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It’s Always Sunny Season 12’s “Cricket’s Tale” Is The Most Unique Episode

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s season 12 episode “Cricket’s Tale” is one of the most unique episodes of the entire series for one big reason.

It's Always Sunny Season 12's "Cricket's Tale" Is The Most Unique Episode
It’s Always Sunny Season 12’s “Cricket’s Tale” Is The Most Unique Episode

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s season 12 episode “A Cricket’s Tale” is one of the most unique of the series due to its premise. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia debuted way back in 2005 on FX, and was pitched as something of an anti-sitcom. Instead of the feelgood antics seen on the likes of Friends, It’s Always Sunny reveled in the bad taste antics of its horrible, selfless protagonists. Danny DeVito joined the cast in the second season and it slowly built a following until it became a surprise comic institution.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is now one of the longest-running live-action sitcoms in TV history, and there’s no sign of it coming to an end anytime soon. Despite dealing with controversial topics on an almost weekly basis, the series seems to avoid backlash for the simple reason that the Gang themselves are all horrid human beings, and their various schemes usually backfire on themselves. It’s almost impressive how little progress they’ve made as people in the fourteen seasons the show has run.

A testament to their awfulness It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s is the character of Rickety Cricket. Formerly known as Matt Mara, Cricket was a priest when he was introduced in season 2, but an encounter with the gang derailed his life. The character typically pops up at least once a season and become more degraded and destroyed with each appearance. He’s the focus of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia season 12 episode “A Cricket’s Tale,” which is unique within the series for being the only episode to mainly focus on a character outside of the Gang.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s “A Cricket’s Tale” sees Matt’s father attempt to give him a second chance, and he invites him back to help run the family business. After resisting the temptation to smoke some PCP, Cricket gives it an honest shot. He has to overcome his cynical brother’s hatred and the Gang’s attempt to drag him down, and he even manages to woo a co-worker named Belle (Renée Felice Smith), who for some reason seems to like him.

Cricket is very much the focus of this It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia episode, with appearances from the Gang coming from previous episodes in season 12 like “PTSDee.” This gives recurring guest star David Hornsby a chance to shine and viewers root for Cricket to turn himself around this time. Of course, that’s never going to happen and it all unravels horribly – especially when the nature of his romance with Belle is unveiled. Even then, its ultimately Cricket’s decision to turn back to the “Gang,” even when his father offers one final chance.

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