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Recap / Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia S 04 E 06 Mac And Charlie Die Part 2

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"SURPRISE, BITCHES!! We're alive and it's blowing your minds right now!"
— Dee

Mac and Charlie continue faking their own deaths in order to evade Mac's father, while the rest of the gang cope with their loss in their own unique ways. Dennis gets a new German roommate named Jan and explores the world of kinky European sex, and Dee is convinced to join in Mac and Charlie's ruse after discovering they're not really dead. (Part 2 of 2)


This episode provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Air-Vent Passageway: Mac and Charlie hide in the vents above Paddy's in order to watch their funeral and spy on the rest of the gang. Dennis later claims that this is what tipped him off to the fact that they weren't really dead.
    Dennis: I could hear you guys rustling around in the vents. You were speaking at full volume, okay? Did you think you were being, like, crafty?
  • Artistic License – Geography: Dee mentions that she ran down Spring Garden Street through Fairmount Park to get back to Paddy's, which is in South Philly. If you look at a map of the city, it's easy to see how wrong this is, since Spring Garden Street runs east-west through northern Center City and is already south of Fairmount Park. It's a little surprising that this mistake wasn't caught since Rob McElhenney is actually from Philly in real life.
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  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Mac and Charlie secretly watch the funeral that the rest of the gang hold for them in the bar.
  • Buses Are for Freaks: Dee is forced to ride the bus due to Mac and Charlie wrecking her car. It's so cramped that she can barely even move, and when she tries to ask another passenger to move out of her way so she can get off, he just vomits on himself while staring at her.
    Dee: I hate the bus.
  • Call-Back: Mac and Charlie wrestling in public harkens back to the first episode.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Frank tries to convince Bonnie to go into the bathrooms so they can use the glory hole.
    Bonnie: That's okay, Frankie. I don't need to go potty.
  • Companion Cube: Frank's mannequin, "New Charlie".
  • Continuity Nod:
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  • Creepy Good: Luther ultimately turns out to be this, as he does undeniably creepy things like pinning a letter to the wall of Paddy's with a knife, but it's eventually revealed that he has no intention of killing Mac or Charlie.
  • Europeans Are Kinky: Dennis gets a new German roommate named Jan, who has a habit of throwing wild sex parties. Eventually it gets to be too much even for Dennis when Jan sends him to the glory hole with Frank.
    Jan: You Americans are so uptight!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Dennis points out that Mac and Charlie trying to convince all their friends and family that they're dead is pretty messed up.
  • Faking the Dead: Mac and Charlie continue faking their own deaths, and later persuade Dee to join them.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Mac is extremely put out that no-one seems to be mourning him, while both Bonnie and Frank are genuinely devastated by Charlie's "death". Dennis later casually admits that while he knew Mac and Charlie were faking all along and wanted to piss them off, he thought Dee might actually have been murdered.
  • Gilligan Cut: When Mac and Charlie are spying on Dennis.
    Mac: I bet you Frank is throwing a party too.
    (Cut to Frank talking to a mannequin that he's dressed up as Charlie.)
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Dennis watches two girls making out at Jan's party with an awed expression on his face.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: The slideshow that gets played at the funeral ends with the words "goodbye, cruel world" over a picture of Mac and Charlie posing with a motorcycle while dressed as cowboys.
  • Lonely Funeral: The only people to attend Mac and Charlie's funeral are their respective mothers and the rest of the gang.
  • Parental Incest: A possible two-for-one example occurs when Frank is tricked into going into the glory hole with Dennis (his legal son) and takes the mannequin of Charlie (strongly implied to be his biological son) in with him to "watch". Later Charlie claims that he saw Frank "banging" the mannequin.
  • Parental Neglect: Mrs. Mac falls asleep at her son's funeral.
    Charlie: Your mom's sitting right there, she's mourning you.
    Mac: Yeah, she watched an entire episode of Mama's Family and fell asleep!
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: Both of the parties that Jan throws are largely attended by attractive women in nothing but their underwear.
  • Pet the Dog: In Luther's letter he claims that he still loves Mac despite his screw-ups and is trying to find a way to forgive him.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Frank wildly fires his gun inside the bar in a "one-gun-salute" at the end of the funeral.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Frank dresses a mannequin up as Charlie and carries it around everywhere with him after his "death". Dennis also replaces Mac with Jan, though he admits at the end of the episode that he knew Mac wasn't dead and was just trying to piss him off.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Lampshaded at the end of the episode when it's revealed that Luther wasn't trying to kill Mac and Charlie after all, so faking their own deaths was entirely pointless.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In Dennis's ad for a new roommate, he specifies that he wants two women for a Three's Company style setup, having been doing an Odd Couple thing for the last ten years. However, Jan talks him into a Perfect Strangers scenario instead.
    • Mac turns all the stools in the bar upside-down and turns the TV on static in order to haunt Frank and Dennis Poltergeist-style.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Dennis takes to wearing Mac's duster "in his honor", though it's mostly because he just thinks it's cool and doesn't want to burn it.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When one of the bus passengers vomits on Dee.


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