Headscratchers / It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
In "The Gang Gets Held Hostage" Frank reaches behind his back to reach for his gun taped to his back. When, during crawling through the air vents, did he get access to duct tape and taped to his back?
Probably justified as part of the overall Die Hard parody.
Fridge Brilliance It's entirely possible that while crawling through an Air Duct, they found some Duct Tape. Especially considering Charlie isn't exactly the best handy man, a lot of broken things in the bar are probably fixed with duct tape.
In "Dennis and Dee's Mom Is Dead", Dennis and Dee's real father steals the gangs camera as proof that Dennis violated the terms under which he was given his mother's house. It seems like Dennis could have simply avoided losing the house by getting the camera back and destroying the tape. Why no one in the gang tried to get their camera back is beyond me.
Probably because even they know when attacking a guy would lead to more problems for them.
Despite all their bravado and show, everyone in the gang is a coward.
Dennis and Dee's real father is Bruce Mathis. Thus, they are not blood-related to Frank. Why is it, then, that Dennis is an Identical Grandson? Poppop specifically says that the reason they don't know about his war history is because of their "bastard father," which in context HEAVILY implies that Frank is his son.
Well unless it specifically stated Frank was his son, it doesn't exactly completely rule out that he wasn't. Plus Frank's character didn't even exist until season two, so little details like stuff early on in season one are liable to change as a quiet retcon.
Wasn't Pop Pop their mother's father? That's the impression I got. In that case, typical in-law animosity would explain his attitude toward Frank.
Confirmed in the eighth season premiere. Pop pop is indeed their maternal grandfather.
In "Mac and Charlie: White Trash", Mac and Charlie get stuck in an empty pool. So why didn't Mac give Charlie a boost over the edge? The pool was only about 8 or 9 feet deep, they could've easily gotten out that way. Or at least grabbed the mattress and dragged it back in.
It was a diving pool, those are at least twenty feet deep so people don't get paralyzed when they smash into the bottom.
Because they are very, very stupid.
When the gang gets mugged (for the second time) in "Hundred Dollar Baby" why don't they just run? They've got open space behind them and look to be in better condition than a methed out addict with a tiny knife. Hell, they knew running away would work (it did the first time), and even without leaving Dee behind as a decoy (which didn't seem intentional) they would've been fine.
Like it's been established before, they are all a bunch of idiotic, cowardly jerks.
In season one, Charlie is described as being in love with the Waitress "for months." Later episodes show that they went to school together (and the Reunion episode has Charlie mention that she was the prettiest girl in the school, implying an infatuation from early on). So why is Charlie's love of her so recent?
It's the gang. They probably didn't notice or really care until then. Dennis and Dee were at college for a while, presumably and Mac is self absorbed.
Maybe Charlie thought she was pretty in school, but didn't develop an actual crush on her until much more recently.
Also, in the episode "The waitress is getting married" the Waitress tells Dee that she sat next to her in school, but Dee doesn't remember, so they aren't the most observant bunch
Maybe it's all of the above somehow?
Mac (Rob McIlhenny) and Charlie (Charlie Day) are The Danza; why is Glenn Howerton not Glenn on the show?
Apparently he had more of a problem than the other two to being that connected to his character.
Good point. Of the three, Dennis comes off as the most villainous.
They might also have decided that Glenn didn't feel right for his character. Mac and Charlie fit the characters pretty well. Dennis doesn't feel like a Glenn.
They do, however, both contain "enn". It's a stretch, but it'll do.
Glenn Howerton has said outright that he wants to distance himself from the character of Dennis.
Is Frank still as wealthy as he was when he first entered the show. He was a successful businessman but he's mostly spent the last 6-7 years participating in unsuccessful schemes with the gang and doesn't seem poorer for it. He just paid $200 to Dee to suck the poison out of his head in the last episode (S 8 E 3), so he can still throw away money, I suppose.
