A few weeks ago, some friends and I sat around a pub not completely unlike the one in our favorite television comedy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, pontificating on our favorite episodes and character moments in the show. Though we all started watching the show at various times-- and one friend wasn't even all caught up yet-- we found that a lot of what we thought were the stand-out moments were the same. We were very different people, from different parts of the country, and at different points in our lives, and yet we had this one very specific thing in common. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: uniting people since 2005. ...No? Too far? Oh well, then just sit back and enjoy-- because you know we do!
#5) "The Waitress is Getting Married" (Season 5, Episode 5):
- Deandra runs into an old high school flame who she dumped, only he's totally hot now and...engaged to the woman with whom Charlie is in love. Naturally, she plots to break them up by infiltrating her in their lives as "The Waitress"' best friend who just happens to spill the beans about her alcoholism and other flaws. Unfortunately for both women, though, this guy is running a scheme of his own. Meanwhile, the guys work to get Charlie over The Waitress by posting his profile on an online dating site and setting him up with various women. This is the episode in which the infamous "milksteak" first date dinner was born! Plus, any episode in which one character uses The Waitress in a scheme to get back at another character is one of pure joy. Mary Elizabeth Ellis is sadly and severely underused!!
#4) "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off" (Season 3, Episode 15):
- Charlie's illiteracy strikes again when he accidentally enters Paddy's Pub not only in a dancing contest but also puts the bar up as the number one prize. Suddenly every supporting character-- from Rickety Cricket to The Waitress to the McPoyles-- shows up to try to stick it to the most hated small business owners in Philly. The gang starts off strong but soon find it is every man (and woman!) for themselves as alliances break down and they fight for the Number 1 and Number 2 spots on Frank's "ranking system" of the most valuable employees.
#3) "The Gang Gets Invincible" (Season 3, Episode 2):
- Mac, Dennis, and Dee decide to try out for the Eagles ala Mark Wahlberg in "that football movie," while Charlie and Frank decide to tailgate the tryouts. Danny DeVito is in fine form here when Frank takes too much acid and gets trapped inside the bathroom of an RV...or so he thinks. We finally get to meet the entire McPoyle clan in this episode; Greenman makes a special guest appearance; and Dee sports some very fancy facial hair. Also, a portion of this episode was filmed right around the corner from my house, so I have a special fondness for it for personal reasons!
#2) "Dennis and Dee Go On Welfare" (Season 2, Episode 3):
- Everyone is sick of Frank's meddling and decide to go their separate ways. Charlie and Mac go on a spending spree with Frank's money upon learning he has stashed most of it in a bank account in Charlie's name. Dennis and Dee, meanwhile, decide to go on welfare "because that's what it's there for," but they learn that being able-bodied adults, they don't qualify. So first they get themselves addicted to crack. And it is because of this episode that Biz Markie's "Just A Friend" randomly pops up into my head about every few weeks.
#1) "The Nightman Cometh" (Season 4, Episode 15):
- We saw glimpses of the cast's musical abilities before, but only in this episode do their true talent shine brightly and ring out loudly, when Charlie writes a musical to impress The Waitress. Naturally the gang tries to "undermine" him by putting their own spin on their characters (such as Mac deciding his Nightman "has the eyes of a cat and does karate across the stage"), but their misinterpretation of his "metaphors" (such as The Princess wanting to bang the Boy) is priceless as well. It's ridiculously hard to try to pick out the best moments in this episode that has since been turned into a live show. Instead, just watch the episode a couple of times in a row, and you will not only be singing along and out-loud but also laughing at different parts each time!