The High School Reunion
The first part of “High School Reunion” did not disappoint. After all, when you take an event that is already prime for awkward moments and throw the gang in the mix you know that you are in for lots of laughs, revelations and a bit of FACE! In the first half of the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Season 7 finale, the gang heads to their high school reunion. Although there were plenty of familiar names and faces and some good moments, the episode wasn’t up to the level that I expect from “Sunny” – especially for a season-ender. Hopefully, the second half will wrap up this season in the proper demented and darkly funny fashion.
In addition to perennial punching bags Rickety Cricket and the Waitress, we also got Dennis’ ex-wife, Deadtooth Maureen, and the Waitress’ one-time fiance, Brad Fisher (last seen receiving a box of hornets from Charlie). We’ve learned to expect the former two to show up at these things, and I suppose it was only logical for the latter two to be there since it’s already been established that the gang knew them from high school, so I’ll give the episode a pass for now for not doing much with them besides reminding us of the central jokes of their respective past episodes. Also, the Kings of Leon were there.
Speaking of teeth, Dennis’ ex-wife, Maureen, made an appearance and it seemed just to antagonize Dennis and disgust Frank. The stench of a dead tooth must have been pretty intense to make even Frank run away. Dennis again slayed me with his out of control haughtiness. Really, Dennis? Because it seemed like no one could stand you back in the day.
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The Gang decides to defy their high school personas, but before they even enter the gymnasium where the reunion is being held, the past proves that it isn’t done with them. Mac picks up his nametag, which gives us the big reveal seven seasons in the making (and probably a good reason why Rob McElhenney got fat for this season), Mac’s real name: Ronald McDonald. Charlie, who was known as the kid that would huff or eat anything, quickly dissolves into his past as he sniffs a marker just to make the cool guy like him and Dennis is oblivious to the fact that he wasn’t as popular as he believes he was. Surprisingly the only one who comes out on top, at first at least, is Dee, who after making some gay jokes about Charlie and Mac wrestling and getting ringworm, is invited to come to the cool table by the guy who used to insult her for her metal back brace.
As build up it worked pretty well. Dee wanted to be part of the cool group and found herself among them making homophobic jokes because that’s what they like. Charlie was avoiding a guy he sent a bunch of hornets at who now has a lot of scarring. Mac was avoiding people because of his old nickname, Ronald McDonald. Dennis sat in a corner waiting for people to approach him. And naturally, Frank snuck in to be with his friends.
The humor focuses on intolerance, crass situations, and a complete lack of shame without running rampart into the niche “Jackass” found. The genius lies in the writing of “Always Sunny.” The dialogue reflects an intelligence the creators (who are also the actors) cannot keep out of every episode. The exchanges aren’t vapid, but it’s as though a few good friends are filmed as they speculate about some far-off ideas after drinking heavily that in no way could better mankind. Only the creators are sober enough to turn these discussions into entertainment that ultimately results in….something…If digging up your dead mother to steal her jewelry qualifies as something. These bartending argumentative friends discuss content that follows an illogical and almost mentally unstable train of thought through to the conclusion of every episode with shocking and pee-your-pants results….not that I admit to wetting myself….for your convenience, each episode is clearly titled in a mostly sarcastic tone that veils the episode’s content as much as a Ziploc baggie hides its’ innards: “The Gang Finds A Dead Guy,” “Mac Bangs Dennis’ Mom,” “The Gang Exploits A Miracle” and so on. At the least, your interest in peaked within the first minute of the show with a nice build-up to the title screen complete with an orchestral theme so sweet it clashes perfectly with the off-color and deliciously offensive 25 minutes to follow.
The episode leaves the gang in a bad place: Although Dee helps Adriano give Frank and Mac atomic wedgies, she is banished from the cool clique’s table when they learn that she was once “in love” with the diseased Cricket. No one cares about Dennis and Charlie may very well be in a coma. But the title of next week’s episode promises that the gang has a revenge plan, so here’s hoping that Season 7 ends on a high note. The funniest thing about this episode was Charlie planning things out by wearing disintegrating underwear (I think there was a referrence in the parking lot) in the sure knowledge that he would be getting a wedgie. Hornet scar’s delight turned to abject horror was awesome.
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