Wednesday, November 14, 2012

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "Maureen Ponderosa's Wedding Massacre" Review

It was bat vampires!

The gang's momentum continued as Sunny debuted another great episode this week in "Maureen Ponderosa's Wedding Massacre", as they find themselves once again on the wrong side of the law after surviving an apparent zombie outbreak.

The episode actually did a great job of making the viewer want to figure out just what the hell is going on.  It went in medias res on all our asses and set up a multitude of twists which were all hysterically payed off with some more great callbacks to previous episodes.

It seems the McPoyles just get more depraved as time goes on, and Jimmi Simpson keeps finding new ways to nuance Liam, and it's very funny to watch.  A wedding with an inbred family that only sells milk at the reception?  What could be scarier?

Frank completely failing as Bill Ponderosa's sponsor was especially funny, and in retrospect, I should've known it would be him to cause the zombie outbreak, but the show moved so swiftly and kept setting up new revelations that I ended up forgetting all about it, and in a twenty minute episode, that's quite something.  I also chuckled when Frank incriminated himself.

So Dennis attempts to get Maureen to sign documents incriminating herself, and in doing so runs into his achilles heel: heaving breasts, Maureen's newest addition to her body.  It was inevitable he'd fall victim, and the fact that in the face of jail time Dennis still considers fucking Maureen to be the ultimate transgression was just hilarious.  It's nice to know the gang still doesn't have their priorities in order.  His close up was just priceless, and I found myself laughing uncontrollably.  I was waiting for "Take My Breath Away" to come on.

The references continued with Charlie's Jaws speech, which was just made funnier due to Charlie's connection with rats.  I love that the show knows the characters so well that they not only use pop-culture references, they make sure it has tangential connections to a character so that it enhances its funny factor.

But the best part for me had to be the revelation of what happened to Dee's car, as shades of "Mac and Charlie Die" kept roaring back as Charlie drove then straight into a tree.  That was a gut buster.  There was also more great Mac and Charlie interplay as they theorized just how this outbreak could have occurred.

In typical Sunny fashion, everything descended into chaos after that.  They once again nipped a story from current events, and it turned out to be bath salts courtesy of Maureen's dad that cause all the craziness.

We ended up with Maureen bailing the gang out of jail, and it seems she may be sticking around, a prospect that may prove worthwhile should they choose to run with it.

The creator's know their own formula so backward and forward by now, that they can focus all their energy on being as funny as possible, and this episode was a good display of that.

This was a very good episode in a season that is shaping up to be one of the series' best.

81% = ***1/2 = "Amazing"


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