Life is full of disappointments. But whenever things like money, your job, or your marriage got you down, feel safe in the knowledge that there’s a new episode of ‘It’s Always Sunny’ next week. And the week after that. And the week after that, for like, three months or something.**
The show’s back, and while there have definitely been funnier episodes, it certainly did seem to be hitting on all cylinders. After running into the tranny while “getting pumped,” Mac finds out that she’s finally taken the leap and had her private parts sheared off. He’s a bit confused that he never got the agreed-upon phone call with the news, and is soon disappointed to learn that he/she’s up and gotten married. And not married to just anyone, but married to one of those big, black guys who usually has an ironic nickname like Tiny or something. His ego sufficiently bruised, Mac sets out to convince the two of them that their dude on dude marriage is an abomination in the eyes of God, even using the Bible to make his case.
What Mac doesn’t realize, and what’s most absurd about his argument, considering he’s the one that’s making it, is that if anyone’s gay, it’s him, seeing as how he had sex with the tranny before her surgery. There was a really funny line about that from that episode I’m going to have to go back and catch. Of course, all of Mac’s spiritual concern and high-mindedness goes out the window and he admits that all this is really just about two hardbodies getting it on with each other.
While Mac deals with love lost, Dennis and Dee try rekindling old flames from their past. They meet up with the siblings Ponderosa, who they both had crushes on in high school, for a breakfast date at Subway, which is funny for reasons all its own. While Bill Ponderosa has put on some weight, gotten married and had kids, causing Dee to promptly excuse herself, Maureen is just as beautiful as Dennis remembers her and the two run off to the county courthouse and get married. Even though Dennis later explains to Mac that Maureen’s the first girl to break through the emotional shell he’s built around himself (“Remember feelings?”), there’s some great awkwardness there as Dennis tries blowing over Maureen’s father’s suicide in the car they used to make out in, just so he can tell her how great she looks. While other awkward-comedy shows like ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ or ‘Louie’ seem to stumble into these awkward situations, ‘It’s Always Sunny’ chases them.
Charlie and Frank’s story takes the best of both worlds, and finds the two of them trying to get married so Charlie can get on Frank’s health insurance. While at first Frank was a little upset because he didn’t want to see either one of them play the woman in the relationship, he got over it when Charlie convinced him that there was nothing gay or womanly about two cool dudes who are married to each other.
Frank was a little more reserved here, and I was happy for that. One of the biggest mistakes I felt the show has made was dumbing his character down so much from when they first introduced him. I like the older, more mature guy trying to fit in with the younger kids, with his, “Hey gang, what’s the action?” catchphrase. Too often now it seems like he and Charlie play a little too dumb when they’re around each other.
At the end of the episode, Dennis is realizing that marital bliss isn’t all its cracked up to be, and he’s eventually going to find Maureen as boring and tiring as all the other women he’s been involved with. And seeing how none of it gets resolved in the episode’s final moments, I think I smell storyline! It’s a little different, but I like what I’m seeing. Really, this is a show that’s been consistently great since it started, and it’s looking like this season won’t be any different.
**Then it’s back to your terrible life.