We get to see a typical day in Cricket's world and then a possible redemption when his family intervenes. Will Cricket finally move on from the gang, finding love in the process? Will Cricket go from filthy beast to his former self, Matthew Mara?
- Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly
- Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds
- Rob McElhenney as Mac
- Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds
- Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds
- Wayne Federman as Mr. Sanderson
- Zack Ward (misspelled Zach Ward) as Davy Mara
- Ammar Daraiseh as Shopkeeper
- Darris Love as Worker
- This is the first episode in which a recurring character is the main character, and The Gang are supporting characters. Season 7's "Frank's Brother" also pushed The Gang into the role of supporting characters, but in order to make Frank and his brother Gino the main characters.
- The events of this episode are concurrent with events in the episodes "PTSDee" and "The Gang Tends Bar", seeing them from Cricket's point of view, and clips from both of those episodes are shown.
- There are a few notable Disney references in this episode. Not only is Belle named after the Beauty and the Beast character of the same name, Cricket's nickname "Street Rat" is also the nickname to the title character from Aladdin, who also steals loaves of bread. Cricket is also heard singing the song "Beauty and the Beast" in his flashback where he smokes his PCP. Additionally the Spaghetti eating kiss shared by the protagonists in Lady and the Tramp was recreated during the date montage.
- According to Charlie, the Gang has implanted a GPS tracking device into Cricket without his knowledge.
- Humorously enough, right after stealing a loaf of bread, Cricket takes the time to buy a handful of gumballs from a dispenser and throw them on the sidewalk to trip up the man running after him, rather than knock it over to garner the same results.
- In the same scene a girl in a tuxedo helps an elderly woman who slipped on the gumballs to get up, this is Aniya Wolf a girl who made the news when she was turned away at prom for turning up in a tuxedo following this event Rob tweeted "Aniya, I love your suit. Would u like to wear it on Sunny?" which then also made the news.
- This is the first time that Cricket has introduced himself as Matthew Mara since the Season 3 episode "The Gang Gets Whacked (Part 2)", and the first episode since Season 8's "Pop-Pop: The Final Solution" where his real name has been used (his boss at the dog pound calls him "Mara" when talking about a Mastiff's explosive diarrhea).
- Cricket similarly got lemons in lieu of something else he was promised in the Season 6 episode "Mac's Big Break". He made a similar noise eating lemons in that episode as well.
- We first saw Cricket's parkour skills in the Season 4 episode "Mac and Dennis: Manhunters".
- This is not the first time Cricket has been the object of a dog's desires, as we hear in "Mac's Big Break" that his neck wound looks similar to a dog's vagina, and in "Dee Made a Smut Film", he recounts (in an almost bragging tone) the time he was trapped in a dog orgy.
- Though the music playing during Cricket's chase at the beginning, "Grand Central" by Werner Tautz, has been played many times before on this show, this is the first time the real beginning of the piece has been played.
|Season 12 Episodes|
|1. "The Gang Turns Black"|
2. "The Gang Goes to a Water Park"
3. "Old Lady House: a Situation Comedy"
4. "Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare"
5. "Making Dennis Reynolds a Murderer"
|6. "Hero or Hate Crime?"|
8. "The Gang Tends Bar"
9. "A Cricket's Tale"
10. "Dennis' Double Life"