Tweet of the Week

I’m starting a new weekly piece called ‘Tweet of the Week’ where I’m going to select my favorite Tweet from the week prior by one of the Always Sunny cast members/writers/fan twitters. Whether it be something I found funny, something inspiring, or just something I had an opinion on, I think it’s important to highlight what these people behind the show have to say in their personal lives. It allows us to get a good glimpse at the voices behind the veil of the show.

This week I chose a tweet from Rob McElhenney that I was inspired by and thought was very relevant to some social issues today. It wasn’t incredibly philanthropic, but it’s simplicity and truth resonated with me–here’s what he said:

I’m such an advocate for being a kind person and treating other people with respect, regardless of their differences. While our society has made large strides towards higher levels of acceptance and respect among different races/sexualities/class levels, there are still a great number of people who do not act according to these advancements. This is one of my main criticisms of the rise of social media, as I believe it’s provided an incredibly fluid and easily accessible outlet for people to preach hateful words against others. These ignorant comments are now so easy to spread through Facebook and Twitter and provide these people with a screen to hide behind.

As cliche as it sounds, life is so short. It takes so much effort to hate people, and to be disrespectful. I always say that one of the easiest ways to be happy is to just know who you are and allow yourself to be welcoming of others and their opinions. The more diversity you are exposed to the more you grow as a person, as your mind and sense of life becomes more and more rich. Why would you want to spend the short amount of time you have here hating other people and being vindictive? We live in such an unavoidably relational world that it’s so much more enlightening to but your effort into loving other people than resenting them.

Rob sums it up perfectly with this tweet and I give him props for providing his followers with such a great bit of advice to live by.

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Top-Ten Tuesday: Frank’s Best Moments

The oldest (in age and time of arrival) member of the gang, Frank Reynolds, has filled It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with a plethora of crazy antics and outlandish ideas. His scheming ways and mental instability have classified him as one of the more unpredictable characters in the series. However, this unpredictability is exactly what makes him so funny and popular among fans of the show. He has been lighting up TV screens with toe-knives and Paddy’s eggs for 9 seasons now, and theses are my picks for his ten best moments from the show thus far.

#10). His one true love

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In the episode “Frank’s Brother” we meet Frank’s one true love, a lounge singer named Shadynasty. Experiences of love and loss, including Frank fleeing the country and getting addicted to cocaine, make for a memorable episode that provides us with a great look into Frank’s past.

#9). His suicide attempt

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In a state of depression, Frank tries to take his own life by hanging himself from the rafters of the bar. Unfortunately, his neck is of tree trunk density and the noose has no effect as he dangles back and forth like a balding pinata.

#8). The Paddy’s Pub eggs

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While creating Paddy’s Pub merchandise, Frank decides to take a poultry related route and design Paddy’s eggs. No one knows why Frank thought this would ever be a good idea, but the signature green eggs come up again in numerous episodes including “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win An Award.”

#7). His hand-sanitizer bath

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During a flu outbreak in Philadelphia, Frank decides to have everyone quarantined inside the bar in order to prevent them from catching the sickness from outsiders. However, as the gang members start to become sick despite the quarantine, Frank becomes increasingly paranoid. He starts by removing all the hair from his entire body to rid himself of germs and ends the episode rolling around in hand-sanitizer muttering crazed nonsense.

P.S. It turns out that none of the gang members were actually sick with the flu, but rather were just experience severe alcohol withdrawal. Thank god for the whiskey Charlie keeps in a bleach bottle under the bathroom sink, phew.

#6). His skinny jeans

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In the episode “The Gang Reignites the Rivalry” Frank tries to get hip and buy a pair of skinny jeans. The result is a hilarious scene between the guys not only when they criticize him for how ridiculous he looks, but also when they struggle desperately to get the tight-fit jeans off of Franks’ dense senior-citizen legs.

#5). When he pooped the bed

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“Who Pooped the Bed?” is one of my favorite episode the series has done thus far, for many reasons. But Frank really steals the show when we find out the answer to this question at the end of the episode. After the discovery of many suspiciously vile turds, and an in depth investigation, Frank non-nonchalantly shuts down all the accusations and admits that every poop was his–including one on the floor of the bar that he dropped in the middle of his confession.

