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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Susan Haas
Susan Haas 3 months ago
Lol civil lawyers..."omg who would bring a bag of drugs into court?" Like 80% of criminal clients, that's who.
Regular Artist
Regular Artist 6 days ago
Red oh but it is up to the judicial system
Regular Artist
Regular Artist 6 days ago
Red right, innocent until guilty, 10/10 logic
Justin M
Justin M Month ago
+David Ortiz Certainly true, but that is because of the release mechanism and not the drug itself. Adderall XR capsules have two types beads inside, half IR and half XR, the latter of which releases after four hours. Amphetamines half life is 3-4 hours so yes, some is left after 12-16 hours. The main duration of action though is about 8, at least that's when it's most active.
David Ortiz
David Ortiz Month ago
+Justin M adderall can last between 12 and 16 hours in the body in XR form
Wayde Baker
Wayde Baker Month ago
+Charlie Miller I know what you mean. I use to frequent a bar with a lawyer friend of mine that several other of his colleagues amassed at. Their stories would make me pee my pants.
Brutality PlaysPc
Brutality PlaysPc 2 hours ago
So the real question is, have you studied your bird law yet?
Dragon Dorado
Dragon Dorado 7 hours ago
Objection: th iasip term "bird law" came up in an earlier episode. I am too lazy to search up and name that ep, but I can look it up when you ask me.
Ryan Witherow
Ryan Witherow 12 hours ago
OBJECTION!!! that is not a beagle! If I had to pose a guess I would say it is a Bichon Frise. Perhaps not but definitely NOT a beagle.
Ryan Witherow
Ryan Witherow 12 hours ago
Clearly you know nothing about DOG LAW either!!!!😤
Ian Smith
Ian Smith 18 hours ago
Love already.
PyrGynt Day ago
Bird law is actually from an earlier episode, the first time Charlie pretends to be a lawyer (he specializes in bird law). * Ponderosa V. McPoyle is a later episode that references a lot of earlier episodes, basically an episode for fans; it assumes prior knowledge on the part of the viewer. It's one of their worst episodes since it's excessively self-referential.
Jessie Gutierrez
Do Jurassic Park
who knows
who knows Day ago
lol surprised he didn't comment that the lawyer has the same haircut
josiah moose
josiah moose Day ago
Do you got good bird lawyer I can contact? kinda getting sued by an owl
Artofficial Day ago
He wears the big hands because he is a pedophile and he is obsessed with how big his hands look while touching a child's body.
Conundrum Day ago
Personally i'd give them a D because the judge essentially says it's all meaningless and a waste of time.
General Pizza time
Objection: Jack shouldn't even be there, he is a suspected pedophile, with extensive proof
Austin Genova
OBJECTION! Bird law is not govern by reason in this country!
Anthony Sanchez
This is solid gold USvid!
IMAHOBO2 Day ago
objection. this isn't where bird law originated. you must go back.
Plumber Fountain Hills AZ
Great video
Andrew Blagburn
Andrew Blagburn 2 days ago
Oh boy. The hands thing go waaaaaaay back. Jack is literally insane. xD
Objection- also in discovery what stops that party from (whether in part or in full) withholding evidence? What stops them submitting false evidence?
Raspberry Creative
Raspberry Creative 20 minutes ago
this thing called "the law" any evidence you submit must be true or you could probably be charged with attempt to pervert the course of justice and your lawyer would most likely be disbarred or at least very heavily sanctioned. If you withhold evidence im not too sure, but I assume legal repercussions for both the lawyer and the party on trial
Objection - for Halloween can u do the Sabrina court trial?
Kedama FOE
Kedama FOE 2 days ago
When Charli talks about bird law he means Habeas corpus wich he is confusing for avem corpus and he thinks thats a type of law because he is an idiot
Nando Alves
Nando Alves 2 days ago
Analyze Community. The death of the yam
RK800 CONNER 2 days ago
Uncle Jack has this weird thing about his hands and them being too small you'd have to watch the show regularly to understand
Vell0cet 2 days ago
OBJECTION: I thought rule #1 was to never ask a question you don’t know the answer to?
Stine Smith
Stine Smith 2 days ago
So is she a female cat or a male cat?
Dominic Grimes
Dominic Grimes 3 days ago
Objection! Stella is not a beagle. Lol
EraseDiskNow 3 days ago
Wouldn't "don't piss off the judge" be rule ZERO of a court of law?
