EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

Frank retires on 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

Season 10 | Episode 9 | “Frank Retires” | Aired Mar 11, 2015

Lies, betrayal, and blood on an all-new Sunny.

The gang is so excited when they find a sinkhole in the pub bathroom … except for Frank. He doesn’t care. He couldn’t seem to care less about anything pub-related anymore. That is why he decides to quit the pub. And the gang couldn’t be happier!

Because frank owned 51 percent of Paddys, the gang now gets more shares of the pub. But who will get what? Cue the mystery music.

When they find a paper plate that Charlie signed in blood saying that Frank’s kin should get the bar, it looks like Dennis and Dee will be the new rightful owners … unless, of course, Charlie can prove that he is actually Frank’s son.

The argument goes something like this: While Dee and Dennis may technically be Bruce Mathesis’ kids, they are Reynolds, just like Frank. Dennis says it’s the name that carries on the agreement. Even more so than if Charlie is his bastard kid.

“It is the blood that binds,” Charlie reminds them, and he will prove that Frank’s blood flows through his veins.

Meanwhile, Mac is siding with everyone, so that no matter who gets the pub, he is on the winning side. Of course, he tells the rest of the gang his plan. A double agent doesn’t actually reveal that he’s a double agent, does he?

So Charlie visits Frank and asks him if he’s his son. Of course, Frank denies it. So with Mac’s help, Charlie takes a bucket of Frank’s blood to a doctor to check whether Frank is his father. But things don’t quite pan out for poor ol’ Charlie.

Charlie shows Dee and Dennis his paternity test … his fake paternity test. And Mac rats on him before he even has time to really show it to them.

Then, in another surprising turn of events, Dee visits Charlie to turn on Dennis. She is ready to show that Charlie is the rightful heir to the Paddy’s throne. So when Frank falls asleep (with his eyes open, of course), they take a lot more blood from him.

But they are making things more complicated than they need to be. They realize that Dee was born before Dennis, so she is the true rightful heir to the pub. All they need is Dee’s birth certificate to prove it.

Meanwhile, Dennis finds the true rightful heir, Frankito, a young, identical Hispanic version of Frank. Frankito is the son of Frank and his housekeeper, who was born even before Dee and Dennis. So Dennis decides the bar will go to him and Frankito will get it from him. Confused yet? Me neither.

That’s when Frank waltzes back into the pub and declares that he is unretiring. His son Frankito will be his number two.

That is, until Dennis reveals that Frankito isn’t actually Frank’s heir. It was all part of an evil plan he’s been working on for years. So Dennis gives Frankito his $5 for playing along, and all goes back to normal. Doo doo da doo.

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

You May Like