It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 Episode 9 Review: Frank Retires

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The title of the penultimate episode of this season is a bit misleading.

Frank's retirement was shorter than his time with his "true son" (before Dennis revealed to us that he is, indeed, a psychopath). But then again, expecting some sort of big "game-changer" from a show doing so well by just chasing it's tail in a circle was probably misguided as well.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 Episode 9 is as good as any other episode this season, bar one, maybe two episodes that were just average (It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Season 10 Episode 8 being one of the lesser moments for me – but I know even people liked that one). 

The bar is up for grabs and the resident Patrick Bateman obviously outsmarts the other three pawns.

I can't help but think that the "sink hole" in their back office was a direct reference to this show. Charlie Day him has been been quoted saying that he doesn't know how they came up with a few seasons worth of material, let alone 10, 11, or 12.

And with almost every episode this far into It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 10 being more of a hit, than a miss, I can't say that I see an end for the show. 

Go play in your little hole, you fools.

Dennis

Although I believe this was in the lower tier of episodes, with jokes not landing as often as usual, there were still priceless scenes scattered in the mix. While Mac's whole "'cause I'm playing both sides" shtick got old pretty quickly, he still had that moment with a deadweight Charlie where he "choked himself out." 

So even though Mac was probably involved in some of my least favorite segments, he was also there with Charlie making me wheeze from laughter when the doctor brought out the "blood bucket." 

I actually kind of hope they pursue that storyline in more depth if, at the very least, because there's no real downside to a more Frank and Charlie screen time. 

Charlie: Are you the father of me, and shit?
Frank: We've been over this -- your mother's a giant whore!

The fact that Dennis is an evil (narcissistic, selfish, crazy, coco, insane, *insert your own psychoanalysis here*)  mastermind has been beaten to death by now. However, they still find ways to deliver the right jokes the right way, and you can't help but be amused. 

Hey Frank, did you hear what I just said? I just turned a frustrating conversation into a joke about you!

Dennis

Whether it's calling Dee a "bitch," which, admittedly, they all do, or scheming to screw over all of your friends, and family, in the long run, that Dexter-wannabe (I mean, he does have an obsession with bringing women on boats) is always up to something!

The highlight of the episode, for me, was probably the exchange between Mac and Charlie over his blood signature (wow, a lot of blood in this episode, huh?) on an old, dirty, tattered, paper plate. 

Charlie: Wait, hold on, that's not like an official document!
Dee: Um, well, you signed it in blood.
Mac: Oh yeah, there it is: "Trundle," written in blood.
Charlie: Oh yeah, I was going by "Trundle" at the time, wasn't I -
Mac: No, no, no you weren't. You were trying to write "Charlie" and you wrote "Trundle."
Charlie: No, I was going by "Charlie the Great"
Mac: You came up with that after you miswrote it.

That kind of off-the-cuff riffing is what the show is missing at times, nowadays. I can't really say always, since they were firing on all cylinders plenty of times this year, but it's still a noteworthy observation.

Watch It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia online for yourself to decide if the show is still as fresh as it used to be, a decade ago, or if you have some complaints of your own.

Still, this should all be taken with a grain of salt, considering that the show is still a favorite of mine, and many others. Also, make sure to check out It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia quotes for more highlights from tonight's half-hour. 

Frank Retires Review

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 Episode 9 Quotes

Frank: I don't care anything about this hole - I'm passionless.
Dennis: What are you saying Frank?
Frank: I officially retire from Paddy's Pub.
The Gang: YAY!!!

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Hey Frank, did you hear what I just said? I just turned a frustrating conversation into a joke about you!

Dennis