It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 3)

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 3)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 15
Original network FX
Original release September 13 (2007-09-13) – November 15, 2007 (2007-11-15)
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List of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes

The third season of the American comedy television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered on FX on September 13, 2007. The season contains 15 episodes and concluded airing on November 15, 2007.

Season synopsis[edit]

The Gang's narcissism spins out of control, as usual. First they decide to do good: Sweet Dee and Mac adopt a baby that was abandoned in a dumpster, Dennis volunteers with environmental rights activists, and everyone in the gang become vigilantes to solve Philadelphia's homeless problem. The gang then hatches several schemes to become famous: Mac, Frank, and Charlie try to be viral video stars by covering the local news while Dennis and Dee seek fame as spoiled, drug-addled club hoppers. Sweet Dee dates a local rapper mistakenly thought to be mentally handicapped by Mac and Dennis, the two of whom start a band, but can't quite pinpoint their genre of music—especially when Charlie comes up with a raunchy, disjointed song about a mysterious creature who violates him in his sleep.

The Gang's jealousy and greed come roaring back when they fight over Barbara's inheritance, after she wills the house to Dennis. Dee gets jealous of her high school friend (who lost weight and has a successful career in fashion design) and decides to start her very own sweatshop. The entire gang struggles to compete with a local bar owned by a Korean man who looks like Kim Jong-il, and then decide to sell out by offering Paddy's Pub to a corporate chain. Two members of the gang find themselves on the wrong side of the law due to mistaken identity: Mac is suspected to be a serial killer after becoming distant from the gang and Dennis is mistaken for a registered sex offender after a real sex offender (who looks like a fatter version of Dennis) is released from prison due to overcrowding. Meanwhile, the gang sells some cocaine found in a pair of abandoned stereo speakers, forcing them to turn to crime and prostitution to earn the money back before some local Mafia members whack them.

Finally, the gang is forced to save themselves from Charlie's mistakes. First, the McPoyles get revenge on the gang for revealing their false molestation charge (from season one's finale "Charlie Got Molested") and inadvertently shooting their brother Doyle (from this season's "The Gang Gets Invincible") after he was invited to the Eagles' training camp by taking all of them hostage in their own bar. Finally, Charlie's illiteracy screws over the gang when he accidentally puts the bar up as a prize for a dance marathon, and all the enemies made throughout the course of the series enter the contest so they can take the bar away from the gang. The gang won't let the bar go without a fight—but not before using dirty tricks on each other.


