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"The Gang Gets Held Hostage" is the fourth episode of the third season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and parody's Reality TV show, "Survivor".

Paddy's Pub is held hostage by the McPoyles. Meanwhile, Frank crawls through the vents to find his will, which Charlie hid.


1:30PM on a Wednesday

Frank is heading into the vents to get his will, of which Charlie hid, with Mac helping him prepare. The rest of the Gang shows up, bickering over Charlie supposedly being their brother, when three armed strangers show up in the front door. It's revealed that they're the McPoyles, ready to take them hostage. They make demands over the phone, and  Liam says he may kill one of them. They start worrying about Stockholm Syndrome, and immediately form alliances against eachother, and then break those alliances. Mac talks to Frank, telling him the situation. Frank will only help after he finds the will. After the McPoyles realize they won't get their demands, the make the Gang dig a hole into the next building, where they will then fly by helicopter.  Two can rest at a time in the bathroom.

Frank is having trouble deciphering Charlie's clues, when the heat turns on with him still in the vents. Mac and Charlie are in the bathroom with Margaret, but since she's a deaf-mute, they can talk about whatever they want.  Mac gets Charlie to help with the map he made.  Liam offers milk to Dennis and Dee, which they turn down.  To prove they're serious, Liam tells Ryan to stab somebody, and he stabs his own brother.  They leave to take care of it, and Dennis plans to manipulate Margaret to help them escape. Meanwhile, Frank calls into the radio and tells Mac to make sure if anybody dies, it's Charlie first, right in front of Charlie.  He and Mac plan to kill Frank and share the money.  The McPoyles force everybody to wear their clothes to confuse the police.

Everybody's gathered, and hold a contest: Whichever team can destroy the most stuff in the bar wins, Dee and Charlie versus Mac and Dennis.  Dee tries to defect to the McPoyles, but it doesn't work immediately.  During the contest, Dennis leaves Mac to seduce Margaret.  Mac and Dennis win, and when they check the office (because that's where Charlie went to destroy stuff), it's shown Charlie left through the vent.  Frank enters Charlie's "bad room," and Mac explains it.  Charlie shows up behind Frank with the will, when he destroys it and threatens to kill him.  He stops immediately when Frank pulls out his gun.  He leads them out.

Dennis succeeded in seducing Margaret, although it was completely fruitless.  Charlie and Frank are stuck in the vents, with everybody else on the roof.  The McPoyles are ready to show up, when Charlie and Frank actually made it there too.  After a series of crazy laughter, Frank shoots at them, missing every time, but making Ryan fall off.  He's completely unharmed because it's not that far a drop.  They leave, and it's revealed that the guns were rubber.

Recurring Roles


  • This is the first episode to take place entirely in Paddy's Pub. The Season 3 episode "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off", the Season 7 episode "Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games", and the Season 10 episode "Charlie Work" do the same.
  • Instead of the standard Sunny soundtrack dramatic-action music plays. This would also be seen later, in "The Gang Gets Trapped" and "Thunder Gun Express."
  • The McPoyles take their revenge against the Gang from the events of "The Gang Gets Invincible" episode.
  • In the beginning of this episode, Charlie calls himself Dennis and Dee's "big brother" because Frank could be his possible biological father.
  • Kaitlin Olson's pinky toe was broken at the time of this episode's shootings, limiting her movement throughout.
  • Sylvester Stallone and Dan Aykroyd are both mentioned in this episode (as possible owners of Planet Hollywood reversible leather jackets).
  • Charlie believes that Stockholm syndrome is a physical disease.
  • Frank's line when he pulls the gun on the McPoyles ("Yippie ki-ay, Mr. Falcon") is a reference to the infamous censorship of Bruce Willis's line "Yippie ki-ay, motherfucker" in the TV version of Die Hard 2.
  • In this episode, Liam licked Dee's face in order for her not to notice that their shotguns are rubber.
  • This episode contains the first (and so far only) appearance of Charlie's "Bad Room" - a place in the attic of Paddy's where he "goes to be alone and break bottles."
  • The McPoyles barricade the door from the inside, but Paddy's pub front door opens out not in, so barricading from the inside wouldn't do any good.


Mini-Charlie Kelly   Whoa! Okay. Okay, don't shoot, okay? Just take whatever you want...
Yeah, take the cash register.   Mini-Mac
Mini-Dennis Reynolds   Take the girl!
What do you mean "Take the girl"?   Mini-Dee Reynolds
Mini-Dennis Reynolds   Don't argue with them. Just go!
He's right, sis. You better just go with them...   Mini-Charlie Kelly
Mini-Dee Reynolds   But they're not trying to take me anywhere...
Don't try to be a hero, Dee. Just do what they say!   Mini-Mac
Mini-Dee Reynolds   They're not saying anything!..
Well, what's the sense?! If you keep arguing with them, then we're all gonna die!!!   Mini-Charlie Kelly



Mini-Dennis Reynolds   Margaret, you like sweat, don't you? It is "Margaret", isn't it? Of course it is. You know, your eyebrow drives me crazy. It's so thick, i'ts so dark, and so very... connected. You're a stone cold fox, Margaret. You're a stone cold fox, and I want you. I gotta have you, I need you. I want you inside me. But you know that, don't you, Margaret?



Mini-Frank Reynolds   When we get out of this, I'm gonna shove my fist right into your ass, hard and fast...

Not in a sexual way! In a "I am pissed off at you" way.


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Season 3 Episodes
  1. "The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby"
2. "The Gang Gets Invincible"
3. "Dennis and Dee's Mom Is Dead"
4. "The Gang Gets Held Hostage"
5. "The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty Magoo"
6. "The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation"
7. "The Gang Sells Out"
8. "Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire"
 9. "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person"
10. "Mac Is a Serial Killer"
11. "Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender"
12. "The Gang Gets Whacked (Part 1)"
13. "The Gang Gets Whacked (Part 2)"
14. "Bums: Making a Mess All Over the City"
15. "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off"

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