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Recap / Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia S 03 E 07 The Gang Sells Out

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Dennis: Guess what, pal? Paddy's Pub can't be bought.
Corporate rep: Okay, well... if you would just please take a look at our offer.
Dennis: We'll take a look at it, but... (looks at the figure written down) ...SOLD!

When a restaurant chain offers to buy Paddy's Pub, Dennis, Mac and Frank try to make the deal go through by attempting to show the rep a good time. As non-shareholders in the bar, Dee and Charlie are left in the lurch and pressure The Waitress into getting them job at the TGIFriday's-style restaurant where she's now assistant manager.

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This episode provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ambiguously Bi: Dennis seems to think that he knows absolutely everything there is to know about gay subculture.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Charlie asking the Waitress if she works at the Oldies Rock Cafe when she's standing in front of him in the uniform.
  • Badass Grandpa: Utterly subverted with the Yellowjackets, Frank's old "gang" from the fifties that he gathers together to intimidate the corporate rep. Rather than doing anything remotely badass, they get mistaken for a doo-wop group, and the oldest member ends up dying of a heart attack on the rep's doorstep.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment:
    Waitress: A Starbucks moved in right across the street and they're stealing all our business.
    Dee: Right across the street?! ...Well, that is good to know. I love Starbucks!
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  • Call-Back: Dennis, Mac and Frank take the corporate rep to the same strip club they visited in "Charlie Gets Crippled".
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Frank tells the guys that they need to "get wooed" by the rep, Charlie thinks he's saying "get wood".
  • Derailed for Details: The gang repeatedly do this while trying to negotiate the sale of the bar, getting sidetracked into arguments about everything from helicopters to Hiroshima to gay culture.
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  • Every Man Has His Price: The guys initially claim that they'll never sell the bar, but quickly change their minds once they see how much is being offered.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Charlie telling the Waitress that Dennis doesn't know her name, when he doesn't know it either.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While they were jerks about it, the men weren't wrong when they pointed out that Dee doesn't own equity in the bar and , thus, won't get any of the money they'll make by selling it.
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  • Manipulative Bitch: Dee manipulates the Waitress into turning a blind eye to her stealing from the restaurant by implying that Dennis has feelings for her.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Against her better judgement, the Waitress hires Dee, Charlie and Dennis to work at the restaurant where she's assistant manager. It ends up getting her fired.
  • Nothing Personal: Mac claims this about the guys selling the bar and leaving Dee "jobless and broke".
  • Offscreen Teleportation: The rep disappears while Dennis, Mac and Frank are lost in their discussion of gay culture at the strip club, despite the fact that they're facing him the entire time.
  • Only Sane Employee: Charlie demonstrates that he's the only member of the gang who is actually competent at his job when he, Dennis and Dee end up working at the Oldies Rock Cafe, though it's implied he's doing it at least in part to impress the Waitress.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder:
    Frank: What kind of man doesn't like to watch a naked woman swing round on poles?
    Corporate rep: A gay man, for one.
  • Status Quo Is God: The gang are all back to working at Paddy's by the end of the episode.
  • Straight Gay: The rep doesn't have any stereotypical gay mannerisms, which is immediately commented on by the gang.
    Mac: You're so big and tough! You do not come across as gay.
    Frank: You don't look like a gay guy.
    Dennis: That's 'cause he's a bear.

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