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"The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods" is the eleventh episode of the sixth season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Things go awry as the Gang travels to Atlantic City for a charity benefit. While Frank, Dee and Mac try to survive in the woods, Dennis and Charlie hitch a ride to the city and have the night of their lives.


3:30 PM, On a Saturday, Somewhere in Jersey

The gang (minus Charlie) is seen driving to an animal rights charity event. Frank who is driving then takes an alternate route to avoid having to go through a toll booth. All of a sudden Mac who is in the passenger seat reaches across and turns the wheel to avoid hitting a squirrel in the road.

Frank reveals he donated his money to mock their cause. With the car now crashed the gang attempts to phone a tow truck but realize they have no bars on their cell phones. It's then shown that Charlie was in the trunk during the drive with his hands tied with a bag over his head. Dennis suggests they walk. Charlie is the only one who goes with because Dee is pregnant, Mac is warming up his baseball glove to play catch with Chase Utley and Frank because his suit is chafing him.

Charlie and Dennis

While walking Dennis shows Charlie a hickey he received from a girl when he was caught in a rainstorm and went into the theatre for shelter. With this story he convinces Charlie to say yes to just about anything. Dennis and Charlie then approach a Semi-Truck with a driver sleeping in the front seat who offers to drive them to Atlantic City (their original destination) leaving Frank, Mac and Dee behind. Charlie and Dennis find out that the trucker driving them to Atlantic City thinks they are male prostitutes (lizards) and tells them about how he used to use lizards frequently. The trucker then brings them to a motel to have sex with them, but they manage to escape from the truck and are now at a casino. Dennis then realizes he left his wallet in the truck. At the same time, Charlie bet all of their remaining money on roulette. After winning, Charlie tells the dealer to "let it ride", and much to Dennis' shock, wins again.  Charlie and Dennis are then shown walking into the charity event with $15,000. When Charlie is asked by a woman if he is Frank Reynolds he replies with yes (Because of Dennis' story). Charlie then does a speech pretending to be Frank and donates another $5,000 to the charity. It is then revealed that Frank booked Chase Utley (Mac's hero) and Ryan Howard (Dee's crush) of the Philadelphia Phillies who Dennis and Charlie spend the charity event with. Dennis and Charlie get extremely drunk and then spend their $10,000 on a private jet and champagne.

Frank, Mac, and Dee

Picture Dennis sent to Mac

Picture Dennis sent to Mac

Back at the car Frank, Mac and Dee are hungry because they were starving themselves for the buffet at the benefit. Frank tries to hunt a rabbit that he falls into some sort of staring contest with while Dee and Mac find a dead crow and Dee decides to use it for bait. Dee catches the rabbit but Mac and Frank wont kill it because of the moment they shared. Later at night Dee is shown holding the rabbit who is still alive while they have a funeral for the dead crow they found.

Frank wakes up in the morning screaming in pain and reveals he ate the dead crow. Dee brings the bunny with and names it Peter Peter Nickle Eater because it tried to eat a nickel out of the car during the night. Mac then convinces her to set it free and is then captured by a bird. Mac receives a picture message from Dennis. The picture is of him and Chase Utley.

The episode ends with Frank, Mac and Dee being picked up by the same trucker as Charlie and Dennis were picked up by earlier in the episode.

Guest Stars

Chase Utley & Ryan Howard

Chase Utley & Ryan Howard (normal people's reaction)

  • Tom Sizemore as Trucker
  • Ryan Howard as Himself
  • Chase Utley as Himself
  • Tracy Toth as Deborah
  • Natalie Cohen as Penelope the Stewardess
  • Ron Bush as Casino Dealer


