It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 2)

The second season of the American comedy television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered on FX on June 29, 2006. The season contains 10 episodes and concluded airing on August 17, 2006.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 2)
DVD cover consisting of Seasons 1 & 2
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Original networkFX
Original releaseJune 29 (2006-06-29) 
August 17, 2006 (2006-08-17)
Season chronology

Season synopsis

The series' second season introduces veteran actor[1][2] Danny DeVito portraying Dennis and Dee's father Frank, who moves in with a wheelchair-bound Charlie following a car accident and blackmails his way into the group. Anne Archer also has a recurring role as Barbara Reynolds, Dee and Dennis's promiscuous, cold-hearted mother. Meanwhile, Mac has sex with Barbara and spins a web of lies and deception in order to throw the rest of the gang off his tracks.

The gang ups their efforts on the scheming front: the gang tries to fight back against a property anomaly that leaves their bar in the path of an Israeli immigrant's new place, Dennis and Dee quit their jobs and hatch a plot to get on welfare so they can live out their dream careers, and Frank—along with Charlie and Mac—exploit the religious when they discover a water stain in the back room that resembles The Virgin Mary. Charlie and Dee fight against cigarette smoking, with hilarious results, while Frank, Mac, and Dennis fight back against their freedoms being encroached by making their bar an "anything goes" establishment that first attracts drunk college girls willing to flash their breasts for beads, but goes pearshape when heroin addicts, Vietnamese gamblers, and the incestuous McPoyle siblings get in on the action. At the end of the season, Dennis and Dee find a man on MySpace who claims (and turns out) to be their biological father, while Mac reunites with his convict dad, and Charlie is still trying to find the identity of his missing father.


Before production of the second season began, series creator Rob McElhenney found out that Danny DeVito was a fan of the show and a friend of FX president, John Landgraf. McElhenney asked Landgraf to set up a meeting. McElhenney met DeVito at his home and pitched DeVito's character, Frank Reynolds. DeVito agreed to star in the show, but was only available for twenty days. To have Frank Reynolds in all ten episodes of the second season, all of DeVito's scenes were filmed before filming the season.[3]


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest stars


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
81"Charlie Gets Crippled"Rob McElhenneyStory by: Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney
Teleplay by: Rob McElhenney
June 29, 2006 (2006-06-29)IP02001
Dennis and Dee's father Frank (played by Danny DeVito) abruptly appears, scaring Dennis, which causes him to accidentally run Charlie over with his car. After seeing Charlie get attention from strippers over being in a wheelchair, the gang decides to fake disabilities in order to get sympathy and attention.
92"The Gang Goes Jihad"Dan AttiasStory by: Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney
Teleplay by: Rob McElhenney
June 29, 2006 (2006-06-29)IP02002
An Israeli businessman buys a neighboring property of the bar, the floor-layout of which actually includes half of Paddy's Pub, prompting the gang to go to extremes to get the man to leave. Meanwhile, Frank fights with his ex-wife over the possessions she got in the divorce.
103"Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare"Dan AttiasStory by: Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney
Teleplay by: Rob McElhenney
July 6, 2006 (2006-07-06)IP02004
Dennis and Dee quit their jobs to pursue their dreams, but when Mac reminds them that unemployment eventually runs out, Dennis and Dee get hooked on crack cocaine so they can apply for welfare. Meanwhile, Frank hires two new workers under the "Work for Welfare" program and Charlie and Mac go on a spending spree with the money in Frank's secret bank account.
114"Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom"Dan AttiasCharlie Day & Glenn HowertonJuly 6, 2006 (2006-07-06)IP02005
When Mac is asked to pick up Frank's toupee from his ex-wife's house, Mac has sex with Dennis and Dee's mom. Charlie uses the information to set up a plan to try to get with the coffee shop waitress who he has a crush on by getting Dee to create a web of lies and backstabbing.
125"Hundred Dollar Baby"Dan AttiasCharlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenneyJuly 13, 2006 (2006-07-13)IP02007
Frank trains Dee for a boxing match against the daughter of his old boxing foe. Meanwhile, Dennis and Mac train Charlie for an underground fighting ring so they can make money off him.
136"The Gang Gives Back"Dan AttiasCharlie DayJuly 20, 2006 (2006-07-20)IP02003
Following the events from "The Gang Goes Jihad," Mac, Dennis, and Dee are sentenced to coach inner-city children's basketball. Charlie is sentenced to attend AA meetings. The Waitress, who is also an alcoholic, is there at the meetings and offers to be Charlie's sponsor just to get to Dennis.
147"The Gang Exploits a Miracle"Dan AttiasCharlie Day & Eric Falconer & Chris RomanoJuly 27, 2006 (2006-07-27)IP02009
When the gang finds a water stain in the office that resembles the Virgin Mary, Frank begins charging patrons to see the miracle. Meanwhile, Dennis goes anorexic when Dee tells him that his face is fat, Mac and Charlie become dueling preachers, and a blast from Dee's past gets another chance with her.
158"The Gang Runs for Office"Dan AttiasDavid HornsbyAugust 3, 2006 (2006-08-03)IP02006
After realizing the money-making potential of political corruption, the gang decides to help Dennis run for the position of a local comptroller.
169"Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody's Ass"Dan AttiasCharlie Day & Rob McElhenneyAugust 10, 2006 (2006-08-10)IP02008
Charlie is outraged over Dennis smoking in the bar, and teams up with Dee to start an anti-smoking rally. Meanwhile, Mac, Dennis, and Frank turn Paddy's Pub into an "anything goes" bar…which goes horribly wrong thanks to the new clientele: heroin addicts, Vietnamese gamblers, and the incestuous McPoyle siblings.
1710"Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad"Dan AttiasStory by: Charlie Day & Rob McElhenney
Teleplay by: Rob McElhenney
August 17, 2006 (2006-08-17)IP02010
Dennis and Dee discover the MySpace page of the man who turns out to be their real father. Meanwhile, Charlie and Mac visit Mac's convict father in jail, and Charlie thinks Frank might be his long-lost father.

DVD release

The season two episodes are presented in production order, rather than their original broadcast order.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2
Set details Special features
  • 17 episodes
  • 3-disc DVD set (Region 1 & 4)

Technical specifications

  • Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • English Dolby Surround
  • English, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Scenes from the Original Pilot
  • Two audio commentaries:
"Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom"
"Hundred Dollar Baby"
  • Two featurettes:
Sunny Side Up Making-of
Fox Movie Channel Presents Making A Scene: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Release dates
Region 1 Region 4
September 4, 2007[4] June 2, 2009[5]


  1. Davis, William Scott (March 11, 2015). "Here's how Danny DeVito saved 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' from getting canceled". Business Insider. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  2. "Looking At The 'Sunny' Side Of Life". NPR. September 17, 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  3. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons One & Two — "Sunny Side Up" featurette. 20th Century Fox. September 4, 2007.
  4. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Seasons 1 & 2 (2005)". Retrieved August 25, 2010.
  5. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Seasons 1 & 2 (3 Disc Set) (DVD)". Retrieved March 5, 2014.
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