It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Review: "Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats"

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I always feel like Always Sunny isn't just entertaining, it's educational.  Last season, I learned the life-changing concept of wine-in-a-can.  This season's life lesson? 

The ultimate snack to sneak into a movie theater: spaghetti.  You know, depending on their spaghetti policy.

Frank's Birthday Picture

Oh, Charlie.  This week's episode, "Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats" definitely belonged to you in both title and jokes.  Whether it was your misunderstanding of a spa getaway, confusion over 3D, or your book of dreams, you had us laughing.

Meanwhile, the rest of the gang focused on trying to be a little less cynical and help each other out.   There were definitely some sweet moments in there, like the gang trying to recreate impossible things from Charlie's dream book, Mac buying Dennis a shirt, or Dee trying to take Charlie to the spa(ghetti). 

But overall, like everything else in life, this self group of a**holes managed to still screw things up.  In fact, by the end the gang returned to their cynical ways when they learned it was actually Frank's birthday.

All the poor guy wanted was a Luau birthday party with his favorite friends from under the bridge with a decently negotiated price on a pig.  Yet when the gang finally learned it was his birthday?  Not even a "happy birthday."

For some reason, I always kind of want these guys to eventually grow up.  But then I realize, a group of five nice altruistic people wouldn't have me laughing weekly.  This formula is just too good.  And besides, at least they were nice to our poor rat beater.

We're going to end this rambling attempt at a review and leave you with some of our favorite Always Sunny quotes and your chance to sound off in the comments:

Dennis: We also have the bird with teeth.
Charlie: Wow, okay. And I'm assuming the teeth are fake, yes?
Dennis: Yes. Well they're not really human teeth if that's what you're asking
Charlie: No, I mean did you discover a bird with teeth in this fashion?
Dennis: That does not exist in nature.
Charlie: Okay, I'm not sure, but either way, good glue work. | permalink
Charlie: what is your spaghetti policy?
Dee: Are you hearing this? He doesn't belong in a place like this. | permalink
Charlie: What's 3D even stand for?
Dee: Third dimension.
Charlie: What dimension are we in? | permalink
Mac: This brings me no joy at all. I feel nothing. I feel like you stole money from me and bought a shirt.
Dennis: With your money. That is what happened. | permalink


Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (12 Votes)

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I am a huge fan of Always Sunny, and record every single episode in HD using my DISH Network employee account. I absolutely love this episode! Bird with teeth cracked me up! “No Charlie, this doesn’t exist in nature...� I don’t find this to be the most disturbing episode at all though.


I thought Charlie was great in this episode but he was the only good part


The show was a weak effort. 'Specially coming off the Lethal Weapon ep. It's just rote this time....I gotta say. This review was even weaker. I like the site, and have enjoyed reading the reviews, but you didn't give it your A game for this one, didya? Just sort of a short form recap with a word or two on what you thought. Well, ya watch a lot of tv. Take a break.


I haven't been very impressed by this season but I thought this episode was amazing and probably the best one of this season. "Are we having a spaghetti day?"


Really? You found that by far the most tasteless episode? I'll name an episode title, let alone the whole episode that will refute that, "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person."


this was by far the most tasteless and worst episode in their history

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 Episode 10 Quotes

Dee: You've been really stressed so I thought I'd take you to a spa day. Just the two of us.
Charlie: A what day?
Dee: Spa day
Charlie: What is this word, spa? I feel like you're starting to a say a word and you're not finishing it. Spaghetti? Are you taking me to a spaghetti day?

Charlie: It's like whole generations of those things have died at my hands. Mothers, fathers, grandfathers, little baby rats.
Dee: Well, you know, keep up the good work.
Charlie: Sometimes, I wonder though, if our lives are reaaly more valuable than theirs. You know what I mean?
Dennis: Yeah they are. Our lives definitely are without a doubt.