The gang agree to a truce and demonstrate Chardee MacDennis for an interested board game executive, but things quickly go off the rails.
Charlie, Mac, Dennis and Dee are excited to pitch their game, Chardee MacDennis, to an executive of the board game company, Mattel. Frank insists on adding some ideas of his own to the game, but the gang dismissed them due to their violent nature and tell him he can add them if he wins a game. When the businessman, Andy, arrives, the gang show him a choppy video, where they all clumsily try to introduce and explain the game, but he is left confused and insists on actually playing the game. The gang is reluctant to play due to how competitive they get, but they eventually relent. Due to the fact that they’re trying to sell the game, they agree to alter some rules and keep their emotions out of it.
They start the game with a flag raising ceremony as opposed to their usual Maori war dance, where each player raises their team’s flag. Mac and Charlie’s flag is a male bodybuilder with the head of a thunder cloud. It’s also badly burned due to them constantly losing the game. Dennis and Dee’s flag is a Swan Geese poster with their faces and Frank’s flag is four Fs in the form of a swastika. During Levels 1 & 2, several challenges involve dictionary with clay, glueing a beer bottle back together, taking wine intravenously and talking with accents for the rest of the game, which is dropped however when Dennis is caught cheating during a challenge.
Things start going downhill in Level 3. In a challenge entitled Chutes and Splatters, each player must take a laxative and whoever goes the longest without defecating, wins. Frank supplies everyone with the “laxatives” but after drinking them, they pass out almost instantly as a devious Frank tells them “Welcome to Level 4. Horror."
They awaken in the basement of the bar with their arms shackled to the pipes. Frank appears on a TV, wearing a Jigsaw mask, and tells them the rules of Level 4. Based on the game, Operation, each player must pick at their arm using a pair of tweezers, which are attached to a car battery, to supposedly retrieve the key to their cuffs. Last team out, loses. Panic stricken, Charlie, Dennis, Mac and Dee begin picking at their arms with the tweezers, suffering small, but painful shocks, while Andy expresses how totally insane the game is. Eventually they all quit, except for Charlie, who manages to dig right down to the bone of his arm, soiling himself in the process. Frank walks into the basement, expressing his joy over having finally “won" the game. He gives them the actual keys to their cuffs; no one really had a key on them, he merely wanted to see them “cave like bitches". In his anger, Andy tells Frank “This is not what I signed up for, you donkey-brained maniac” and the gang realizes that Andy isn’t really a businessman, but someone Frank hired to play on his team, so he could win. This is made even more true by the fact that the company name on Andy’s card is misspelled Matel, and the subsequent number on the card is the number of Wolf Cola. The gang accuse Frank of cheating, which Frank tries to deny, but admits it was a sham after Andy leaves. With Andy gone, the gang goes back to their original goal of the game: winning.
Back in the bar, they resume the game, however, Charlie begins suffering from blood poisoning due to the Operation challenge. To win the game, he must endure a minute of emotional battery; they bring in the Waitress to do the berating. Mac attempts to toughen Charlie up for this round, so they’ll finally win. Once the round starts, the Waitress wastes no time laying into Charlie, who starts getting blurred vision and dizziness, and passes out seconds after the round finishes.
Charlie wakes up in a hospital bed with Dennis and Dee by his side. He believes he won the game, but apparently he cried the minute the Waitress started talking. Despite winning (again), Dennis and Dee were too concerned about Charlie to fully finish the game. However, now that he’s awake, they take out his team flag, burn it, and stomp on it, laughing triumphantly in front of Charlie.
- Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly
- Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds
- Rob McElhenney as Mac
- Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds
- Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds
- The format of this episode is near identical to its prequel, "Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games" including the use of Schubert's "Moment Musical (Op. 94, No. 3)" during Pre-Level Breaks and the closing credits.
- Mac wears the same shirt he wore in Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games.
- A long-running theme repeats itself, as the video that The Gang shows Andy shows a bit from a previous video at the start (in this case, the "Fight Milk" commercial Mac and Charlie made in "Frank's Back in Business.")
- The phrase "donkey brained" was first used in the Season 8 finale "Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense", and then again in the Season 10 episode "Psycho Pete Returns."
- This is the second season premiere in a row (after Season 10's "The Gang Beats Boggs ") in which Charlie is drunk enough (well, to be fair, major blood loss is also involved here) to require subtitles to be understood.
- Dee's "Philly accent" sounds almost identical to the "Boston accent" she used as a demonstration of her acting "talent" (or lack thereof) for her therapist in the Season 8 episode "The Gang Gets Analyzed."
- This episode got the highest rating of any episode since moving to FXX, with 1.34 million total viewers. (Source)
- This is the second "sequel" episode. The first was Season 9's "Gun Fever Too: Still Hot"
- The answer machine message on Andy's telephone welcomes the caller (in Frank's voice) to the "Home of Wolf Cola", a fake drinks brand Frank is shown to avoid tax with in "Sweet Dee Gets Audited".
- The mask Frank is wearing in the "horror level", as well as the nature of the challenge being trying to extract a key that has been planted inside someone's body to escape a room, are references to the Saw movies.
- During the artistry challenge, a reference to Season 3's "Mac Is a Serial Killer" is made. In that episode neighbor Gary is revealed to be the murderer and has been storing the heads of his victims in his freezer. Dennis's thought of love is preserving the head of a woman in a freezer forever.
- As of this episode, Charlie is the third member of the Gang to have shit themselves, after Mac (Mac Day) and Frank (Frank Retires), while Dee will go on to be the fourth (Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy).
- This is the second time a character misremembers the outcome of a challenge as a success, while in reality failing and bombing followed by loss of consciousness. The first time being in Season 6's "Mac's Big Break".
- Randall Einhorn, who directed episodes from seasons 5-7 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, also directed episodes of The Office (US version) in which Andy Buckley plays a recurring character.
- In the form of an editing/continuity error: Charlie's green jacket for the majority of the episode is missing two buttons and is much more worn down, but from the basement scene on, it's only missing one button and is much more stiff and vividly colored (likely a duplicate so as to avoid ruining the original with blood).
Dennis: Gentlemen. Suck my dick.
Frank: (asking Andy a question) What Philly celebrity would you most want to have a drink with?
Dennis: Ok, yeah, you know what, a lot of the questions are opinion-based. Heads up.
Andy: Ah, OK, I see...Uh, all right, this is, uh, let me guess, um...Oh. Dr. J.
Charlie (excited): That's not it!
Mac: Play it cool, play it cool..
Dennis: Yeah, all right. That is wrong, though. You wouldn't want to have a drink with him. Dee, chance to steal.
Dee: Bill Cosby!
Dennis: Yeah, all right, point for us!
Frank: Shit. A lot of these questions are outdated.
Dennis: Yeah, yeah, they are a little outdated.
|Season 11 Episodes|
| 1. "Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo"|
2. "Frank Falls Out the Window"
3. "The Gang Hits the Slopes"
4. "Dee Made a Smut Film"
5. "Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs"
|6. "Being Frank"|
7. "McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century"
8. "Charlie Catches a Leprechaun"
9. "The Gang Goes to Hell"
10. "The Gang Goes to Hell: Part Two"