#4). When he broke out of the couch

Arguably one of Frank’s most outlandish moments–and that’s saying something–was when he made Dennis and Dee sew him into the upholstery of the couch at a Christmas party they were planning on attending. Frank tries to overhear some of the party-goers talking trash about him and ends up breaking free from the couch like some sort of home-decor fetus, revealing his sweaty nude body to the poor unlucky guests.

#3). Rum ham

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When “The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore” everyone kind of goes their own way. Frank and Mac end up on the beach where Frank debuts the famous ‘rum ham.’ Mac, currently in his fat stage, applauds the idea of being able to eat their drinks. Unfortunately, when the duo falls asleep on a raft that drifts from shore, they loose sight of rum ham and it drifts away in agony–mimicking the famous scene from Castaway where Tom Hanks looses his volleyball ‘Wilson.’

#2). His tailgating acid trip

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One of Frank’s first hilariously memorable moments comes during season 3’s “The Gang Gets Invincible” when Frank and Charlie decide to tailgate the citizen Eagle’s tryouts. Charlie just wanted a nice day to relax and get drunk, but Frank had other plans. He decides to drop a shit ton of acid that results in a crazy trip where he thinks he’s locked in an RV bathroom and must climb through Artemis’ mouth in the toilet bowl to escape. Turns out, he’s just standing in a trash can spinning in circles… He even slips Charlie some acid too without him knowing, which leads to the series first reveal of the famous green man.

#1). The troll toll

I don’t think anyone can deny that Frank’s roll in “The Nightman Cometh” takes the cake for his funniest and most famous moment from the show. He plays the role of a troll in Charlie’s musical. This roll includes a song where he demands a toll from the nightman in order for him to gain access to the little boy he wants. While Frank is supposed to be saying “you gotta pay the toll troll if ya want to get into that boy’s soul” his pronunciation makes it sound like he’s saying “boy’s hole.” This, clearly, makes it sound like the nightman needs to rape a little boy, which is not what Charlie had envisioned. This, paired with his ridiculous costume and prosthetics worn during the performance, makes for a classic Frank moment that no one can forget.

Season 10, Episode 10 Review – Ass Kickers United: Mac and Charlie

Emotional instability, withdrawal, lost sense of purpose.

If you think these are all things to describe the members of the gang, you’re wrong (well…you’re not totally wrong). These are all things to describe how I’m feeling after watching the season 10 finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and knowing I now have to wait another year to see my favorite people doing horrible things. However, for the sake of this blog, I will set aside my feelings of depression and recap/review the finale that premiered last night on the FXX.

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The epsiode begins with Dee and Frank finding Charlie, Mac, and two strangers aggressively exercising in the living room. They reveal that they’re part of “Ass Kickers United.” Mac received a newsletter advising him to follow the words of the ‘master’, someone who has achieved “enlightenment through the way of the warrior.” Come to find out however, the whole thing was created by Dennis’ to play on Mac’s body insecurities and make him stop eating Dennis’ thin mint cookies (no thin mints is one of the first Ass Kicker rules).

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Dee jumps on board with the plan, wanting to use these newsletters to convince Mac to fix up his apartment so him and Dennis will leave hers. Frank also wants ‘in on the action’ as always, but for some less practical reasons: “Maybe you could get him to eat a shit sandwich. That’d be fun!” Thus, Dee drafts a new letter, with Frank gnawing beef jerky over her shoulder, including her personal specifications to convince Mac of the importance of drywall and construction. Frank continues his pointless rambling about what else he thinks is important:

“Pu**y…put pu**y.”

“Got damn, Frank. Don’t say pu**y. It’s disgusting. I’m not putting it.” (Crazy what people can say on TV now…).

To shut Frank up, Dee makes is a requirement that each Ass Kicker must bring one female into the system. When he sees said females at the bar working out, Mac, of course, seems to have a problem with it and decides to take a break from the system.10

 

I love how this season has really brought Mac’s low key homosexuality more towards the forefront this season. I think it’s so funny how there’s a juxtaposition between Mac’s masculine appearance/homosexual tendencies and Dennis’ feminine appearance/masculine tendencies. Like when Dennis comes out of the bathroom with a towel wrapped on his head like a woman, but criticizes Mac for looking fat knowing he would care about Dennis’ opinion of him.

Dee brings the guys, including Dax Shepard who had an awesome cameo playing an idiot Ass Kicker, to Mac’s apartment so they can fix it up. However, they don’t take the bait and end up bailing–forcing Dee to think of another plan. She decides to use blackmail to hold information over the guy’s heads and get them to do what she wants, so she gives them a ‘personality’ test.  Basically, she just manipulates them to tell her embarrassing things about themselves, but all Dax and Charlie admit is that they’ve both previously eaten toads.

