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"Psycho Pete Returns" is the third episode of the tenth season of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.


Mac and Charlie's high school "gang leader" (leader of "the Freight Train") Psycho Pete stops in at Paddy's. Charlie and Mac are quickly disappointed by Pete's new docile nature, and look for ways to get Pete back to his old 'Psycho' self. Frank, Dee, and Dennis set out to find help for Pete because they're afraid he's dangerous to them.


3:00 PM, On a Monday

Dennis, Dee and Frank are hanging out in the bar when Charlie and Mac barge in with a boom box playing "Psycho Killer" Mac comes bearing news related to the song, their old friend Psycho Pete is back in town. While the rest of the gang worries about the recently released cannibal killer, Mac and Charlie are excited to get the old "Freight Train" back together.

Later, while arguing that Pete has been "sorted out" from his time in the mental institution, nobody notices a man named Peter is actually a new mild-mannered Psycho Pete. Charlie and Mac do not like the new Pete, and decide to leave the bar. Awkwardly, the rest of the Gang follows suit. Later, Mac and Charlie devise a plan for Pete to go psycho again, and so they enlist the help of their old friend Rickety Cricket. For the price of a beer, Cricket agrees to "absolve Pete" of his sins by hearing his "confession."

Meanwhile, Dennis, Dee, and Frank try to have Pete recommitted, only to find that Pete's old Mental Institution has been shut down due to budget cutbacks. Frank discovers that the same sanitarium is where he was sent as a child and becomes obsessed with finding his old friend "Froggy (The Frog Kid)." Dennis and Dee try to come up with a new plan. Later, Pete finds himself in makeshift confessional (the ol' glory hole in the Men's bathroom). After a while, Pete decides to use the Woman's restroom instead. Mac decides the only thing to do now is to perform an exorcism to get Pete off his meds. Elsewhere, Dennis, Dee and Frank meet up with a Dr. Coleman to get Pete stronger medication. In the midst of discussion, Frank remembers the name of his old Doctor (Albert Zimmerman) and leaves to find him. Dennis, infuriated, threatens to mutilate Dee before calmly talking to Dr. Coleman about a "very dangerous and unstable man." At Dr. Zimmerman's home, Frank learns the truth about the Frog Kid. Very easily, Frank remembers that "he" was the Frog the whole time. Dr. Zimmerman, fearing the Frank has suffered another mental episode, begins chasing him around with a giant net.

While preparing for their Exorcism, Mac, Charlie and Cricket find out that Dennis and Dee have the medication (after Dennis has inadvertently been diagnosed for being an "actual Psycho"). Frank barges with his gun, wanting to "put Pete out of his misery" before he snaps again. Pete finally reveals that he is not a murderer as the stories of murderer and cannibalism were all rumors, and his reason for being institutionalize was due to "Social Anxiety Disorder." Hearing this the Gang comes up with a solution . . . Pete is put on a train headed for Los Angeles to "get a fresh start." The Gang parties off the station to the tune of "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)." Just then, on the opposite tracks arrive a Southern Dad dropping off his friend George (another former mental patient) in the "City of Brotherly Love."



Guest Starring[]


  • Graham Clarke as Dr. Felix Coleman
  • Jeff Howard as Southern Dad
  • Michael Shaktah as Frog Kid
  • Biff Wiff as George




Mini-Dennis Reynolds.jpg   Wait, so you just painted your butt blue and nobody noticed the hole in your pants?
Yeah, it worked, it worked.   Mini-Dee Reynolds.jpg



Mini-Frank Reynolds.jpg   One time we escaped and they chased us down with those big nets they used to catch dogs.
. . . Did you grow up in a cartoon?   Mini-Dee Reynolds.jpg



Mini-Dennis Reynolds.jpg   Dee, I swear you would be of more use to me if I skinned you and turned your skin into lampshade. Or fashioned you into a piece of high-end luggage. I can even add you to my collection!
Are you saying that you have a collection of skin luggage?   Mini-Dee Reynolds.jpg
Mini-Dennis Reynolds.jpg   Of course I'm not, Dee. Don't be ridiculous. Think of the smell. You haven't thought of the smell, you bitch! Now, you say another word and I swear to god I will dice you into a million little pieces. And put those pieces in a box. A glass box. That I will display on my mantel.



Mini-Charlie Kelly.jpg   Listen, what's the plan? We're just gonna, like, bum-rush this guy from behind or what?
Whoa, whoa, whoa, guys, come on. No one is taking me from behind, all right? Unless you have crack. If you have crack, let's boogie.   Mini-Rickety Cricket.jpg
Mini-Mac.jpg   No one is going into your asshole.
I wouldn't let them without the crack.   Mini-Rickety Cricket.jpg

Season 10 Episodes
  1. "The Gang Beats Boggs"
2. "The Gang Group Dates"
3. "Psycho Pete Returns"
4. "Charlie Work"
5. "The Gang Spies Like U.S."
6. "The Gang Misses the Boat"
7. "Mac Kills His Dad"
8. "The Gang Goes on Family Fight"
9. "Frank Retires"
10. "Ass Kickers United: Mac and Charlie Join a Cult"