October 1, 2010

It’s Always Sunny Recap: The Gang Buys a Boat

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With the prospects of marriage put behind them, the gang starts fresh with the idea of buying a boat. Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), and Charlie (Charlie Day) have been so completely invested in buying a new boat that they’ve actually been thinking about it for more than a week, no small feat when it comes to such fickle characters. The boat salesman is given the task of finding them the perfect “P. Diddy-style shrimping vessel” to suit their whimsical needs with their price ranging within ALL of Charlie’s life savings. As a result, the majority of the episode centers around fixing up the boat to make it capable of P. Diddy-style parties. Overall, this episode had some good moments and I enjoyed the story overall compared to the previous two episodes.

Being the lazy people that they are, Dennis and Mac task Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Frank, and Charlie to fix the boat up while they go out and buy the necessary items to make the boat ready for parties and women. Despite much evidence that would support not giving Charlie responsibility, Dennis and Mac leave and give Charlie the goal of scraping off barnacles, or as Charlie calls them, “delicious oysters”. As one would expect of three child-like adults that are left unsupervised , things take a negative turn. Dee, being told to clean the inside of the boat, throws most of the garbage from the boat in the water. Frank decides to help her by smashing a dresser and an electric socket with a hammer. Instead of cleaning delicious oysters, Charlie is forced to find the keys to the boat that Frank accidentally threw overboard. In doing so he continually finds the “treasure” that Dee throws out of the boat and brings back onboard. On one occasion he expertly deduces that a long time ago: “there was a horse massacre in the revolutionary time” that took place under water.

As Dennis and Mac buy equipment for the boat, we get a hilarious synopsis of Dennis’s goals that makes him sound like a rapist. Ideally, he plans to bring hot women out into the ocean where there are no laws, get them nice and tipsy and then bring them under so that they will have sex with him…because of “the implication”. Dennis goes further to defend himself by saying that: “the implication is that things may go wrong, even though they won’t, but they still think that it will”. Despite many of his claims, Mac remains skeptical.

Luckily for them and their susceptibility to attractive flyers, Mac and Dennis find out about a boat mixer taking place that night. Ignoring the pleas of Charlie, Frank, and Dee to go, Mac and Dennis go to the mixer and find themselves in the trap set by dirty sailors, very reminiscent to Dennis’s fantasy, that involves taking them out into the middle of the ocean where they will be forced into sex…by the implication. Notwithstanding Mac’s optimism that they might be adventurous sailors, they find a guy who has a hook for a hand because he lost it due to diabetes. Just as matters looked they would take a turn for the worse, groups of hot, scantily clad women enter and all their fears are satiated.

Meanwhile, back on the boat, Frank is cooking up some catfish and Dee is learning dance moves from a waving, inflatable tube man that Mac bought to prove the Dee dances like a waving, inflatable tube man. As things begin to look up for the Gang, Charlie accidentally sets the boat on fire just as Dennis and Mac return from the mixer with two beautiful ladies whom they hope to take into the ocean and make them do things out of implication. They are left standing in the pier as their flaming boat sinks as the waving inflatable tube man dances erratically in the night. Very picturesque.

Although this episode was a relief from the last storyline, it doesn’t really stand well next to previous seasons. Within the context of season 6, “The Gang Buys a Boat” is a good episode, but sadly, it doesn’t really stand out on its own This season isn’t off to a great start, but this episode was a moderate step forward.

Original Author: Andrew Ebanks