The Twelve Days of 'Sunny': Season 12, Episode 5 'Making Dennis Reynolds a Murderer' (Day #12)

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

…twelve widowed Dennis-es…

…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).

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s12e05 'Making Dennis Reynolds a Murderer': An episode filmed in the true crime style of Making a Murderer and The Jinx: A cat-woman formerly known as Maureen Ponderosa has been found dead in an alley and Dennis is the prime suspect. Writer: Conor Galvin / Director: Maurice Marable

The Twelve Days of 'Sunny': Season 12, Episode 5 'Making Dennis Reynolds a Murderer' (Day #12)
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As character arcs go – whether it's here or in about a dozen other shows – there's probably no more an interesting tale to tell then that of the story of The Cat Woman Formally Known As Maureen "Bastet" Ponderosa (Catherine Reitman) – a sad, disturbing tale.

The Twelve Days of 'Sunny': Season 12, Episode 5 'Making Dennis Reynolds a Murderer' (Day #12)
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What stands out for me the most in this episode is the show's willingness to experiment with their format (from opening to ending), tackle satirizing another show/series, have us queston whether or not Dennis really is a serial killer, and create something that has its disturbing moments even between the laughs.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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