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A Very Sunny Christmas 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eugene Hamilton
Mac's Mom
Charlie's Mom
Ricky Falcone
Toy Store Clerk
Young Mac


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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Danny Devito was hesitant about the snowblower scene due to the possible danger. Charlie Day actually suffered bruised ribs from filming the scene. See more »


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[after watching an old video of a young Mac and his parents stealing presents]
Charlie Kelly: Dude, what was that? What just happened? What was that right there? What was the family on the stairs? What was that?
Mac: That was probally the next family coming in to get their presents.
Charlie Kelly: What are you talking about? What was happening there?
Mac: That was the Christmas tradition my parents had. You go from house to house collecting your presents. And then when the next family would come, you would take your presents and run.
Charlie Kelly: ...
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Spoofs Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) See more »


Jingle Bell Rock
Written by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe
Performed by Bobby Helms
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Christmas special: Typically twisted festive humour
30 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

It's Christmas in Paddy's and of not everything is silent. Charlie and Mac love their Christmas traditions of putting up decorations last minute and then spending the morning throwing rocks at passing trains. However, for Dennis and Dee Christmas has always been about Frank buying the presents they wanted but for himself – to somehow teach them a lesson about having to earn everything that you get. When this happens again the siblings set out to change Frank in a Christmas Carol-esquire way, while both Charlie and Mac head down memory lane and uncover things about their respective Christmases that never occurred to them before.

Although IMDb have this as the season finale of last year, I didn't realise it existed until this Christmas and it seemed like the right time to watch it as otherwise the TV is generally full of heart-warming festive cheer or movies that everyone has already seen twice before they roll up on terrestrial; at least with this show you never have to worry about it being sentimental since you have to have a heart to be sentimental and none of the characters here have any love in them beyond the large amount they feel for themselves. And so it is even at Christmas as we have Frank "Christmas Caroled" – a plan that involves the sight of a completely naked and sweaty Danny Devito crawling from a leather sofa in the middle of a Christmas party, while Mac works out that all his presents had been stolen from other families and Charlie tries to bury the memory that his mother worked as a prostitute in return for her johns dressing as Santa and bring her son presents – so, yeah, not a lot of festive cheer.

This special contains the same morally bankrupt humour that fans will know to expect and it easily fills the double episode running time. It is consistently hilarious in the dialogue, the performances and more imaginative bits like Frank's Christmas vision. The cast are a strong as ever and thrown themselves totally into it – as best demonstrated by the sight of DeVito's ass. Overall a very funny Christmas special where yet again the standard is set high. This should tide me over till I get the sixth season but it has also made me want it all the more. Great stuff.

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