Hide ya kids, hide ya wives, because Psycho Pete is back!
The third episode from season ten of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia hit the air last night on the FXX with the “return” of Psycho Pete. I’m using quotes because although it’s his return, this is actually the character’s first physical appearance on the program. He was only previous mentioned as an old high school friend of Charlie and Mac’s who led their freight-train gang and mustered up an infamous reputation for his crazy antics.
Charlie and Mac enter Paddy’s with what they think is exciting news; Psycho Pete has been released from the loony bin and is ready to reunite! As expected however, the other members of the gang aren’t to thrilled that a criminal, who is said to have killed and eaten his whole family like a meal off the McDonald’s dollar menu, is now back out among the normal population. They bitch and moan about the scary possibilities now that Pete’s out, only to be interrupted by a normal looking guy who introduces himself as “Peter.” Charlie claims he knows no one named Peter (clearly Pete and Peter aren’t the same in Charlie world), but Mac realizes that this average-Joe is in fact, Psycho Pete. Quite anti-climatic is the fact that Pete doesn’t appear to be very psycho at all. In fact, when asked if he pulled all his hair out when he was locked up he reveals that his hair loss is actually just genetic. Sooooo psycho…
Despite this lack-luster entrance Dennis, Dee, and Frank are still apprehensive about Pete’s intentions and decide to visit the asylum he was supposedly released from. Come to find out however, the institution was deserted and had been recently shut down. But, while inside, Frank is caught up in the aura of the asylum as it brings back some haunting memories of when he was admitted there as a boy. A few genuinely creepy flashbacks show Frank locked up in a cushioned room where he talks to a counterpart who he refers to as ‘Froggy.’ He even finds “Frank and Froggy 1995” etched into the floor of one of the old rooms. Looks like Frank’s mental state has never really been solid at all.
In the midst of this, Charlie and Mac (saddened by Pete’s lack of psychosis) seek out help from an old friend. In a beat up neighborhood riddled with abandoned buildings and graffiti they find none other than Rickety Cricket. This is the first appearance of Cricket so far this season and his presence really saved the episode. When he removed the cloak he was wearing it revealed yet another unfortunate ailment: a burn covering the entire left side of his face, which he claims he received while he was trapped in the gang’s burning apartment during Thanksgiving. Now he really does kind of look like those stray dogs he worked with back at the shelter in season eight. Anyways, once bribed with beer Cricket agrees to reinstate his priestly status and receive a confession from Pete about his past sins–to rid him of his guilt–which Charlie and Mac think is what’s making him a current snooze-fest.
Confused about the entire situation, Pete neglects to confess his sins, so Charlie and Mac do it for him. However, when they see that it has no effect on Pete’s behavior, Mac comes to the most logical of conclusions–he must be possessed by Satan! Of course, what hadn’t I thought of that?? Thus, the preparations for an exorcism ensue.
Meanwhile, the other three decide that since the asylum was closed that they should go visit a psychiatrist to try and get some medication to ensure Pete remains under control. Once at the office, Frank leaves pretty quickly–remembering the name of his old doctor and wanting to track him down in order to try and learn the current whereabouts of Froggy (who he later finds out was just a figment of his own imagination). Dee tries to speak in a bunch of horribly executed accents (as always) to convince the doctor she’s schizophrenic, sparking aggravation from Dennis and my favorite scene from the episode:
“Dee, I swear you would be of more use to me if I skinned you and turned your skin into a lamp shade, or fashioned you into a piece of high-end luggage. I could even add you to my collection!”
“Are you saying that you have a collection of skin luggage…?”
“Of course I’m not, Dee, don’t be ridiculous…think of the smell. YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF THE SMELL, YOU BITCH! Now you say another word and I swear to god I will dice you into a million little pieces…and put those pieces in a box, a glass box, that I will display on my mantle.”
*SIDENOTE* It confuses me why Dennis is so widely thought of as the least-funny character on the show by fans, because as I’ve watched the series he’s honestly become one of my favorites. This is undoubtedly the funniest segment of the episode and I think his delivery of his lines, his emphasis, etc. is always so on point. He may not always be written the funniest material but I feel like he always works so well with what he’s given. Maybe it’s just because his snarky sense of humor reminds me of myself, but anyways…enough ranting.
This fit of rage was enough to have the doctor give Dennis an actual prescription for multiple-personality disorder, but of course Dennis just claims he got the medicine because he was such a persuasive conversationalist.The gang all joins back at Paddy’s where Charlie, Mac, and Cricket are taking inventory of their exorcism supplies. In the midst of this chaos, Pete finally speaks up and tries to tell the gang that he really is fine, and was never even ‘psycho’ to begin with. In fact, it had been rumors (predominantly spread by the gang themselves) back in high school that had created this aura around him. Turns out, he was admitted into the asylum for social anxiety and depression as a result and only returned to Paddy’s because he found solace in the fact that Charlie, Mac, Dennis, and Dee had all talked to him back in the day when he was so infamous. He was there seeking help from them the entire time.
But, in typical Always Sunny fashion, rather than doing something good and helping Pete stay on the right path, they ship him off on a train to L.A, where they claim he can be happy and successful.
All in all, I’d say this was a good episode in itself. I was happy that Cricket came back because he always makes the show more entertaining. However, compared to the previous two episodes I would have to say this was probably my least favorite. I’m such a fan that I honestly love every episode of the show, but this one didn’t get as many laughs out of me as the first two of season 10. However, I have high hopes for next week and good luck to Psycho Pete over in the city of angels.