Frank says that he's rich in "Charlie and Dee Find Love," so he's apparently still got a lot of his money left. Frank seems to have a lot of shady connections, so he's probably always grifting on the side.
Frank makes a good deal of dough in "Frank's Back in Business".
Why does Frank choose to live with Charlie if he has enough money to bail the gang out when they're in trouble?
He likes Charlie. And he ends up losing all of his money in "The Great Recession".
Frank gets his money back at the end of that episode. He lives with Charlie because he wants to live the gang's debauched lifestyle, scheming his way through life.
A minor question but in "The Gang Gives Back" why is Charlie running around blocking shots and everything and being such an awful referee?
This could probably be attributed to him being quite drunk, and angry at all of his friends and the Waitress
Because he wants to show the Waitress how much damage she's done by ceasing to be his sponsor in favor of pining over Dennis.
Rickey Cricket can join the priesthood any time he wants, right? If he quits because he's in love with a girl and doesn't do anything about it or consumate that relationship, I'm pretty sure he's not in trouble. The priesthood even takes people who had sex before taking a vow of celibacy.
He implies in the episode where he first leaves the priesthood, that he left in such a way that he would never be allowed back.
Did Bruce Mathis completely lose interest in his kids? As far as I know, they're only crime was not wanting to be in an air-conditioned room with a bunch of terminally ill kids that they had little or no instructions on as for how to help. Also how good could Bruce Mathis have been if he had sex with a married woman. I presume he might have known about it all this time if he independently messaged Sweet Dee anyway.
After the events of "Dennis and Dee's Mom is Dead" I'm pretty sure he doesn't want anything to do with them. Would you?
Why hasn't Charlie been arrested? I mean I know he's supposed to be a downplayed Token Good Teammate who's not really good per-say, but the least immoral one in the group. But he's been stalking the waitress for a long time & she hates him for being so obsessed with her. Why doesn't she call the police or try to get a restraining order? I know it's probably hard to get a stalker arrested in certain situations. Though he obviously knows where she lives and makes no secret of the fact that he's stalking her and I'm pretty sure the lawyer (which they used to see) would love to help her out.
In the episode the D.E.N.N.I.S. System, she begins to call the police when she finds Charlie in her apartment destroying her sink (or "fixing it" as he claims), citing numerous restraining orders against him. Unfortunately, he mentions Dennis, and she gets Distracted by the Sexy.
Totally forgot about that, thanks.
Also throw in the waitress' behaviour during her frequent falls off the wagon.
Why is Frank's hair black if Danny DeVitto's hair as of a Season 9 TV interview I just saw was white. Frank is likely as old as Danny DeVitto, so why go through the trouble of dying his hair?
Season 8 shows that he deludes himself into thinking he's not old, so he probably dyes it. In Frank Retires, he actually looks like an old man.
People are accustomed to seeing Danny with dark hair. He looks the way he's always looked when he first appears in the show, and they didn't want his hair to suddenly change color between seasons.
In the beginning of "Being Frank", we see Frank dying his roots in front of his mirror as he starts the day. It's the character's cosmetic choice.
How did Country Mac die in Mac Day? The motorcycle was going 5 miles an hour?
It seems he just tilted over drunk and cracked his head open on the asphalt.
He was wearing a helmet, so it seems he snapped his neck when he fell over.
In "The Gang Gets Held Hostage", Margaret is revealed to be a deaf mute. But in "Who Got Dee Pregnant?", the McPoyle brothers tell Mac to call her. My question is: Why are they telling him to call her, if it's impossible to communicate with her over the phone?
One of her brothers would probably pick up and be a very creepy middleman.
In "Flowers for Charlie" could the experimenters have been any more insensitive or any bigger jerks? Was there any delicacy to try to portray behavioral scientists as ethical?
I don't know. But if I had to guess, it's probably due to Rule of Funny, especially since it's kind of a Sadist Show. Or he could have saw how Charlie treated everyone when he thought he was smarter than them and thought he needed to be taken down a peg. I mean, the dude did rag on him a bit for thinking he was suddenly too good for a woman he spent years pining for. It's debatable whether Charlie really deserved that (especially since he's the one who caused it), but it's possible.
