It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 4)

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 4)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Original network FX
Original release September 18 (2008-09-18) – November 20, 2008 (2008-11-20)
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List of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes

The fourth season of the American comedy television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered on FX on September 18, 2008. The season contains 13 episodes and concluded airing on November 20, 2008.

Season synopsis[edit]

The Gang gets even crazier this season when Sweet Dee and Charlie become cannibals while Mac and Dennis decide to hunt humans for sport. Later, the gang hatches a plot to counter soaring prices at the pump by stealing and reselling gasoline, then try living the healthy life—by scamming their way to free medical insurance, but not before trying to prove that Paddy's Pub is historically relevant, and kidnapping a newspaper critic who panned their bar. Dee and Frank set out to stop Bruce Mathis (Dee and Dennis's biological father) from donating Barbara's inheritance to a community center for Muslims while Charlie and Mac fake their deaths to escape Mac's convict father, Luther, who vowed in "Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender" to get revenge on the two of them for screwing up his plan to make amends with the people he terrorized before he was sent away to prison for the first time.

This season also sees Frank holding a contest to find a new billboard model for the bar and the gang trying to bring good karma to a Hispanic family by rebuilding their hovel. Dennis' erotic memoirs land him in a mental hospital with comedian Sinbad and Matchbox Twenty lead singer, Rob Thomas. Dee and Artemis live it up like the girls on Sex and the City, while Frank and the rest of the gang solve a scatological mystery. Charlie continues to stalk The Waitress, especially in light of news that someone else is having sex with her; then Charlie reworks his "Night Man" song into a sprawling musical to win over The Waitress.


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No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
33 1 "Mac and Dennis: Manhunters" Fred Savage Charlie Day & Jordan Young & Elijah Aron September 18, 2008 (2008-09-18) IP04002 1.73[1]
Charlie and Dee freak out and become cannibals after Frank tells them that the meat they stole from him was human meat. Meanwhile, Mac and Dennis go after the most dangerous prey of all--man-- by hunting Cricket.
34 2 "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis" Matt Shakman Charlie Day & Sonny Lee & Patrick Walsh September 18, 2008 (2008-09-18) IP04009 1.60[1]
To profit from high gas prices, Mac, Dennis, and Charlie fill barrels of gasoline and sell them door-to-door. Meanwhile, Dee and Frank plot to brand Bruce Mathis (Dennis and Dee's biological father from "Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad") as a terrorist after learning that Barbara's inheritance money is going to be donated to a Muslim community center.
35 3 "America's Next Top Paddy's Billboard Model Contest" Fred Savage Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day & Adam Stein September 25, 2008 (2008-09-25) IP04006 1.44[1]
Mac and Frank hold a contest where the winner will be the billboard model for Paddy's Pub. Dennis competes in the contest. Meanwhile, Charlie and Dee set out to create a viral video to put on Youtube.
36 4 "Mac's Banging the Waitress" Matt Shakman David Hornsby September 25, 2008 (2008-09-25) IP04011 1.35[1]
When Charlie learns that The Waitress has a boyfriend, he enlists the help of his bad ass best friend Mac find out who the guy is so he can destroy the relationship. Dennis, jealous of Mac and Charlie's relationship, tries to convince Charlie that Mac is double crossing him by having Charlie listen in on them banging. However, they both get more than they bargained for when they hear it. Through a series of lies and misunderstandings and then confessions and revelations it is revealed that The Waitress and Mac each have ulterior motives for getting together. Frank and Dee are not featured in this episode.
37 5 "Mac and Charlie Die (Part 1)" Fred Savage & Matt Shakman Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney October 2, 2008 (2008-10-02) IP04003 1.02[1]
Mac and Charlie use Dee's car and credit cards to fake their deaths to avoid the wrath of Mac's father who was released from prison and is out for vengeance. Meanwhile, Frank and Dennis go inside the world of anonymous sex when they discover a glory hole in one of the bathroom stalls.
38 6 "Mac and Charlie Die (Part 2)" Fred Savage Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney October 2, 2008 (2008-10-02) IP04004 1.02[1]
Dennis, Frank, and Dee find unique ways of coping with the apparent loss of their friends.
39 7 "Who Pooped the Bed?" Fred Savage Rob McElhenney & Scott Marder & Rob Rosell October 9, 2008 (2008-10-09) IP04007 1.28[1]
Frank and Charlie find that someone has pooped in their bed and Mac and Dennis join them as they attempt to catch the culprit. Meanwhile, Dee takes Artemis and the Waitress on a "Sex and the City"-style night on the town.
40 8 "Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia" Matt Shakman Scott Marder & Rob Rosell & David Hornsby October 16, 2008 (2008-10-16) IP04012 1.27[1]
The gang kidnaps a newspaper critic (guest star Fisher Stevens) who dubbed Paddy's Pub "the worst bar in Philadelphia," but their plan gets out of hand when they also kidnap the critic's neighbor and pet cat.
41 9 "Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life" Fred Savage Glenn Howerton & Rob Rosell & Scott Marder October 23, 2008 (2008-10-23) IP04005 N/A
Dennis plans on publishing an account of his sexual exploits and ends up in a rehab facility along with comedian Sinbad and Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas. Meanwhile, Charlie and Dee try to "walk in each other's shoes".
42 10 "Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack" Matt Shakman Rob Rosell & Scott Marder October 30, 2008 (2008-10-30) IP04013 1.15[1]
After Dee is hospitalized for a heart attack, she and Dennis try to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Charlie and Mac become office workers to get health insurance. While tripping on anxiety pills, Frank gets placed in a mental ward reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a film in which DeVito appeared.
43 11 "The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell" Matt Shakman Rob McElhenney & Glenn Howerton & David Hornsby November 6, 2008 (2008-11-06) IP04010 1.36[1]
In an attempt to turn their bar into a Philadelphia landmark, the gang tells the story of how Paddy's Pub was historically relevant during the Revolutionary War, specifically cracking the Liberty Bell.
44 12 "The Gang Gets Extreme: Home Makeover Edition" Fred Savage Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton & David Hornsby November 13, 2008 (2008-11-13) IP04001 1.31[1]
The gang sets out to redecorate a poor family's home a la Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, believing the "selfless" act will lead to good karma. Rather than improving the house, Charlie and Dennis end up destroying the entire building after they attempt to demolish a wall with a propane torch. Meanwhile, Dee and Mac hold the family captive, trying to instill "American Values" despite a poor grasp of the Spanish language.
45 13 "The Nightman Cometh" Matt Shakman Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney November 20, 2008 (2008-11-20) IP04008 1.30[2]
Charlie writes a musical based on the song he composed in "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person" and casts the gang in lead roles all in a secret attempt to propose to the waitress and get her to marry him.

DVD release[edit]

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

Technical specifications

  • Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • English Dolby Surround
  • English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles
  • Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life
  • The Nightman Cometh Live!
  • Blooper Reel
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 4
September 15, 2009[3] March 30, 2011[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Pucci, Douglas (November 15, 2008). "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Ratings". Mediaweek. Archived from the original on April 18, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 25, 2008). "Updated: Weekly Top Cable Shows". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 4". Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 3 (3 Disc Set) (DVD)". Retrieved March 20, 2014. 

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