“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Gives Us Something to Be Thankful For: Not Being “Rickety Cricket” [VIDEO]

With season 14 now in the record books and the doors to Paddy’s closing for a long winter’s nap, FXX‘s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is now set to surpass ABC’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running live-action comedy series.

Now that’s a title Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) will be more than happy to hang behind the bar – and one they’re expected to hold onto for awhile.

Safe to say things are pretty good for The Gang from Paddy’s Pub – and from the sounds of FX CEO John Landgraf, the network would like things to keep going “pretty good” for two more seasons (at least).

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia / FXX

As The Gang shuffles off to their non-Paddy lives, FXX is taking a moment to spotlight the show’s biggest “cautionary tale”, Matthew “Rickety Cricket” Mara (David Hornsby). First introduced in the second episode “The Gang Exploits A Miracle”, Cricket was a classmate of The Gang’s who was now a priest – but still harbored a crush on Dee.

Big mistake… as you’re about to see.

Over the course of thirteen seasons, Cricket would prove to have one of the most fully-realized character arcs on the show – not too shabby for a supporting character who doesn’t appear in the majority of a season’s episode count. While the writing for the character has always proven to be top notch, much of the credit goes to Hornsby – instilling in Cricket a kind of twisted “nobility” to his lot in life, with a willingness to handle what Life deals him and do the best with it as possible.

Even if what Life’s dealing him is an uncomfortable amount of canine looking to rape his wounds…

After a failed attempt at finding love (at least for some of them) and a successful (if not “scorched earth”-like) effort to “save” the Thunder Gun franchise, Dennis, Mac, Charlie, and Frank didn’t want to waste time getting back to the scheming. Unfortunately for them (but big props to Dee), they ran face-first into the brick wall that was “Dee Day”.

From there, The Gang had to deal with “sh*tting the bed” in a righteously bad way, just when Frank needed them most. But all was forgiven as The Gang headed out to the zoo. *cricket sounds*

Moving quickly on from there… the season got back on track as we travelled into Charlie’s twistedly bizarre mind as he looks to crack the case of who “diarrhea-poisoned” Frank. Then “The Gang Solves Global Warming”… only to find a way to leave things wonderfully worse – before “Paddy’s Has a Jumper” and The Gang tries to apply analytics to their questionable sense of morals.

Which lead us to the one-hour season finale “A Woman’s Right to Chop” / “Waiting for Big Mo” – with the folks at FXX and Always Sunny sharing the not-so-great-that-they’re-awesome blooper moments from this season:

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