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Guest stars[edit]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
18 1 "The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby" Jerry Levine Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day September 13, 2007 (2007-09-13) IP03001
The gang gets involved in trash and dirty tactics when Dee and Mac find an abandoned baby boy in a Dumpster and try to care for and make money off him, Frank and Charlie get into Dumpster diving (with Charlie still trying to find out whether or not Frank is his real father), and Dennis tricks an environmentalist into chaining himself to a tree to save it from being cut.
19 2 "The Gang Gets Invincible" Fred Savage Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton & David Hornsby September 13, 2007 (2007-09-13) IP03010
When the Philadelphia Eagles hold open try-outs à la the movie Invincible, Mac, Dennis, and Dee use the event for their own personal competition. Meanwhile, Frank and Charlie go to a tailgate party, where Frank trips on LSD and make things worse between them and the McPoyle family (from "Charlie Got Molested" and "Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody's Ass").
20 3 "Dennis and Dee's Mom Is Dead" Matt Shakman Rob McElhenney & David Hornsby September 20, 2007 (2007-09-20) IP03013
Frank's ex-wife Barbara dies (for real, this time), leaving behind a big inheritance that Frank and Dee will do anything to get. Meanwhile, Mac, Dennis, and Charlie use Barbara's house as a men's club to make new male friends ("nothing sexual").
21 4 "The Gang Gets Held Hostage" Fred Savage Story by: Lisa Parsons
Teleplay by: Rob McElhenney
September 20, 2007 (2007-09-20) IP03009
The Gang is held hostage in Paddy's Pub by the McPoyles. Meanwhile, Frank crawls through the vents (a la Die Hard) to find his will, which Charlie hid.
22 5 "The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty Magoo" Fred Savage Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27) IP03007
The gang gets involved in the world of fashion design after Dee gets jealous of her former high-school best friend (Judy Greer), who is now a successful boutique owner. Meanwhile, Frank starts up his old sweatshop business and coaches Mac on how to run one.
23 6 "The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation" Fred Savage Charlie Day & Scott Marder & Rob Rosell September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27) IP03006
The gang find themselves at odds with a more successful Korean pub owner who bears a striking resemblance to former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Meanwhile, Charlie becomes involved with the owner's daughter (Tania Gunadi).
24 7 "The Gang Sells Out" Matt Shakman Charlie Day & David Hornsby October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04) IP03014
When a restaurant chain offers to buy Paddy's Pub the guys try to make the deal go through by attempting to show the rep a good time. When she finds out she won't get anything out of the deal, Dee quits her job at Paddy's (again) and pressures The Waitress to get her a job at a TGIFriday's-style restaurant.
25 8 "Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire" Fred Savage Story by: Rob McElhenney
Teleplay by: Scott Marder & Rob Rosell
October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04) IP03008
The gang tries to become local celebrities by creating their own public access news show and making it big on the hip club scene.
26 9 "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person" Jerry Levine Story by: Glenn Howerton
Teleplay by: Scott Marder & Rob Rosell
October 11, 2007 (2007-10-11) IP03002
Dee begins dating an amateur rapper and Dennis tells her that he is mentally retarded. Meanwhile, Frank, Charlie, and Mac start their own band but can't agree on what type of music they should play, especially when Charlie pens a disturbing song about being molested by a strange creature called The Night Man.
27 10 "Mac is a Serial Killer" Jerry Levine Story by: Charlie Day
Teleplay by: David Hornsby
October 18, 2007 (2007-10-18) IP03003
After reading about a serial killer terrorizing young women, half of The Gang suspects that Mac may be the serial killer when they notice how distant he's become and the other half try to catch the serial killer themselves. Mac secretly renews his relationship with Carmen (Brittany Daniel), the transsexual woman from "Charlie Has Cancer".
28 11 "Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender" Jerry Levine Rob McElhenney October 25, 2007 (2007-10-25) IP03005
Dennis' life goes downhill when the community mistakes him for a convicted sex offender that has been released from prison due to overcrowding. Meanwhile, Mac and Charlie reunite with Mac's convict father.
29 12 "The Gang Gets Whacked (Part 1)" Matt Shakman Glenn Howerton & Scott Marder & Rob Rosell November 1, 2007 (2007-11-01) IP03011
Part one of two. The gang find themselves married to the mob when they sell a bag of cocaine that a group of mobsters hid in a pair of speakers. Initially to pay off the debt, The Gang buys more drugs and attempts to sell them at a country club.
30 13 "The Gang Gets Whacked (Part 2)" Matt Shakman Scott Marder & Rob Rosell November 1, 2007 (2007-11-01) IP03012
Conclusion. The gang must find a way to avoid getting "whacked off" when their plans to pay off mob members for missing cocaine go awry. Frank ends up whoring out Dennis to older women. Mac tries to become a member of the mob. Charlie and Dee stick to the plan to sell drugs but use them all themselves.
31 14 "Bums: Making a Mess All Over the City" Jerry Levine Charlie Day & David Hornsby November 8, 2007 (2007-11-08) IP03004
Mac and Dee become vigilantes to solve the homeless problem. Meanwhile, after buying a junkyard police car to scare the homeless away from the bar, Frank and Dennis dress up in police costumes and begin to abuse the public while Charlie dresses as Serpico and tries to expose them.
32 15 "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off" Matt Shakman David Hornsby & Scott Marder & Rob Rosell November 15, 2007 (2007-11-15) IP03015
Charlie inadvertently puts Paddy's Pub up as the grand prize in a radio dance marathon, so the gang must win the competition--against the enemies they've made so far in the series--to keep the bar.

DVD release[edit]

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3
Set Details Special Features
  • 15 episodes
  • 3-disc DVD set (Region 1 & 4)

Technical specifications

  • Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • English Dolby Surround
  • English, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Two audio commentaries
"The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation"
"Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender"
  • Three featurettes:
Sunny Side Up Volume 2
Meet the McPoyles
Dancing Guy
  • Gag Reel
  • Season 3 TV Spots
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 4
September 9, 2008[1] March 9, 2011[2]


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