The Twelve Days of 'Sunny': Season 8, Episode 3 'The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre' (Day #8)

On The Eighth Day of 'Sunny,' The Gang from Paddy's gave to me…

…eight hits of bath salts…

…seven Thunder Gun Express sequels…

…six stolen Omnibots

…FIIIIIIIIIVE INCH WOUND ON CRICKET'S NECK!

Four times Charlie lost it

…three huffs of spray paint

…two months community service…

…and Dee Reynolds in a pear tree!

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For the past thirteen years and thirteen seasons, The Gang from Paddy's Pub–Charlie (Charlie Day), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Frank (Danny DeVito), and Dennis (Glenn Howerton) – have quietly turned FX/FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia into one of the most shocking, tasteless, and subversive sitcoms to ever hit the airwaves. It's also one of the best.

Because for nearly 1-1/2 decades, The Gang's put themselves on the frontlines of major social and political issues with all the satirical subtlety of a hand grenade–with Dennis, Dee, Charlie, Mac and Frank usually finding a way to blow themselves up in the process.

"We immediately escalate everything to a ten… somebody comes in with some preposterous plan or idea, then all of a sudden everyone's on the gas, nobody's on the brakes, nobody's thinking, everyone's just talking over each other with one idiotic idea after another! Until, finally, we find ourselves in a situation where we've broken into somebody's house – and the homeowner is home!"

– Dennis (s07e09 'The Gang Gets Trapped')

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So with the holidays being a time to spend wih family and friends, the fine folks at Bleeding Cool are honoring South Philly's favorite sons (and daughter) with a rundown of our 12 favorite It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia  episodes–one per season (sorry, season 13: you're sitting this one out until next year) – with "The Big Present" on Christmas Day as we crown an overall champ – and dump a little coal in your stocking in the form of the worst It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode of the first 12 seasons (spoiler: it's probably holding the crown next year, too).

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s08e03 'The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre': Dennis and the gang crash Maureen's wedding to make certain he'll be able to sever all ties, only to discover a union much scarier than kissing cousins. Writer: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney / Director: Richie Keen

The Twelve Days of 'Sunny': Season 8, Episode 3 'The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre' (Day #8)

There is so much going on in this episode that trying to summarize it would take longer than the actual episode. This is everything you think you'd get from an episode that involves The Gang leaves the safe confines of Philly (Charlie tried to warn them about leaving home) to attend a wedding between Dennis' wife Maureen (Catherine Reitman) and Liam McPoyle (Jimmi Simpson – see what I mean?). Add Lance Barber's Bill Ponderosa into the mix, combine it with Frank's lack of decent compassion as a sponsor and bath salts-spiked milk, and…well…this is pretty much what you get.

The Twelve Days of 'Sunny': Season 8, Episode 3 'The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre' (Day #8)

What you need to take away from this episode? First, that for all of its moving parts this episode shouldn't have worked at all let alone as well as it did – and it proved once again that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia isn't just a "bar" show. The other thing? Just try to look me in the eye and tell me there weren't some moments that genuinely crepped you out a bit. Not an easy thing to pull off in the middle of some pretty broad comedy…

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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