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Recap / Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia S 04 E 05 Mac And Charlie Die Part 1

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"The only way my dad is not going to kill us is if he thinks we're already dead."

When Mac's father is released from prison, Mac and Charlie worry that he's out for vengeance against them and decide to fake their own deaths in order to escape his wrath. Meanwhile, Dennis and Frank become interested in anonymous sex after discovering a glory hole in one of the bar's bathroom stalls. (Part 1 of 2)


This episode provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Innuendo: When Dee asks Charlie to fill in the glory hole in the men's restrooms.
    Dee: There's a dick-hole in the bar, I need you to come fill it in!
    Charlie: (to Mac) Okay, I gotta go fill her dick-hole, bro.
  • Bindle Stick: Charlie tries to make one at the beginning of the episode, but complains that he can't fit all of his stuff into a bandana.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Played for laughs; Mac becomes enamored with an antique wedding dress he finds in the pawnbroker's while suffering a concussion and later ends up wearing it while bleeding profusely.
  • Body Horror: To Mac's ever growing concern, Charlie is able to just pull his teeth out with no resistance.
  • Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: In their "will", Mac and Charlie have some very odd stipulations about what should be done with their remains. Charlie wants his ashes to made into a tea and drank by everybody in the bar, while Mac requests that his duster be burned in lieu of an actual body.
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  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Mac mostly plays the role to Charlie, preventing him from dousing himself in lighter fluid and warning him to stop pulling his teeth out, but the dynamic is briefly reversed while Mac is suffering from a concussion.
  • Concussions Get You High: Mac ends up concussed after driving Dee's car into a brick wall and becomes disoriented and oddly fixated on a wedding dress as a result.
  • Continuity Nod: Mac and Charlie are worried that Luther wants to kill them after they got him re-arrested.
  • Europeans Are Kinky: Discussed.
    Dennis: Europe is leading the way in sexual exploration, and quite frankly, I think it's time we caught up.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Averted; Mac and Charlie attempt to blow up Dee's car by driving it into a wall, detonating a live grenade inside of it and finally shooting out the fuel tank, but none of it works and they're eventually forced to abandon the plan.
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  • Explosion Propulsion: Charlie seems to think that this is how explosions work, telling Mac that he should get closer to the car to shoot out the fuel tank because the explosion will "blow him to safety".
  • Fan Disservice: Dennis and Frank attend an orgy where all the other guests are half-naked, elderly and overweight.
    Dennis: I don't wanna bang any of these people, they're all paunchy and weird and old!
  • Faking the Dead: Mac and Charlie fake their own deaths in an attempt to evade Luther's wrath.
  • He's Back: Said by Mac when he begins to recover from his concussion.
    Charlie: There's my boy! He's making plans again, he's thinking...
    Mac: He's back!
    Charlie: He's also wearing a wedding dress, though, and I'd like him to take it off.
  • Identification by Dental Records: Discussed; Mac insists that they pull out several of Charlie's teeth and scatter them in the car so that they can be idntified, despite the fact that that's not remotely how the trope works.
  • It's All About Me: Upon being informed that Mac and Charlie are dead, Dennis's main concern is the fact that they didn't include him in their suicide pact.
    Dennis: My best friends went out in a blaze of glory and they didn't even ask me to be part of it! This is terrible!
  • Only Sane Man: Dee is the only one who seems to realize that Mac and Charlie are still very much alive.
    • Briefly, Charlie fits this role during the actual faking of the death by refusing to be in the car after Mac announces he's driving it into a wall. He then continues to be this while Mac is severely concussed.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": The password to get into the orgy is "orgy".
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: Luther is shown doing Sarah Connor-style pullups in his prison cell when the guards come to release him.
  • Reality Ensues: Mac and Charlie discover that blowing up a car is a lot more difficult in the real world than it is in the movies.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Charlie immediately bails out of the car when Mac announces his plan to drive it into a wall.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Mac and Charlie holding hands in the car on their video will as they prepare to "die" is a visual reference to Thelma & Louise.
    • Mac stipulates in the will that everyone else in the gang has to name their firstborn child "Murphy" after RoboCop.
  • Silly Will: The will that Mac and Charlie leave for the rest of the gang definitely counts. According to Dee, it's literally titled "list of demands".
  • Stock Legal Phrases: Mac and Charlie both excitedly shout "objection" during Luther's parole hearing.
  • Suicide Pact: Mac and Charlie claim that they had one to explain their sudden "deaths".
  • There Was a Door: A variation occurs wherein Charlie throws a chair through his apartment window when he and Mac are trying to make their escape, only for Mac to exasperatedly point out that he could have just opened it.
  • The Tooth Hurts: Subverted; Mac prepares to remove some of Charlie's teeth using pliers and warns that it's probably going to hurt, but they're both rather surprised when the tooth just comes right out. Charlie then proceeds to pull out several more teeth using just his fingers over the remainder of the episode.
    Mac: Man, you should really brush your teeth more because that is not normal.
  • Video Wills: Mac and Charlie leave a video message for the rest of the gang explaining how they died in addition to their written will.
  • Where's the Kaboom?: Played for laughs when Mac and Charlie attempt to blow up the car with a grenade and are incredibly disappointed by the miniscule explosion that results.
  • Worst Aid: Charlie treats Mac's concussion by giving him poppers. Though weirdly, it seems to work.


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