Jack Dee and a panel of four guest comedians turn agony uncle to help a live studio audience solve their problems and shed light on their dilemmas and issues relating to specific events.
Type: Talk Show
Runtime: 30 minutes
Jack Dee's HelpDesk - List of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia characters - Netflix
The following is a list of recurring characters from the FX television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Jack Dee's HelpDesk - Rickety Cricket - Netflix
Matthew Mara, better known as Rickety Cricket (David Hornsby), is a Catholic priest who becomes defrocked, destitute, abducted, assaulted (both physically and sexually), threatened, hunted, severely injured and addicted to cocaine all directly or indirectly resulting from the influence or action of Dee, Dennis, Charlie, Frank and Mac. As a boy he suffered from a medical condition that required the use of very conspicuous complex leg braces which inspired the pejorative nickname “Rickety Cricket”. He first appears in “The Gang Exploits a Miracle” where it is revealed that he has continued to harbor a high school crush on Dee (who at the time used an elaborate semi-permanent aluminum medical back brace). He admits he was convinced to eat horse feces for a chance to kiss Dee, which she refused since, as she says, “his breath smelled like shit”. Mac and Dennis have been teabagging Cricket at every opportunity since high school. Dennis claims that he has a shoebox full of pictures of him and Mac doing this, and pictures are surfacing on the Internet. One recurring theme in the series is Cricket's downward spiral; due to his involvement with the Gang he leaves the priesthood, supports himself by grifting or panhandling, becomes addicted to crack cocaine, has his legs broken by members of the Philadelphia Mafia, has his throat sliced by Frank in a wrestling match, is hunted by Mac and Dennis for sport, and suffers a gunshot wound in his hand when he is trespassing at Paddy's and Frank accidentally shoots him. He is then left bleeding in the car by Frank and Dee while they go into a store full of hurricane-panicking people, and he ends up driving through the doors of the place and further injuring himself. The wound to his throat wasn't fatal, but got badly infected, severely damaging his vocal chords and giving him a gravely voice. He has since carried a vendetta against The Gang and attempts to get his revenge in various episodes, but consistently fails to do so. He shows up in “Mac's Big Break”, when he appears on Dennis and Dee's inaugural podcast, remarking about his life as a homeless person - during this episode he reveals that he stopped believing in God since “a Chinaman stole my kidney”. He also shows up in “Dee Gives Birth” because Frank was trying “to cast a wider net” in finding out the identity of Dee's baby's father and he considered Rickety Cricket to be “the wildcard”. He shows up at his high school reunion cleaned up, claiming to have returned to being a priest. However, he actually uses the opportunity to steal jewelry from the other alumni. The other alumni mock him and physically eject him when it is discovered he has ring worms, but his rants about how Dee loved and left him leads the cool crowd to reject her. In the season eight premiere, “Pop–Pop: The Final Solution”, he is working at a local pound for community service. He has a new scar over his now-blind left eye, which he says was from a “skirmish” with a stray chocolate lab, in which he paralyzed the dog; later on he makes numerous references to raping and being raped by feral dogs. He claims to be a dog executioner, but then admits he's a janitor. In Season 9, he suffers horrific facial burns when he's locked in Mac and Dennis's apartment during “The Gang Squashes Their Beefs” when a fire breaks out (ironically, he was not even invited because the Gang didn't consider him someone they'd wronged), leaving the entire left side of his head covered in scar tissue. In Season 10 when Charlie and Mac seek him out to help make their old friend Psycho Pete crazy and fun again, he is fully homeless and describes in disgusting detail the sex acts he must perform to earn money for alcohol and other drugs (frequently remarking that it will cost a six pack of beer for him to perform oral sex). Also from Season 10 onwards his crack-addicted life on the streets has resulted in him losing many of his teeth. By Seasons 10 and 11 he often casually appears in the bar to use its bathroom to smoke PCP in, and/or to perform sex acts for money. After having half of his head nearly burned off, he also stops giving any thought whatsoever to his physical appearance, with long, filthy, matted hair and scraggly beard. While he occasionally gives himself wipe-down showers in the bar's bathroom, he is almost always covered in an extensive coating of dirt and grime. In Season 11's “Dee Made a Smut Film”, Cricket says that a cat bit off one of his toes at some point, and describes in exacting detail how he was involved in a dog orgy (almost bragging about it). Cricket is given his own storyline in the Season 12 episode “A Crickets Tale”. In the episode, his father finds him and gives him a chance to turn his life around and work at his company. Cricket accepts the job offer and starts turning his life around and meets a woman he falls in love with. However, it turns out that Cricket was halluciating from PCP and that the woman is actually a dog. Dejected, Cricket decides to turn back to his old lifestyle. In the episode, the gang casually mentions that they injected a GPS pet tracking chip into Cricket's body, without his knowledge.