The Twelve Days of 'Sunny': Season 11, Episode 5 'Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs' (Day #11)

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

…eleven sleepless suburban nights…

…ten crates of live chickens

…nine ninjas fighting

…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).

The Twelve Days of 'Sunny': Season 11, Episode 5 'Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs' (Day #11)
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s11e05 'Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs': Mac and Dennis move to the suburbs for the cheap rent and open spaces but learn they may be meant for city life. Writer: Hunter Covington / Director: Todd Biermann

I could go into long-winded detail over how a Mac and Dennis needing a new place to live resulted in a series of bets and side bets with Frank and Dee that left Frank a winner – and Dee, Mac, and Dennis bunkmates with an old black man (important fact for one of the more uncomfortably funny scenes) for the next 365 days. But in all honesty, the premise is just an excuse to get to the heart of the episode:

The Twelve Days of 'Sunny': Season 11, Episode 5 'Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs' (Day #11)
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Mac and Dennis have a love/hate relationship that will most likely end in some of lovers' murder-suicide pact.

By the end of 'Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs,' we got to the the cold, dark heart of the Mac/Dennis dynamic in a way no two previous episodes ever have – though the recent 13th give this episode a run for that title a few times (Sex doll made to look like Dennis? Yeah…).

Take War of the Roses, combine it with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and sprinkle it with generous amounts of "Mac's Famous Mac and Cheese" – and you have this slow-building descent into suburban madness. And by removing the rest of The Gang from the Mac/Dennis scenario for most of the episode, we see how their "evolved married couple dynamic" leads to nothing less then the death of a briefly beloved character…

R.I.P., Dennis Jr. We never truly got to know you – or how you tasted.

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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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