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Codependent relationships: What happens when someone doesn't want to watch 'Predator' for the 31st time?

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always-sunny_lIsn’t it sad when one member of a codependent viewing party is ready to move on and the other one isn’t? This week’s must-see episode of FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (which repeats Saturday at 11 p.m. ET) took a look at that very important issue. At the start of “Mac and Dennis Break Up,” the guys showed up at Dee’s apartment together to borrow a big bowl for their movie night — Predator, yet again. (Mac had to hold the bowl while Dennis stood beside him and made snide comments, they explained.) Dee forced Dennis to second guess the friendship by asking them when the last time was that they went longer than an hour without checking in with each other. “He always checks in with me,” Mac said. “He likes to have me check in,” Dennis answered. Cue the break-up scene, which occurred after Dennis didn’t respond to Mac’s calls or 911 text while he was out not picking up the Predator DVD. (If they’ve watched it 30 times in the last two months, shouldn’t they just buy it?)

Mac’s freakout over Dennis taking the video store clerk’s recommendation of Transporter 2 to “mix things up” was one of the episode’s finest moments*:

Mac: Well, the big deal, Dennis, is that I wasn’t even consulted on the decision, okay. And this a big deal to me as well. It’s also my night. Plus, Transporter 2? We haven’t seen Transporter 1, which means we’ll be completely lost.

Dennis: I doubt it.

Mac: Plus, Jason Statham’s physique is nothing like the lineup in Predator.

Dennis: Okay, will you stop? I don’t want to have conversations anymore about dude’s physiques.

Mac: Dude, in body mass alone…

Dennis: That’s what I was trying to avoid — a conversation about body mass, okay. We’ve had that conversation five times a day for the last month because we keeping watching Predator and all you talk about is Weathers and Jesse “The Body” Ventura and how many pounds they can pack on.

Mac: It’s important to pack on mass. You’re talking about carbo-loading…

Dennis: I don’t want to have this conversation with you anymore.

Mac: No, you’d rather have conversations with video store clerks.

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* Others would definitely have to include Dennis’ freakout over Dee suggesting that he eat an apple with its toxic skin on because she wasn’t going to peel it for him like Mac insists upon doing: “I do no like it with the skin, Dee! I’m not allowed to eat it with the skin! I’m not allowed!”

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Originally posted November 14 2009 — 10:00 AM EST

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