Zach Lohman
Zach Lohman 3 days ago
Motion to establish the Judge is the only character played seriously here, and that he is aware of that himself.
Fourth-Dimensional Quasar
Objection, the written statement regarding mother's milk is *not* hearsay because it was the statement of a party opponent.
Beth Performs
Beth Performs 3 days ago
Bob Loblaw’s Law Bomb v. IAS bombshell
Maddie B
Maddie B 3 days ago
@legalEagle You should do the Court case episode from Grimm's season 2 episode "One Angry Fuchsbau". I'm curious if any of that court proceeding actually followed normal law practice. Especially since they go over their... unique case of jury tampering
Sauce Castillo
Sauce Castillo 3 days ago
I tried to watch this, but it was almost like he's never watched a sitcom before. Over explaining every little thing "a hammer's called a gavel". No shit, how can u not tell it's purposely absurd? I wonder if the 1st thing out his mouth when he meets someone is "btw I'm a lawyer". He seems like he has to be the smartest guy in the room
Brandon Scienski
Brandon Scienski 3 days ago
Can you do the episode of its always sunny with the lotto ticket
Ryan Witherow
Ryan Witherow 4 days ago
You need to do The "Sunny" Episode "The World Series defense".
Michael Bobman
Michael Bobman 4 days ago
"legal eagle" are you not literally THE bird lawyer?
Lizzie Bananas
Lizzie Bananas 4 days ago
Objection: you do not comment on whether the fake hands would be allowed.
Bruce Budge
Bruce Budge 5 days ago
Not the episode introducing bird law. The episode introducing bird law has only a short scene where Dennis and Charlie are arguing about keeping a hummingbird as a pet. Dennis says people can keep hummingbirds as pets and Charlie says that you cannot keep a hummingbird as a pet. This is where Charlie uses the term Bird Law. The thing I find most interesting is that Charlie is completely illiterate yet constantly pretends that he is a lawyer.
Doozy Animation
Doozy Animation 5 days ago
Seinfeld's Final Episode trial if you haven't already!
Cody Wolfe
Cody Wolfe 5 days ago
Spiking milk with bath salts......
Sammy Ace
Sammy Ace 5 days ago
Grade my cousin vinny !
Tom Patterson
Tom Patterson 5 days ago
Could you please review the 3 Stooges short "Disorder in the Court"
5:36 Get out of the well!
Mormont's Raven
Mormont's Raven 6 days ago
Dude....I was really wanting to see his reaction to Uncle Jack's hand flying across the room.
Yura Vladimirovich
Objection! The judge, and by extension, the court, is portrayed quite realistically, if we allow that this is the normal level of incompetence he is forced to deal with. Which we can reasonably assume, given how incompetent the professional lawyer is in the "Always Sunny" version of Philadelphia. He is just a reasonable man, doing his best, dealing with an extremely unreasonable district full of total lunatics.
fullybaked219 6 days ago
I think I made myself perfectly redundant
American Zero
American Zero 6 days ago
Can you do the Fresh Prince episode...Will v.s Uncle Phil for rent money?
American Zero
American Zero 6 days ago
Carl Winslow!
Nicolai Veliki
Nicolai Veliki 7 days ago
I guess the judge himself is realistic
Fake Bobby Hill
Fake Bobby Hill 7 days ago
How about the trial on *Wrecked* ? They put one of the survivors on trial for shooting another of the survivors.
Tim Bentley
Tim Bentley 7 days ago
Well you should do Ghostbusters 2 the courtroom scene in it thank you
01001101 01010111
"We're LAWYERS!"
Dark Rainbow
Dark Rainbow 7 days ago
Objection: Charlie knows bird law.
Chrysaura 7 days ago
"Don't bring drugs to court", pfff bet this guys fun at parties amiright? *waits for high five*
Macktube X
Macktube X 8 days ago
Bird Law is completely legit, no debate. It's a loophole in the system. So is the Chubaka defense.
J red
J red 8 days ago
An f for funny
ObliviousShadow 8 days ago
OBJECTION!!!! bird law USE THE GOOGLE, harvey birdman attorney at law, sorry this is probably been said 800000000 times below me
Assassin Pro
Assassin Pro 9 days ago
Also, uncle jack would not be a suitable lawyer. In the show, he is portrayed as a pedophile
Lady Majora
Lady Majora 11 days ago
Charlie is right about one thing, birds don't drink milk as they cannot digest lactose.
Um Nope
Um Nope 11 days ago
It has Danny DeVito, A+
Theo Pana
Theo Pana 12 days ago
This episode was so good.