In "Flowers for Charlie" most of Charlie’s behavior can be explained as simple effects of the placebo. However he actually does some clever stuff: He quotes Shakespeare, he gives an informed opinion of Stephen Hawking’s role in the scientific community, he identifies Frank’s intentions and describes them in an eloquent way and he explains the etymology of placebo. How did he do that? Those are not exactly super genius level observations, but is definitely way beyond Charlie “I can’t actually read” Kelly’s capacities.
Charlie has produced grammy-grade songs, manipulated a girl just to get The Waitress jealous, & got Paddy's a passing health inspection. He really is a genius...who just happens to be illiterate.
Furthermore, his "genius" moments were probably just things he heard elsewhere and repeated without actually knowing what he was talking about (even though he thinks he does).
How can Frank fall out that window in the 11th season and survive if he lands on his head?
It's happened often enough in real life, and Frank/Danny is a pretty small guy, so the impact wouldn't necessarily be as bad.
In "The Gang Hits the Slopes", when did the gang find time to develop into great skiers. Mac is known to be far more unathletic than he lets on?
In Dennis' and Dee's case, it's probably a hobby they picked up in their spoiled youth.
The Slopes have different rules.
Rule of Funny in that the episode was generally parodying over-the-top 80's movies, maybe.
Why hasn't anyone tried to get help for Dennis? Yes, they are UnsympatheticComedyProtagonists, but they all must know he is a serious danger to all of them.
They're all dangerous people (Dee admitted to outright plotting to killing off Dennis and Frank for the inheritance money. Charlie seemingly might have murdered the "leprechaun" in "Charlie Catches A Leprechaun" if the gang hadn't stopped him. Frank carries a gun on him constantly and is reckless with it). They're also extremely ignorant, stubborn people who refuse to change their long-set ways, learn new things, or admit to their flaws. It seems like they're willing to let themselves kill each other than admit that any of them need help. They're also all severe alcoholics, drug-users, and people who just generally put themselves in bad positions (they do run a dive bar that they've described as the kind of place where people get stabbed). It doesn't seem like they put much thought into health or safety in any real way. They must know that all of these things they do are serious dangers to them but it's as the gang says in "The Gang Gets Quarantined", "What do we do with that information?" "What do you do with any information? You just stuff it deep down inside and keep an eye on it."
In "Mac is a Serial Killer", the gang gets ready to chop Mac up into pieces with a chainsaw because they think Mac is a serial killer. In "The Waitress is Getting Married", Mac and Dennis tell Frank that they're arming themselves with weapons because they think that Charlie will be distraught at losing the waitress and "try to take them out". Their patterns of dealing with potential danger in other members of the gang doesn't line up with trying to get help for anyone, or doing whatever would be the healthiest/most rational method for the situation.
In "Mac and Dennis Move to the Suburbs" the pair make a bet with Frank that they can live in the suburbs for one month, otherwise they have to sleep with an old (black) man for a year. If they make it Frank must pay their rent for a year. After a long Shining-eqsue descent into madness Mac and Dennis make it the full month. Frank then says the year's rent would be for the house in the suburbs. The end of the episode finds them sleeping with the old man as if they had lost the bet. If they held up their end of the bargain, it shouldn't matter that Frank has surprise parameters for the rent usage. They could just not use the money.
I know it's a comedy, and Rule of Funny supersedes anything else, but when exactly did The Gang acquire the bar? The series debuted in 2005, and in the underage drinking episode, Mac explicitly states that he is 28 years old. The rest of the gang graduated in the same year as of the high school reunion episode, so they're all 28 in that episode apparently. But in Storm of the Century, they mention that the bar has a panic room that they cleared for Y2K. The gang would have been 21 years old then - how did they own the bar in 1999?