My performance of the week ending 11/23/19 on TV goes to…

The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia!

After just finishing up my watch of season 14, I have to give it up to:  Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito. 

I was slightly worried that the new season might be a little bit stale, but the cast continued to keep things fresh, while we laughed our asses off.

I really enjoyed how the show used some fan-favorite nostalgia by bringing back some old characters and making references to past episodes, but they didn’t hit you over the head with them and that’s why they worked so effectively.

They always did something new and unique with the nostalgia, which really kept the entertainment going.  You never felt like they were just simply recycling old episodes, as things continued to take unexpected turns along the way.

I never get tired of watching this cast and you almost start to think that you are really part of the gang, as you witness each adventure.  The laser tag season 14 finale was done so brilliantly and it is probably one of my favorite season finales of the entire show.

Overall, season 14 had some highs and lows, but the gang kept my undivided attention and even surprised me with some new plots that were so fun and outrageous.

Stand out episodes for me include:  The Gang Chokes (season 14, episode 4), The Janitor Always Mops Twice (season 14, episode 6), The Gang Solves Global Warming (season 14, episode 7), and Waiting for Big Mo (season 14, episode 10).

From a fun take on film noir to a laser tag game with the theme from The Shining playing, you can’t go wrong in season 14!

What’s next for the gang?  We’ll have to wait and see, but I am always ready for some more crazy adventures from the gang.  You have to wonder how much longer this show will last, but it is still managing to provide us with laugh out loud entertainment each season and it is my absolute favorite comedy on television!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 13 episode 2: “The Gang Escapes”

Happy Friday TV fans!  Have you ever wanted to play the escape room game?  It’s a trend that is happening all over and of course the gang from Patty’s Pub has to get in on the action.  After watching the FXX network’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 2 last night, I realized that while teamwork may be the most important element needed to win the game, the gang always has something else up their sleeves so that they wind up the winners.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In Wednesday night’s episode, “The Gang Escapes,” the gang puts their best effort forward to excel at the escape the room game, but realize that a lot is at stake especially when “power plays” are introduced along with some much needed “riffing.”  My top 5 moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 2 are:

5

“Don’t judge me nerd.”

Dee is very excited to participate in the escape the room game and even begins looking for clues before she is technically allowed to.  We quickly find out that Dee has already played this particular escape game and was looking forward to showing off her detective skills to the group.  Only unfortunately for Dee, the gang decides to lock her in Dennis’s room, which is completely soundproof.  More on that later.  Dee tries to team up with the woman running the escape room game, but is upset when she doesn’t jump at the chance to get back at Dee’s friends, reminding Dee that the game is supposed to be about communication and teamwork and that this makes her uncomfortable.  Dee hilariously replies, “let’s see how comfortable you get when they get frustrated and start smashing all your shit,” proving that she knows her friends better than anyone else.  As if right on cue, the smashing begins.

4

“That’s power play.”

The gang begins to disagree on who the leader should be so they decide to break up into teams:  Mac and Dennis and Charlie and Frank.  Dennis feels the rush of power and is excited that they have a clue in their grasp.  However, he begins to get distracted by Frank’s obnoxious chewing of gum, recognizing it as a power play and classic angry Dennis makes an appearance.  Dennis begins freaking out and yells, “Can I riff?  I’m just riffing now.  Will you go get my gum?”  Mac does his best to obtain the gum from Charlie, but Frank also explains that this could be considered “power play,” confirming Dennis’s theory on becoming the “head cow.”  I don’t understand it any better than you do, but it is absolutely hilarious that both Dennis and Frank recognize the potential power play going on here.

3

“You didn’t say the safe word.”

While Dee is locked up in Dennis’s room, she accidentally triggers his laptop, which dims the lights and makes the bed even vibrate.  A message comes up on the laptop with Dennis surrounded by hearts and greets her by saying, “welcome sexual conquest.”  Dee begins freaking out, not wanting any part of her brother’s creepy sexual playground, but the message continues to go on while Stacey Q’s, “Two of Hearts” song begins to play, which you can listen to here!  She desperately tries to turn everything off, but is scolded when she doesn’t use the safe word.  I’m still wondering what that is.  Poor Dee!

2

“To us as men!”

Mac and Dennis finally come to an agreement with Charlie and Frank, as they all sit down for a summit to discuss the terms of their negotiation.  Charlie hilariously works in a new accent and says that they can commence with the turning of the key as long as he can remain “the speaker of the tribe.”  They commend themselves on a job well done as men and turn over the lock and key clues so they can win the game.  Only they quickly realize that this was only the first clue in the escape game and there are like 20 or 30 more things to complete.  Whoops.

