Last night (Nov. 4) FX premiered It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 7, episode 8 “The Anti-Social Network” which revolved around the gang learning a valuable lesson in social networking. The Matt Shakman directed episode was written by cast members Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton who also wrote, “The Gang Hits the Road,” “The Waitress Is Getting Married,” and “The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty McGoo”. To watch the full episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 7 episode 8, “The Anti-Social Network” click here to open the video up, or check out a list of sites that stream the half-hour comedy for free.
The episode “The Anti-Social Network” starts out with Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), and Frank (Danny DeVito) at a trendy Gin bar. Dee found out about the place because of a Facebook invite, which leads to a discussion about how Paddy’s Pub needs some web presence.
This of course leads to an argument, and the gang gets loud. A man who is sitting at the bar with his friends turns around and ‘Shushessss’ the gang, which is something you should never do to a group of self-absorbed friends who have tons of time on their hands.
Right before the opening credits begin Dee says, “No distractions, Paddy’s needs to get connected,” which is a great line because the entire episode revolves around how they are so distracted by the man who ‘shushes’ they never do any social networking for the bar.
Dee and Mac team up to try and find the ‘shushing’ man, and they use Facebook to track him down. The man’s Facebook status says he will be at a particular store, and the pair goes to stalk him. Turns out, he is not there and his ex-internet-girlfriend happens to be there too. She gives Dee and Mac his address, and the two head off to the mans apartment.
Turns out, the man on the internet is not really a man, but a lonely older lady who stole his picture and pretended to be him. Her real name is Catfish (Luenell) and she has pretended to be an abundance of men on the internet, including one that Sweet Dee had corresponded with named Carl Underguard.
Dennis and Charlie decide to kick it old school and use detective work to try and track down the shushing man. Literally, they go to a detective to file a police report in order to have a sketch artist make up a picture of the man. This is where the laugh out loud part of the episode comes in, the detective tells them that shushing is not a crime and Charlie goes on to tell him that the man raped Dennis.
Rape, is not a subject to use in comedy, but somehow they pull it off and the scene is absolutely hilarious. Dennis and Charlie go on to talk about the rape to the detective, and clearly Dennis is uncomfortable with the fact that he pretend-got-raped by a man.
In the end, they go to a street artist to get a sketch of the man made up, and use that picture to make flyers about calling Dennis if anyone has seen him. All Dennis ends up receiving is prank calls of people shushing him. It seems that both parties failed in tracking down the man.
Episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia constantly reflect a current hot topic, and “The Anti-Social Network” does just that by having the plot revolve around online social networking. The character Frank (Danny DeVito) may not be in this episode much, but he plays a pivotal role in how social networking is sometimes not understood by an older generation.
Frank tries to grasp the concept of social networking, but with Dennis, Dee, Charlie and Mac so fixated on the shusher, there is no one to really explain it to him. He misunderstands ‘viral’ for ‘virus’ and sends out a video to all of Paddy Pub’s Facebook friends that incorporates the word ‘virus video’. Franks lack of social networking knowledge ultimately leads to their customers thinking someone from Paddy’s Pub has sent them a computer virus.
What is somewhat amusing about this is in real life Danny DeVito is probably the most active Twitter user out of all the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia cast. The episode closes with the shushing man walking into the bar with his friends. Ultimately, social networking is not what brought the man to the bar, it was only because Charlie took down the sign, and the shusher thought it would be a trendy bar. Dennis says to lock the door, and the credits roll, which leads viewers in the dark about what revenge they took on the man.
FX has also put up one piece of merchandise from this episode which is an ‘Always Sunny Paddy’s Virus T-Shirt’ which costs $26.95. Last week, they releases merchandise for the episode “Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games” which you can view here.
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