After years of being mistreated by Frank during the holiday season when he buys gifts for himself, Dennis and Dee decide to teach him a lesson by contacting his old business partner, Eugene... See full summary »


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Eugene Hamilton
Ricky Falcone
Woman Office Worker
Man Office Worker
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After years of being mistreated by Frank during the holiday season when he buys gifts for himself, Dennis and Dee decide to teach him a lesson by contacting his old business partner, Eugene, for help to make the mean-spirited and nihilist Frank see the Christmas spirit of giving, rather than taking. Meanwhile, Mac and Charlie reflect on their childhood Christmases, and realize that they were not as joyous and wonderful as they remembered from Mac remembering being taught how to break into peoples houses to steal their Christmas presents by his career-criminal parents, and Charlie who remembers his single, boozed-out, coked-up mother inviting a slew of "Santas"/clients over at her house. Written by matt-282

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Frank's 'Sergio Georgini' bag is a reference to The Office (UK) See more »


When Frank is laying in the hospital bed the camera point of view changes a few times, during this Frank's foot is covered by a blanket and then uncovered after each pan. See more »


Charlie Kelly: [Charlie walks up to a shopping mall Santa Claus as Mac watches, after learning that his mother was a prostitute who had her clients dress up as Santa on Christmas to avoid upsetting Charlie]
Santa Claus: Ho ho ho ho. Well, hello! Merry Christmas! So, where's your little one?
Charlie Kelly: [Charlie sits on Santa's lap]
Santa Claus: Oh! Ho ho ho ho, you're a big boy, aren't ya? Ha ha! Uh...
[to Mac]
Santa Claus: Is he retarded? Ah, I got this one.
[to Charlie]
Santa Claus: So, son - what would you like for Christmas, huh?
Charlie Kelly: Did you fuck my mom?
Santa Claus: ...What?
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A must see Christmas special if your a fan of the series. Funny crazy a nice scrooge like Christmas feast treat!
20 December 2009 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" "A very Sunny Christmas" is a must see for anyone that's a fan of the show watching it before Christmas will make your holiday seem even better and more crude and funny! As to expect you know this 42 minute special directed by Fred Savage would be crazy far out and crude hey even Paddy's gang can make the holiday demented and rude! Still this special takes some of the themes of Christmas and some not anyway it's a Christmas in Philly that twisted and out of the ordinary, yet out of style and out of the ordinary fits the gang's style just perfect! Dennis(Glenn Howerton)and Dee(Kaitlin Olson)go back and find one of their father Frank's(Danny Devito)ex employees who was swindled out of his savings by Frank. And the plan is to show Frank just how miserable and not liked he is thru the form of this ex employee being the Christmas ghost now talk about a little holiday jeer! And very funny was when Charlie(Charlie Day)remembers his Christmas childhood and the days of Christmas morning when he let all kinds of different Santa's in. As his memory of them all one by one thru the years going up to Mom's room the painful thoughts revealed mother was an escort to Santa's! That was the way Charlie got his presents. Only this triggers Charlie to go off on a Santa in the nearby mall as painful memories bring Charles to be a Christmas ghoul! Funny and gross a crude Christmas! And Mac(Rob McElhenney)tells Charlie of the south Philadelphia tradition of stealing Christmas presents on Christmas morning from various houses! Now talk about the Grinch theme! Yet still holidays are remembered when they find their old Christmas toys. And very funny and gross is seeing at the Christmas party that Dennis and Dee take Frank to as it's comical and strange seeing a naked Danny Devito bust all hot and sweaty thru a company couch! Overall nice Christmas for the gang at least they get together with their usual crude and rude self at Paddy's for Christmas as it ends with a nice holiday Christmas blast giving all a good night. A great and different Christmas special to see a cult favorite for fans of the series to cherish and love and laugh with.

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