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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Episode: "Mac Fights Gay Marriage"

Season 6, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Season 6 premiere: Mac defends traditional marriage, while the rest of the gang reap the rewards of wedded bliss.
Original Air Date: Sep 16, 2010
Guest Cast Brittany Daniel: Carmen Adam Harrington: Gym Manager Windell Middlebrooks: Nick Catherine Reitman: Maureen Ponderosa Lance Barber: Bill Ponderosa
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Season 6, Episode 1
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Length: 21:15
Aired: 9/16/2010
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It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Episode Recap: "Mac Fights Gay Marriage" Season 6, Episode 1

I have my milk steak perfectly boiled.  My finest jelly beans on the side (raw, of course).  A Diet Coke can filled with red wine to complement the meal.  Yes, it's official - I am ready for the Season 6 Premiere of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  For a show that tackles the most taboo of subjects without flinching, and with no regard for decency, it is interesting that I can describe our season opener as one about love...and marriage.  With this cast of characters, though, they don't exactly go together like a horse and carriage.  It does appear to be wedding season, however, as Dennis and Dee talk of past love, Charlie proposes, Mac makes his case against gay marriage and even Carmen ties the knot.

We open at the gym where Mac is attempting to sign in as Dennis Reynolds in order to "get his pump on."  He argues that he doesn't look like the person on the ID because he's added 15 to 20 pounds of pure bulk muscle. Meanwhile our favorite former man, Carmen, shows up, much to Mac's surprise. Even more surprising is the fact that she's completed the gender reassignment surgery Mac has been waited so long for - and married another man. Mac, of course, is upset about what he considers a gay marriage.

Mac storms into the bar to plead his case to the gang. Well, first he explains how he was able to get his pump on by doing a bunch of push-ups outside the bar - first things first. Then he tries to argue that Carmen's is a gay marriage and that the Bible forbids it. We've heard Mac try to talk religion in the past and even discuss his aspirations to be a priest, so it's not too surprising to hear him shoot for a religious argument. When he can't find the bar's Bible (because there isn't one) he storms out and continues his crusade. This suddenly gets Dennis thinking about marriage, and how he thought he'd be married by now. He brings up his old flame, 10th grade girlfriend Maureen Ponderosa. Talk of her suddenly gets Dee thinking about Maureen's brother, Bill, who she describes as a "walking cliché" who would make her gag with nerves whenever he walked by.

That night Charlie throws his back out and complains that he needs to see a chiropractor. Frank doesn't want to foot the bill, and when cracking Charlie's back doesn't work, Charlie brings up the idea of a domestic partnership. As he puts it, he and Frank are already friends... why not be friends with benefits? We've already heard Charlie discuss how they have the greatest relationship two heterosexual men could have together. So why not take it a step further? He'll get to use Frank's health insurance and, well, they'll find a perk for Frank.

Dennis and Dee meet up with Maureen and Bill Ponderosa and both seem fairly nervous.  Dennis explains that no girl has ever had this affect on him before.  Dee, meanwhile, is already beginning to gag at the mention of Bill Ponderosa's name. When Maureen and Bill arrive they clearly don't meet the images that Dennis and Dee have been drawing up for us. Dee notices immediately that Bill has put on weight, and he's also gained a wife and kids. She not so casually, and in typical Dee fashion, exits the restaurant. Dennis, however, is pleased to see Maureen and quickly asks Bill to stop being a third wheel and scram. The two sit down and begin reminiscing about the good old days.

Mac returns to the gym, Bible in hand, to prove his point to Carmen. He makes a terrible case against their marriage by reading a quick passage, and Carmen's husband retorts with a passage of his own that immediately puts Mac in his place.  As the conversation continues, everything is flipped on Mac, including the fact that he was with Carmen before the procedure. Mac is even more frustrated now, and simply can't believe she would chose her "soft body" husband over his own "hard body," a classic Mac argument.

While this goes on, Charlie and Frank are downtown picking up the paperwork for their domestic partnership, and Charlie has found the perfect way for it to benefit Frank as well. As he explains, when Frank has another stroke or heart attack in the next year (which Frank agrees that he will) Dennis and Dee will pull the plug on him. But as his husband, Charlie would never do such a thing.  As they continue to discuss the amount of paperwork necessary, who walks in but Dennis and Maureen - who are suddenly newlyweds!  Frank and Charlie are less than impressed with Maureen as they both have to back away when she speaks and Frank asks to see her dead tooth. She's about one step up from a McPoyle sister.

Dennis takes his news back to the apartment, where he describes to Mac the shell he has built around himself to block off all feelings: a shell that can only be broken by marriage. Once Mac absorbs this, Dennis drops the bomb that Mac doesn't own a single thing in the apartment (including the shirt Mac is currently wearing), that his name isn't on the lease, and that he needs to leave immediately because Maureen is living there. If that wasn't enough, Dennis also has taken him off his friends-and-family phone plan and won't let him use his ID at the gym anymore.

Mac goes straight to Dee's, where he changes his entire position on gay marriage — though only in an effort to move in to Dee's place. It is at the end of his ramblings that he realizes that Dee is wearing a bathrobe, carrying two beers and looking out of sorts. When he questions what she is doing, she attempts to dismiss it and is suddenly gagging again - which she plays off as bad spaghetti.  Funny as this is, it also triggers Mac's gag reflex and he bolts into the next room to find Bill Ponderosa lying in bed. Mac looks at Dee who can only gag again and, under her breath, mutter "Bill Ponderosa."

Dennis is about to leave his apartment to meet up with the guys when Maureen asks him to stick around - after all, it is their first night as a married couple and she wanted to watch a movie. He's beginning to realize that this is a very different Maureen than the one he was in love with in high school and wants nothing to do with her. He suggests she watch a movie by herself and shows her all the great action movies she has to choose from, including all the Lethal Weapon movies... and the one he made with Mac, Lethal Weapon 5.  It sounds like a brilliant but confusing movie, with Dennis and Mac switching characters halfway through. After Maureen pleads with him to stay home and have fish sticks (reelin' him in), he sees the error in his ways and the dead tooth in her mouth.

And so we open Season 6 by realizing that Dennis once had feelings, Mac continues to adhere to his barely thought-out religious beliefs, and that Frank and Charlie are closer than ever. But most importantly we see that everyone in the gang is still out for him or herself. Looks like we have another great season on our hands.

— Corey Sherman

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I have my milk steak perfectly boiled.  My finest jelly beans on the side (raw, of course).  A Diet Coke can filled with red wine to complement the meal.  Yes, it's official - I am ready for the Season 6 Premiere of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  For a show that tackles the most taboo of subjects without flinching, and with no regard for decency, it is interesting that I can describe our season opener as one about love...and marriage.  With this cast of characters, though, they don't exactly go together like a horse and carriage.  It does appear to be wedding season, however, as Dennis and Dee talk of past love, Charlie proposes, Mac makes his case against gay marriage and even Carmen ties the knot.

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