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Frank's Brother 

When Frank's long lost brother Gino shows up at the bar, the two of them tell the gang about the jazz club they ran in the 1960s and 70s, and how they fell out over Shadynasty, a singer who was the love of both of their lives.

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Matt Shakman

Writers:

Rob McElhenney (developer), Glenn Howerton (developer) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Day ... Charlie Kelly
Glenn Howerton ... Dennis Reynolds
Rob McElhenney ... Mac
Kaitlin Olson ... Dee Reynolds
Danny DeVito ... Frank Reynolds
Jon Polito ... Gino
Naturi Naughton ... Shadynasty
Lance Reddick ... Reggie
Matt Corboy ... Airport Security
Clara Golidy-Holmes Clara Golidy-Holmes ... Old Shadynasty (as Clara Golidy Holmes)
Mike Ivy ... Old Reggie
Nicholas Grad Nicholas Grad ... Clubgoer
Pam Trotter ... Backup Singer #1
Kim Yarbrough ... Backup Singer #2
Steven Fuel Steven Fuel ... Male Singer
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When Frank's long lost brother Gino shows up at the bar, the two of them tell the gang about the jazz club they ran in the 1960s and 70s, and how they fell out over Shadynasty, a singer who was the love of both of their lives.

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Comedy

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Hotsy-Totsy
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Music by Heinz Kiessling
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There had to be one bad episode
4 January 2016 | by zoradekugyorgSee all my reviews

This episode is actually well made and very clever. It focuses solely on frank's teenage years to his young adult years explaining his life at a stereotypical 70's nightclub with his brother. The episode has funny moments after the back story ends but mainly the episode falls short in these ways:

.Frank, with the exception of Dee, is one of the lesser funny characters so focusing on him is a challenge altogether, plus Frank was very well behaved and thought things out rationally for the most part up until he lived with Charlie

.the gang makes an appearance only at the beginning and end

.There are no jokes to earlier moments in the series, which is a missed opportunity.

.Finally, there are hardly any "jokes" other than a few word plays and a 60 year old Frank playing an 18 year old Frank. The episode is very serious to the point where it becomes almost like a drama, and the comedy that is there is situational humor that is few and far in between and mild at best. If this had more comedy and focused on Frank's life while raising his kids it would've been a much better episode.

There is always that one bad episode and while this episode is not necessarily bad, it'd definitely the least funny and the "avoidable" one of the bunch.


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13 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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