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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3,episode 6

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on March 24, 2010

Episode 6-The Gang Solves the North Korean Situation

This episode started out great because of the movie reference it incorporated. The first scene contains a re-enactment of a scene from Pulp Fiction, my favorite movie. It Has Deandra reciting Christopher Walken’s lines, from the watch scene, to show how she will win a talent show.

The episode is basically about a competition between their bar and another bar owned by North Koreans, which they refer to as the “bad” Koreans. It was clever to use this scenario during this actual time period because North Korea was seen a large threat towards the United States as it still is today. In this case, it was new and fresh which makes the comedy worth while. Stereotypes, as usual with this show, had a huge role in the portrayal of the North Koreans and their mindset towards America, which is personified by the crew and their bar. One stereotype is presented by Dennis’s statement about asians and how they are endless and timeless, while referring to a 16 year old bartender. Another instance is how the Korean bar owner takes the role of Kim Jong Il. A stereotype is presented to us by his/her violent actions and constant screaming. She then throws one her workers out of the bar and Mac responds by saying that all asians have to learn martial arts when they grow up.

It was also interesting to see how they created a threat system which mirrors our own terrorist alert scale. Frank and Mac get into an argument about which color is more of a threat, orange or yellow. This scene acts as a indicator which points out how up-surd our homeland security system truly is and essentially how it is useless. Charlie then states how the North Koreans want to take our American life from us.

Another reference that I enjoyed was when Deandra recited lines from the film Do the Right Thing.

A hint of communism was projected through a scene in which a young korean girl who works at the bar is fed up with working like a slave and constantly being yelled at. Dennis and Charlie then convince her to come to Paddy’s (America) to escape her hardships (communist society). It is later stated by Mac that if the North Koreans take over, they will ruin our way of life.

I have noticed that this t.v. series does a great job exposing real life situations and blowing them out of proportion. One scene that I really enjoyed is when Charlie and Dennis argue about who the korean was looking at and flirting with. The classic “girl staring at me” scenario between close friends seems to always arise.

My favorite scene in this episode is when Frank finds out that the Korean girl is twelve years old, engaged to Charlie, and about to be sprayed with water in a wet tee-shirt contest. There is then a slow motion sequence in which Frank jumps in front of the hose to protect the young asian girl from being exposed. This was actually a shocker because Frank is usually the most disgusting, irrational person on the episode. It was nice to see the caring side of him.

The last words of the episode are, “they are some sneaky bastards”; which further adds to the Anti-North Korean feel of the episode.

I give this episode a 4 because it had me laughing every 2 minutes. They were clever with the situations that they created and did a great job impersonating Kim Jong Il.

I watched this episode on my couch at 9:45 p.m.


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  1. TA Andrea said,

    Definitely a lot better! You didn’t go to much into plot summary and gave more of what you like/disliked/and noticed. I was laughing at the stereotypes. One can only imagine what Asians say about us. Good job, too bad it was late.

    • jmac90 said,

      Haha, yes. I can only imagine as well. They do speak faster than us so they must have more to say. Lateness is the key to success.

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