With its season six premiere, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia manages to take on the controversial topic of gay marriage in a way only this group of self-centered horrible people could: when it affects them in their own bizarre way.
In perhaps one of the most ridiculous premises, "Mac Fights Gay Marriage" when his ex-girlfriend, Carmen, the transvestite, completes her operation and marries another man. The rest of the gang can't help but find a way to get involved in the issue in their own way.
Although the episode's format really mirrors plenty of the show's format, we can't help but compared it to season one's "Charlie Wants an Abortion." Besides the episodes both taking on a similar controversial issue, they both use the same plot device to prove their point. Put characters on all side of the issue, making one side more ridiculous than the previous:
- The main character, in this case, Mac is anti gay marriage and made out to look like an idiot as he attempts to prove his point using biblical passages.
- Dennis manages to prove how straight people, no matter how easy it is for them to get married, don't deserve it anymore than gay people with his dysfunctional marriage.
- Charlie and Frank try to get gay married (yeah, it's coined as a verb now) for the benefits and show just how complicated we make domestic partnerships.
- Sweet Dee, the biggest supporter of the sanctity of marriage, finds herself as a mistress in an affair.
While the show clearly seems to support gay marriage, while ironically airing on the right wing Fox owned FX network, it's not the message we watch the show for. We watch it for these morons doing what they do best: making us laugh.
The season premiere was a little weaker than some of the amazing season five episodes, but upon repeated viewings we found ourselves laughing more and more each time. Whether it was Mac being the amazing douche he was, Dennis being oblivious to feelings, or just anything scene between Charlie and Frank, the episode definitely worked.
We're just left with one burning question as the credits rolled, how do we get our hands on the Always Sunny version of Lethal Weapon 5? Ever since Tropic Thunder, we more than condone the use of black face.
Now we'll leave you with our favorite It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia quotes from the season premiere as we write up our review of the second episode:
Mac: Why are you jamming me up, bro?
Gym Manager: I'm not trying to jam you up, I just don't believe you.
Mac: What is not to believe? I'm absolutely Dennis Reynolds.
Gym Manager: This picture looks nothing like you.
Mac: Well, thank you, cause I've actually packed on about fifteen to twenty pounds of solid bulk muscle since that picture was taken. It's actually a testament to your gym. | permalink
Mac: Sweet camel toe. That's a great tuck job. You got it taped back there? | permalink
Sweet Dee: You should take your powerful extension cord argument straight to the Supreme Court. | permalink
Frank: You proposing to me?
Charlie: No. We're already friends, right? Let's be friends with benefits. | permalink
Charlie: We'd be two cool, straight dudes married together.
Frank: Oooh. Well, I never thought of it that way. Two dudes getting married, that doesn't seem very gay. | permalink
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