This season, stay tuned to see the Gang go to therapy, hunt for Nazi treasure and try to undermine Philly’s toughest union – the trashmen! Charlie and Dee find love, Frank re-enters the business world, and Dee blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds when she falls into an obsession with computer games. Get ready for even more disagreements, disunion and divisiveness as the Gang tries once again to scheme their way to happiness!
The whole Gang falls into an obsession with computer games. ("Charlie Rules the World") The whole Gang take a night out of Paddy's and tries to put themselves on airs at Guigino's Italian Restaurant. ("The Gang Dines Out") When Frank accidentally hits Dennis' car, it's a real tragedy: Dennis spills his cereal all over himself. (Because it's totally normal to eat cereal while driving.) Of course, in order to resolve this legal issue, The Gang decides to hold a trial at Paddy's, with Dee and Charlie serving as lawyers. ("Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense")
Shootings of the 8th Season were officially completed on October 5, 2012 - less than a week until the start of broadcast!! [Their last filming location - Hilton Hotel on 168 S. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena.]
The premiere date was originally pushed to October because of the Kaitlin Olson's pregnancy - she gave birth to her second son on April 5, and they usually started studio shootings in April. [Rob McElhenney: "Kaitlin was pregnant with Leo. Although she gave birth in April, we still wanted to have enough time that we could both spend not sleeping and being up three, four times a night. And being able to focus on him and not being worried about anything else. And that was a key factor. And thenCharliewas doing this movie, so he was in Canada for a while, andDannywas doing a show in the West End of London".]
The Episode "The Gang Recycle Their Trash" Has Some Of The Past Episodes In Them (The Gang Sells Out,The Gang Solve The Gas Crisis,The Gang Find A Dumpster Baby) and At The End One Of Mac's Lines Are "We Should Get A Billboard" Making A Reference To The Episode " America's Next Top Paddy's BillBoard Model Contest.
Many episodes of this season call back to previous episodes -- in fact, the episode "The Gang Recycles Their Trash" is pretty much entirely built around callbacks to previous episodes. Practically every episode has a callback to something that happened previously, however.