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Recap / Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia S 11 E 03 The Gang Hits The Slopes

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"Dudes... let's shred."
— Mac

The gang takes a skiing vacation in the Poconos, where they discover that Frank plans to buy the mountain and turn it into an exclusive resort for rich CEOs unless his old rival can beat Dennis in a race. Meanwhile, Mac and Dee attempt to relive the resort's 80s glory days, and Charlie hits it off with a European model named Tatiana.


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  • Affectionate Parody: Of 80s ski movies, as well as the Porky's-style sex comedies of the same era.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Dennis reaches new levels of creepy while hitting on Tatiana.
    Dennis: Tatiana, I want you to clean yourself. For I will enter you hard and deep, and it will last for as long or as short as I please. But you will be clean. Only when you are clean will you know my power.
  • The Big Race: Dennis is set to race against Drisko to decide the fate of the mountain, with the loser being banned from setting foot on it for thirty years. He ends up racing Charlie instead when Drisko is arrested for sexual assault.
  • Call-Back: Mac wears the duster at the beginning of the episode.
  • Coitus Ensues: Charlie ends up having sex with Tatiana multiple times after she invites him to join her in the hot tub.
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  • Continuity Nod: Charlie states at the beginning of the episode that he doesn't like leaving Philly.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Of raunchy 80s comedies like Better Off Dead and Ski School. The episode mocks several of the cliches such as the mountain PA focusing on the actions of the main characters despite there being thousands of people there. It also shows how disturbing guys leering after nude women all the time is and what happens when those "cool kids" grow up into even more skeevy adults.
  • Determinator: Dennis is so obsessed with winning the race he crawls to the finish line after breaking his ankles.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Mac and Dee are appalled by Drisko's antics such as pulling women's tops off and spying on them in the showers. He sees it as harmless pranking, but they rightfully point out that it amounts to sexual assualt.
    Dee: I'd also like to remove myself from the sexual predator team.
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  • Evil Laugh: Dennis lets out a high-pitched cackle worthy of any eighties movie villain.
  • Hammerspace: Charlie keeps pulling out beer bottles seemingly from nowhere during a conversation with Dennis.
    Dennis: Where are those coming from?!
  • Hidden Depths: Mac, Dennis and Dee all turn out to be world-class skiers.
  • Insult Backfire:
    Dee: Sorry, Frank, we thought you were some jerk-off who bought the mountain.
    Frank: I am the jerk-off who bought the mountain.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Lampshaded by Mac and Dee as Drisko is arrested for his multiple sex crimes.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Frank reveals at the end of the episode that he never planned to build a ski resort and he set up the race as a distraction so that he could frack the mountain without anyone noticiing.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Charlie is the only member of the gang who has never been skiing before and doesn't understand the rules of the mountain.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Drisko longs for the glory days of the eighties when life on the mountain was one big party.
  • Only Sane Man: Charlie keeps pointing out how ludicrous it is that the mountain's PA system keeps mentioning the gang by name and narrating their activities despite the fact that there are hundreds of other people on the mountain, and is utterly bewildered by how seriously Dennis takes the race. He decides to get on board with it all when Tatiana propositions him, however.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: The episode is largely a Bizarro Episode where the gang behaves differently than they have in the past.
    • Mac and Dee are unusually nice, siding with ski resort's underdogs against Dennis and Frank. Throughout their time with Drisko, they are quick to point out how wrong his perverted antics are and ultimately change their minds about him when they find out that he's a sexual predator rather than Cool Old Guy they initially thought him to be.
    • Dennis and Frank are their usual, horrible selves, albeit with a dash of 80s villainy. Frank is the greedy, corporate executive looking to buy the mountain and Dennis is the vain, competitive athlete obsessed with being a champion.
    • Charlie, of all people, is the Only Sane Man, constantly questioning the logic behind all of the 80s ski movie cliches that no one else seems to be bothered by.
  • Overly Long Gag: Charlie's sex scene with Tatiana, which shows them in a variety of increasingly implausible positions and ends with him playing the saxophone naked.
  • Parental Incest: When Mac asks when was the last time there were even any babes in "Babe Manor", one of Drisko's roommates states that his daughter came by recently to serve him a court summons.
  • Paste Eater: Charlie eats one of the plastic trees from Frank's model resort, believing it to be made of candy.
  • The Peeping Tom: Drisko drills a hole in the wall of the women's locker room to spy on them showering. Later, Charlie also does this after inadvertently stumbling on Tatiana bathing nude in a hot tub.
  • Police Brutality: After Drisko attempts to resist arrest, two of the officers start viciously beating him with clubs, continuing even after he falls flat on the ground, defenseless. Dee and Mac are momentarily thrown by the display of violence before admitting that it's more than likely what Drisko deserves.
  • Reality Ensues: Drisko is eliminated from the race when he's arrested for sexual assault. The party girls who were okay with him tearing off their tops were actually hookers hired by Frank, to the surprise of nobody in the gang.
  • Sensual Slav: Tatiana, the Bulgarian model-slash-prostitute Charlie sleeps with.
  • Serious Business: Dennis treats the race as such, and becomes enraged when Charlie doesn't do the same.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": When Dennis attempts a jump and breaks both his ankles during the race.
  • Ski-Resort Episode: The episode has The Gang go to a ski resort in the Poconos.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: One of Drisko's roommates asks if he "came in his burrito".
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Averted; Charlie still loses the race even after Dennis breaks both of his ankles, due to the latter dragging himself the final few inches over the finish line.
  • Vacation Episode: The episode centers on the gang taking a skiing vacation in the Poconos.

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