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A Very Sunny Christmas 

Dennis and Dee decide to teach Frank a lesson "A Christmas Carol"-style, and Mac and Charlie learn some shocking things about their childhood Christmas traditions.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Day ... Charlie Kelly
Glenn Howerton ... Dennis Reynolds
Rob McElhenney ... Mac
Kaitlin Olson ... Dee Reynolds
Danny DeVito ... Frank Reynolds
David Huddleston ... Eugene Hamilton
Gregory Scott Cummins ... Luther
Sandy Martin ... Mac's Mom
Lynne Marie Stewart ... Charlie's Mom
Pablo Schreiber ... Ricky Falcone
Ryan Michelle Bathe ... Woman Office Worker
Mike Beaver ... Man Office Worker
Derek Waters ... Toy Store Clerk
Mark Povinelli ... Tiny
Preston Bailey ... Young Mac




After years of being mistreated by Frank during the holiday season when he buys gifts for himself, Dennis and Dee decide to teach him a lesson by contacting his old business partner, Eugene, for help to make the mean-spirited and nihilist Frank see the Christmas spirit of giving, rather than taking. Meanwhile, Mac and Charlie reflect on their childhood Christmases, and realize that they were not as joyous and wonderful as they remembered: from Mac remembering being taught by his career-criminal parents how to break into people's houses to steal their Christmas presents, to Charlie remembering his single, boozed-out, coked-up mother inviting a slew of "Santas"/clients over to her house. Written by matt-282

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Danny Devito was hesitant about the snowblower scene due to the possible danger. Charlie Day actually suffered bruised ribs from filming the scene. See more »


The chains wrapped around Eugene kept changing position. See more »


[Charlie walks up to a shopping mall Santa Claus as Mac watches, after learning that his mother was a prostitute who had her clients dress up as Santa on Christmas to avoid upsetting Charlie]
Santa Claus: Ho ho ho ho. Well, hello! Merry Christmas! So, where's your little one?
[Charlie sits on Santa's lap]
Santa Claus: Oh! Ho ho ho ho, you're a big boy, aren't ya? Ha ha! Uh...
[to Mac]
Santa Claus: Is he retarded? Ah, I got this one.
[to Charlie]
Santa Claus: So, son, what would you like for Christmas, huh?
Charlie Kelly: Did you fuck my mom?
Santa Claus: ...What?
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References Halo Wars (2009) See more »


Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Music and Lyrics by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
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The Vidiot Reviews...
8 December 2016 | by capone666See all my reviews

A Very Sunny Christmas

Christmas is that special time of year when happy and depressed people can both drink together in excess.

Fortunately, the friends in this comedy own a tavern.

The immoral proprietors of a dive bar in Philly, Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and his sister Dee (Kaitlin Olson), exact Dickensian revenge on their corrupt father, Frank (Danny DeVito), who tricks them out of great gifts every year, by having an old business partner of his haunt him.

Meanwhile, the other titleholders, Charlie (Charlie Day) and Mack (Rob McElhenney), reminisce over childhood memories resulting in some shocking revelations about both of their family Christmas traditions.

An extended episode of the cult comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia that's been rebranded a Christmas special, this twisted seasonal treat is just as outrageously hilarious as the long-running series that requires annual viewing while intoxicated.

Besides, without alcohol Christmas would just be some tawdry display of commercialism.

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9 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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