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McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century 

Liam McPoyle teams up with the lawyer to sue Bill Ponderosa for his lost eye; old grievances resurface.

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Bobby Ponderosa
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Liam McPoyle teams up with the lawyer to sue Bill Ponderosa for his lost eye; old grievances resurface.

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Maureen Ponderosa's attempted feline appearance is based off of Jocelyn Wildenstien who was often called "Catwoman" by the press after spending over $4,000,000 on plastic surgery to look like a cat. See more »

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An extra enters the courtroom, then the camera turns back to Charlie and his uncle. When the camera turns back to the doorway, the same extra enters, followed by Dee and Mac. See more »

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Uncle Jack: Did you see his hands? They're beautiful, I think we should settle.
Bill Ponderosa: Jesus Christ, I'm going to prison.
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References Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »

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Temptation Sensation
Written by Heinz Kiessling
Performed by Heinz Kiessling
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Far too eccentric for this show
18 February 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Let me be up front and Frank about this. This episode was trash. Unbearable, reprehensible, borderline unwatchable trash. I hated practically every second of it, and it's a further argument towards Sunny's vast and sharp decline in quality over the last couple of years, but particularly this season.

The episode revolves around the McPoyles suing the Ponderosas for spiking the milk bowl at their wedding with bath salts or some crap like that. Really, it's just an excuse for wacky characters to be in the same room and do wacky things. And by wacky, I mean terribly unfunny things.

The episode starts, and immediately hits a dead end. Uncle Jack is now wearing gigantic plastic hands because he's insecure about his tiny limbs. It's a dumb joke. At one point, the hand flies off into the crowd, and he screams to everyone about not looking as he hides his real hand to retrieve his fake one. Hilarious stuff.

But what gets me is how absolutely insane and outlandish Sunny has become. The episode features Maureen dressed and acting like a cat, complete with freaky contacts and long nails. She proceeds to actually rub her face on the judge's stand and chases a laser beam around the room. Are you kidding me?

Oh, Benicio Del Toro shows up with a bird in his hat and orders it to attack the prosecuting lawyer, where it proceeds to tear his eye out (or something. Either way he had a bandage).

Sunny has always gone to some far out places, but this is something else entirely. This is not a show where humans turn into cats, lawyers wear insanely large fake hands, and birds attack people. That's the stuff you'd find in a cartoon, and despite Sunny occasionally venturing into absurd territory, this is full blown bizarre, and it doesn't work.

The episode had a few occasional chuckles. Charlie's constant berating of Jack was funny, and Dee's public outrage about the lawyer being Jewish was particularly hurtful and offensive, which is always a plus.

It's painfully obvious that the core three behind the show (Howerton, Day, McElhenney) have lost interest and/or time. Their names only appear once in the writing credits for the entire season (the premiere, and even then, Howerton is absent), and their roles have been painfully diminished. Instead of the brilliant writing and back and forth between the characters, they've been sidelined, and we're left with preposterous and untrue eccentricities, and that is not something that I tune in to Sunny for.

Grade: F

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