It’s Always Sunny season 13, episode 3 recap: ‘The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot’


In It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot,” Dee and the ladies take a derivative, beer-guzzling flight to beat Bogg’s record for mid-flight alcoholism.

It’s déjà vu time again on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as Dee Reynolds (Kaitlin Olson) boards a flight with a bunch of women to take on Wade Bogg’s alleged record of drinking 70 beers on an airplane.

This concept already occurred in the opening episode of season 10, but this time Dee is on a woman’s only flight and sees it as a chance for female empowerment.

There’s a slight snag, however, as the waitress (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) and Artemis (Artemis Pebdani) wonder why they can’t come up with their own record to break.

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Dee has her own stumbling block. She understands that, in contrast with men, women being alcoholics just feels sad. However, she puts those thoughts aside, determined to out-drink the Paddy’s Pub boys!

Meanwhile, Bonnie Kelly (Lynne Marie Stewart) thinks an all women’s flight is dangerous and threatens to continually spiral out of control (but what else is new?). Similarly, Mac’s mom is perky and horrible because she ate all of her nicotine patches.

Artemis finds it lazy and uninspired to do what the men already did, so she sets out to “scam lonely, pathetic women” by selling them new age trinkets, tea and jewelry. Artemis informs the ladies that gross-out humor from women is much more shocking.

Obviously, this episode makes light of certain all-female reboots appearing in pop culture, such as 2016’s Ghostbusters and the Ocean’s 8 (though, in this writer’s opinion, the 2016 Ghostbusters was needlessly politicized).

On top of that, it’s a dig at shows continually recycling concepts, which It’s Always Sunny already did in season 8 with The Gang Recycles Their Trash.

The Drink Slave and Another Surprise Guest

Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX)

Predictably, the ladies annoy the male flight attendant (Michael Naughton), who happens to be the waiter from the 8th season It’s Always Sunny episode, “The Gang Dies Out.”

When he tells her he’s on the plane to help women, Dee calls him a “soy boy beta cuck.” He tells her there no beers on the flight, just pink rose-wine. She refers to him as “drink slave.”

Meanwhile, in a wild tangent, Artemis and the waitress are riled up because racehorses are all male. Artemis is also still annoyed that they’re copying the men. In response, Dee claims that tennis great Martina Navratilova drank 70 beers on a flight, then beat Chris Evert at the California Open.

Then, a big reveal: Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito) has snuck on the plane, hiding in the bathroom as a “spider” waiting to “catch some flies.” Ironically, he’s wearing a shirt that read, “Feminist AF.”

In his defense, he says, in every reboot you need someone from the original to make a cameo.  He asks the waitress if she wants to rumble and, regretfully, she eventually complies.

A Snail on a Plane

When the drink slave prevents Dee from entering first class, she gets out her camera phone and tries to make his abuse go viral. Eventually, she gets into first class, at least long enough to see Gail the Snail (Mary Lynn Rajskub) there, who selfishly bought all the wine!

Unfortunately, there’s probably not enough salt on this flight to combat the Snail.

As this is going on, The Waitress is in a steady shame spiral for sleeping with Frank again, and she opts out of the 70 beer challenge. Then, due to her intoxicated state, Dee has a Martina Navratilova hallucination (Dawn Alden). It tells her that it’s not about hating your opponent, but good sportsmanship. In any case, there’s a showdown between Dee and Gail.

However, that gets disrupted when it’s learned that Artemis spiked all the tea with Ayahuasca, which causes vomiting and diarrhea in heavy doses. Artemis claims this was done for maximum gross-out.

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Ultimately, this episode has enough originality as a showcase of the female talent of It’s Always Sunny, just as there have been episodes centered around the male characters. At the same time, it makes fun of gender politics in general, suggesting that people are people, and they are often a big, convoluted mess.

That’s it for this It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia recap! What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia airs every Wednesday night at 10 p.m. on FX.