It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Season 6 Episode 10

Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 18, 2010 on FXX
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Charlie begins to crack from the pressure of keeping Paddy's basement rat free so his friends decide to throw him a surprise party.

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  • 11/18

    5.0
    Some episodes of It's Always Sunny are instant classics, and others are pretty much like this one.



    The opening bit about Charlie slaughtering 200 rats was kind of funny, but after that it just took a turn for the worse. I liked Dennis' bit about switching Mac's awful shirt, but other than that, 22 minutes of no laughs. Seeing people planning a party and seeing these characters try to act out of character by being less cynical was not the way to go about it. Sunny has been okay this season, but the show has been in the decline for years; this just seels it.moreless
  • Sunny Delivers

    10
    After some hit and miss episodes this season Sunny delivered in this week's installment which showed the Gang planning a B-day party for Charlie consulting his dream book for it and as the gang tries to get him to partake of their activities such as going to the movies, or to a spa where Charlie realizes he may in fact be a rat and is trapped deliver some much needed laughs. But it's the revelation of it actually being Frank's birthday and how they all had to do so much work for almost nothing and then the medieval looking Rat Killing stick sealed the deal with Charlie being able to smash a good many rats "humanely."moreless
  • The gang tries to throw Charlie a surprise birthday party while Dee tries to show Charlie a good time.

    8.4
    This definitely wasn't one of my favorite episodes of this season, but it was by no means a bad episode of the show. Anybody who says the episode had no laughs is insane; there was plenty of laughs to go around. The entire scene with Charlie in the movies, whether it was struggling to understand the 3D glasses and his tendency to eat food off of the floor and him mistaking Dee's invitation to the "spa" as an invitation to a "spaghetti day" was great. And the entire scene with "Dick-less Dennis" felt like the usual It's Always Sunny humor... how the show finds new ways to rant and rave about different things never ceases to amaze me.



    Frank felt irritating here and was an example of how he sometimes has no place in the show. He was walking around, talking to random people on the show, complaining about random things and by the time we got to the end of the episode where we learn it was actually his birthday and not Charlie's, I really didn't care whatsoever. The humor and heart of the episode came from the core Gang trying to throw a party for Charlie, even if their motives and their attempts are feeble at best.



    But as I've mentioned in previous episodes, the show has its own style of comedy that very few comedies can pull off, and even if there's a weaker episode, it's still better than a majority of comedies on TV right now. Next week's looks hilarious either way, so the best I can say about this week was that it had enough funny moments to keep me satisfied.. a lame ending, sure, but there was a lot to love (and part of me wants to keep a dream-book now!)moreless
David Aranovich

David Aranovich

Travis the Ticket Usher

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David Gueriera

David Gueriera

Duncan

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David Ury

David Ury

Spa Worker

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    • Dee: Hey listen, uh, you've been really stressed, so I thought I would take you for a spa day, just you and me.
      Charlie: A what day?
      Dee: A spa day.
      Charlie: What is this word "spa"? I feel like you're starting to say a word, and you're not finishing it. Are you trying to say "spaghetti"? Are you taking me on a spaghetti day?

    • Charlie: Is that what I think it is?
      Mac: That's a new rat stick, dude.
      Dennis: Yeah!
      Mac: (laughs) And you can bash up a whole bunch of rats with one quick strike, so it's more humane.

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