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"The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore" is the second episode of the seventh season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.


Dee and Dennis take the gang to their favorite childhood vacation spot on the Jersey Shore. Things aren't quite as they remember them. Still, Mac, Frank and Charlie have the times of their lives; Dee and Dennis not so much.


10:30 AM on a Friday, Philadelphia, PA

Dennis and Dee stop Frank as he burns old photo albums behind Paddy's. They find photos of their favorite vacations at the Jersey shore and convince the rest of the gang to visit. Mac chokeholds Charlie so they can successfully take him unconscious because of his crippling fear of leaving Philadelphia.

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Charlie drinks sunblock

At the beach, Dennis and Dee drink tequila out of sunscreen bottles and comment on how there are only stray dogs and no people around. Charlie enjoys the ocean and drinks sunscreen, even though Dee told him that it is not alcohol. They decide to show Charlie the boardwalk, which is also quite vacant, and decide to go under the boardwalk to find the spot where Dennis had his first kiss. There, they find two homeless men having sex. They are all appalled and a disgusted Charlie leaves to head back to the beach.

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The gang under the boardwalk

Dennis and Dee decide to try and "reset" their trip by going on an amusement part ride on the boardwalk. On the top of the ride, a braid of Dee's hair gets stuck in the gears and is ripped out. Dennis vomits. They go to the hospital to have the part of her scalp reattached and they meet a girl who invites them to party. They are forced to smoke Angel Dust and assist in robbing a laundromat where a robber gets shot. A doctor stitches up the robber and is then shot. Dennis and Dee are forced to dig his grave on the beach, but manage to escape.

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"I'm sorry, rum ham!"

Meanwhile, Mac and Frank sit on the beach and eat ham that has been soaked in rum. Stray dogs keep attacking them for the ham, so they decide to float in the ocean in a dingy. They fall asleep and wake up in the middle of the ocean. The ham floats away and Frank contemplates eating Mac, but a boat of guidos arrives and picks them up. On the boat they get spray-tans and steroids, retrieve the ham, and party all night long.

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The waitress and Charlie

Elsewhere on the beach, Charlie entertains himself when he sees the Waitress walking towards him. He convinces her that he is not stalking her, and she agrees to spend the evening with him on the beach. In the morning, she wakes up and realizes she was tripping on Ecstasy the previous night and hurries away, disgusted.

Back at the hotel parking lot, Dennis and Dee yell at the rest of the Gang to get in the Land Rover and go back to Philly.




Guest starring[]

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Mary Elizabeth Ellis as The Waitress


  • Jeremy Radin as Sketchy Nick


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Charlie sees the ocean for the first time

  • The episode's title references the reality show "Jersey Shore", which ran from 2009 to 2012 on MTV. It followed a group of self-described "guidos" (and "guidettes") over the course of a summer on the Jersey Shore.
  • This is the second time an episode has been set outside of Philadelphia, and the second time Charlie has left Philadelphia in his life. The first for both events occurred in the Season 6 episode "The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods". This episode also references Charlie needing to be knocked out in order to leave Philadelphia, the same method the gang used to get him out of Philadelphia previously.
  • When Mac and Frank lose the "rum ham" in the ocean - it's a spoof of "Cast Away", starring Tom Hanks.
  • Based upon locations used, the Gang most likely traveled to Ocean City, New Jersey, where the episode was filmed. The ride that Dee and Dennis go on is called Double Shot at Playland's Castaway Cove, which is mentioned on the ride itself.
  • Danny DeVito was born and raised in Neptune, New Jersey.
  • Kaitlin Olson was using a wig in this episode (for Sweet Dee's braided "Bo Derek look").
  • Back in Season 5, Dee was stealing Frank's idea of drinking a wine in a can. [5x4] Now Dennis and Dee are drinking tequila out of sunscreen bottles.
  • This is the first time The Waitress admitted to doing drugs (specifically, Ecstasy). In "The Waitress Is Getting Married", she admits to having a drinking problem but is adamant that she has never done other drugs.
  • "Vacation" by The Go-Go's starts playing on 16:01.
  • "Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters plays during the closing credits.
  • Charlie and Frank both demonstrate that they are unaware of the Gulf Stream: garbage could not "float in from Europe", and the raft that Mac and Frank are on would not drift back to the shore, because in both cases the Atlantic Ocean's current is flowing outwards, towards Europe.
  • An attempt to come up with a recipe for rum ham can be found here. By the way, it's a commonly held belief that if you cook something with alcohol, the alcohol will evaporate, but at least some alcohol usually remains after cooking. So you really could get "ham-mered."
  • In this episode Charlie and The Waitress spend a night at the beach collecting sea stuff. In real life, Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis used to go on dates at the beach collecting shells, with Day even proposing to her on a beach.
  • Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who plays The Waitress, is visibly pregnant during this episode. She gave birth to Russell Wallace Day on December 15, 2011, her first child with Charlie Day.


< Season
Season 7 Season >
  1. "Frank's Pretty Woman"

2. "The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore"
3. "Frank Reynolds' Little Beauties"
4. "Sweet Dee Gets Audited"
5. "Frank's Brother"
6. "The Storm of the Century"
7. "Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games"
8. "The ANTI-Social Network"
9. "The Gang Gets Trapped"
10. "How Mac Got Fat"
11. "Thunder Gun Express"
12. "The High School Reunion"
13. "The High School Reunion, Part 2: The Gang's Revenge"