It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – 6.01: Mac Fights Gay Marriage

“Two dudes getting married?  That doesn’t seem very gay…” -Frank

Commenting on It’s Always Sunny is going to be somewhat of an uphill battle.  The show is as straightforward as sitcoms go: there’s very little continuity, virtually no character development (everyone on the show is way too self-centered and stupid to ever learn anything from their mistakes), and there’s rarely any message or commentary that the show is trying to convey.  It’s a perfect show to pick up at any point, because it requires absolutely no background to enjoy watching these guys screw each other over in their own selfish pursuits.  Case in point: I watched the season premiere with a friend who is now pledging to go back and watch all the old episodes on DVD.

Honestly, there’s not a whole lot to say other than it was another hilarious episode of the crudest, most mean-spirited, and darkly funny comedy on TV.  Mac decided to oppose gay marriage, but for his own selfish ends: he discovers the super-hot tranny that he banged a couple times is now completely post-op (snipped off the package) and is now happily married, so tries to find a way to have their marriage nullified.  Dennis gets married to a high-school sweetheart and regrets it immediately, Charlie and Frank try to get married in order to share in the legal benefits of marriage, and Dee sleeps with a married man.  It’s almost as if there is a very subtler underlying marriage to the non-sanctity of marriage in this day and age (going against one of the main arguments of those opposing gay marriage), but the show is too busy making us laugh at the pathetic situations of the gang to really deal with any of that.  It’s a simple formula for the writers and one they’ve used before: take a hot-topic issue and have the characters twist it for their own selfish aims.

We are, however, left with some rare loose ends at the end of the episode: Dennis is still married, Charlie and Frank still have to sort out their deal, Mac is homeless (kicked out of his apartment by Dennis), and there’s no real finality for Dee’s storyline (not that there needs to be).  It will be fun to see how things get resolved, wiping the slate clean for another round of misadventures.

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