1

“You really were the quarterback.”

In the beginning of the episode, Dee really wanted to show the gang that she was capable of being a good leader and said that she wanted to be the quarterback of the team.  While the gang initially reminded her that this is only a title reserved for men, Dee ends up changing their minds.  Dee escapes Dennis’s sex dungeon by climbing out the window to his surprise, as he mentions that no one else has been able to do so.  Dee accidentally falls off the ledge and says she is going to sue the makers of the game.  The woman who ran the game explains that nothing like this has ever happened before.  Luckily Dee is all right, but she is at the hospital with the rest of the gang by her side.  The woman reluctantly takes their photo even though they didn’t win the game, but they quickly convince her that they did in fact win in their own way.  The gang tells Dee, “You really were the quarterback,” allowing her to rejoice in a temporary moment of victory.  The gang certainly proved to be up for any challenge, but I’m still not sure they understand the concept of teamwork.  Either way, a win is a win and I am definitely on team Sunny!  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 13 episode 1 Season Premiere: “The Gang Makes Paddy’s Great Again”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  The wait is finally over and it’s time to laugh out loud with Charlie, Mac, Dee, Frank, and Cindy?  More to come on that!  After watching the FXX network’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 1 last night, I was introduced to a new Patty’s Pub that I was not familiar with.  Everything seemed to be somewhat normal until I realized that someone was missing.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Gang Makes Paddy’s Great Again,” the gang is working with Cindy, played by Mindy Kaling, to change the image and perception of their bar to attract more customers.  Meanwhile, Mac has put his best effort forward to change his body image again and surprises the gang with an eerie new toy that has something oddly familiar about it.  My top 5 moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 1 are:

5

“The unveiling of what?”

As the gang decides to come up with a plan to help improve Paddy’s image, Mac is convinced that he has the solution right in front of them…or right under his duster.  Mac shows off his new and extremely muscular physique, suggesting that this could be a key component to the plan.  The gang is hilariously underwhelmed by this, explaining that “he’s fat, he’s skinny, he’s muscular.”  They write it off as a cry for attention, trying to move forward with the task at hand, but Mac continues to try and work his new physique into the plan for the rest of the episode.

4

“Is that a sex doll?”

Mac is beyond excited to show the gang what he bought and at this point, I was more focused on the fact that Glenn Howerton’s name was left off the main credits.  While I was confused at Dennis’s absence initially, I was in for a shocking surprise when Mac revealed a sex doll with a striking image to Dennis.  The gang is initially appalled by this, realizing that Mac is probably banging it the moment they leave the room.  While Mac tries to convince them that his Dennis doll is there for “companionship,” his friends are not believing this for one second.

3

“The doll talks to you now…”

As if the sex doll wasn’t creepy enough, Mac begins to talk to it, as if he could hear Dennis speaking to him.  While the gang initially thinks this is crazy, Charlie and Frank begin to hear it too and even Dee says, “It called me a bird.”  Later in the episode, the gang tries to carry out Cindy’s plan to improve Paddy’s pub and everything initially seems to be going well until they continue to hear Dennis’s voice, judging them and making them feel inferior.

2

“You want me to talk to the doll?”

During the episode, the waitress continues to call Charlie over and over again and he is getting annoyed by her neediness, which is hilarious on its own.  Charlie realizes that the perfect solution is right in front of him and brings over the Dennis doll to keep the waitress company.  As soon as she begins complaining about something, he cuts her off and reminds her “that’s what the doll is for.”  Later in the episode, Charlie walks in on the waitress in bed with the Dennis doll and he is shocked.  While the waitress tries to explain that’s what it’s made for, Charlie tells her that she is cheating.  The waitress breaks up with Charlie and Charlie begins hilariously punching the Dennis doll in the face because “Dennis is a bastard man” of course.

1

“You can go now.”

At the end of the episode, the real Dennis is back, sitting right next to the Dennis doll at Paddy’s Pub.  Hooray!  The gang is beyond excited to see him, but Cindy explains that he is not needed anymore.  Unfortunately for Cindy, the gang votes her out, ready to accept Dennis back into their lives.  Dennis’s harsh judgment returns too, as he tells Dee to “shut up bird” and informs Mac that he is looking fat, but we are sure happy to have him back.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support! 

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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