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Season 10 | Episode 10 | “Ass Kickers United: Mac and Charlie Join a Cult” | Mar 18, 2015

10:00 a.m. On a Wednesday. Philadelphia, PA.

On tonight’s Sunny, Dee comes home to her apartment to find Mac and Charlie pumping iron with Tiny and Jojo. Jojo is played by Dax Shepard, filling our Parenthood void with this awesome spot! Tiny and Jojo are the other members of their cult … er, group, Ass Kickers United.

“Ass Kickers United is a way of life,” Mac explains. This is exactly the type of thing that you could picture Mac doing.

But Dee is not happy about this club. They are meeting in her place and being super-annoying. So she explains what’s going on to Dennis and shows him the Ass Kickers United Newsletter. That’s when he realizes that he is the actual founder of Ass Kickers United. But it was all just part of his plan to get Mac to stop eating his Thin Mints. Yeah, it’s as weird as it sounds.

Meanwhile, in the bar, the Ass Kickers are having a session. “Hammer, bend, snap, jerk!” Mac instructs as the guys work out with stickers on their heads. This seems like a fun cult … er, club. That is, until some women join the club. Yuck! Mac decides to call it quits for a day or two, and he eats all the Thin Mints he wants.

“Thin Mints, that was rule number one,” Dennis says, trying to get Mac back into the club, for no reason other than the fact that he wants him to stop snacking on his Thin Mints. And to fulfill his power complex.

At the same time, Dee is trying to exert her power over the Ass Kickers. She gets an idea for a new project for them: to make over a completely demolished place … Dennis and Mac’s old burned-down apartment.

“I thought Ass Kickers was just some sort of fun workout club, like Crossfit,” Tiny says when he sees how messed up the place is. So Charlie dismisses them to fix it up himself. And we totally don’t think that this task is too much to handle. And we are totally not being sarcastic right now.

So when her last plan doesn’t work out, Dee comes up with the great idea to blackmail the Ass Kickers by giving them a personality test, which will give her dirt on them. But when Charlie and Jojo admit to eating toads, Dee realizes she probably can’t get the kind of dirt she needs from them.

Why she is so desperate to exert her power over them is not entirely clear, but nothing really is in this wacky show. Also, Frank has joined her in her quest to disband (or something) the Ass Kickers.

Dee and Frank’s next plan includes sending a very ripped man dressed as the grim reaper (or some sort of weirdly fit death creature) to tell Charlie to meet with the Ass Kickers at the old apartment. Their plans are just getting weirder and weirder. But that’s okay, because this grim reaper guy has a six-pack.

But when they get to the apartment, it looks surprisingly good. There are actually walls and doors!

But then Dennis gets there and, desperate for power, tries to convince the Ass Kickers to light themselves on fire. Again, this is just to assert his power as some sort of supreme leader. And they are surprisingly eager to do it. Jojo lights a fire in the other room and jumps in it. And just like that, the apartment is once again ablaze. The gang runs out of the apartment, leaving Jojo with the fire.

But fear not. Our new friend Jojo is at peace.

The episode ends with Jojo riding a colorful turtle in a galactic universe. It’s perfect way to end season 10: pretty colors, a giant creature that out of context would be terrifying, and Dax Shepard.

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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