It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 8 Review “The Gang Recycles Their Trash”

It’s interesting how easily we accept the surreal as a matter of fact on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” No matter how out there things get, we never really doubt it, because there’s few things we wouldn’t buy the main characters doing by now, so well do we know this motley crew. Therefore, the idea that the gang would start their own trash-collecting racket while the trash men were on strike seemed perfectly reasonable on tonight’s episode, “The Gang Recycles Their Trash.” Nor is the fact that they decided to do so clad in tuxedos and driving a limousine in the process, with Mac hanging off the end of the vehicle, clinging to the rear end of the limo like a lizard while bugs collected in his teeth.

Yeah, it’s just that kind of show.

It’s also the kind of show that can get away with intricately-formatted and gloriously trashy jokes about the various “levels” of homosexuality: “You are a power bottom.” “This man has been realigned- he’s a yester-gay. He’s gone from a twink to a twunk to a twank.” “He’s an otter- it’s like a bear, but they’re quicker and less hairy.” “Some cocks can’t be unsucked.” “He’s twink-versatile!” And plenty more where that came from, all from the “sexpertise” of Dee, who tries her best to explain to a clueless Frank. Good luck with that.

Between all that and Dee actually going in.I’m gonna go with “brown-face”- this was “Philly” at its most insane all around. Holy God, there was even a fist joke! (“Let’s pull up our boot straps, oil us up some asses and do some plowing of our own.not gay sex!”) Not to mention this bon mot: “In the 50s, people used to drive around from door-to-door in a windowless van and people didn’t think they would get raped. Things have changed.”

Great lines abounded, like Dee’s declaration: “I’ve done the whore thing before. I’m not doing it again,” and then proceeding to deliver a stream-of-skankiness that was something to behold as she dressed like. well, you just have to see it and hear it for yourself to believe it, but trust me, it was something, and did I mention the brown-face? It would all be horrifically offensive if it weren’t all so, well, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

Frank had some great lines as usual: “We bring you to a place with all these juicy dongs and you shut us down!” was a great one. I also got a kick out of his Union rant: “He’s trying to confuse us with his fancy language and his expensive podium!”

I also got a kick out the revision of everyone’s roles in the group and how everyone tried to subvert them, like Mac putting salt in “wild card” Charlie’s game. Loved it when Charlie shouted “Wild card, bitches!” and dropped out of the back doors of the van, thinking he’d severed the brake lines. Stop, drop, and roll, indeed.

Okay, so they did revisit- or should I say recycle-some past ideas with the individual roles thing, but I still thought it was a step-up from last week’s show, and I liked that one just fine. For one thing, the writing was sharper- that bit about the levels of homosexuality was pure genius, and one for the “Sunny” time capsule, to be sure. As was Dee’s rant at the Union meeting. Dee definitely walked away with this episode, for sure.

I thought the episode represented what the show does best: taking material that should be wildly offensive and somehow selling it as mass entertainment. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, for sure, but you gotta admire the chutzpa, at the very least. Well played, “Sunny.” Well played, indeed.

What did you think of “The Gang Recycles Their Trash”? Business as usual or one for the vaults? Let me know in the comments section.