It is a truth univesally acknowledged that “It’s Always Sunny…” takes people in ostensibly good standing and ensures that they will be brought down as a result of their association with the folks of Paddy’s Pub. As the Paddy’s Pub gang took a stroll down memory lane by attending their high school reunion this past week, viewers caught a glimpse of what each character was like years before…and they did not disappoint. Even Frank got in on the action, sneaking into the event by stealing the nametag of some poor soul. As per usual, each character has his or her own selfish agenda going into the evening. While Mac tries to hide his namesake (hilariously it is revealed that Mac is actually Ronald McDonald–it would figure coming from these two) and Charlie avoids a guy he sicced a swarm of wasps upon way back, Dee and Dennis boast more ambitious plans. Aiming to associate with the “cool crowd” after spending part of her high school years in a back brace (yikes), Dee belittles Charlie in front of a meat puppet she wants to bed. Dennis takes a less aggressive approach by putting out the vibe away from people in hopes they will come to him. Off the dancefloor, Frank tries to make nice with his son (a fact so often lost on this show…Frank is the father of Dee and Dennis…even if his best pal in the gang is neither his son nor his daughter, but rather Charlie who shares far more in common with him than he and his offspring) Dennis wants to shake him. Frank has become quite an endearing character this season. Less selfish for sure, he’s actually seeking more approval and participation in the group’s activities than in years past. Meanwhile, Charlie and Mac find themselves in similar situations to the ones from high school. Charlie decides to huff cleaning products in the boys room since he cannot acquire more than two beers from the bar tender and Mac rats out guys who are procuring more than two beers, affirming his old nickname “Ronnie the Rat”. Some things change with the gang (see Mac’s weight gain) but wonderfully others do not.
During the early stages of the night, Dee’s tactics bear more fruit, as she saddles up to the alpha males and females busy celebrating their own superiority for a while until…guess who shows up? Rickety Cricket back in priestly form! Has he turned a corner? Is Cricket a “man of the cloth” again as he claims? Thankfully no! Cricket’s attending the reunion for his own “drug addled” reasons. Unbeknownst to all the alums, as Cricket reintroduces himself to them, he snatches their jewelry, watches, and wallets, clutching them against his ringworm infected skin. Some people just cannot catch a break and then there’s Cricket who takes that saying to new lows. Besides Cricket making an appearance, Charlie’s crush, the Waitress, also attends the reunion in a drunken stupor. Clearly, she’s still reeling from the breakup between her and Dennis a while back. It seems that no matter with whom they affiliate, the Paddy’s Pub gang leaves a trail of destruction. Next week’s episode is the second part of this one with a hint of revenge from the gang expected. Remember your ringworm medication viewers!