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    How Jimmy Buffett And The Piña Colada Song Helped Always Sunny Solve The Bathroom Problem

    Why a Jimmy Buffett concert specifically? Such a set-up hardly seems necessary to kick off a Paddy’s Pub bathroom debate. And if there needed to be a concert, why Jimmy Buffett? (Aside from the comic touch of the Gang wearing Hawaiian shirts).

    Episode writer Erin Gloria Ryan explained that it was a thematic touch, one that ties into the aforementioned “Piña Colada” myth. As she recounts, the scene of Dennis explaining that Rupert Holmes wrote the song was lifted from a day in the writers’ room when one of her fellow writers did the same to the others. Ryan decided to incorporate that anecdote, and her shock from the revelation, into the episode (the first she wrote for the show). She puts the message as such:

    “The Gang [believe] it to be an analog to people deciding to live with their differences in opinion rather than what the takeaway should have been, which is that everybody is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.”

    True enough, the episode ends with the Gang heading off to the Buffett concert still singing “The Piña Colada Song” (a needle drop carrying out over the credits), ignoring reality even confronted by it. As for how they “solve” the bathroom problem? After many failed solutions, they decide to just label the washroom door “Animal S***house.” Jimmy Buffett helped the Gang “solve” their bathroom problem by making them realize they shouldn’t spend so much time thinking about something no one wants to think about in the first place.

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