It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “High School Reunion Part 2” – Season 7 Finale Review


In the season 7 finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, we picked up where we left off last week with the gang going through their respective moments of humiliation at the hands of the “cool kids.” As expected, the reunion plan shifts from gaining popularity to getting vengeance. As his contribution to the revenge plot, Dennis proclaims that he’s “gonna bang Tom Murphy’s black wife.” Despite ultimately failing at this effort, Dennis was the only member of the gang who really had a well-defined, focused plan. In particular, Dee was all over the place. She initially set her sights on seducing Tom Murphy, which Dennis promptly shut down and then she took a turn at resurrecting the old pastime of teasing Fatty McGoo. The only problem with that plan is that Fatty is no longer a “fatty,” thus rendering the entire effort pointless.

Meanwhile, Ronnie the Rat, Ronald McDonald, Big Mac, Mac decides that he and Charlie should reunite the “Freight Train.” Apparently the Freight Train was a motley crew of high school outcasts, including someone who ate his family for Christmas dinner and a guy who is now dead. Although the Freight Train was not successful in dishing out a dose of comeuppance to the cool kids, they did manage to get a little revenge on Dee for her horrible behavior in her attempt to join the cool kids and her subsequent refusal to dislodge Frank, Mac and Charlie (and their painfully wedgied butts) from the bathroom stalls. In fact, Dee was the only person on the receiving end of a wedgie doled out by the gang.

After being slightly derailed with their revenge initiation of Dee, the Freight Train gains full steam when it becomes clear that Dennis is the perfect choice to fill the psycho void in the group. I love an epic Dennis meltdown and I knew that’s where we were heading when I heard the tone of his voice as he asked if he was crazy. Dennis has not been this crazed since “The Gang Reignites the Rivalry.”

While on the topic of Dennis, viewers have learned during this season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that as awesome as it sounded when he initially explained it, the D.E.N.N.I.S. system needs some serious tweaking. As Mac previously noted, the system is simply inefficient. It also appears that by wearing makeup and a girdle, Dennis interferes with the sexually-charged message he is attempting to send. We also learned that despite his constant proclamations of being a “golden god,” Dennis was not as popular as he thought he was. To borrow from the late Gil Scott Heron, Dennis was a legend in his own mind.

With psycho Dennis and a toot-tooting Aluminum Monster in tow, the gang decides to go with Plan B. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge Frank’s role in eventually getting the gang on board with Plan B. Even I was ready to engage in some choreographed fisticuffs after that speech.

As the dance got off to a great start, I was pretty sure that we were in the midst of a classic It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fake out as previously seen in “Mac’s Big Break.” In that episode, we were initially led to believe that Mac hit the hockey game and kicked ass when in reality, he immediately fell flat on his face. Unfortunately for the gang, the awesome dance was a figment of their drunken, rage-filled imagination. Seeing the amazing dance and its hot, sweaty reality-based ending was much more satisfying to watch than any form of revenge. I am quite curious to know exactly how long and how hard were they dancing to get SO sweaty? They were literally, a hot ass mess. I’m with Dennis, screw what the idiots thought of their routine – my mind was truly blown!

Other thoughts and favorite moments from the season 7 finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:

-It was great to get a reference back to Charlie’s expertise in bird law.

-Damn you Schmitty!

-Add idiot to the list of words that I love to hear Dennis say or in this instance, scream.

-It was not a huge surprise that it was Mac who slept with Dennis’s prom date. This confirms that the Move in After Completion system dates all the way back to high school.

Although it was disappointing not to get at least one duster appearance, this season has been one of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s best. What did you think of the conclusion of the gang’s high school reunion?