass tapes, he confesses that the whole affair with the Waitress was a lie, and all is forgiven.
3.09 – Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person
Dennis so easily places ideas into Dee’s head. The best of them was that her new boyfriend, local rapper “Lil’ Kev” is actually retarded.
Dee then must spend the rest of the episode trying to figure out if Dennis was right or not. From his juice boxes to his laugh to his still living with his mother, Lil’ Kev is a mystery…
Dennis: That’s funny, because people who aren’t retarded usually drive. Retarded, one. Normal, zero.
While that is happening, Frank, Mac, and Charlie form a band. The band however quickly falls apart and Charlie is kicked out for writing a song seemingly about a rape…
NIGHTMAN Night Man, sneaky and mean Spider inside my dreams I think I love you
You make me wanna cry You make me wanna die I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you Night Man
Every night you come into my room And pin me down with your strong arms You pin me down, and I try to fight you You come inside me You fill me up And I become the Night Man…
It’s just 2 men sharing the night It might seem wrong but it’s just right It’s just 2 men sharing each other It’s just 2 men like loving brothers
One on top and one on bottom One inside and one is out One is screaming, he’s so happy The other’s screamin’ a passionate shout
It’s the Night Man I’m feeling so wrong and right, man I’m feeling so wrong and right, man
I can’t fight you, man When you come inside me And pin me down with your strong hands And I become the Night… The passionate, passionate Night Man
When they refuse Dennis entry to the band he joins up with Charlie and “Dayman” is born.
Day Man – by Electric Dream Machine Day Man Fighter of the Night Man Champion of the sun You’re a master of karate And friendship for everyone
Day Man (Aah-aah-aah) Fighter of the Night Man (Aah-aah-aah) Champion of the sun (Aah-aah-aah) You’re a master of karate And friendship for everyone
The gang decide to do a show at the bar and the final band ends up with Dennis joining Mac and Frank onstage to much crowd disappointment. Lil’ Kev then appears to and in a final conclusion to Dee’s conundrum, he dumps her in a rap.
The lasting effects of this episode would be seen more than a season later in “The Nightman Cometh”.
5.07 – The Gang Wrestles for the Troops
This is the first episode mentioned so far that came after the 3rd season, and it’s a doosey. Featuring maybe the best Guest Star ever, Rowdy Roddy Piper – The gang decides they want to do something nice for the troops. This results in them putting together a wrestling match and much hilarity ensues. This is all sparked by the internet relationship that Dee (aka Desert Rose) has been having with a soldier named Ben Smith, who is returning from overseas. When he arrives however, Dee mistakes him for a cripple and takes off, while Frank presents him with a salute and a pair of Jorts.
Frank then informs the guys he wants to wrestle as a villain called ‘The Trash Man’ who eats garbage. They instead relegate him to reffing duty. They hire Da’ Maniac (Piper) to be the villain and the three of them will be ‘The Birds of War’. But when Maniac gets arrested, they have to hire Cricket as a last-minute fill in. He will play ‘The Talibum’ and fight all three of them.
The Birds of War: Stomp! Clap! Stomp! Stomp! Clap! Stomp! Clap! Stomp! Stomp! Clap! The eagle’s born out of thunder. He flies through the night. Don’t you mess with his eggs now, or you’ll see us fight! Yes we have feathers, but the muscles of men. ‘Cuz we’re birds of war now, but we’re also men! Birds of war! Ah ah ah ah!!
Before the match however, learning that Ben is not cripple, Dee sings “Kiss from a Rose“ to win him back. However it’s too much for Cricket to take as she has ruined his life and he flattens her with a chair…
Once in the ring Cricket throws sand in all their eyes and just when it appears as though Cricket is the winner, The Trashman shows up out of nowhere and throws his trash can at Cricket.
The edge however catches Cricket in the neck and he starts to bleed profusely.
The Trashman is the winner.
6.09 – Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth
This is a must see for any fan of 80’s action movies. While Dee and Charlie get new jobs at the local High School, the rest of the gang decides to make a movie: Lethal Weapon 5.
Charlie, now a janitor at the school, sees a kid being picked on for being a juggalo, and takes him under his wing. Dee is teaching the drama class and for some reason thinks a field trip to the bar to see the guy’s movie would be a good idea. She soon learns it was not.
The movie is perhaps one of the greatest parodies ever created. With Dennis as Murtagh and Mac as Riggs, then with them switching parts half way though – best use of ‘black face’ ever, just edging out Ken Jeong in Community…
5.10 – The D.E.N.N.I.S. System
This whole episode is a systematic breakdown of how Dennis dates. Using woman for sex then breaking off contact completely.
We also learn that the other guys have systems too. The MAC System (Move in After Completion) is when he picks up these woman, emotionally damaged by Dennis, and bangs them himself. And finally, Frank swoops in for the scraps after Mac is done. Charlie simply relies on stalking the Waitress. Dee is disgusted by all of this, and they convince her that Ben Smith is running a system on her too. She then challenges Dennis to win back one of these girls and he accepts said challenge.
Dennis tries repeatedly to win back Caylee and it’s not going so well. Perhaps the best part of the episode (outside of Dennis’ calls from the Pay Phone) is Frank’s alias: Toboggan, Mantis Toboggan, M.D.
