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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia “The Gang Broke Dee” Review (9×01)

5 Sep

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Ah, it is great to have Sunny and all its brutal, yet hilarious, gang antics back on our television screens. I still don’t quite understand the necessity of three FX channels, but there’s nothing I can do about that.

Anyway, this episode is a hilarious kick off to this penultimate season, showcasing the talents of Kaitlin Olson and Glenn Howerton in particular. The episode starts off with Dee in the bar, drunk and depressed, and the rest of the gang trying to remedy that. However, these people never really produce anything good from their ideas: more often than not, the situation becomes a huge fiasco that spirals downward endlessly.

This isn’t exactly where this episode goes, though (at first). Dee becomes increasingly popular as a stand up comic, delivering sound effects and vagina jokes galore. Dennis, meanwhile, is preoccupied with making sure Dee finds an “average guy”, trying extremely hard to convince himself that she isn’t abandoning him for better opportunities. It’s kind of a depressing arc, but Howerton plays it extremely well.

It all leads up to that final scene, one that completely surprised me in terms of its cruelty and unexpectedness. The gang reveals that everything that happened was a hoax, designed to really crush Dee’s spirits and get her to embrace her true “average-ness”. The true brilliance of this, though, is that it happens to have a more profound impact on Dennis, leaving him a blubbering mess. It’s the capper to, as I said before, a depressing arc, but the show weaves in comedy so well that it really just becomes what it always has been: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Grade: A-

Other thoughts:

-Olson’s dry heaves and her blowup at the end are things of beauty.

-The rest of the cast still got in some great lines, though. Charlie’s delivery of “Did you kill yourself, Dee?” was pitch perfect.

-“She said vagina! It’s funny because a woman said it!”

-“Dee. Dee. Dee. Dee. Da. Da. Da. Da. Dee. Da. Dadedadedade……etc.”

-I couldn’t help but think of Breaking Bad with the whole Walt business. Also, Huell was there!

-“She knows your goddamn name, Walt.”

-“The crabs have machine guns now. That makes sense.”

Credit to FXX and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for all pictures. I own nothing.

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