The Gang Dines Out
This episode further explores the unhealthy level of codependency between Dennis and Mac and, to a lesser degree, Frank and Charlie. The gang decides to dine out separately but, unbeknownst to them, they have all chosen the same restaurant. Dennis and Mac, who seemingly arrived first, were out for their monthly dinner. Frank and Charlie then showed up to celebrate their "anniversary". Dee, who was actually there first but goes unnoticed by the rest of the gang, had a Groupon deal that was about to expire. Overall, I thought the episode was okay. It wasn't one of my favorites but there were some funny moments.
Frank wants to say a few heartfelt words to Charlie but is interrupted when Dennis sends over a single glass of wine. At this point Frank and Dennis get into a pissing contest, continuously trying to upstage each other, while Mac and Charlie look like lost little puppies gazing at each other from across the room. Meanwhile, Dee is trying to get someone to sit with her and doesn't seem to realize that the rest of the gang is oblivious to her presence in the restaurant. I felt they should have done more with Dee. It came together at the end but, for the most part, they had her doing the same lonely and pathetic crap they tend to fall back on. Don't get me wrong, sometimes they do it well. They did a brilliant job in America's Next Top Paddy's Billboard Model Contest (Season 4, Episode 3) when Charlie uploaded her vlogs onto YouTube and Dee was immortalized as PatheticGirl43. Other times, not so much.
What really made this episode, for me, was Mac. The way he effortlessly transformed into the 'girlfriend' role was hilarious. It was so cute how he kept trying to calm Dennis down but Dennis was too angry at Frank and Charlie to enjoy their evening out. At one point, Mac channeled Carol from As Good As It Gets and threatened to leave unless Dennis said something nice to him. It was both bizarre and endearing. My absolute favorite scene was when Mac tried to tip the waiter. Earlier, both Frank and Dennis had grabbed at the hostess' breasts while trying to bribe her. So Mac, in turn, proudly displays a $1 dollar bill and slides it in the waiter's back pocket. The waiter then looks confused and uncomfortable as Mac proceeds to fondle his ass.
I loved near the end when the men decided to attack each other. Mac grabbed a vase to hit them with, Dennis picked up the fire extinguisher, Charlie was going to throw soup at them, and Frank wanted to "pinch their dicks" with a lobster claw. They head toward each menacingly but everyone stops when one waiter runs into another and ends up covered in spaghetti. The men laugh and Dee finally has her moment, having been the one who tied his shoelaces together.