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All Of Frank’s Wildest Schemes On ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’

Updated May 6, 2019 468 votes 52 voters 1.7k views15 items

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When it comes to plotting, planning, conniving, and going over the top for personal gain, there is perhaps no better master schemer in all of television history than Frank Reynolds. As one of the central characters on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Frank has gotten himself into many sticky situations. But in the vast majority of them, he only has himself to blame. He funds many of the gang's operations and drives them to do more outlandish and expensive things.

It's hard to say what has truly driven Frank to any of the show's extreme scenarios. It could be his childhood struggle with "donkey brains" and Froggy, or just a penchant for doing the most bizarre, most outrageous things imaginable. After all, he claims to embrace his self-described wildness to a greater extent than any of the other characters. Of all the motley group of weirdos in one of the best shows to binge watch, Frank is definitely a standout for his many wild schemes.

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    Frank Takes Over A Tour Boat To Get To A Movie

    In "Thunder Gun Express," the gang is excited to see the biggest movie of the summer, but there's just one problem: the president is visiting the city, and traffic is a nightmare. Though he is left behind for running too slowly, Frank takes control of a tour boat filled with tourists to get to the movie theater. Still expecting a tour, his passengers ask him to talk about the city, so he recounts stories from previous episodes. But when he docks the boat, the police are already waiting to detain him.

    He's allowed his one phone call, so Frank calls the theater where the rest of the group is getting prepared to watch the movie and reports an incendiary device is inside.

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    He Funds A Classic '80s Extreme Sports Feud

    In "The Gang Hits the Slopes," Frank and Dennis duke it out with Dee and Mac for control over a mountain. As the episode unfolds, it is revealed that Frank has a three-decades-old feud with Dave Drisko, an employee of the mountain resort and a man stuck in his 1980's prime. Still mad over a race he had with Drisko 30 years prior, Frank funds a rematch with Dennis filling in for him.

    Both sides get into classic 80's "slobs vs. snobs" storyline: Drisko gets imprisoned, Charlie finds love on the mountain and races in Drisko's place, and despite breaking both his legs, Dennis wins the race. All for nothing, however, as Frank confesses the entire thing (except the omniscient and omnipresent announcer) was a ruse so he could distract everyone's attention while he fracked the mountain.

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    He Convinces Dee To Pretend That He Is Her New Fiancé 

    The episode "Dennis and Dee's Mom Is Dead" includes an abundance of shenanigans, even by It's Always Sunny standards. After the passing of Frank's ex-wife and Dennis and Dee's mother, Barbara, it is revealed in her will that she did not leave any of her money to Frank or the kids, but instead gave it all to her lover, Bruce Mathis. To get back at Barbara and get the money he thinks he rightfully deserves, Frank attempts to extort money from Bruce by posing as Dee's fiancé. Bruce, aware Frank is Dee's father, strings them along by offering children for them to adopt and trying to make them sleep together. Bruce only reveals he knows of the scam when they're at the altar preparing to get married.

    When Frank and Dee exchange their vows, Bruce admits he knows that they're father and daughter, and they receive nothing.

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    He Hosts A 'No-Rules' Cards And Russian Roulette Table At Paddy’s Pub

    In "Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody's A**," Frank, Dennis, and Mac transform Paddy's into an "anything goes" bar. While Dennis and Mac do this to bring in more people and encourage women to take off their tops on camera, Frank wants to set up a no-rules gambling ring. Dennis and Mac, unhappy about Frank's concept of freedom, agree that he should be given the basement while they take the bar. Throughout the episode, Frank's setup degenerates from a card game in the main bar to a game of Russian roulette reminiscent of The Deer Hunter in the basement. 

    Their experiment in freedom ends when Dennis decides to call the cops because a man shoots himself in the head.

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