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Season 10 | Episode 8 | “The Gang Goes on Family Fight” | Aired March 4, 2015

Tonight’s episode of Sunny is one of my favorite in recent memory. It’s a collision of TV worlds when Sunny, Family Feud, and Key & Peele mesh together to form this epic episode.

It begins with the gang in the green room of Family Fight, which is a blatant copy of Family Feud, right down to the goofy oblong oval name tags the contestants wear. Then, in walks their competition: the Barrett family. But the gang refuses to acknowledge their competition.

That’s when the stage manager storms in and brings the gang to the stage, where they meet Keegan Michael Key doing his best Steve Harvey impression. Except this host character is named Grant. Did I ever mention how much I love it when Key plays the over-the-top straight man? This is as classic as Coach Hines was on Mad TV.

First up to play: Frank vs. Janet. The first question is, “Name an animal that we eat but that doesn’t eat us.” Frank gets the top answer with “pig,” but then asks to take back his answer because he actually has seen a pig eat many men.

Next, Dennis answers “sea urchin.” Of course it’s not on the board, and the Reynolds get a strike. So Dee answers “cock as in chicken,” and gets the number three answer on the board.

When Grant goes up to Mac, Mac tells him all about his family: the whole complicated truth about how Frank raised Dee and Dennis, and may or may not be his father. So Grant does the smart thing and says that from here on in, he will just stick to the questions on his cards. Smart move, Steve, er, Keegan … I mean, Grant! Smart move, Grant!

Mac answers “cow,” which is second on the board. Then Charlie answers “dragon,” because it’s Charlie. When Grant asks Charlie if he actually eats dragons, Charlie answers that dragons are for kings, and he is more of a common man. That’s an “O” in Charlie speak. But believe it or not, Grant announces, “Dragon is on the board!” And with that, the Reynolds family wins round one.

In the next round, it’s Bobby vs. Dennis, answering, “Name something people groom themselves with.”

Dennis goes with, “Laser beams … it’s the only way to completely obliterate the follicle.” He gets a big X. So when Bobby answers “hairbrush,” their team takes it. While the other family is answering, the gang gathers to think of an answer. Charlie thinks they should say “bride,” but Dennis doesn’t think anyone else would be so stupid as to say that. So when it is up to Frank to steal the round, he answers “toe knife,” and gets a big X. So the Barretts take the round. They should have gone with “bride”!

In the last round, Dee is up against Lester to name something that people are afraid of. But Dee slams the buzzer … and breaks it in the process, with a big shock of electricity and smoke flying.

“What are your hands made of, anvils?” Grant asks.

So they cut to a break, and when they return, the gang is in a huddle, coming up with their steal question. If they get it, they win the game. They answer “clowns” and win the game.

The gang chants, “Shabooya! You lose,” to add insult to injury to the Barretts.

And then they realize that Charlie had been surveyed in the mall for this. That’s why his answers were right. And he just thought it was some weird government survey. Ha!

Up for the Fast Money round, Dee and Dennis decide to play. First, there’s a quick “good luck” message from Rickety Cricket, still with half his face burnt off. Always nice to see our old pal Rickety, horror movie–esque as he may look.

When it is up to Dee to take her Fast Money turn, she faints from not eating (she wanted to look good for her close-up). So Frank steps up for the team. And he does great. He gets the number one answer for every question, and all Dennis has to do is earn five points for his team.

But he ends up answering the same as Frank in every category, and the buzzer sound drives him so crazy that he curls into the fetal position, while he begs Grant not to air the episode.

“Oh, no matter what, we’re gonna air this,” Grant says. Good TV is good TV.

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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