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.
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…”
“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.
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.
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.
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.