Episode 905 of FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
It’s Always Sunny episode “Mac Day” examines the character’s many weaknesses, and the gang ends up seriously questioning Mac (Rob McElhenney). Let’s look at 8 details that make this a classic episode! Along the way, we’ll consider how the episode fits so well into the series as a whole.
1. It’s Always Sunny Questions Mac’s concept of the universe
This episode’s interesting before Country Mac (Seann William Scott) even shows up. While “Mac Day” is largely about Mac (Rob McElhenney), it should be noted that Mac Day itself is loosely themed around the Christian Bible’s 7 days of God’s creation. So, as silly as the show can be, it can also be very smart.
This episode encourages us, in a roundabout way, to question grand, sweeping claims about the physical universe. In this case, the gang is not allowed to question the 7 days, lest they violate the rules of Mac Day.
Mac’s perception of rudeness prevents them from challenging his perception of truth, no matter how zany it ultimately is. That is smart writing.
Basically, It’s Always Sunny sneakily encourages us to ask grand questions. For example, if there is a divine creator, the idea of us being subject to physical law is arguably no longer in effect. As Mac constantly argues throughout the series, we are all supposed to be representations of God’s plan.
In effect, life is now a fallen garden of Eden that has been linked to our present-day by some past unfortunate accident, which is to be corrected in the future by a certain someone’s return. However, like so many others in the real world, Mac doesn’t want this idea questioned while bending this premise to fit his own ideas of fun. The gang’s being forced to not question him mirrors those who don’t question basic claims, just so they can be nice, fit in, and not offend anyone.
Some other episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia continue to address religious topics, like season 8’s “Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense.” There Mac questions that living organisms have evolved and reproduced naturally.
Mac challenges Darwinian evolution and ordinary physical laws that, in his opinion, are not sufficient or uniformly cohesive to his own beliefs. Appropriately, Mac is more concerned about others’ “sins” (and general shortcomings) than his own.