"You know what's lame? Being around this long and never getting an award!"
There are two reasons I was especially excited about this week's episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
. The first is that Charlie Kelly sings again! The second was that this show was finally getting back at the industry for showing them such little love. They've received one Emmy nomination - they lost - but have yet to receive a Golden Globes nomination; despite people in the industry admitting to liking this show. (Watch out for an episode later this season written by Games of Thrones
writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) Maybe after this episode, we'll see some future awards recognition?
The episode begins at 2:30PM on a Friday, with the Gang yelling at Charlie once again for yet another bad habit of is: failing to wash his hands after cleaning toilets and placing them into their ice. As they all argue about the issue, Frank barges in with news: Philadelphia's Restaurant and Bar Association is going to have its annual "Best Bar Award."
The Gang is not only surprised to hear about this award for the first time, but also surprised that they have yet to win an award. The Gang both cares and doesn't care about the lack of awards the bar has received. While these awards are "stupid," the Gang is "curious as to why we never get nominated." They find it "odd" and "aggressive" but ultimately decide that they're cool enough to win awards (according to Mac, "If I do something, you better believe it's cool") and that they are "award-worthy."
After going back-and-forth a bit more, they mostly decide on jumping to occasion in trying to finally win an award. Before they start anything, Dennis tells them, "I want to be very clear about something: This literally means nothing to me."
(Their whole speech is worthy of being typed out, but I'm just going to throw in a few tidbits and I'll let you watch or re-live the rest!)
The Gang visits the head of the Best Bar Award committee, but before they actually meet the guy, they come to the conclusion that, if he tries to start anything, they're going to spit on him. Never change, you guys. Frank is chosen, or probably chose himself, to speak on behalf of the Gang. After confusing the man and almost causing him to be spit on, Frank asks why they've never received a ballot for the "Best Bar Award."
"Oh, we've actually sent you the form many times in the past, and as I recall, it always comes back covered in fecal matter, urine, and racial slurs."
Charlie decides to come up with a song for the non-existant "Best Song Award" while Dennis, Dee, Mac, and Frank check out Sudz, the winner of last year's "Best Bar Award". Frank brings a swag bag for the owner, filled with a bottle opener, a keychain, and an egg. (Shout-out to Frank still trying to sell Paddy's Pub hard-boiled eggs!)
Dee, Dennis, and Mac's initial reactions are those similar to people who might not like watching sitcoms that are filmed in front of a live audience. Someone says a cheesy joke, and forced laughter appears. The Gang is a bit turned off by the bar's synonymous reactions, but warms up after each indulging in a "Blue Hole" (a drink served in a glass bowl that's meant for three people).
Despite Frank warning the rest of the Gang that Sudz's manager has been to the bar and says "Paddy's is a bar with nothing but a bunch of people yelling over each other," they still insist on transforming the bar into a more likeable place for the party they're hosting later. While they're creating scripts and scenarios for each other (including having Dee and Mac create a "will they, won't they?" situation), Charlie shares with him the song he's created in honor of Paddy's. Here's a preview of the lyrics:
There's a place for me,
it's the place I go where the beer is cheap,
and the light's are low.
It's Paddy's Pub.
I like Paddy's Pub.
Let the record show the greatest place to go
is that bar called Paddy's Pub.
I like life at Paddy's Pub!
The Gang is pleased with Charlie's song! As Dennis points out, "I didn't catch any rape references, nothing about spiders, and nothing about ghouls!" (The references the writers are throwing in lately are just so nice.) Truthfully, the Gang really didn't like Charlie's song, and they proceed to locking him in a closet.
The party starts, and things don't start well from the get go. The Gang invited Z, who insists on bringing his posse (which Mac doesn't like because that will mix up the racial "ratio"). Mac messes up his intro, and when describing Paddy's signature drink, he says, "It's better than bustin' a nut!" Dennis sends Mac over to Dee to create some romantic tension, but after insulting his tattoos and his Mom ("He's got a cigarette for a Mother!"), Mac starts to choke Dee.
Charlie soon emerges from the ground, and we see that he's been sniffing paint again. ("You put me in the basement of spray cans, and I got high.") Much to Mac, Dee, and Dennis' demise, Charlie sits in front of the piano to serenade the guests with another tune. This version of the songs has so many f-bombs that it's comparable to amount Charlie uses towards Santa in the Christmas special.
While singing, Charlie begins spitting at the patrons, and this causes Mac, Dee, and Dennis to also begin spitting at everyone as they push the guests out of the bar. As the episode ends, they reflect on how nice it would've been to receive some sort of award.
"I really want an award."
"It would've meant a lot."
What did you all think about this week's episode? I'm personally glad we were able to see more of the Gang together! The first two episodes this season didn't have many scenes with all five members together at once, so to see them together for much of the episode was nice. Also, I can't complain when original music is used in the series.
Also, a fun fact about this episode: David Hornsby aka Rickety Cricket wrote this episode! Also, the Emmy they were nominated for? "Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program." They lost to the Nickelodeon series Supah Ninjas
Guest stars in this episode include Oscar Nunez as Sudz Manager, Artemis Pebdani as Artemis, and Chad L. Coleman (from The Wire
) as Z.
See you next week!