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The second season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia aired in the summer of 2006 on FX. It ran for 10 episodes and was the first season to feature Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds. It is available for purchase on DVD and download in iTunes.

Season Summary[]

Dennis and Dee's parents are featured heavily this season. First, their dad Frank blackmails his way into the Gang and moves in with Charlie. Then Mac bangs Dee and Dennis' mom. Then finally, Dennis and Dee discover that Frank isn't their real dad - instead, their mom had an affair with philanthropist Bruce Mathis.

Meanwhile, the Gang ups its efforts on the scheming front: first trying to get their neighbor to leave, then attempting to extort welfare from the state. When that doesn't work, they attempt to rig a fight club, exploit a water stain of the Virgin Mary in the Paddy's office and later extort bribes in exchange for running for office.

Finally, the Gang converts Paddy's Pub into yet another highly successful specialty bar: an unregulated bar that caters to drug abusers and gamblers.



Episode List[]

Charlie Gets Crippled
"Charlie Gets Crippled" June 29, 2006
Directed by: John Fortenberry - Written by: Rob McElhenney
Dennis and Dee's father Frank abruptly appears, causing Dennis to accidentally run Charlie over with his car. After seeing Charlie get attention from strippers over being in a wheelchair, the gang decides to feign disabilities in order to garner sympathy from others.
The Gang Goes Jihad
"The Gang Goes Jihad" June 29, 2006
Directed by: Dan Attias - Written by: Rob McElhenney
An Israeli businessman claims ownership of the street that Paddy's Pub is on, prompting the gang to go to extremes to get the man to leave. Meanwhile, Frank fights with his ex-wife over the possessions she got in the divorce.
Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare
Directed by: Dan Attias - Written by: Rob McElhenney
Dennis and Dee quit their jobs to pursue their dreams, but get hooked on crack cocaine so they can apply for welfare. Meanwhile, Frank hires two new workers under the "Work for Welfare" program and Charlie and Mac go on a spending spree.
Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom
"Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom" July 6, 2006
Directed by: Dan Attias - Written by: Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton
A visit to Frank's ex-wife's house turns into a web of back-stabbing and deception after Mac has sex with Dennis's mother and Charlie hatches a plan to get close to The Waitress.
Hundred Dollar Baby
"Hundred Dollar Baby" July 13, 2006
Directed by: Dan Attias - Written by: Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton
Frank trains Dee for a boxing match against the daughter of his old boxing foe. Meanwhile, Dennis and Mac train Charlie for an underground fighting ring.
The Gang Gives Back
"The Gang Gives Back" July 20, 2006
Directed by: Dan Attias - Written by: Charlie Day
Mac, Dennis and Dee are sentenced to teach inner-city children how to play basketball while Charlie is sentenced to attend AA meetings.
The Gang Exploits A Miracle
Directed by: Dan Attias - Written by: Charlie Day & Chris Romano & Eric Falconer
When the gang finds a water stain in the office that resembles the Virgin Mary, Frank begins charging patrons to see the miracle.
The Gang Runs for Office
"The Gang Runs for Office" August 3, 2006
Directed by: Dan Attias - Written by: David Hornsby
After realizing the money-making potential of political corruption, the gang decides to help Dennis run for the position of a local comptroller.
Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody's Ass
Directed by: Dan Attias - Written by: Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day
Charlie is outraged over Dennis smoking in the bar, and teams up with Dee to start an anti-smoking rally. Meanwhile, Mac, Dennis, and Frank turn Paddy's Pub into an "anything goes" bar.
Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad
Directed by: Dan Attias - Written by: Rob McElhenney
Dennis and Dee discover the MySpace page of the man who turns out to be their real father. Meanwhile, Charlie and Mac visit Mac's convict father in jail.


  • After "Starved" was cancelled in October 2005, John Landgraf proposed to Sunny's creators a 10:00 PM time-slot - but only if they were able to sign a BIG NAME for the show. Landgraf is a really good friend with Danny DeVito (before he became president of FX, he had worked for Danny DeVito's production company Jersey Films), so he called him with this proposition. Later, Rob spoke to Danny and found out that he was already a fan of the series (thanks to his kids). Well, that's the story.
  • This is Danny DeVito's first season as a cast member. Due to other commitments he had at the time, he was only available for 20 days of filming, meaning that every scene that Frank was going to be in for the entire season had to be shot before any others. This is a highly unusual situation for a TV series: typically, production takes place on one episode at a time, and production on the next episode does not begin until that episode is completed. It led to a situation where scripts for all 10 episodes had to be ready to be shot by the time production began, and continuity nightmares, since weeks could pass between when scenes meant to be in the same episode were actually shot.
  • Starting with the second episode of the season, "The Gang Goes Jihad", the order in which the titles had been shown at the beginning of each episode was reversed, so that the title of the episode comes before the name of the series. Previously, the name of the series had been shown and then the title of the episode (for example, "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" and then "Charlie Has Cancer"). This change allows the title of the episode to serve as the punchline to a joke set up by the show's opening (the first time this was done being the episode "Dennis and Dee Go On Welfare").
  • This promo parodied NBC's world famous sitcom "Friends" (two years before, Danny DeVito
    was a guest star on that show).