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Recap / Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia S 06 E 09 Shaping Americas Youth

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Charlie: Look at us with our new careers, huh? How about that?
Dee: Well, yours is kinda the same, you know, 'cause you've always sort of been a janitor.

Dee continues her new job as a substitute drama teacher and takes her students on a field trip to Paddy's to watch a screening of the gang's homemade Lethal Weapon sequel. Meanwhile, Charlie uses his new position as the high school janitor to take a troubled student under his wing.


This episode provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Affectionate Parody: The second half of the episode is this for the Lethal Weapon series, as well as 80s action movies in general.
  • Almighty Janitor: Charlie attempts to be one of these while he's working at the high school, taking it upon himself to mentor the students.
  • Awesome Aussie: Riggs, but only as played by Dennis.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": All of the gang in their Lethal Weapon movie, but especially Charlie, who Mac and Dennis note they should have cut completely.
  • Blackface: Mac plays Murtaugh in blackface and insists that it's not racist if it's done "tastefully".
  • Brick Joke: Dennis mentioned earlier in the season in what appeared to be a throwaway joke that the guys had made their own Lethal Weapon sequel. Here, we get to see the full thing.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Frank comments that James Earl Jones "does a good blackface".
    Dennis: James Earl Jones has a black face! He's a black man!
  • Cool Teacher: Dee continues her attempts to be one, bringing her students to the bar and promising them a field trip to Broadway.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: Charlie chastises Richie for filming the gang's movie on his phone.
  • Electric Torture: Dennis-as-Riggs is chained up and tortured with a stun gun by one of Lazarus's mooks (played by Charlie).
  • Erotic Massage: Frank's sex scene starts out with one of these.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Dennis and Charlie both find Mac's use of blackface regrettable, though Dennis has no problem doing a "black voice".
  • Extreme Omnivore: Charlie starts eating an orange that one of the students throws in the trash, much to Dee's disgust.
    Dee: Don't eat trash, Charlie.
    Charlie: I'll eat what I wanna eat, okay?
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  • Fan Disservice: Frank gets a full penetrative sex scene with a prostitute in the gang's film, to the horror of the students watching.
  • Fan Film: In-Universe, it's revealed that the gang have made their own Lethal Weapon sequel.
  • Firing in the Air a Lot: Mac and Dennis as Riggs and Murtaugh do this while visiting their wives' graves at the end of the movie.
  • Ham and Cheese: Frank is clearly having the time of his life playing the villain.
  • Juggalo: Richie, the student who Charlie takes under his wing, is a diehard Juggalo who gets bullied for his clown makeup. Charlie mishears and thinks he's a juggler.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Dee delivers a foul-mouthed tirade over the phone to Dennis, Mac and Frank when they call to harass her at work, causing the other teachers to stare at her in shock.
    Dee: I am a teacher now, okay? Don't ever call me here again. I don't have time for your shit, you dumbass dickbags.
  • Mood Whiplash: Dee solemnly announces to her students that Dr. Meyers has passed away before immediately switching gears and cheerily informing them that she was doing a monologue.
    Student: Okay, I'm confused. So Dr. Meyers isn't dead?
    Dee: No, no. No, not dead. Very much alive. But that's the power of acting, do you see what I'm saying? One minute dead, the next minute alive — resurrection. It's all acting!
  • Murderous Thighs: Dennis-as-Riggs snaps the neck of the mook torturing him using his thighs.
  • Native American Casino: Frank plays a Native American villain who owns a casino in the gang's film.
  • The Other Darrin: In-Universe example, played for laughs; Mac and Dennis randomly switch parts halfway through the movie for no real reason.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Mac thinks that blackface can be done tastefully. Taken even further by Frank, who claims that it's all about "making the lips look funny".
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Charlie has never heard of Insane Clown Posse.
    Charlie: You have a posse? Well, good. Stick with your insane clown people, and you won't get jumped.
  • Prank Call: Mac, Dennis and Frank call up Dee at work for the sole purpose of making pregnancy jokes since she's not around for them to harrass in person anymore.
  • Sequel Episode: To "The Gang Gets a New Member".
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-Universe, this seems to be the students' response to the gang's movie, with one of them proclaiming it "the greatest movie I've ever seen".
  • Special Effects Failure: In-universe, the film is full of this. In particular, the scene in the casino is obviously greenscreen, while the death of the villain's henchman is shown by tossing a ragdoll out of the window (you can clearly see the doll's face).
  • Status Quo Is God: By the end of the episode, Dee and Charlie have both been fired from their jobs at the high school.
  • Stylistic Suck: Lethal Weapon 5 definitely counts, with its bad special effects and worse acting.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Frank tries to defend Mac's use of blackface but only ends up making him look worse, as his views are even more racist.
    Mac: Stop arguing for me, okay? I got it.


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