It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 5, Episode 6: "The World Series Defense" - Review

It's about time the show tackled the defining moment in recent Philadelphia sports history, (Rocky Balboa notwithstanding.) Yes, it was almost a year ago to the day that the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series. With the Gang over at Paddy's Pub all set to enjoy the games by getting blasted on grain alcohol, were you surprised that they became the only Phillies fans in history who were physically and emotionally traumatized by their team's victory?

The set-up to this episode of Always Sunny was different than most in that Dennis (Glenn Howerton) appeared in front of an unforgiving judge to dispute a parking violation and brought along the Gang to corroborate his spectacularly idiotic and amazingly thin defense. Told in flashbacks, the story detailed how the group made a series of increasingly poor decisions that resulted in Dennis' car racking up the fines. I think it's fair to say that after watching what the group went through during World Series week, the parking tickets were the least of their problems.

There was a ton to love about this episode as each character upped the ante with successive tales of woe. It started with Charlie (Charlie Day) throwing Dennis in front of a moving car in an unsuccessful attempt to extort tickets from the driver. It ended with the Gang getting trapped trying to find a mythical secret tunnel between the Holiday Inn and the baseball field next door that would allow them to sneak in for free. And there was plenty to enjoy in between. But before I forget, let's congratulate Always Sunny for adding the term "Riot Punch" to our country's lexicon. Getting hammered on "home-made grain alcohol" sounds so pedestrian, but getting obliterated on "Riot Punch" has pizazz.

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