When Dennis convinces Mac to re-join with another newsletter, Dee sees it as a threat and sets her sights on now taking Dennis to see who can be the master manipulator. Thus, Dee and Frank get Charlie into a drunken stooper and convince him to rally the Ass Kickers together and bring them to the apartment–using a cloaked man to pose as the ‘master.’ However, Dennis bursts in claiming a higher level ‘master’ told him that all the Ass Kickers must commit suicide to reach enlightenment, and breaks out a bottle of lighter fluid. In the midst of bickering where the truth comes out about the entire system being false, Dax bursts out of the bedroom as it’s engulfed in flames. As the gang basically watches him burn alive, the episode comes to a close and they’re back to square one: a burned down apartment with their lives in shambles.

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I thought this was a solid season finale. Wasn’t one of my favorites from the season but it was a strong way to come full circle and close out the season. Additionally, I’m a huge fan of Dax Sheppard and was happy to see him make an appearance. Rating: 8/10

 

St. Patty’s Day

Apologies for my lack of posting in the past week, I was traveling and just returned to school.

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day–it’s like spring’s very own Christmas!!

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Enjoy some drinks with your buddies, and maybe even some Always Sunny if you really want to make the day great. More posts to come this week, laddies.

Season 10, Episode 8 Review: The Gang Goes on Family Fight.

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Last night’s episode of It’s Always Sunny brought the cast to the set of “Family Fight”–a parody of the popular game show “Family Feud.” As they wait backstage, Dennis applies some concealer to hide any un-god-like blemishes and tries to reign everyone else in. He hopes to control their oddities for the duration of the show and avoid horrible embarrassment. However, despite his attempt, everyone is already up to something in the green room: Mac is trying to steal an ash tray, Dee is showing off her fart-noise key chain, and Charlie is trying desperately to understand the concept of cottage cheese.

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C: “Dennis, what is this enticing bowl of white?”

D: “This…? Charlie…that’s cottage cheese.”

Cottage cheese. Like…cheese from some cottage? Who’s cottage? We-well, what is that exactly?”

“How do you not know what it is?! Aren’t you like a cheese guy?”

“I’m not a cottage guy.”

“You are gonna make us loose this game.”

Once they meet their opponents, they’re brought onto the stage, greeted by their host (Keegan-Michael Key), and start the first round. Frank wins control of the board for the Reynolds family by guessing the top answer for the prompt, “name an animal that we eat that doesn’t eat us.” When they choose to play, Dennis–despite his worries about everyone else–winds up being the only person to get an incorrect answer. Even Charlie scored a point with ‘dragons,’ claiming that, contrary to popular belief, they only eat gold and treasure. Dennis’ incorrect answer of ‘sea urchin’ gets him a big fat ‘X’ paired with a piercing buzzer noise that seems to get under his skin quite a bit.

During the commercial break, Dennis reapplies his makeup and criticizes everyone for their embarrassing performances. He can’t believe that his answer got them zero points, but Charlie’s didn’t

C: “People don’t even really eat sea urchin, Dennis.”

D: “Most people don’t eat dragons…”

“Well…dragon flies.”

“People don’t eat dragon flies!”

Everyone then starts ‘buzzing’ Dennis, further adding to his increasing frustration and irritation. After the break, he once again drops the ball by losing the round to the opposing team with the answer ‘laser beams’ in response to, “name something people groom themselves with.” In discussion about what to say in the case of a steal, Charlie pitches the answer of ‘bride,’ saying it’s not possible to groom oneself without a bride. Dennis brushes aside his stupidity but the rest of the gang backs his idea due to his previous correct odd-ball answer. Unfortunately, however, Frank goes with ‘toe knife’ which is clearly incorrect, and the board reveals that bride was in fact the final answer.

One of the funniest scenes comes during the next round with Dee faces off with a competitor and ends up knocking the buzzer right off the base with her gargantuan moose hands, sending sparks and smoke into the air.

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Host: “I ain’t ever seen anything like that in my life. What you got hands made of anvils?”

