Real Lawyer Reacts to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia - McPoyle v. Ponderosa (Bird Law!)

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Charlie, Dennis, Mac, and Frank get involved with Bill Ponderosa, a defendant in a civil suit for putting bath salts in the milk at Liam McPoyle’s wedding to his sister Maureen. Liam McPoyle teams up with The Lawyer to sue Bill Ponderosa for his lost eye; old grievances resurface. At the climax, Charlie tries to cross examine Royal McPoyle, the McPoyle family’s bloodthirsty pet Pocono Swallow. Uncle Jack. The Lawyer. Bill and Maureen Ponderosa. The entire McPoyle clan. Bird law. McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY
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This was a train wreck of a trial, but there was a stand out quote:
According to bird law, three strikes and you’re out! Bye, bye birdie. Ready boys and girls, because this is where it gets good. Ryan McPoyle didn’t attack Liam-Royal did. And Lion was lying about Royal attacking Liam to protect Royal from the chair. Or lethal injection. Or perhaps some sort of small bird guillotine. I wouldn’t understand the physics of it-I’m not an executioner. I’m just the best [] bird lawyer in the world.
I’m sorry, sir, but I am the best bird lawyer in the world.
I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous. Today I'm taking a break from teaching law students how to crush law school to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth.
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Nov 8, 2018

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Susan Haas
Susan Haas Month ago
Lol civil lawyers..."omg who would bring a bag of drugs into court?" Like 80% of criminal clients, that's who.
Theodicist Eddie
Theodicist Eddie 8 days ago
Gotta appreciate the respect
Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy 10 days ago
Said the non-lawyer, ignorantly
bud389 21 day ago
Red 22 days ago
+Terrance Van Liew That argument didn't work for the Nazis. They were responsible for their actions, despite them just doing their work. The US police force is complicit in enslaving a large portion of the black population in US prisons, it doesn't matter that they didn't make the law. "Just doing my job" is the words of fascists.
Terrance Van Liew
Terrance Van Liew 22 days ago
+Red No it's really not. Police and military enforce the rule of law. They are not there to deliberate over weather X law is good or bad. We have systems in place for such things. It is not tyrannical for a government to enforce it's own laws.
drumlogan 5 hours ago
Objection! Your comments around the 2:20 mark about court structure, while well intentioned, are incorrect for Pennsylvania. In Pa. (and Philly), general civil matters are heard in the Courts of Common Pleas. The Superior Court in Pa. is actually the intermediate court of appeal for the state, and not a court of general action.
jaymillymills 5 hours ago
Are you ever going to do "The Firm" with Tom Cruise?
the buddah
the buddah 6 hours ago
OBJECTION! In a court of Bird law, it is common place for arguments to be made in place of testimony, in fact this is where the expression "gaggle of geese" came from (goose being slang for a bird lawyer). Hearsay is also accepted in court when discussing bird law as birds are unable to testify themselves. How do i know so much about bird law? I'm the second greatest bird lawyer in all of Philadelphia and as such i would Grade this B- . lost some points for 2 witnesses on the stand, even in bird law thats not allowed
Jack Star
Jack Star 12 hours ago
Objection, but are you the best God damn bird lawyer in the world??
Why so serious
Why so serious 13 hours ago
You are the LegalEAGLE and don't know of Bird Law c'mon
Frozen Thorn
Frozen Thorn 17 hours ago
I knew this would be a funny one but I really appreciate the effort to take it somewhat seriously
Nom du Clavier
Nom du Clavier 21 hour ago
Now say you're not allowed to question a bird
Jacob Day ago
Always Sunny got an F, they did better then I thought they would
The Movie Guy
Jurassic Park
Amy Lynn
Amy Lynn 2 days ago
PLEASE react to "Legally Blonde"!!!
Nick Fletcher
Nick Fletcher 2 days ago
Do "TheTrial" from Pink Floyd's The Wall
B 2 days ago
"Pretending to be a cat". She IS a cat, you're speciest.
Bubba Da Skitso
Bubba Da Skitso 2 days ago
Objection: Why did you waste time doing this. It's so completely obvious that the show writers had no idea or at least no intention of making it even remotely close to accurate.
altered states
altered states 3 days ago
Why did you skip the final resolution of this episode when the truth comes out that it was Royle McPoyle (the pocono swallow) that plucked out Liam's eye after Pappy McPoyle sicks the bird onto the prosecuting lawyer who then gets his eye plucked out?
