|"The Gang Gets Analyzed"|
|Season Eight, Episode Five|
|Air Date||November 8, 2012|
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"The Gang Gets Analyzed" is the fifth episode of the eighth season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The Gang gets Freudian as they step into the therapist's office to work through their mountain of issues. But when Dennis thinks he has everyone figured out, the shrink turns the tables on him and exposes the insanity in his unique brand of pop-psychology. Dennis' psychology is exposed as abnormal indeed.
11:00 AM, On a Thursday, Philadelphia, PA
Dee is at her therapist's office, scratching her head vigorously. Her therapist asks if her psoriasis has gotten worse, telling her "skin conditions can be a manifestation of deeper issues." Dee then tells her therapist that she is mad at her, because a "cooperative dinner" her therapist advised her to have for her friends fell apart, because no one was assigned the job of doing the dishes. Dee demands that her therapist resolve the situation -- which she clarifies to mean that she wants her therapist to tell her who should do the dishes. Dee says that she has brought her friends, and the rest of The Gang enters the office -- and Frank reveals he's brought along the dishes.
Everyone in the Gang continues to insist that they should not do the dishes, because they did something else for the dinner: Dennis and Dee cooked, Mac "provided security", Frank "bankrolled" it, and Charlie says he had to travel in search of this "rare fowl" (Dennis clarifies that he was sent to a gourmet grocery to get pheasant.) The therapist says that, obviously, far more is going on here than a disagreement about the dishes, which The Gang readily admits. When she says that she can help them, Dennis, pointing out his "background in academic psych" (and that he went to an Ivy League college, and not LaSallelike the therapist), says that he can help her, and he proposes that it begin with individual meetings with each member of The Gang.
Charlie Work". Charlie tells the therapist what Charlie Work entails, but when the therapist asks him if he dislikes it, he says that he actually does love Charlie Work; it's just that he hates the fact that it is forced onto him. Charlie says that he thinks he's weird, and asks the therapist if "surviving an abortion", "sharing a bed with a man who may or may not be your father", and "gluing cat hair to the back of your neck" makes him weird. The therapist tells him he should be "comfortable in his own skin", and Charlie takes that as meaning that he should, literally, get more skin; he should glue "a ton of cat hair" to himself, and "stop hiding the pigeon". When the therapist asks for clarification on that, Charlie reveals that he carries a pigeon around with him, who he should let fly away. When Charlie pulls the pigeon out to release him, though, he finds out the pigeon is dead. So much for that.
Fort Knox". When the therapist asks him why he doesn't trust therapists, Frank reveals that as a kid, he did open up to a therapist, and he ended up "shanghaied to a nitwit school." That opens the floodgates, and a series of repressed memories come back, and soon Frank is crying as he remembers his first love, a girl who was "always smiling... that's because she had no lips." The therapist tries to steer the conversation back to the dishes, but Frank continues talking about how his first girlfriend died two weeks after his first kiss, because "she thought she was a spaceman with a plastic bag for a helmet." Frank completely falls apart after that, saying the therapist has "unzipped" him.
Dennis is next. He brings in a series of dossiers he has been keeping on the Gang, and wants to go over them with her. Dennis wants her to treat him as a colleague, but the therapist tells him she can't discuss the others with him, and wants to talk about him. Dennis persists with trying to keep the discussion on the others, starting with Mac. Dennis sees the pen and asks if Mac was sucking on it, saying that Mac does that all the time in their apartment. Dennis further reveals that his file on Dee was begun in the 2nd grade. The therapist asks about the "size pills" Mac mentioned, and Dennis says they are actually diet pills: "Mexican ephedra." Dennis took it upon himself to give him those pills after he got very fat, because he was "gross." When the therapist sees Dennis is writing something, Dennis tells her that he is "drawing conclusions" -- and shows her that he has drawn a picture of himself standing behind the therapist, cupping her bare breasts.
And then it's on to Dee. The therapist tells Dee that she can't help her if she is lying in every session. She confronts Dee about some of her lies, like Dee's claim that she was the first choice for the female lead in The Notebook. Dee persists in her lie, and then goes on to recite a speech from Good Will Hunting, which the therapist thinks was in a Brooklyn, not a Boston, accent. Dee asks the therapist if she thinks she would have been good in the movie, and when the therapist says she's never seen her act, Dee tells the therapist that she's been acting the whole time (i.e. lying to her). Dee then insists that the therapist tell her that she's a good actress, which the therapist finally does after repated requests.
In the waiting room, Frank is still a sobbing, blubbering mess as more repressed memories come back. Frank tells Dennis there was "another twin in your mother's womb", who they were going to call Donnie, but Dennis and Dee devoured him. Dennis is irritated with how things are going. Mac is doing "quadra-lift thrusters" in the waiting room, as part of his effort to get "big" again. Dennis offers him a size pill, and Mac refuses it, saying the therapist has told him he doesn't need them anymore to get big. Charlie offers Dennis some advice, which Dennis declines, that he should do what he wants to do in his life. Dennis takes his advice and does what he wants, which is smack Charlie. Charlie, in turn, then punches Dennis and attacks him, encouraged by Frank. ("Get him for Donnie!")
