It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Review: “Mac Day” (Season 9, Episode 5)

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Finally, after years of knowing that Mac has a bit of an interest in dudes, the characters on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia address it. I wrote in one of my reviews last year that I wouldn’t be surprised if we got an episode titled something along the lines of Mac Bangs A Dude, and sure enough, we got just about the closest thing with this week’s episode Mac Day. 

The Gang has decided to have days celebrating each member. Basically, for 24 hours straight, they have to do whatever the chosen person wants — no complaining, no questioning it. This specific day is Mac day, so the rest of the Gang is subjected to 24 hours of Mac’s badass Bible-based activities. In addition to bringing Dennis, Dee, Charlie and Frank along for the ride, Mac invites his cousin, Country Mac, to tag along. It turns out that despite all the similarities between the two, the rest of the Gang likes Country Mac more than City Mac, as he doesn’t make them hate everything that’s cool.

This episode is packed to the brim with Mac jokes, which is definitely a change of pace. The way every quirk that Mac has is brought to light by his cousin duplicating the behavior is a hilarious way to reuse all those old jokes. The final ocular pat-down is the best of them all, as that’s something that’s always so funny when it does show up. Sean William Scott is quite good in his guest role as Country Mac t00, playing the similarities to City Mac with deadly accuracy. From the first moment where the two greet with a trademark karate welcome, I knew he had been cast right for the role, and through the rest of the episode he doesn’t disappoint.

Unfortunately, that’s about the only thing that doesn’t disappoint, as all the jokes being focused on Mac leaves no time for any of the great Charlie and Dennis humor that usually drives the show. It is such a letdown to watch Charlie take an extreme back seat and be stuck without any jokes of his own. The jokes about Mac are great in small doses. I love when his vague grasp on conservative religious beliefs is thrown into an episode, but basing an entire episode on Mac finding ways to teach lessons from the Bible ends up being a bit grating. Various versions of Charlie day have been done many times before, but perhaps a better option would’ve been to make this episode Frank day or even Dennis day. As it stands, Mac day just didn’t have enough oomph to make it through an entire episode.