SOMEHOW, the gang wins and advances to the fast money round where it’s decided that Dee and Dennis will pair up and compete. Despite Dennis’ advice for Dee to eat something before she goes on, she declines–she’s trying to play to role of Jenny McCarty who never looks fat. When Dee steps out on stage to compete she ends up passing out from hunger and landing on her key-chain, thus emitting the continuous sound of farts from beneath her limp body.

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As a result, Frank takes over and ends up killing it. He gets the top answer for each question, leaving Dennis the responsibility of only gaining 5 points to win the money. However, when he keeps giving the same answers as Frank and getting buzzed, he spirals out of control and ends up in the fetal position on the floor. Begging the host not to air the episode, the screen pans out to the gang watching on the TV from Paddy’s where Dennis’ sits in a big ol’ puddle of shame.

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This was a fantastic episode that had me consistently laughing throughout. I thought each person had a great performance and funny moments that stood out. In addition, I enjoyed the numerous references to past episodes like Frank’s toe knife and Dennis’ laser hair removal. I thought this was definitely one of the strongest episodes so far this season and believe it will be a fan favorite due to it’s chaos and pop-culture reference.

Rating: 9/10

 

 

Top-Ten Tuesday: Mac’s Best Moments

Whether he’s been straight, gay, fat, or skinny, Mac has been making us laughing on It’s Always Sunny for over ten seasons now. He uses his fast-paced karate moves and aggressive insults to ensure his self-proclaimed ‘bad-assness’ always shines through. Here are my picks for Ronald McDonald’s top ten moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

‘#10). ‘Jabroni’

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During his shot at fame on a local hockey rink, Mac coins his signature term ‘jabroni.’ A word that I love just as much as Charlie.

#9). His Christmas epiphany

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During the Always Sunny Christmas episode, Mac and Charlie reminisce about their childhood holidays. It’s during this flashback that Mac learns his first few Christmases were far from normal. Charlie breaks the news to him that, no, it’s not normal for families to run from house to house opening the presents under other people’s trees. Mac, that’s stealing…and your father is a dirty criminal,

#8). His Mac day

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During ‘Mac day,’ where the whole gang has to do all the activities Mac wants, we learn a few crucial things about Mr. McDonald. He avoids jumping off a bridge into the river, proving he is in fact not bad-ass; he sucks at karate and fails miserably in a real match. Finally, after he makes the gang go to a body building convention to oil up the contestants, they finally relay out loud that Mac is in fact gay…for sure.

#7). The reveal of his real name

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Having been known solely as Mac in the series thus far, we get to finally see his real name when he checks into his high-school reunion. Turns out, it’s Ronald McDonald. Hey, maybe sharing the name of the spokesperson for the biggest fast-food chain in the world is the reason he got so fat?

#6). When he sleeps with a tranny

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Flattered by Carmen’s compliments on his muscular body, Mac went to the gang to brag about his new catch. Turns out though, shes clearly a man. Mac decides to suck it up though and wait til she get’s her reconstructive surgery, hiding their relationship from the gang all the while.

#5). When he had bugs in his teeth

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While the guys go on a mission to offer door-step trash service, Mac decides to ride on the back of the limo like a real garbage man on his truck. However, when they arrive at the first location Mac offers to do all the talking–failing to notice his pearly whites are riddled with dead bugs.

#4). His nightman role

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Cat eyes, hissing, karate, and uncomfortable boners were all components of Mac’s role as the nightman in Charlie’s play “The Nightman Cometh.” Despite his desire for gasps from the crowd, all he gets is laughter and ridicule.

#3). When he banged Dennis’ mom

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One of Mac’s more controversial moments, he ends up sleeping with Dennis’ mom in a fit of passion. Afterwards, he becomes enthralled with her. Unfortunately, she thought he was a horrible lay and completely ignores him–sending him into a downward emotional spiral as he tries to win her affection.

#2). His towels

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When the gang decides to make Paddy’s merchandise, Mac comes up with the vulgar idea of dick towels. Don’t really know what else to say besides, who in their right mind would ever purchase this, Mac? You degenerate ass.

#1). When he got fat

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There’s no arguing what Mac is more famous for  than when he suddenly came back one season extremely overweight. My favorite part is not necessarily the role of this weight gain in the series itself, but rather Rob McElhenney’s reasoning for why he did it. To paraphrase an interview he had, he saw how characters from popular TV shows tended to become more visually appealing as the programs made more money. He wanted to stray from this and get progressively worse looking as Always Sunny grew in popularity. Eat on Mac, eat on.