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The gang misses the boat on 'It's Always Sunny'

Season 10 | Episode 5 | “The Gang Misses the Boat | Aired Feb 18, 2015

3:30 p.m. On a Friday. Philadelphia, PA.

It’s official: This season of Sunny has the best soundtrack ever. This episode begins with this Gwen Stefani classic:

And just like the gang, we are ready to take on the world because of this power ballad.

The gang has a new scheme to get onto a boat. That is, until Dennis drives his Range Rover into the ocean. He says the car was built for it, with its air-intake valves. Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly), his plan fails, and the car gets stuck in the ocean. The gang misses the boat, both literally and figuratively.

This little shenanigan inspires the gang to split up and go their own ways after realizing that they have changed for one another. Maybe they are different people on the inside.

Dee and Charlie go to a diner together. It’s the first time I can remember just the two of them hanging out peacefully. And they actually refrain from making fun of each other after realizing that they only act that way based on peer pressure from the other guys.

Mac knows he’s really a “party boy,” so he dons a see-through mesh tank and heads to the club with Frank, who is wearing a big brown wig. He looks so, ahem, young? Frank meets two guys and a girl who just opened a bar. He plans to replace his old gang with them.

And Dennis, well—he decides to sell his sunken Range Rover to some poor sap. But the guy doesn’t buy it. Literally or figuratively.

Dee and Charlie are hanging at Dee’s apartment and decide to become poets when Dennis storms in, upset that the guy didn’t buy his car. They share some of their def jam poetry about Dennis: “Speaks like Zeus, smells like poops, his head down to his shoes.”

As Dennis tells the two how bad they are at poetry, Mac comes into the apartment with Dusty, a gorgeous woman, his new girlfriend.

When Frank meets up with his new gang and insults them, they demand he leave. He takes that as meaning that he has to prove himself to them. So he buys a bunch of tweens fake IDs to bring a bunch of business to the new gang’s bar. Then he buys a ferret and calls the health inspector. Great plan?

And in the biggest “what just happened?!?!” moment of Sunny all season, Dee and Charlie are talking about doing an open mic night and sticking it to the gang one minute. The next minute, they’re—wait for it—kissing! Yes, seriously, Charlie and Dee. Together? This is a dynamic we never saw coming.

When a man approaches Dennis about purchasing the car, it is going so well. The guy doesn’t even seem to mind that the car is submerged in water. But then the guy reveals that he wants to buy the car for his daughter … as a starter car. Dennis banishes him from the area. Of course.

Frank shows up dressed as a man-cheetah to the new bar to find the new gang feeling down. They lost their bar after the health inspector called the police and revoked their liquor license. So Frank abandons them.

Behind Paddy’s bar, Dee and Charlie are acting way more awkward than usual. That’s when Dennis and Frank storm in and demand that things go back to normal. They all agree and set off to convince Mac to go back to normal.

But it doesn’t take too much convincing, because as it turns out, Mac was only pretending to date Dusty.

“Okay, Mac, do you wanna go back to the way things were? Where we don’t ask questions, and you just go about your business?” Dennis asks and the whole gang agrees.

So Frank gets some rum ham, Hollaback Girl blares, and everything is back to normal—or at least, as normal as it gets on Sunny.

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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