One thing the SINNED system shares with the DENNIS system is that it primarily revolves around trying to manipulate and control a potential partner by playing with their ego (and potentially gassing them). However, the first step of the SINNED system is to “suppress your instincts”, which may be true for Dennis, who ignores his hetero instincts. or Dee and Mac have to ignore their own terrible instincts. It works either way! The next three steps are all about ego and power, playing with the man’s trust by needing him and then firing him, similar to the DENNIS system’s “Feed the addiction” and “Emotionally neglect”.
Both systems involve “Get physically busy” in quite a different order, and the final step is completely different: instead of “to separate completely”, the last step of the SINNED system is “Would you like a wipe?” Dennis claims that all it takes to turn any man into a puddle is to make him feel like he’s being cared for by his mother. This is pretty basic Freudian nonsense, but it seems to work for Mac and Dee. It’s also pretty spot on for Dennis, who has intense mother issues that may have led to his misogynistic tendencies, and who’s probably in love with his twin brother, Dee.
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” revisits some of their biggest hits and deepest cuts from season 16, but they’re clearly having a blast that turns everything upside down. They made sequels to both “Chardee Macdennis: The Game of Games” and “The Gang Beats Boggs,” so why not revisit “The DENNIS System” and make it new? I can’t wait to see what they do for the rest of the season. Me too I can’t wait to see how Charlie’s limo returns.