Season 10, Episode 3 Review: Psycho Pete Returns

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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…

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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.

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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.

Rating: 7/10

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Season 10, Episode 2 Review: The Gang Group Dates

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“Here’s to orgys!”

The second–particularly raunchy and erotic–episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s tenth season premiered last night on the FXX Network. It began with Dee revealing to the gang that she has a new boyfriend that she’s “going steady” with.

Really, Dee? Going steady–what is this, Rydell High? Anyways, the guys are curious as to how their bird-like friend achieved this relationship status, so Dee explains that she met this guy, Ryan, at a ‘buncher’ (a online site that assembles groups of people together for group dates). Liking the idea, the guys decide to host some of these bunchers at Paddy’s in order to make some cash and hopefully enhance their love lives. Dennis offers to coach Mac and Charlie, breaking out the D.E.N.N.I.S. system which we haven’t seen for some time now.

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I love that the scene is set at the bar for most of this episode since we didn’t see any of it in the premiere. At Paddy’s first buncher the trio of guys work together to mingle with some girls, but Charlie and Mac’s ignorance blows up Dennis’ spot and fouls up the system. As a result, Dennis gets pretty frazzled and ends up repelling the girls and sending them–ironically–over to the company of Charlie and Mac. This is something I enjoyed because I always love to see Dennis get shafted in the love department, because he’s a cocky bastard but is horrendous and handling rejection. It’s essentially his kryptonite.

Meanwhile, Dee shows Frank the promise ring she got for Ryan and says she changed her Facebook relationship status–so we know it must be official. Frank then starts talking about his ‘cock ring.’  Ok, I really tried to think of a subtler way to mention this, but I decided it was better just blunt and out there–like ripping off a band-aid.

Dee further touches upon this uncomfortably sexual declaration with my favorite quote of the episode: “Why my father is talking to me with a cinch around his penis is beyond my grasp” Honestly Frank, ew.

Thankfully however, the story line continues and Dee’s ‘boyfriend’ shows up to Paddy’s. She thinks he arrives to visit her but comes to find out that he’s there for the buncher and never had any idea they were dating to begin with. Dee then has to think on her feet–something that can never end well–and tells Ryan that the promise ring she was planning on giving him is actually her dad’s…well…you get the picture. But I mean Dee, come on, you really couldn’t think of a lie that’s a little less incestuous and nauseating?

At the end of the night, Dee rants about her a-hole one night stand, telling the guys shes going to reduce the number of stars she awarded him on a different website: ‘Ratings.’ Intrigued, the guys ask if they’re on the site. Come to find out, they are, and Mac & Charlie appear to have gotten a higher rating than ‘lady’s man’ Dennis–something he is not amused by.

Night two ensues, and the dynamics change a bit. Dennis takes off on his own, hoping to have more success without the burden of Mac and Charlie’s incompetence; Dee works the crowd hoping to score as many dudes as possible, and the other three guys take to the back office to devise a game plan. Dennis soon becomes obsessed with his potential ratings from the women he meets and end up consistently sabotaging himself because of his paranoia–becoming progressively distraught. Dee bangs a BUNCH of guys and thinks that giving them low ratings, regardless of their true status, gives her some sort of power. This further infuriates Dennis, because he feels the pain of these ‘great men’ being misrepresented online. Finally, the other guys brainstorm topics for conversation. When confusion ensues they decide to just go out on the floor, try their hand, and keep things simple–start with introducing yourself of course! However, just in case things go awry, Frank brings along a whistle that he intends to blow as an abort signal.

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Confident as ever, they leave the office, walk up to some woman, and Frank triumphantly declares, “Hi ladies, I’m Frack…SHIT!” *defeated whistle blow* However, things progress, after many failed attempts, and the crew finally seems to get the hang of things. A group of ladies appears somehow interested in the trio of degenerates, but of course, Mac drops the ball when trying to close the deal by beginning a racist joke and causing Charlie to blow the whistle. Meanwhile, Dennis is on a dinner date with the waitress where he tries to show some empathy and apologize for having degraded her in the past. However, when he asks her to rate him highly in return for the promise ring he gives her, she declares that she doesn’t “have online” and wont’ be able to. Things brings good ol’ selfish conceited Dennis back as he storms out, saying he doesn’t need anyone’s approval and will ‘rate’ every last woman in the restaurant.

He finally storms into Paddy’s kicking all the woman out, but realizes there really aren’t any there. Most likely because throughout the course of these antics, no one has really been around to serve the customers drinks. Throughout the episode, when asked for service, they would just brush it off and say ask “bird lady and troll man” or “the dirty one or the gay one.” Dee claims all the dudes in the bar to be hers, saying that she has power over them all due to her low ratings she’s been giving. However, her fantasy is soon dissipated as they guys start coming up to her and revealing they’re only following her around because they want to sleep with her again. Perfectly summarized by a short bald man in glasses coming up and asking, “hey are you the whore who bangs everybody?”

The episode ends with a speech from Dennis that’s simultaneously inspiring and degrading. He says the gang doesn’t need approval from anyone else, because they all constantly assure themselves of their own ridiculous illusions. Like the fact that Mac is straight, or that Dee isn’t a whore.

An all in all hysterical episode that I think surpassed the premiere from last week. I thoroughly enjoyed each scene and story line and the kick ass 90’s R&B that was bumpin’ in the bar throughout. I mean, seriously, the Ignition remix, Return of the Mack, No Scrubs? Classic.

Rating: 9.5/10

Season 10, Episode 1 Review: The Gang Beats Boggs

Happy season 10, bitches!

