This episode opens with a nod to Rocky IV, which the male Gang members call “the greatest movie of all time.” But, in this version, Charlie plays Rocky Balboa as “Clown Baby,” a hooded and hopped up basement fighter who does his best when he is beyond drunk.
His best involves: being surprised with a garbage can to the face at 11am; getting rammed on the back by a chair and a large, wooden stick; and taking a beer bottle straight to the nose. These training exercises, along with the “performance enhancement supplements” he’s been swiping from Dee-as-Hillary Swank, cause Dennis and Mac to remark that they’ve “turned him into an animal.”
I must agree. As Charlie sits on a Paddy’s high table devouring a pre-fight meal, he resembles “The Dark Crystal” Skeksis that give me the willies.
Those of us crushing on Charlie might feel jipped by this episode. Despite clear direction by Dennis and Mac and the final Charlie/Dee face-off where he explodes with “I’m going to take one second to take my shirt off…and then you’re going to die,” the shirt never comes off. They end up in jail and we end up pretty sure that, had Charlie fought as Clown Baby instead of Mac, he would have won. After all, we’ve already made the case that Charlie is one tough dude.
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