- Years old:
- I know:
- My Zodiac sign:
No, we're not talking about Frank but everyone's favourite avian accomplice, Sweet Dee Reynolds. The question on everyone's lips, though: "who's the daddy?
We seem to be awash in sitcom Halloween episodes this year but I'll take it, especially when they're as brilliant as Sunny this week. Using a Rashamon structure through flashbacks as the gang tries to piece together a drunken party sort of like the "Who Pooped the Bed" episode was a clever take on Halloween, with costume-switching and everyone's varying degrees of self-aggrandizement keeping the repeated flashbacks fresh and funny.
Plus, it explored a question I've often pondered — what if one of the gang had sex with Dee? And what if, gulp, it turned out to be Dennis?
From the start I was figuring it had to turn out to be Dennis who knocked Dee up, because Sunny exists to shock and that's pretty much the only direction they could pick except for Frank, but I don't think that would even be allowed on basic cable. So that's why I'm almost grateful about the fakeout at the end where it turns out to be none of them, even though that might piss off some fans, because after the hilarity of seeing Dennis' disgust, I dunno where they would have gone with it.
"who got dee pregnant?"
Either Dee has to have an abortion which is tricky to make funny or she gives birth to a horrifying Reynolds spawn. But really, the reveal wasn't even half the fun.
Watching the mystery unfold through repeated flashbacks, each slightly tweaked from the last, was really clever and hilarious for a show that rarely plays with time this way. By far the best costume was of course Dee's, not because she was being a sexy angel but because of the gang's incredulity that she would wear wings in front of them.
In case we forgot, there was a barrage of jokes in the cold open where the gang notes that Dee's so fat, the jokes don't even apply anymore. As the flashbacks progressed, Dee became more and more birdlike until the wonderful, wonderful sight gag of Mac talking to a monotonous, squawking ostrich. I like to imagine that's how Mac always perceives Dee. Of the costumes, Mac's was probably the least hilarious except for his pronunciation of "Vigio Morenstein" but I liked how it screwed up Dennis' Luigi outfit he's really perfect for Luigi cause he's tall and skinny!
The recollections of the bar fight, which started with Charlie punching the Waitress' date and them then making out and concluded with Mac shoving Charlie and punching a woman in the face and Artemis making out with Charlie was another great example of flashback-degradation concluding with a shocking sight gag. I liked the little things, like how Dee complemented Charlie's costume the first time around and the last time told him to buzz off to which he quickly, drunkenly assented.
Lots of little hints were thrown in to make us think maybe Dee went for Mac or Charlie at various times, just to keep things interesting, and I appreciated that! But still, reflecting again, I'm glad Dee didn't end up hooking up with any of the gang.
This episode provides examples of the following tropes:
It feels like a line the show should try and avoid crossing because it'll only be funny once, so while Kaitlin Olson's real-life pregnancy Mac, in fact, DID get her pregnant seemed as good an opportunity as any to do it, the show would have had real trouble taking the plot further.
And we can still speculate as to who got Dee pregnant! I'm hoping it's Cricket. But obviously the gang doesn't care, in the final extended take where they go right back to mocking her after they find out they weren't involved. Everyone's very into Mac's coining of the phrase "browned out. Charlie thinks the Phantom is a vampire.
Loved the repeated cutaways to the shaking dumpster. Dee getting the peacock costume was pretty awesome.
Maybe an out for the writers in case they want to make Dennis the dad later? The A. About The A. Club Store. By David Sims.