The end of the seventh season of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ is soon upon us. Last week, we saw Part 1 of ‘The High School Reunion’, a hilarious in-depth look into the Gang’s formative years.
Brief Summary: The Gang decide to take a stroll down memory lane by attending their high school reunion. If you’ve thought all along that the Gang consisted of four of the worst people in Philly, you haven’t met the douchebags they went to high school with. When they arrive at the reunion, we learn something new about each character that makes us feel bad for them. By the end of the episode, they’ve all been crushed and degraded. Along the way, we get to see few great past characters, like Dead-Tooth Maureen, a reformed Rickety Cricket, and an “off the wagon” Waitress. I can’t wait for this week’s season finale, ‘The High School Reunion Part 2: The Gang’s Revenge’.
Episode Thoughts: What makes this episode so great is seeing the Gang beaten at their own game. When the reunion begins, they’re all revved up and confident. But when it ends, they’re broken and shattered.
The school bully is responsible for cutting most of the Gang down. Like he did during the high school years, he calls Charlie “dirt grub” and makes him do stupid stuff that Charlie mistakes for friendship and acceptance. Trying to boost his confidence before entering the school, Mac says to Charlie: “You don’t have to huff things or eat weird shit to get people to like you.” But the second Charlie is confronted, he gives in and succumbs to the prick’s pushing.
Who knew that Mac had such a troubled youth? And who would’ve guessed that his real name is Ronald McDonald? More than his weight, this is the thing Mac is the most self-conscious about. Just like Charlie, everything the bully says grinds him down. Both Charlie and Mac suffer the worst when they’re given atomic wedgies in the bathroom.
This same bully is the guy who gave Dee the nickname “Aluminum Monster.” Now that her spine is straight, her goal is to infiltrate his inner circle and wait for the right moment to get revenge. She successfully gets in by bashing Charlie and Mac, saying things like “I hope you suck each other’s rotten peckers until you get mouth cancer,” but Rickety Cricket blows her cover and gets the bully’s gang to turn on her.
Dennis’ ego is shattered upon returning, when he realizes that his former crew wants nothing to do with him. Standing like a loner for the whole evening, he looks pathetic and sad. The only guy who wants to hang out with him is the former friend who stole his date during prom, so Dennis rejects him.
By the end of the episode, all have been humiliated. That’s why this week’s finale, ‘The Gang’s Revenge’, is going to be fantastic. Misfit Frank keeps referring to “Plan B” (something that involves Dee’s old back brace), so hopefully we’ll get to see what he has in store.