It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Season 5 Episode 1

The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 17, 2009 on FXX
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Episode Summary

Dennis, Mac, and Frank go into real estate, while Dee sets out to be a surrogate for a wealthy couple. Charlie gets into it with an attorney over the law.

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  • Good premiere...

    ... or should I say, Great!

    I really liked this episode, sweet dee and frank were really great on this one and it has some of their best lines ever on the show. Mac, Dennis and Charlie were great as well

    The only problem I have with it is the way the plots came together in the end, I was expecting something expetacular but the way they did it felt kind of lazy (IMO). It's still a good ending though. The final scene with the whole gang getting into the pool was perfect and it kind of saved it.

    I'm really looking forward for the rest of the season!moreless
  • Good ep.

    The season 5 premiere of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was far from perfect, but it was pretty darn funny. The show's edgy, crossing the line plots are what makes the program unique and a must-watch, but things are never offensive and that is a true testament to Sunny.

    I was even laughing at some of Dee's lines though, something that rarely happens. But Frank, Mac, Dennis and Charlie were all on top of their A game, rounding out one of the best comedy ensembles on TV.

    No review can do this episode justice so just watch it because you'll love it.moreless
  • Its Always Sunny is back, and it's AWESOME.

    I think maybe it's just the fact that I've been rewatching the other four seasons WAY too many times in the past year, but I was really jonesing for some new Its Always Sunny. And after I read the article on the first four episodes on the home page of this site, I was twice as excited. And I have to say, this episode was great. They didn't overdo it on the plot, like having people get kidnapped or making a musical.. it was just the gang being awful people as usual.

    The cold open, with the guys yelling "NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!" was hilarious, as was Dee overall. Last season was a huge step forward for her in terms of humor and material, and this episode shows why she's quickly becoming one of the best. Even Frank had his funny moments (telling the kids he's going to throw the toys away, swimming in the pool). The ending was perfect, with the gang finally ending their streak of not swimming in a pool.

    The one thing I didn't enjoy so much is how they kind of dropped the ball with the multiple plots going on. Some shows (Seinfeld, Arrested Development) can take multiple plots and bring them all together into a great conclusion where they all tie together somehow. However, with this episode, we never see what happens with the duel, never see exactly what goes on with Frank's house.. everything ties together, but it felt like there was a few pieces missing.

    REGARDLESS, this episode was excellent. The opening quote on bird law is stuck in my head right now and just won't leave. Can't wait for next week's.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • You can clearly see the shadow of one of the camera men next to the surrogate couple when Dee decides to have a talk with Mac and Dennis after they introduced themselves as the wealthy gay couple.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mac: I'll tell you what buddy, how about I take your wife upstairs and show her what it's like to be deep inside a really big house?
      Tad: What?
      Dennis: What?
      Mac: What?
      Dennis: Uh, you--you'll have to excuse my associate. It's just his passion for quality real estate that makes him so intense.

    • (The gang tries to kick a family out of a house Frank bought)
      Mac: It doesn't matter. We shouldn't bash these people up.
      Dennis: No, no! Of course we shouldn't bash these people up. Look, okay, absolutely we can cave the husband's skull in here. Yes, we can take the wife down to the basement, have a frenzy free for all with her. We can tie the kids up in their little rooms upstairs, so they wouldn't hear any of it.
      Mac: Dennis, in that scenario we have to kill the kids, 'cause they would've seen our faces.
      Dennis: Right, we can smear the walls with their blood. Guys, there are any number of twisted scenarios that could play out here, but I think the easiest thing, really, it's to just go get the deed.
      Charlie: Right, why get weird?

    • (The guys are arguing about house investments)
      Dee: (screaming) I'm having a baby!
      (long moment of silence)
      Frank: Do yourself a favor and flush it out.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Melanie Lynskey who guest stars as Kate in this episode is probably best known for playing Rose on the CBS comedy, Two and a Half Men, and her debut role in Peter Jackson's 1994 film, Heavenly Creatures. She is also the real life wife of actor, Jimmi Simpson who plays Liam McPoyle.