Kevin Sandoval
Kevin Sandoval 4 days ago
You should do Futurama "Insane in the Mainframe."
Robert Juneau
Robert Juneau 4 days ago
Cats don't seem to have much use for Bird Law.
Robert Juneau
Robert Juneau 4 days ago
I disagree with Charlie Kelly about birds not liking milk. I think Eagles would Love Milk Steak.
Robert Juneau
Robert Juneau 4 days ago
Bird Law says the government tends to pay those to whom it owes when the Eagle craps.
SV Loveletters
SV Loveletters 4 days ago
It’s supposed to be misunderstanding and irrelevant. That’s what It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is.
Drew Berning
Drew Berning 4 days ago
Charlie is not a lawyer he is a janitor
usclaxx10 5 days ago
You just have to understand that bird law is not dictated by reason. Any self-respecting man of the law is well versed in bird law.
joshdasmiter3 5 days ago
Dude....that was so awesome!
Noir Oblivion
Noir Oblivion 5 days ago
Dear Mr. Lawyer dude. My GF is graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has the grades for law school and can study and learn for LSAT. Thing is how can I convince her she should become a lawyer? She watches your show all the time. Also on a side note do shorter people have a harder time being a lawyer? She is 5’1
Bruce Wayne
Bruce Wayne 5 days ago
How accurate are courts of law in Law and Order? I've seen them use fallacies several times. Is it common?
Dergos 5 days ago
It's Always Sunny In Philidelphia Season 5 Episode 6: The World Series Defense.
Objection: you have tampered with evidence by finding a way to ruin an episode of its always sunny
Mystery Man
Mystery Man 6 days ago
20:05. Before this you told us that "Hammers' called Gavel," and "Bringing drugs into court is a bad idea." So it's a good thing that you are making sure that your bases are covered here James.
Objection!! Stella is not a beagle... but I'll allow it for the sake of the pun. However, legaleagle don't step out of line again or I'll hold you in contempt of the court.
Shel27Lee 6 days ago
You’re so handsome
Andrew White
Andrew White 6 days ago
so you went to law school and this is what you do with ur free time?
Lowfn 6 days ago
"I've never done this, but I think this episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia deserves a flat F" Of course these goobers manage to get an F from LegalEagle
Nelson Hawkins
Nelson Hawkins 6 days ago
objection! can you analyze the lawsuit between rapper 2 Milly and Epic games over dance emotes? I learned about it from gaming news, but it could set a precedent.
David 6 days ago
As a PD I can say people bring drugs to court all the time... even if it is inadvisable
Tetrodome 7 days ago
OBJECTION: As someone who seems to have nicely-sized hands, you would never appreciate the hardships endured by Jack Kelly and his tiny hands.
joep vijgen
joep vijgen 7 days ago
2:25 first of all through god all things are possible so why don't you go ahead and jot that down
kcirred htims
kcirred htims 7 days ago
Do daredevil
kcirred htims
kcirred htims 7 days ago
Do the same show but the episode where they were arguing over ownership of the lottery ticket
AnonymousFox 7 days ago
Great video! You should do My Cousin Vinny!.....would get pretty high marks right?
Lerad 7 days ago
I love seeing someone looking in on Sunny from the outside it's brilliant.
Stefan Lubinski
Stefan Lubinski 7 days ago
You are a content marketing genius, and have just made it into my training and speaking as a GENIUS example of how you can create amazing content. One question... who does the edits?
Upload 7 days ago
F for funny.
knightchef 7 days ago
Is the judge the guy who played Carl Winslow from family matters?
Dominic Mariano
Dominic Mariano 8 days ago
"never piss off the judge"... So true! I sat on a jury where a witness managed to do just that. I saw during recess that our judge was real short, maybe 4'10", but I swear he tripled in size when he got mad. I felt like I was in a cartoon.
Magicman205 8 days ago
You guys complaining about how this guy is taking the fun out of the show realize that he isn't criticizing the entertainment value of the series, right? He's simply disecting the legal realism. As a huge fan of Always Sunny, I find it compelling to watch an actual lawyer analyze this!
