The very popular dark comedy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, showcases the similarities, and some differences between the twin characters, Dee and Dennis Reynolds, in many of its’ funniest episodes. In the show, Dee ( often referred to as “Sweet” Dee ) and Dennis have a rather unconventional brother-sister relationship. In their group of friends who are also coworkers, Dennis is viewed as somewhat a leader and superior to the others, while Dee is seen to be at the bottom of the ranks in “the Gang” and is often ridiculed. Although Dennis and Dee have a fierce sibling rivalry throughout many of the episodes, they are a lot more alike than they would presumably like to admit.
One of the earliest episodes of the series which shows the similarities between Dennis and Dee is, “Underage Drinking: A National Concern”. In this episode Paddy’s Pub, the bar “the gang” works at, is being swarmed with high school students, because the word has gotten out that they don’t check I.D.s. Both Dennis and Dee find themselves becoming interested in some of these underage partiers. They both seem to be trying to relive their high school days. Dee had scoliosis in high school, so by hanging out with this popular jock seems to mask her unpopularity of her past. Dennis also seems to have a boost in his ego being seen with the popular girl. Eventually both Dennis and Dee are asked to prom by their new found friends. At the last minute before the dance they are both dumped by their dates so that they could go with one another because they were once dating and decide to reconcile. The twins’ plan to be popular among the cool
kids for one last time is sabotaged at the last minute before the ultimate glory of the prom. They were both merely pawns in a game of jealousy between the high school golden couple.
The Sunny episode, “Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare”, reveals the attributes they most similarly share, narcissism and selfishness. The twins decide to quit their job at the bar because they want to pursue their dreams in life. They then realize they qualify for unemployment benefits and decide to take advantage of that for as long as possible. A fellow coworker from the bar, Mac, reminds them that the unemployment benefits will eventually run out, so they then decide to apply for welfare. Their total disregard of the proper mechanisms of government assistance is equally mirrored between Dennis and Dee.
To qualify for the assistance Dennis states to the welfare office, “I’m a recovering crack head, this is my retarded sister I take care of, I’d like some welfare please,” which was an obvious lie. They then find out they must submit blood work to confirm their conditions. To solve the problem of the blood work coming back clean and healthy they decide to try crack cocaine to get it into their blood systems. Their crazy schemes seem to only perpetuate when they are acting as a cohesive team. After...