By: Cal Parsons
FX’s comedy show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a show that, in its first season, got less than a thousand dollars from FX to make the first season, doesn’t seem afraid to go that extra step when it comes to writing its core characters. Sunny is a show that attempts, and, as far as I’m concerned, greatly succeeds in turning every sitcom trope on its head. Deplorable characters, unfortunate circumstances, and outrageous situations are what the show focuses on most.
The show’s ensemble cast plays a group of narcissistic characters that run a bar in Philadelphia. In this blog I’m going to show the effects the group’s actions have on one particular character: a priest named Matthew AKA “Rickety Cricket” shown in his more innocent days in this still here:
In the show, Cricket keeps somehow getting involved in “the gang’s” terrible plans and ideas and his appearance slowly grows more and more grotesque and his moral compass grows more and more corrupt. In “Dee Gives Birth” in Season Six, Cricket is shown smoking crack in a hospital, wearing dirty clothes, has a beard, and presumably hasn’t showered in quite some time. Moving back further to season 10 shows a disfigured Cricket with half of his face showing a severe burn from an apartment fire caused by the gang in an episode where they unite all the main characters they’ve done harm to for Thanksgiving. His priest outfit makes a return, tattered and in shreds from countless shenanigans ensued by the gang throughout the series. Here’s what Cricket looks like in Season 10.
Doing all this to a priest of all people is a prime example of how the characters push moral boundaries in Sunny. This is one of the many consistent characters in the show whose lives that the gang more or less “ruin”. Here’s a wiki article showing a timeline of Cricket’s life in the show, and more detailed list of events that lead to this point.