DenisIsABastardMan 98
"Bird law" doesn't originate in this episode. I don't remember the season or episode but it started in the episode where they pretended to be estate agents
D.G.S 8 days ago
Am I the only one that thought this was going to be funny?
coogs117 8 days ago
In Pennsylvania, where the show takes place, both family and civil matters take place in the court of common pleas along with criminal trials. PA’s Superior court deals with appeals from the common pleas. It is unlikely that the judge would be assigned the divorce case as well as the bird case but it could happen although the judge would absolutely not hear both cases at the same time.
Theodicist Eddie
Theodicist Eddie 8 days ago
18:06 through 18:45 could literally be a monologue on the show.
Theodicist Eddie
Theodicist Eddie 8 days ago
The hands are based on his insecurity for his perception of having small hands... prior episode
Tom Moore
Tom Moore 8 days ago
Riley Livingston
Riley Livingston 8 days ago
This guy looks like such a lawyer
Scott Dilworth
Scott Dilworth 8 days ago
I object he knows nothing about bird law
ninjasonmylawn25 8 days ago
He's wearing the fake big hands because he thinks his real hands are small and is oddly insecure about it. Liked the video!
camden Marian
camden Marian 8 days ago
Why am I watching this? USvid has some weird channels these days. I'm out
Fernando Miranda
Fernando Miranda 8 days ago
Hi My Name Is CluxMcGuppyTarp Merchugnchug.
I hate lawyers. Yeah I said it, sue me.. Oh wait, I just realized I'm saying this to lawyers.......
Dave Clowes
Dave Clowes 8 days ago
weirdest click bait ever, this guy takes himself way to seriously...legal critic of a comedy show, gtfo..next he will be telling us liar liar isn't very accurate either...no shit Sherlock
MARI0LAND 8 days ago
I don't think the show gets the law wrong, but rather makes fun of a lot of tropes in bad legal shows. It's so over the top that I don't think the audience is supposed to see it as a realistic depiction of legal procedings, but a mockery of shows and movies (some of them reviewed at this channel) that present such shanningans as a plausible plot with a straight face.
Dominic Sheehy
Dominic Sheehy 8 days ago
wow. you just made a great show super boring. Verdict. 2/10. The Law is for Nerdholes.
Screw The Net
Screw The Net 8 days ago
I, SUBJECT!...myself to this willingly, freely, and with no fore knowledge of how I ended up here.O>o
Thomas Brauhart
Thomas Brauhart 9 days ago
Obviously this man has never studied bird law! I don't hold it against him, as it is unreasonable to expect him to understand, in the same way you could not expect an iguana to learn astrophysics. However, I feel he is unqualified to pass judgement on these proceedings, which from a bird law perspective are both justified and reasonable. Also, I believe it is a fair request that you change your name from LegalEagle, as you have not met the qualifications required to be certified in bird law and are undeserving of the title. Nice suit though.
David Anthony
David Anthony 9 days ago
I don't understand. Granted I'm only 3 minutes in, but isn't the absurdity of the show the best part? Why is this being taken seriously?
David Anthony
David Anthony 2 days ago
+Ztormie Fair enough.
Ztormie 2 days ago
Because that's the point of this channel, he breaks down popular shows and analyze how "realistic" their portrayal of the judicial process is.
Sam Wolfe
Sam Wolfe 9 days ago
Wow it's unrealistic and they aren't calling things the right names who'd have thought
STOPH3R01991 9 days ago
Seinfeld finale needs to be done.
STOPH3R01991 9 days ago
The giant hands are because his real hands are tiny.
mike c
mike c 9 days ago
How big are your hands?
PopMuertos Day of the Dead Mashup
Objection. Did Charlie represent himself as a lawyer? He said "co-council" with a "background in bird law." Is that enough?
Nathan V
Nathan V 9 days ago
Objection! A flat F is doing that judge discredit! While script and format demanded that he allow events to proceed, he makes it pretty clear along the way that he knows this is insane. After having watched all that, he says the most realistic thing possible: "I should have thrown you out hours ago." This is very much true.
Justin Vang
Justin Vang 9 days ago
Nathan V
Nathan V 9 days ago
When I was a kid, I was in a mock trial, defending a "client" who allegedly stole a bike. We were supposed to go according to the script, but when it was brought up that the defendant had previously been caught stealing a sandwich at school lunch once, I couldn't help but blurt out an objection, Phoenix Wright style, off script. A sandwich isn't a bike. Just because they stole a sandwich once didn't mean they stole this, or any other bike. I won that trial. "Character evidence." Now I know what to call it.
