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Mac kills his dad on 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

Season 10 | Episode 7 | “Mac Kills His Dad” | Aired Feb 25, 2015

5:05 p.m. On a Monday. Philadelphia, PA.

On this dark episode of Sunny, the gang is watching the news when Frank comes into the bar with his new threads: a T-shirt that reads, “Life Is Happy.” I suppose this will be his new mantra for the next two minutes. He found a new shop that celebrates life being happy, and dumps a bag out with T-shirts and hats galore for the gang, all with sunshine and rainbows on them.

That is when the gang turns its attention back to the TV, as the newscaster announces that Mac’s dad decapitated a guy with a stop sign and faces the death penalty. So now it is up to Mac to save his dad’s life. Well, good luck with that, Mac.

So Charlie and Mac visit Mac’s maniacal father in prison.

“Another innocent man being railroaded by the system,” Mac says. And he will not rest until he proves that his father is innocent! His father says that he has a public defender and that he wants his son and idiot friend to stay out of this. Somehow, I don’t think they will listen.

Frank’s AA sponsor, Bill, comes into the bar wearing a tux and insists everyone does shots. I won’t even comment on how wrong this is. He is in an incredibly good mood. And that’s when he admits why: He is planning on killing himself … by drinking himself to death. Man, this show sure lives up to its title. Always sunny, never dark.

So Dee, Frank, and Dennis visit Bill’s family to tell them about Bill’s suicide plan. And the family thinks it’s a swell idea, because if Bill dies, they get money! Man, out of context, that sentence would sound so wrong. Heck, even in context, that is pretty darn bleak. It’s worth mentioning that Bill’s wife is Dennis’ ex, and she has been getting plastic surgeries to look like a cat. Just a little side note for you there, readers. Now carry on.

Meanwhile, Charlie reenacts his favorite crime shows by interviewing a construction worker about what he knows about Mac’s father. But they end up intimidating the witness, making Mac’s father look even more guilty.

So Mac and Charlie check out the visitor log and see that Charlie’s mom visited Mac’s dad in prison. But why?

So Mac and Charlie visit their moms. Charlie’s mom tells them that Mac’s dad’s friend, Eduardo Sanchez, killed the guy. But if they go to the police, they will be snitches. And they have no substantial proof.

Back at the bar, after trying to cheer BIll up and failing, Dee, Dennis, and Frank decide to take their own life-insurance policy out on the guy.

“That’s dark,” Frank says. Yup. It is.

That’s when Mac and Charlie head to the bar to tell the rest of the gang, and Bill about Mac’s father’s innocence. That’s when Bill comes up with a genius idea: He’ll confess to the murder. He wants to die anyway, so Mac’s dad will be set free, he’ll be euthanized, and the gang will get the payout from the expensive life-insurance policy that Frank took out. Everyone wins.

So they go to the police station, and Bill reads his shirt that says “Life Is Happy” and realizes he wants to live. So he tells the police about Eduardo Sanchez, whom he finds out is a gang member the police have been after for a while. They know that he is the one who actually committed the murder.

But now everyone thinks that Mac’s dad is a rat. He’ll be murdered by his fellow inmates as a result.

Remember, Sunny fans: Life is happy!

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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