When The Gang can’t agree on the best way to manage Paddy’s Pub’s growing list of problems, compromising and negotiating can take an ugly turn. Luckily, there’s at least one thing that The Gang can agree on. And that is that Sweet Dee is terrible at trying to scheme her way out of things. When Dee comes riding in on a brand-new Vespa, bought with her sudden windfall of surrogate mother money “after pushing that little monkey out”, Dee devises a scheme to cheat the IRS for the next 18 years.
“Uh, you guys all better eat a dick because Sweet Dee beat the system”. And the camera stays on her just long enough after that bold proclamation to get this episode rolling. Cue theme song.
When Sweet Dee arrives at her apartment, she is greeted by an IRS agent who is there to audit her. Dee comes up with an excuse that not only reveals how bad of a mother she might actually be, but also reveals just how unnerved she can get when caught in a bind. The Auditor, after pointing out that Dee’s license plate reads “$CAMMIN”, agrees to come back later. How will Dee get out of this one? She’s always lacked the good looks to skate by in life, she definitely lacks the smarts and she always seems to be stricken by the worst luck.
But what Dee lacks in institutional backdoor maneuvering, The Gang, as a collective, can come up with some extraordinary ways to just about escape prosecution. Of course, that is if they can ever agree on anything. When decisions on the state of Paddy’s Pub need to be made, decisions like whether limes should be cut small or big, Dennis takes over and tries to assert himself over Mac, Charlie, and Frank.
While Mac and Charlie have consistently demonstrated their lack of independent thinking, Frank and Dennis know that they will eventually have to reach a sort of compromise. This thread reveals a bigger scheme that Frank had been hatching as the proprietor of Paddy’s Pub. Make up bogus off-shore corporations and profit off the claims! Dennis wants in, but he knows the pie slice will only get smaller if Mac and Charlie are to be included. Let the backstabbing begin!
Shenanigans ensue. Dee sweats it out during her audit after enlisting the help of Mac and Charlie. Mac and Charlie are either going to kidnap a baby or branch off into some super alliance with Dee. Frank introduces Wolf Cola to Dennis. And Dennis is left to bring everything together with a flimflam that would disgust even Casey Anthony.
A baby funeral.
Of course, the plan doesn’t fully come together and we are left with the quintessential image of The Gang — everyone arguing at the top of their lungs, hands thrown up, and fingers pointed.
Like I said before, they’re just so good together.