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The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award 

The gang attempts to win the award for Philidelphia's Best Bar.


Richie Keen


Rob McElhenney (developer), Glenn Howerton (developer) | 2 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Charlie Day ... Charlie Kelly
Glenn Howerton ... Dennis Reynolds
Rob McElhenney ... Mac
Kaitlin Olson ... Dee Reynolds
Danny DeVito ... Frank Reynolds
Roger Bart ... Rep
Oscar Nuñez ... Sudz Manager (as Oscar Nunez)
Chad L. Coleman ... Z
Artemis Pebdani ... Artemis
Ryan Gaul ... Greg
Burl Moseley ... Maxwell
Whitney Hoy ... Amanda
Jean St. James ... Customer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noah Thorne Noah Thorne ... Friendly Suds Patron


Once again, Paddy's is passed up by the Philadelphia Free Press' annual "Best Bar In Philadelphia" competition. So to win the award, the gang goes to the bar that did win the award in an attempt to stake out the competition. Meanwhile, Frank attempts to woo the press to Paddy's to show them that they're better than the competition. Written by halo1k

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This episode contains many meta references to the Primetime Emmy Awards. The bar that everyone is going to and wins all the awards is a parody on multi-camera sitcoms that take the comedy categories of the Emmys by storm usually every year. Frank also makes reference to dramas that get all the awards when he is telling Dennis and Dee about a new bar he went to by saying "there aren't a lot of people there, but there's a lot of period costumes." See more »


The dark haired girl in the gray/black outfit standing on the sidewalk talking can be seen walking past them twice in the same direction, after the gang leaves the Bar Association guy's office. She passes behind Charlie & Frank. See more »


Dennis Reynolds: The customers have to think that you think that you don't want to be together, but you do, deep down, want to be together. The problem is, right now, I'm getting that you guys don't want to be together. I need you to want to be together.
Dee Reynolds: Ugh.
Mac: [raises hand] Question.
Dennis Reynolds: Yes, you're wondering how we're gonna make Dee attractive enough to where you'll want to be with her.
Mac: Yes.
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On Your Bike
Music by Heinz Kiessling
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Hidden meaning not really hidden
20 May 2017 | by manutooSee all my reviews

The allegory of this episode is simple but great : the show hadn't won a single award at that point, and the gang was refusing to add crappy romance and light dumb jokes to their show, even if it was the single best mean to win an award, as brilliantly mocked concurrent awarded shows usually proceed (we won't name names, showing mercy).

And they would rather spit in the faces of the award granters than change their show.


PS: The Show finally won a couple of awards in 2016 => http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472954/awards?ref_=tt_awd

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18 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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