Charlie Day Time! Season Two, Episode One – Charlie Gets Crippled

DENNIS, YOU SON OF A BITCH!    -Charlie Kelly

It’s good to see you haven’t changed, Charlie. From the opening breath of FX’s Season 2 of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ we find the dude quotient of the gang slamming a beer and getting ready to hit the strip club. Charlie immediately razzes Mac’s sissy style of chugging by chiding him almost mid-burp with: ‘What is wrong with you? Do you have a little throat?’ He tries to finish off the dregs of the pitcher but Mac snags it away (‘Don’t be grabby,’ Charlie replies). Within the next 5 seconds Charlie asks to borrow $20 from Dennis. Charlie has returned and he is relentless.

Then, with the brilliantly shocking introduction of new gang member Frank Reynolds, who is Sweet Dee and Dennis’ dad (a role perfectly cast for comedy legend Danny DeVito), we get our first connection of the pain that Frank brings to Charlie’s life. Frank pops out of nowhere and jumps in front of Dennis’ car which freaks him out and sends him backing up in a tizzy, running over our beloved Charlie. Ahhh, the gang is back–and they’re bigger and better than ever!

As mentioned, the relationship with Charlie and Frank is complicated. They bring out the best and worst in each other. Here are a few examples:

1. Charlie’s banged up appearance in his wheelchair brings around a couple of sensitive strippers offering their services to him. He immediately offers one of his free strippers to a sullen Frank for a lap dance. That is too kind, Charlie! Really.

charlie crippled

2. ‘Since when do you give a shit about people?’ Mac asks Charlie after he tells him to ‘have a heart‘ about Frank making three a crowd. C’mon Mac! Charlie is a sweetheart and apparently he has a soft spot for this strange, little man. He even tells Mac, ‘Maybe you should be the one who leaves.’ When Mac and Charlie get locked out of Charlie’s apartment, Frank claims the strippers for himself and tells the wheel chair-bound Charlie to go get him some sodas. That’s cold, man. 

3. In one of the most twisted, backhanded compliments ever, Frank awakes Charlie (who slept the night stuck in his wheelchair, cold and alone in his apartment hallway) and tells him: ‘Last night was one of the greatest nights of my life. I used to live like this, in squalor, in filth… I wanna live like you again, Charlie… I wanna be pathetic, and desperate, and ugly and hopeless.‘ Charlie’s only offense to Frank’s enthusiasm? ‘OK, I’m not ugly.’  No, Charlie, you are decidedly not ugly. Frank decides he wants to live with Charlie and offers to pay his rent for 6 months. Finally! Some unbridled appreciation for your fetid lifestyle has arrived! Let the antics begin. 

3. And so they do… The duo buys Charlie a Vietnam Vet uniform to maximize the sympathetic responses from the strippers and we get prepared to see Charlie play up the sweet factor. A stripper approaches Charlie and asks what happened to him, to which Charlie replies: ‘VIET-GODDAMN-NAM HAPPENED. GO GET ME A BEER, BITCH!‘ A hilariously unexpected moment that is classic Charlie. Frank’s response is to block Charlie’s wheelchair in a corner and so the abuse continues. Frank then plays up his role as Charlie’s care taker and wins all the love from the ladies. 

4. The final straw: Frank returns to the strip club and steals Charlie’s thunder again by getting his own motorized wheel chair which kinda sends Charlie over the edge. They’re practically killing each other at the scene’s end–Frank yelling ‘it’s a win-win situation‘ and Charlie telling him he’s ruined the best thing that has ever happened to him. They argue their way out of Dahlia’s Den and Frank knocks the truly crippled Charlie out of his wheel chair and beats the shit out of him.

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 

Posted by: Autumn

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