Frank: I got my magnum condoms, I got my and a wad of hundreds; I’m ready to plow!
While Dennis is trying to prove Dee wrong, she is throwing away her relationship with Ben, and Charlie is trying to apply the DENNIS to The Waitress. Charlie however is unable to apply it correctly, and ends up only making her further hate him.
4.05 – Mac & Charlie Die: Part 1
After the events of the Sex Offender episode, when they got Luther arrested, Mac and Charlie now fear for their lives. So when they find out that Mac’s dad will once again be released from prison they decide their only course of action is to fake their own deaths.
They obviously decide that the best way to do this is to steal Dee’s car and smash it into a wall, assuming the car will explode and people will think they perished in the fire. Then, in what is my 2nd favorite moment in the show’s history, they attempt the car smash…
The plan being that make will run the car at the wall and leap out at the last-minute. Well the car never gets up to speed and Mac makes no attempt to escape the car, so instead he just smashed into the wall. Mac exits the car with a concussion, and hilarity ensues.
While this is all happening, Frank and Dennis discover a ‘Glory Hole’ in the bathroom. This leads their imaginations to run wild, and seek out an orgy…
Frank: This slot defeats the purpose. I can see your eyes! We might as well get married. Dennis: It’s the safest way, Frank. Frank: Dennis, if I was looking for safe I wouldn’t be sticking my dick through a wall.
The 2nd part is also quite good, but this first half is one of the best.
3.15 – The Gang Dances Their Asses Off
The season 3 finale has the gang getting screwed by Charlie’s inability to read. Again apparently.
Mac: Your illiteracy has screwed us again, Charlie!
From Wiki:‘Frank announces that he’s created a “ranking system” for the pub’s employees. Everyone at the bar then obsesses over their rank. When prompted for their ranks, Frank informs Dennis that he’s 2nd after himself. Mac is told that he’s third because he’s too volatile (which Mac protests). Sweet Dee is fifth and last because she has too much lip and is too sassy. When Dee argues the fact, Frank claims she’s just proving his point. Before the matter can go any further, Charlie shows up to the meeting late with a signed contract in his hand.‘
It would appear that Charlie signed the bar up to host a dance contest, but upon closer examination, it’s a dance marathon and the bar is the prize. The entire gang must now enter the contest to retain the bar.
Predictably however, they all turn on each other in hopes of moving up in the ranking system. The Waitress and Cricket also show up in hopes of winning the bar away from the Gang. Well the gang all start ‘challenging’ each other to dance offs where the loser is eliminated. Mac’s ‘Fight Dancing’ is a personal favorite of mine. This though is not enough to keep Mac alive in the contest.
In the end, they hold on to keep the bar thanks to some massive amounts of cheating.
6.07 – Who Got Dee Pregnant?
This was awesome. The whole episode is a flashback to a Halloween party where Dee got knocked up. The guys are trying to figure out who she banged and putting together what they can each remember of the night. As the episode progresses, with each story told, Dee becomes more and more Bird like. This is my favorite moment of all time on this show. In Mac’s version, Dee is just flat-out a bird.
Unable to solve the puzzle they are forced to ask other people who were there, including Artemis and the McPoyles.
After combining all they know they become convinced that Dennis and Dee slept together. This turns out false, but it’s awesome while it lasts. Everything about this episode is awesome. The McPoyles insisting the toilet not be flushed, Frank and Artemis ‘dumpster banging’, and Charlie harassing someone he thinks is the Waitress, but who isn’t.
4.13 – The Nightman Cometh
The single greatest episode ever was the finale for Season 4. This episode spawned a live tour that sold out in minutes. I know, I tried to get tickets to the Boston show. Hey guys – a Detroit show next time? Anyhow, this episode revolves around Charlie writing a musical. Charlie insists that he has no alternative motives, simply wants to create something. he is met with doubt.
Mac: But who versus? Who are we doing it versus?
He rewards each member of the gang with a role in the show, which is based of the song that got him kicked out of the band in Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person – Nightman. The stage production, assisted by Artemis and Gladys (who also appeared in The D.E.N.N.I.S. System), is a pleasure to watch, and is highlighted by DeVito’s Troll character.
Frank: You gotta pay the troll toll to get into this boy’s hole. You gotta pay the troll toll to get in. You want this baby boy’s hole, you gotta pay the troll toll. Charlie: Stop, stop, stop. All right not bad, good rhythm, love the enthusiasm. I feel like you’re saying “boy’s hole”, and it’s clearly “soul”. And I know, Artemis, you did write “soul”, right? Artemis: I did write “soul”. I definitely did.
In the end Charlie does of course have other motivations, as the rehearsed ending to the show has him being lowered from the ceiling and purposing to the Waitress, who promptly refuses.
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– Season 2, Episode 4: Mac Bangs Dennis’ Mom – Season 4, Episode 7: Who Pooped the Bed? – Season 6, Episode 11: The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods – Season 7, Episode 2: The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore – Season 7, Episode 11: Thunder Gun Express
So there you have. The Best of Always Sunny. What’d you think, what was overlooked?