In the office, Dee is scratching her psoriasis on the therapist. ("You having a white Christmas, you bitch?") The rest of the gang storms into the office, demanding that the situation be resolved immediately. When Dennis complains that Charlie now thinks he's well-adjusted when he's the "craziest of all", Charlie demands that he stop calling him crazy -- and then reveals that the "pheasant" they thought they were eating was actually a pigeon he caught. The therapist starts to tell them that they need further assistance, but they start chanting "Dishes, dishes!" at her, which leads her, in a rage, to blurt out "Dee, do the fucking dishes!". The rest of the Gang is happy, but Dee flies into a rage, and she does indeed do the dishes... by smashing them on the floor of her therapist's office as she berates her.
- Kerri Kenney-Silver as Therapist
- So far, that's the only episode of Sunny directed by Todd Biermann, the Philadelphia, PA native. For the last nine years he was producing and directing ONLY reality shows (for History Channel, TLC, SpikeTV, Food Network, The Golf Channel, and HGTV).
- Danny DeVito tweeted this photo on August 17th: "Trollfoot!!".
- "Air on the G String" by Bach plays on the background at therapist's waiting room.
- Charlie, Dennis, and Dee are already had an experience of communication with another therapist back in Season Five. ("The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention")
- Sweet Dee also had a major in psychology during her three-years-long studying at Penn. ("Charlie Got Molested")
- That's completely understandable why neither of Frank and Charlie are want to do the dishes - because at their apartment they do not have any: they eat the (cat)food directly off the coffee table. ("Dennis Gets Divorced")
- According to Kerri Kenney-Silver, Charlie Day has some "serious issues".
- This episode explains Mac's "unfortunate" weight loss since Season Seven - turns out Dennis was the one who put the bar in this "extreme risk" by handing to Mac those "size pills" (Mexican Ephedra).
- Dennis indeed went to the Ivy League college - aforementioned University of Pennsylvania.
- Dee's therapist went to the La Salle University. (For the record, while La Salle is not an Ivy League school, it would be considered a very prestigious school in its own right.)
- Frank refers to therapist with the slang word "shrink" (there's also a movie of the same name starring Kevin Spacey).
- Frank doesn't like therapists because back in his childhood one of them "shanghaied" him upstate to a "nitwit school" after he got into a fight.
- Mac is "kinda hate women", but he do consider this Therapist to be the "one of the smart ones".
- According to Frank, initially Barbara Reynolds was carrying TRIPLETS in her womb at the time, and the third one was supposed to be called Donnie, but Dennis and Deandra are "devoured him before he could be born". Also, from "The Gang Reignites the Rivalry" we know what Barbara was have to had a C-section ("because of Dee's giant hands").
- Here's how Dennis was trying to "support" Frank on this Donnie-thing: "It would've been Bruce's kid anyway".
- In aforementioned 5th Season finale, Charlie did quoting from Good Will Hunting - in this episode Dee does.
- Obviously, Dee is obsessed with Ryan Gosling (just like Mac in 08x01) - that's why she made up this whole story about her being "the first choice" for the female lead in The Notebook.
- Charlie really LOVES Charlie Work "at its core", but he don't like being told what to do.
- The fact what Charlie have survived the abortion was first mentioned in "The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby".
- Frank and Charlie's habit to hang out into the sewers was mentioned in 06x12 and 07x11.
- Charlie "have such a fascination with cats" that sometimes he glue some cat hair on the back of his neck.
- Dennis have started his psychological dossier on Dee when they were in the second grade (and probably that's the oldest of his dossiers, because they've meet Mac and Charlie only in high school).
- PatheticGirl43... I'm sorry, Sweet Dee has psoriasis now.
- In "Mac Fights Gay Marriage", Charlie was feeding The Gang with some inappropriate food, too (dead squirrel's almonds he found in the alleyway).
- If you want to feast your eyes upon are other examples of Dennis' incredibly hot drawings - (re)watch 03x05, 04x02 and 04x09.
- This is the third time the f-word has been used in a regular episode, after "Mac and Dennis: Manhunters" and "Mac and Charlie: White Trash". Like on those other two occasions, it was beeped for airing. It was also used multiple times in the special episode "A Very Sunny Christmas", which was uncensored in the version released on DVD (but edited and/or bleeped in the airing on FX).
- So here's your F-Word Scoreboard for the series:
- Therapist: "Charlie Work"? What's "Charlie Work"? Fill me in.
- Charlie: Oh, right. You don't even know what Cha... Well, Charlie Work is, like, you know... like basement stuff, cleaning urinals, uh, blood stuff, your basic slimes, your sludges, anything dead or decay, you know - I'm on it, I'm dealing with it!..
- Therapist: And you dislike it... (?)
- Charlie: Well, no. I mean, at its core, I love it. I love the dark, I love slippery things, I love being naked... in the sewer. Bleach smells good, uh, tastes good, you know, but it's just, like, I don't like being told what to do!..
|—||“(to Therapist) I'm, like... probably the weirdest guy in the Universe, you know? Probably even weirder than someone from Saturn!..”|
|Season 8 Episodes|
| 1. "Pop-Pop: The Final Solution"|
2. "The Gang Recycles Their Trash"
3. "The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre"
4. "Charlie and Dee Find Love"
5. "The Gang Gets Analyzed"
|6. "Charlie's Mom Has Cancer"|
7. "Frank's Back in Business"
8. "Charlie Rules the World"
9. "The Gang Dines Out"
10. "Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense"