Pictured: (l-r) Glenn Howerton as Dennis, Charlie Day as Charlie, Rob Mc Elhenney as Mac, Kaitlin Olson as Dee, and Danny De Vito as Frank in “The Gang Turns Black,” the opening episode of Always Sunny’s 12th season.This one, however, is no "The Nightman Cometh," and is much more pointed than the Gang's first musical episode.Employed as a janitor at the nursing home, Bakula sing-wonders, “How did they know that my wife took it all?” Frank, meanwhile, thought Dee was excited over seeing Blacula, a black vampire.“I don’t know that you can point to any other character who is as dark and twisted and rapey and murderous and have it somehow still work, and be funny and likeable,” Howerton said of Dennis back in March.
Overjoyed, Mac and Dennis squeal, “We’re church blacks,” before high-fiving.
Frank goes off the rails, singing to Dee that he’s going to say words he hasn’t “had the chance to say before” now that he is black, like “homie,” “bro,” and “my man.” Dee draws the line when Frank says he’s also going to say the N-word, which Frank laments because “it’s probably the only chance I’ve got to say it.” After Dee explains to Frank via a song why they can’t use that word (“we’re not saying the N-word”), the group finds an African American man under the bridge who knows where Old Black Man might be.
The man uses the N-word himself, and tells the pair “you’re talking about Old Black Man” before pointing him out.
They started using a group dating service called “Buncher,” which takes a little of the online dating awkwardness out of the equation by sending groups of friends out for drinks. Then I did five seconds of research and realized this already exists in our app-friendly dating world. Some of the best work here comes from the crazed evolution of Dennis, the sociopath.
Of course the Gang isn’t smart enough to get out in front of a trend. If years of conventional dating, or stalking in Charlie’s case, fail to land you a promise ring, “Buncher” or the real life “Grouper” can be a safe alternative to meet nice people.
Charlie, meanwhile, is holed up at a police station being questioned as he plays with a toy train.