Tyler James
Tyler James 9 days ago
I dont believe you have to be bar certified to call yourself a lawyer in a court the judge might not recognize that person as a lawyer but they can constitutionally act as a lawyer just as anyone can defend themselfs in a court of law as there own counsel I'm just saying look into it
8bitbeats 9 days ago
Pretty bad episode of sunny to watch for your first time. Too many call backs to earlier seasons.
Mikhail Daughtrey
Lol your show is called Legal Eagle and you say bird law isn't real? This must be a conspiracy LMAO
Nathan Krohn
Nathan Krohn 9 days ago
I give you my worst review ever. Seven thumbs up! Well done, sir!
E420man 9 days ago
Charlies uncle (the defense) thinks he has really small hands compared to the other lawyer, who he adores btw lol, that's why he has BIG fake hands, to try to impress the court and that other lawyer.
Robert Littlejohn
Your a lawyer. thumbs down...don't care....never seen the show.....don't care what your trying to do. Automatic. Lawyer trying to be on youtube....thumbs down...Your an automatic troll.
Credo Guy
Credo Guy 9 days ago
Wait.....So Charlie isn't a legit lawyer????? I was planning on going to law school to study bird law
Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy 10 days ago
This guy has no emotion. He's kind of just a buzz kill
Trey Bower
Trey Bower 10 days ago
Makes sense why you're a lawyer. You're good at ignoring the evidence to push your own point of view. This entire show is satire, irony, and sarcasm. The writers are using the contrasting nature of the gang and the courtroom to make their jokes (situational or verbal) more humorous. How about using your channel to bring some humanity into the legal system? Instead you decided to bureaucratize a fun show. Come on man
Dasher FauxSurname
Dasher FauxSurname 10 days ago
Objection! The Court takes judicial notice of the fact that birds don't drink milk.
Bigdaddyhognuts666 10 days ago
The bird law thing came about well before this episode. The big hands r because that lawyer is OBSESSED with having small hands and believes these hands pass as his real hands., And sir... Charlie is illiterate and borderline ret*a*rde*d. He drinks paint and believes in goblins. And as for the other lawyer not being very good... In this world he is amazing and it's unfortunate him to be entangled with the gang whom drag him down... They switched the order because reality has nothing to do with this show. Everything is based in absurdity and the fact that everyone in the gang is stupid, selfish, greedy, and to 1 extent or another delusional and they and everyone around them r the victims of their horrible character. And EVERYONE knows... Even people that don't watch the show, know that the "WE WON" was premature. We know there is no such thing there is a bit lawyer. Only Charlie believes he is.
CrazyLegsMcGee 10 days ago
Nobody look!
Fallen Star Gaming
Fallen Star Gaming 10 days ago
Bird law.
Andrew Sebree
Andrew Sebree 10 days ago
Please review the episode of this show called 'hero or hate crime.'
Greg Gilchrist
Greg Gilchrist 10 days ago
The Antium
The Antium 10 days ago
It’s a comedy show
Mitch Teitsworth
Mitch Teitsworth 10 days ago
Objection everyone, it seems that my bird expert here LegalEagle has lied about his credentials.
NowA NevA
NowA NevA 10 days ago
This was in no way the birth place of bird law. That goes back like 8 years ago.
Enyoiyourself 10 days ago
15:19 the moment you realized how absurd this whole thing is. Also "Charley Kelly, probably fun at parties" I laughed so hard.
Lumpy watson
Lumpy watson 10 days ago
you good sir don't seem to understand the severity of Bird Law...…..
Steve Molina
Steve Molina 10 days ago
When did john krasinski become a lawyer?
The Drunken Dwarf Show
In case you read this, The character with giant hands has body dysmorphia most likely believing having larger hands makes him a better person or lawyer.
Tk421 Tk420
Tk421 Tk420 10 days ago
Watch the show and it all makes sence
TRE4RERE 10 days ago
It’s like you just don’t get it.
Miles Benton
Miles Benton 10 days ago
Is it just me or is this guy a little pretentious?
lyin lion 7Q4
lyin lion 7Q4 10 days ago
He has fake hands because he has small hands and it makes him feel like less of a man
Jenny Battista
Jenny Battista 10 days ago
Your voice reminds me of Trunks from Dbz. Nice.
Anthony Buttigieg
Anthony Buttigieg 10 days ago
Good god do you even know where you are idiot
No Ketchup
No Ketchup 11 days ago
i object because of what the judge said about them making a mockery of the court.
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