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'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' recap: Season 10 premieres

Season 10 | Episode 1 | “The Gang Beats Boggs” | Aired Jan 14, 2015

9:30 a.m. on a Thursday in Philadelphia, PA. The gang boards a plane. Dee, Dennis, Charlie, and Frank don shirts with tally marks and hold cans of beer in their hands. This is already scarier than Snakes on a Plane.

Proving once again that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is Seinfeld‘s darker and more twisted distant cousin, the season 10 premiere takes a cue from its groundbreaking predecessor, and the entire episode is set in a seemingly benign place: an airplane. But the gang knows how to make anything interesting, and this is crazy ride right from the start. The gang is off to beat Wade Boggs’ record for drinking somewhere between 50 and 70 beers on an airplane. The number is highly disputed, according to Mac, who is acting “the commissioner Bud Selig of the group,” while Dee, Dennis, Charlie, and Frank put their limits to the test and attempt to drink more than Boggs. Cue the catchy “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” tune in easy-listening symphonette style.

Dee has already had 27 beers, according to her tally T-shirt, and is highly intoxicated when she takes her seat on the plane. By the time the gang flies through Ohio, Dee has an early lead, with 29 beers chugged. Charlie, Dennis, and Frank lag behind with 13, 10, and eight beers respectively. When the drink cart comes around and a frat boy orders another beer, Dennis promises to “take him out,” as he knows the plane only has a limited beer supply. Meanwhile, Dee passes out. Mac counts her out of the competition and writes a big 29 on her forehead. Now 29 is the new number to beat in this fun in-flight game.

Charlie acts as king of coach as he sits in luxury with his big chicken dinner that is definitely not plane food, and requests a Rum & Coke. When Mac warns him that a Rum & Coke does not count as a beer for the Boggs contest, he says he knows. He explains, “A stiff cocktail would go good with my chicken, so.” Duh, Mac.

Just as Charlie tells Mac how they called Boggs the “Chicken Man,” because he ate a chicken before every game, Dee comes dancing and singing “Soda Pop” up the aisle. When Mac questions how she is not still passed out, Dee flashes her container of pills, which are keeping her awake. Mac lectures, “These guys find out you’re taking performance-enhancing drugs, the integrity of the game is completely compromised.” But as the Bud Selig of the group, he will keep her secret. And the show gets topical for the win!

As the gang passes through Illinois, Dee still leads with 33 beers, but Charlie is catching up with 17 beers. Dennis and Frank lag behind with only 12 and 10 beers drunk. But the two laggers are not giving up. Frank laces a beer with sleeping pills and gives it to the frat boy. Completely out of her mind, Dee gets on the PA system and challenges the other passengers to try to beat the record, but the flight attendant gets hold of her and announces, “The Boggs group is cut off.” Not surprisingly, Mac came prepared: He has 100 extra beers checked in a bag, so all he has to do is find a way to get down to the hatch. Mac watches way too many action movies.

The tally now stands with Dee still in the lead with 41, but Charlie is even closer with 32. Dennis and Frank are still way behind with 19 and 13 beers gulped down.The frat boy that Frank drugged is lifeless. He may literally be dead. But Frank pretends to be a doctor … and a pilot. Ah, Frank.

As they fly over Iowa, the tally becomes 53 for Dee, 44 for Charlie, 19 for Dennis, and 15 for Frank. It really looks like Dee will run away with this one. Charlie hallucinates a ghost of Wade Boggs. He tells Charlie to drink up, because there is nothing more fun than winning. Charlie goes on a major drinking binge, all thanks to this newfound motivation courtesy of Wade Boggs’ apparition. The frat boy is taken out on a stretcher in North Dakota, and Dennis decides to leave the aircraft just to avoid a “desert trash” girl he met midflight. Mac writes 21 on Dennis’ forehead, and he’s officially out of the contest.

Dee and Charlie continue to chug as Mac cheers them on. They mean business.FXX
“Beer me,” Frank says, but Mac reminds him that he is 40 beers behind. Frank argues for a little while, saying that people underestimate him and tell him all the things he can’t do. That is, until he collapses to his knees and begins spewing beer out of his mouth. Frank is officially out of the competition. Meanwhile, Dee and Charlie have each had 66 beers. They land.

Dee and Charlie chug their 71st beers at the baggage claim. They are completely out of their minds and celebrate a little too soon. Mac reminds them that Boggs didn’t just drink all those beers. He also “suited up the next day and went three for five.” Mac pulls out a baseball bat and baseball.

Charlie, now with all dialogue subtitled because of his slurred speech, tells Mac he can do it. Meanwhile, Dee is officially out of the competition as she rides the “carousel” that is the baggage claim conveyor belt.

Mac and Charlie get to a baseball field in California. On the first pitch, Charlie hits the ball out of the park. So with that being their only ball and not wanting to go retrieve it, Mac declares Charlie the champ. They agree to go back to sunny Philadelphia.

Ah, it’s so good to have the gang back!

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on FXX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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