The moment I’ve been waiting for since November finally arrived last night, as the season 10 premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia aired on the FXX. I sat back and relaxed with a beer and some good friends to watch and, as expected, was more than satisfied with what the first episode had to offer.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

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The gang’s all here as the episode opens at 9:30 am on a Thursday, to the sound of an opening beer can. The gang boards a plane and we find out that they’re attempting to mimic the infamous beer drinking of legendary 3rd baseman, Wade Boggs. He’s known his ability to drink what’s rumored to be upwards of 50 (some say 70..) beers during his cross country flights, only to then go on and successfully conquer a game out on the field.

It’s interesting that the first episode has no connection to Paddy’s and takes place entirely away from Philly, since we rarely see the gang outside of their comfort zone. However, a new location did nothing to stop the typical debauchery that’s expected anytime one of their plans ensues. Mac is the only sober one due to the fact that he lost an initial chugging contest and was thus demoted to overseer. But, in typical Mac fashion, he spends the episode under the self-proclaimed ‘Bud Selig’ roll, acting as ‘comissioner’ and pretending he’s in charge.

Aside from Mac, everyone else basically just gets progressively hammered over the course of this flight, as they compete with each other and attempt to break Bogg’s record. Dee starts off in the lead, although she’s pretty lost as usual and is convinced she’s trying to rival Boss Hogs, a character from the Dukes of Hazard.

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Charlie follows in second throughout the episode. And while he has the correct person in mind as a reference, he just can’t seem to wrap his head around the fact that Wade Boggs is very much alive–living in Tampa in his 50’s as Mac tries to explain.

As the show progresses, beers are crushed consistently and things get more and more chaotic. Frank almost kills a frat boy with sleeping pills, Dennis bangs some “North Dakota” trash in the cargo room of the plane, and Dee and Charlie begin to hallucinate (envisioning Hogs and Boggs respectively).

The plane touches down in North Dakota, where Dennis expects his clingy bang-buddy to get off, but he ends up leaving himself in order to avoid her when he finds out she’s actually headed to L.A. like the rest of the gang. Consequently, he is eliminated. Followed shortly afterward by Frank, who’s tiny senior-citizen body can’t seem to keep up with the likes of Charlie and Dee.

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The flight finally lands at L.A.X. where Dee and Charlie are still standing–barely–and each triumphantly “finish” their 71st beers. Mac then breaks the news that in order to truly match the aura of Boggs they must successfully go 3 for 5 on the field. Dee unfortunately passes out on the luggage conveyor-belt immediately afterwards, but SOMEHOW, Charlie remains coherent enough to head to the field and successfully hit a baseball almost completely out of the park. While rendered verbally incomprehensible, it seems the he found the strength within to truly rival the legend (but, we can’t really know for sure because Mac was too lazy to go retrieve the ball in order pitch 4 more times).

All in all, I was very pleased with the season premiere and am so looking forward to future episodes this season. Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day mentioned in an interview a few years ago that as the seasons progress, the writing gets harder, but that makes for better and funnier episodes. I completely agree. I can see the hard work and creativity coming across in the recent seasons, and in this premiere episode as well. It was full of all the typical antics that are expected from the gang and really picked right up again, as if there had never been a break between seasons 9 and 10. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and hope Dennis makes it back to Philly safely enough to rejoin everyone for the rest of the season..

Be sure to catch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Wednesday nights at 10 pm on the FXX.

 

Charlie’s on Fallon

On Monday night, Charlie Day made a return to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to discuss the premiere of It’s Always Sunny. During the interview with Fallon, Charlie discusses the show’s success thus far and even gives a little insight into the season 10 premiere episode (airing tonight at 10 pm!). Charlie describes the plot of tonight’s episode, in which the gang tries to rival the beer-drinking reputation of baseball legend, Wade Boggs.

After discussing the show, Charlie and Jimmy play a new game called “5 Second Summaries” which involves describing the plot-line of a famous movie well enough for your partner to guess, all within in 5 seconds. Watch below to find out how they did, and be sure to tune into the FXX tonight at 10 pm for the season 10 premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

 

The Gang Writes a Self-help Book.

Many fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia have already purchased the gang’s newest piece of merchandise, but it turns out this one can actually be helpful! (maybe..)

The members of the cast recently released a “legitimate” self-help book into the world of literature, and being the fan that I am, I of course jumped right on the bandwagon and purchased a copy for myself.

 

20150111_135454[1]As you can see, the book is entitled The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today (a title that’s explained in the introduction, but really makes a small deal of sense, as per usual). It’s basically broken down into 5 sections dealing with different aspects of life that one would wish to have success in–relationships, finances, etc. Each section then contains separate chapters written from the perspectives of each different gang member. The ones written by Charlie of course are a bit incomprehensible and often need translating from his pals, who are obviously reliable sources of credibility…

I’m only a few chapters in at this point but have already laughed out loud more than once, which is something a book has never done for me before. Everything is just written so spot-on based off the personas of each gang member, and you can hear their voices so clearly as you read–as if they’re reading aloud right next to you. There are even some “knowledgeable” and “well-written” quizzes within the book that you can take to help you along the path to success. Despite the disclaimer from the book’s publisher apologizing for the “offensive” piece “devoid of any artistic merit” and urging everyone to avoid following any presented advice within, I encourage all fans to purchase this. It’s only about 17 dollars on Amazon and really is a great insight into the show and the characters’ personalities. It offers a different viewpoint and really does have some funny advice that could be somewhat useful (don’t quote me on that). I’ll be doing an in depth review when I’m finished, but for now, I’ll keep drinking my coffee while trying to decipher Charlie’s dyslexic rants.

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Season 10 of It’s Always Sunny premiers on the FXX Network on Wednesday the 14th, just in case any of you jabronis forgot.