It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 5, Episode 9: "Mac and Dennis Break Up" - Review

After an amazing episode last week, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia came back to Earth with a story containing a standard amount of boorish behavior (for them at least), but nothing we hadn't seen before in previous episodes. After getting hit with a barrage of insults from Dennis and Mac concerning her lack of friends, Dee turned the tables and pointed out that their own friendship was co-dependent and creepy. That was just enough of an insult to force an argument between the two men and drive them apart for the episode. As a result, Mac went to live with Charlie and Frank while Dennis hung out with Dee. And as usual, chaos ensued.

Had this show aired in the first season, or simply not immediately behind the home run that was last week's episode, I may have enjoyed it more. Unfortunately, that's not the case and this one felt like territory we had already covered. Sure, putting Mac and Dennis' relationship under the microscope was a new idea, but the results of their fallout was not. Dennis predictably couldn't function in Dee's crazy world and the same was true for Mac living with Charlie and Frank. After living apart for what amounted to a few hours, the two of them realized they were better off together.

It's really saying something about a show when story arcs like a cat getting stuck inside the walls of Dee's apartment or Frank picking his toenails with a steak knife simply do not go far enough. Although, Charlie getting upset that Frank wasted a perfectly good sock to stop the bleeding instead of a candy wrapper was a nice touch.

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