Even though we’ve had six excellent seasons in a row up until now, I think Season 8 may just be the most consistent season yet (and I imagine it won’t be the last time I say that).
It’s a really decent season, and I forgot just how many individually brilliant moments and scenes there were. How would I rank every episode?
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10 – Charlie’s Mom Has Cancer
I know they make the joke of the premise being done before, but I can’t help but feel that “Charlie’s Mom Has Cancer” rehashes too much from the classic Season 1 episode “Charlie Has Cancer”.
P. Diddy’s appearance is pretty great (especially since Dee named her boat dance after him in Season 6), but he can’t salvage an otherwise bland episode.
9 – The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre
While there are some really funny moments here and there (“I forgot how to drive!”), the overall episode is a bit too chaotic.
It’s hard to follow exactly what’s going on, even during a re-watch, and the plot suffers because of it. Still, the McPoyles’s presence alone makes this a good episode.
8 – Charlie Rules the World
Very mid-tier as far as Sunny episodes go, with a fairly by-the-book setup and resolution.
Charlie actually taking control of the situation is pretty funny, and Dennis’s depravity is even better with a stupid English accent, but otherwise pretty standard.
7 – Charlie and Dee Find Love
Alexadra Daddario is distractingly hot to the point where it’s hard to take this storyline seriously, but otherwise this is a good episode.
You can see the twists and turns coming a mile off, but the jokes they make along the way are good enough to keep me invested.
6 – Pop-Pop: The Final Solution
I forgot just how solid the Season 8 opener was, and I loved the call-backs they made to Season 1’s “The Gang Finds A Dead Guy”.
The whole Dennis / Dee Nazi stuff was pretty funny on its own, but Charlie’s gas-mask shenanigans were top-tier Sunny.
5 – Frank’s Back in Business
I remembered this episode being very meh, mostly due to the boring A-plot with Frank and Charlie (which is still not great), but the B-plot sent “Frank’s Back in Business” up a level.
The storyline of Dennis impersonating Brian LeFevre was legendary, and Glenn Howerton’s performance is absolutely masterful. Add to that an early cameo from Fight Milk and you get an underrated classic, which would have been in the top 3 of the season if not for the main plot being so dull.
4 – The Gang Recycles Their Trash
Another glorious episode no longer on Netflix … I’m still mad about it, but since I ranted last time I’ll spare you the tirade for this one (just know that I’m pissed).
“The Gang Recycles Their Trash” is one of the most meta episode they’ve ever done, full of call-backs and familiar ideas but with their own unique spin on it.
The trash scheme is one of my favourites across the whole series, and Mac even shows hints of his true sexuality for the first time – an episode that has it all, really.
3 – The Gang Dines Out
Season 8 is home to three absolutely fantastic episodes, and the “least good” of those is probably “The Gang Dines Out”.
It contains one of my favourite Sunny moments ever when Charlie and Mac spot each other across the room, and the Dennis karaoke stuff is gold. My only complaint is that the plot feels a little boxed-in and over-simplified, but otherwise it hits all the right notes.
2 – The Gang Gets Analyzed
Rarely do we get an episode where every single character gets a moment to shine, but they set up “The Gang Gets Analyzed” in such a way where we can see why each of the five members of the gang are so hilarious.
Every single therapy session is comedy gold, and I don’t think I’d be able to pick a favourite from the bunch. It’s a perfect character study that shows what makes them tick, and the psychiatrist reacting to it all gives one of the greatest guest performances in Sunny history.
1 – Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense
The Season 8 finale had no right to be this good, and yet somehow “Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense” is one of the best episodes in the entire series.
Every argument presented in the fake trial is so outlandish that it actually works, especially Mac’s Evolution tirade – it may just be the best written scene in the entire season, and the ominous bell sound caps it all off perfectly.
Once all of the arguments are made, it ends on the pitch-perfect note of everyone blaming it on Dee. It’s amazing how much they managed to do with so little, and that’s why it might be a top 10 episode of the series come my final ranking.
Season Rating: A-
Easily one of my favourite seasons yet, even rivalling Sunny at its prime (although there’s certainly an argument to be made that Sunny is still in its prime at this point).
Let’s look at the stats for the season:
- 3A (30%)
- 6B (60%)
- 1C (10%)
Lots of really solid episodes in this season, as well as three absolute classics as well.
And now the stats for the series so far:
- 22A (24%)
- 48B (53%)
- 17C (19%)
- 2D (2%)
- 1E (1%)
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