Dee hits person low, comedic high
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 22:09
After eight seasons it finally happened: “The Gang Broke Dee.” In the season nine premiere of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Dee is finally to the lowest of the low, and the gang tries to help out.
As always, the title all too well describes the plot the episode of “Sunny.” This is no exception. The episode starts out with Dee smoking in the bar, eating an entire cake by herself while the rest of the cast just sits watching.
Dee, who is clearly on the verge of suicide, no longer fights back at “bird jokes” and the usual abuse from the boys as she leaves Paddy’s Pub solemnly, leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouths.
Concerned, the boys devise plans. Not even five minutes into the episode, the gang already has multiple plans. And so as usual people express their ideas to see who has the best plan to put into action.
Mac, Charlie and Frank think it would be a good idea to set up Dee at an open mic night for a Comedy Club. Meanwhile Dennis tries to find her a below average man suitable for her to spend her life with so they no longer have to deal with her.
Beginning around season eight, the cast began inserting long monologue sequences into the show, demonstrating that they are quality actors beyond their low-brow sense of humor.
The comedy club setting allowed Dee to have an opportunity for a solo performance. The relevance of the comedy show was a jest at stand-up comics and different opinions of them.
Put simply by Charlie, “You’re right in that sweet spot between like suicidal and dead, where most comedians, they thrive there.”
One of the best examples of this comedic style is Louis C.K. who genuinely just hates himself, or so he conveys through each performance.
Anyway, Dee gets her shot in the comedy club, doing a similar routine, joking about how much she has let herself go.
She also frequently uses the word “vagina” to get laughs, stereotyping many female comics who use it for laughs because it’s funny when women say vagina.
Aside from the “bird jokes” there were not too many references to previous seasons, but the way the gang treats Dee in general was conveyed simply yet strongly so that someone who has never seen the show would get the point.
Netflix has seriously propelled the show, increasing its audience even further. It is difficult to think ofanyone who has never seen the show who would go out of their way to watch it on FXX.
Yes, the show has been moved to FXX, unfortunate for UConn students, most of whom do not get the channel with the basic Charter package.
FXX does not have the full episodes posted to their website, nor is it on Netflix yet. But the show can be somewhere in the vast depths of the Internet.
New episodes are on Wednesday at 10 p.m. for those who do actually subscribe to FXX.
The season is off to a strong start. The episode had classic jokes, impressive “acting,” plans, group division, out of control egos and secondary motives, as well as all of the jaw-dropping hysterical “did that just happen?” moments that fans love about “Sunny.”