-nate heywood: last of the romanovs (you can’t tell me this show isn’t gonna be like actually princess anastasia DID survive because, have you, seen, this show)
-poochie, the kung fu rapping hippie from the gangsta city
-zari/amaya/sara, sara jealously snapchatting kendra pics of their date nights to try to get her to come back. kendra snapchats her a pic of her and carter on a date and sara throws her phone in the garbage disposal
-stop queerbaiting me and let mick kiss ray on the goddam mouth
-bring len back
-stop queerbaiting me and let nate kiss ray on the goddam mouth
-i’d like to see the team get their OWN antagonists, rather than whoever wasn’t busy on the flash or arrow. i’m not picky about who, honestly. they could have fucking, i don’t know, gargamel, provided it’s not some other show’s reject antagonist
-felicity poisons oliver and joins the team
-so does nyssa
-so does laurel actually, let’s just move everything good about arrow off of it so we can cancel the show and focus on what really matters: The Gays
-the gang solves the gas crisis
-historical periods i want them to visit: any that they can’t have an Obligatory Racist Episode about, written by marc guggenheim, natch
-the gang causes the video game crash of 1983
-sara loudly accusing rip of only forming the time bureau so he could put her in handcuffs, the pervert, you could’ve just ASKED,,,
-let’s go to the globe theatre and harass shakespeare?? let rip and sara have a threesome with the bard
- more attractive men hitting on ray and nate visibly lighting himself on fire with jealousy a la camelot
-i want them to go full xena this season and stop giving a fuck about historical accuracy. let’s have them go hang out with hercules in ancient greece or whatever
- the gang harasses jane austen and rip and sara accidentally reenact pride and prejudice. not the book, fuck the book. the cinematic masterpiece, pride and prejudice (2005)
-one of my favorite points in history EVER, the expatriates in paris during the 20s-30s. rip being intimidated by ernest hemingway?? nate trying to take manliness lessons from him and then they end up sleeping together. sara giving f scott fitzgerald a swirlie and having sex with zelda+gertrude and alice? mick laying out ezra pound on the pavement for being a nazi?? someone just fucking punching james joyce because i had to read everything the bastard ever wrote and i would truly LIVE if mick just floored him. please
ok so i’m gonna try and cover everything, but my fiance originally came up with this theory while we were watching flowers for charlie, and we’ve since elaborated on it. it can be supported by a lot of canon despite the fact that there’s pretty much no way it actually is canon/true (although to be fair, parts of it are at canon, and i’ll even cite stuff, so idk).
so the theory goes: charlie is far more aware of himself and how he acts than other people give him credit for, and charlie is much more meta than he lets on, which isn’t that uncommon of a headcanon, but we kinda took it further.
so we know that charlie genuinely really loves to play characters (frank’s pretty woman, the gang reignites the rivalry, bums: making a mess all over the city, the gang solves the gas crisis, the gang makes lethal weapon 6, etc., etc.), but it’s sorta played in the show like he’s not that great at it. but we also know that charlie is better at manipulating others than he lets on (mac bangs dennis’ mom, charlie and dee find love, charlie has cancer). i’d also say that of the members of the gang, excluding frank, charlie is the most comfortable in his identity, and can be pretty self-aware in a way that the rest of the gang aren’t (charlie work).
so, flowers for charlie: charlie taking a placebo pill that he thinks will make him smarter, but really doesn’t, blah, blah, blah, you know the plot.
but if we look at it knowing that (a) charlie is more manipulative than he lets on and (b) charlie loves to play characters (and even has an interest in theater: the nightman cometh), then we can read not as charlie being tricked, but charlie knowing that he’s not actually “smarter” but if he just pretends like he thinks he is, then he gets a whole audience (scientists, his friends, anyone who comes to the talk in the last scene) to watch him play the genius (”is he doing an accent?”), and probably has a great time doing it.
so ok, if we look at lethal weapon 6 next, then, he plays the weird danish twin’s twin, and the captain (i don’t remember if he plays anyone else tbh). anyway so we could look at this and say it disproves the theory because he does such a bad job as the captain, but honestly watching it, the discrepancy between him as the captain and him as the danish twin is pretty extreme, and here’s why imo: first, he doesn’t like being told what to do (the gang gets analyzed), so even though he wants to be in the movie, the captain probably isn’t the character he’d most enjoy playing (no accent, no action), second, the danish twin has no lines.
learning his lines for playing the captain must have been hard, because someone would have had to read them to him and teach him and that would be annoying for charlie most likely, especially because of his auditory processing issues (the gang recycles their trash), so he’s not having fun playing the captain. on the other hand, he (presumably, unless mac and dennis had a really clear vision of what the danish twins act like) came up with mannerisms and a whole personality for the danish twin despite not having any actual lines.
i already mentioned charlie and dee find love, but i always saw that ep as very intentionally showing that charlie isn’t the “good one” of the group, and he can be just as downright cruel as everyone else. not only that, but he’s acting the whole episode, and convinces everyone that he really likes ruby. if he’s capable of something that requires so much subtly and dedication (even… apparently having sex with her despite being sex repulsed), it’s not that much of a stretch to say that he could be duping anyone/everyone at any time.
anyway uh i probably forgot stuff and there’s almost certainly gonna be holes in this theory but like i said it’s a fun way to read charlie’s character, and it makes watching charlie really fun bc you get to question how much he’s acting at any given moment. obviously he’s not Totally self aware, there are definitely things, like his infatuation with the waitress, that he’s not exactly self aware about the fact that it’s a hopeless cause, but i also kinda think that he lacks self awareness/avoids facing reality very intentionally at least some of the time (a very sunny christmas, he decides not to believe what mac’s telling him/what he remembers about his mom). but in essence that’s the theory :-) hope that wasn’t too boring to read!
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 4, Episode 2 “The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis”
Mac: Oh my God, I just realized something. Frank is the muscle! Frank: What? Mac: The reason that shit hasn’t been working out for us is because we are not working with our full crew! I’m the brains, [points at Dennis] you’re the looks, Charlie’s the wildcard and Frank is the muscle. Charlie: Well, what’s Dee? Mac: She’s the useless chick!