Okay, first things first: major, major, major props are due Mr. Rob McElhenny for having the random but brilliant (if not necessarily wise from a personal standpoint) idea to put on 50 pounds in the off-season. Fat Mac(*) is just a marvelous sight gag - in a way, it reminds me of that "30 Rock" episode where Jenna ate too much pizza over the summer(**), only, you know, real - that makes me laugh every single time I see him, while also standing in nicely as a commentary on the state of the gang. They're getting older, and dumber, and sloppier - and in Mac's case, fatter - and while another show might take this as an opportunity for personal growth, "Always Sunny" mainly just observes that they're all getting too old for this shit, then has them keep doing it anyway, cuz it's really really funny.
(*) Call it, friendos: is Fat Mac a funnier nickname than Big Mac? I can't decide.
(**) And gave us one of the all-time great Jack Donaghy lines: "She needs to lose thirty pounds or gain sixty. Anything in between has no place on television."
Fat Mac also gave me the single funniest scene I watched all summer, in which Dennis (who apparently suffers from a severe eating disorder) and Fat Mac go to the doctor and McElhenny keeps mispronouncing "diabetes," Wilford Brimley-style(***), then hurts his back trying to lift Dennis. Wordplay, slapstick, a fat guy falling down - it's all you could possibly want in a comedy scene! Read More...