TV Review: "It´s Always Sunny In Philadelphia", 10X03: "Psycho Pete Returns"


In true Sunny fashion, we see how The Gang's completely disregard for others ends up disturbing perfectly decent people. The titular Psycho Pete was named dropped in the season 8 finale as having been locked away in a loony bin for murdering his family, eating them and then burning down the house.

Pete is finally set free and Mac and Charlie can't wait to get up to their old crazy hi jinx with him, while Dee, Dennis and Frank don't want a "mutant freak" anywhere near the bar. Wickedly mean spirited humor is laced throughout the entire episode, and it's a doozy. Within this golden 22 mintue period we have biting social commentary on religion, state policy, and how society seems to ignore the issue of mental health, more Cricket and his ever evolving degradation and destruction due to The Gang, Frank confronting his past, Dennis's psychotic outbursts, Dee's aspirations to be an actress, and Charlies all around patented blend of idiocy.

Every aspect of this episode is firing on all cylinders. This is to be expected though, as the script was written by McElhenney, Day and Howerton-who know these characters so well by know that keeping them fresh would be like second nature.

There are enough crackling dialogue exchanges to fill two good episodes of Sunny, and it's shot exceedingly well with a creepy nuthouse offering up a genuinely atmospheric setting. My favorite bits of the episode have to be everything involving Cricket and Franks frantic search for Froggy, the boy he spent his time caring for in the loony bin. And poor old Psycho Pete, who just who should really have just stayed away from The Gang, At least he managed to escape unscathed, but which a happier ending than most of the people unfortunate enough to associate with Paddy's Pub crew.

There isn't much else to say about this gem without soiling the whole thing, so I'll just leave your hear with a rating and my favorite quote from the episode.

9/10"Dee. I swear you'd be of more use to me if I skinned you, and used your skin into a lampshade."-Dennis.
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