'It's Always Sunny': The Gang Will Always Be Trash
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SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for season 15 of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. If you read ahead and still get your panties in a twist, please know that you are not a five-star man – or a five-star reader, for that matter.
Bad news for those sweet, summer jabronis clinging to a near non-existent shred of hope that the It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia gang will eventually toss aside their selfish ways, becoming something other total and complete a-holes – or specifically in the case of Dee Reynolds, an a-hole trapped in the body of a bird for 15 seasons. Earlier this week, actress Kaitlin Olson, a.k.a the gang's resident avian pal, confirmed what anyone who has watched roughly more than 30 seconds of the show already knew – the Paddy's Pub crew isn't changing their ways any time soon.
“We want them to sort of never learn their lesson and grow and be better people,” the actress told E! News of her character. Although Dee may be obnoxious, crass, and defined by the fact that, well, no one in the gang really likes her, she wasn't always known among her peers for calling everyone “bitches” or her gag reflux – get your mind out of the gutter, you know what I mean. Yep, in “The Gang Buys a Roller Rink” which hit the small screen earlier this month, we learned that before getting into hijinks like kidnapping families, defrauding the IRS, and calling everyone around her “boners” 24/7, there was a time when Sweet Dee was actually, well, sweet. However her days of having even a shred of empathy and not finding “crass humor that funny," as she told Charlie and Mac, quickly came to an end after a very unfortunate (and perhaps Charlie-fueled) roller skating head injury turned her into a swearing asshole that we – and the rest of the gang – have all come to know and hate.
“It was just funny to have Dee be such a sweet, kind person, and have all the guys be really nice to her because in her current life her dream is to have that back, but she doesn't remember being nice in the first place,” Olson explained, adding that the inspiration behind the episode stemmed from Sunny's creative team asking what topics they haven't dunked on over the show's 15-season run.
“I think that's sort of born of us wanting to explore, like, what else can we talk about? We are a satire and the world is always giving us stories,” she continued. "But what else would be interesting? What haven't you seen before? What haven't we explored? And them as young people—we really haven't seen much of. So, that was sort of the impetus for that storyline."
Alongside this jarring personality change was yet another shift – namely, the way Dee interacts with her pals (for lack of a better term).
"It's kind of one of the things that's funniest to me about my character in particular because why would this person continue to try and impress these guys and be friends with them and want their approval after all this time?" Olson said of her character's interaction with the Paddy's Pub crew. "She's just trying to prove herself to them and has been for 15 years. That's completely ridiculous."
So, folks, here's to hoping Sweet Dee hits her head again and switches back to sweet – or not. A world without Deandra Reynolds being a complete a-hole on Sunny is not one that I want to live in.
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