Charlie with his Gam-Gam

Family idyll

  • "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen plays during Charlie & Dennis' especially selfish alcohol feast.
  • In "The World Series Defense" Mac wrote a fan letter to Chase Utley and Dee admitted that she really likes Ryan Howard.
  • At 17:41 Charlie Day plays on piano with his real grandma. She is over 90 years old.
  • In this episode Frank parodies famous cartoon character Elmer Fudd in some scenes ("Where are you, wabbit?").
  • At first, RCG were about to cut out the whole scene with Charlie and Dennis at the casino, but FX was so happy about the show's biggest ratings ever (2.21 million U.S. viewers for the season premiere) that they allowed one unusually long episode, and this scene was saved.  It is cut from syndicated reruns.
  • This is the first, and so far only, time that the opening title gives the location of the show as anywhere other than "Philadelphia, PA". The gang does leave Philadelphia again, in the 7th Season episode "The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore", but that episode begins in Philadelphia before it moves on to Jersey.
  • This is one of the longest episodes of Sunny (along with 02x04, 02x10 and 04x09).
  • During his speech at the animal charity event, Charlie says "This is for the rats!", and immediately throws  $5,000 into the air - probably because he is still feeling some guilt for killing "whole generations of those things" in the previous episode.
  • In case you're wondering how much Frank saved with his "shortcut": if you travelled the entire length of the Atlantic City Expressway, the toll would be $3.75.


I only donated all this money so I could make a mockery of their cause   Mini-Frank Reynolds



Mini-Dennis Reynolds   Did you want to say "yes" to the trucker? Did you want to go bang the trucker in that motel?

I don't know. We say "yes" to the trucker, we go to the motel room, he passes out and dies, we walk away with a free 18-wheeler.   Mini-Charlie Kelly



Mini-Dee Reynolds   Okay, nature is bullshit. I'm done with this.
I told you - animals suck.   Mini-Frank Reynolds



Mini-Charlie Kelly   (to Dennis) Oh, shit! You got a lesion, dude...



From an extended take:

Mini-Dee Reynolds   (to the rabbit) I want to bash you, bunny. I want to give you one good bash and eat your sweet, delicious meat...
Okay, you've been talking to it for an hour. Why aren't you doin' it?   Mini-Mac
Mini-Frank Reynolds   You can't kill the rabbit, Deandra. It's got my soul!..
It's got the man's soul, Dee.   Mini-Mac
Mini-Dee Reynolds   (still talking to rabbit) Maybe I'll suffocate you. I'll suffocate your rabbit face, and then I'll just suck all the life out of it. And then... twist your neck, and... (nervous giggle)
You realize what once you kill it, you're going to have to clean it, and skin it, and do the whole thing, right?   Mini-Mac
Mini-Dee Reynolds   Yeah, that's gross. Yeah, you're know what? I can't do that...
Oh! Oh!.. So you can eat meat, but you can't kill it. Now what is that say?   Mini-Mac
Mini-Dee Reynolds   I don't know. What is that say?
Huh?   Mini-Mac
Mini-Dee Reynolds   What?
What?   Mini-Mac
Mini-Dee Reynolds   What is it say? I don't know the answer...
I wondered... I was askin' YOU... I... It wasn't a real question.   Mini-Mac
Mini-Dee Reynolds   Why did you... ?
Look, c- can we do this thing, for crying out loud?   Mini-Frank Reynolds
Mini-Mac   Yes, absolutely.
This is absolutely ridiculous - holding a FUNERAL for a CROW...   Mini-Dee Reynolds



From an extended take:

Mini-Mac   (about Charlie and Dennis) They're coming back!.. Okay? It's a VERY, VERY long walk,

but they would not just ditch us!.. Okay?

Season 6 Episodes
  1. "Mac Fights Gay Marriage"
2. "Dennis Gets Divorced"
3. "The Gang Buys a Boat"
4. "Mac's Big Break"
5. "Mac and Charlie: White Trash"
6. "Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down"
7. "Who Got Dee Pregnant?"
 8. "The Gang Gets a New Member"
 9. "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth"
10. "Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats"
11. "The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods"
12. "Dee Gives Birth"

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