Takumi Doutou
Takumi Doutou 13 days ago
Wertsir 13 days ago
Bird Law in this country is not governed by reason.
Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor 13 days ago
Objection, roman j israel esq is a must watch
Liran Piade
Liran Piade 14 days ago
The ending was 100% realistic though 😉
Kiera Gardner
Kiera Gardner 15 days ago
"F" for "Funny!" Love this episode!!!!!!!
Deetex Seraphine
Deetex Seraphine 15 days ago
Objection, severity of the sentence does not follow suit to the nature of the crime.
thedizzytuna 15 days ago
It's hard watching a guy who's never seen always sunny try to go through it as if it's a normal show XD hahaha lots of established stuff going over the head as well hahaha
AJ 1978
AJ 1978 15 days ago
Objection. Stella is not a legal beagle, for the simple reason that Stella doesn't qualify as a beagle.
The Channel
The Channel 17 days ago
Uncle Jack is wearing fake hands because throughout the show he has always been insecure about his small hands
Epsilon246 17 days ago
Objection! Birds do drink milk! A few years back milk bottle deliveries all over england were found with broken tops (the tops were thin foil); the culprits? Blue Tits, somehow all over the country, at about the same time, Blue Tits worked out they could get milk by pecking open the bottles.
wikiwikiwee1 18 days ago
Objection: He's very insecure about the size of his hands, and his hands are not whats on trial here
Djarra 18 days ago
Might be out of your jurisdiction but how about a reaction to 'The IT Crowd' episode 'Reynholm vs Reynholm'
higgydufrane 19 days ago
No one has brought us Harvey Birdman, Attorney-at-Law?
Ed Paradis
Ed Paradis 19 days ago
Why not do Harvy Birdman Attoney at law next. Get a good laugh
Sammy Ace
Sammy Ace 20 days ago
OBJECTION its a comedy, you think there Guna be on point with accurate trial procedure ? lol come on legal eagle
Eamonn Geraghty
Eamonn Geraghty 21 day ago
Objection!! It should at least get a C on the basis that it was hilarious.
BirdLaw 101
BirdLaw 101 21 day ago
The bird law gag started in season 4 I believe, and is a bit of running joke on the show. The Charlie character is an illiterate janitor and he claims that he is an expert in bird law. As for the giant hands, the uncle Jack character is self conscious about his small and hands and is oddly obsessed with men that have larger hands, hence the fake plastic hands (also a running joke on the show)..."This is the biggest train wreck of a trial I have ever seen in my entire life." I'm pretty sure that's what they were going for, the show being unapologetic satire and all.
Lindalee Law
Lindalee Law 21 day ago
You know this attorney channels these guys, off hours. ....
Lindalee Law
Lindalee Law 21 day ago
" Athletic" milk.
Lindalee Law
Lindalee Law 21 day ago
Jim Halpern, becomes a lawyer, moves to Philly....
Lindalee Law
Lindalee Law 21 day ago
While ya researching Bird Law, could you check into Milk Steak....lol
Jordan Cieslik
Jordan Cieslik 22 days ago
You say Charlie doesn't have a law degree, so can't be a co council in this case. But can you tell me why Ted Bundy was able to be in his own case, when he also did not have a law degree yet?
Björn Ingi Leví Jónsson
I'd really like a review of "The Judge" starring Robert D. Jr.
Tim Webb
Tim Webb 23 days ago
Jack Kelly and the lawyer had met a few times before. Jack is just very dumb x
Aaron Walker
Aaron Walker 23 days ago
Wait, this isn't how normal court goes?
putsome basilonit
putsome basilonit 23 days ago
How long do you think it would the gang to break this nerd?
Theoneburger 24 days ago
Real plumber here. Super Mario is also way off.
PumpkinDefender 24 days ago
Do Franklin & Bash and the episode of Workaholics where the guys take Montez to court for selling them a broken hovercraft.
FERNIE REYES 24 days ago
The ending was so funny, they were the next trial the judge had.
Darth Joosboxx
Darth Joosboxx 24 days ago
The lawyer wears fake hands because he is self-conscious about his small hands.
Allen Rodriguez
Allen Rodriguez 25 days ago
The context of the giant hands is explained in previous episodes. He has a small hand complex
Cole Whitaker
Cole Whitaker 25 days ago
I will personally best you in bird law.
John Wishart
John Wishart 25 days ago
Please do the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Season 4 Episode 13. It deals with contracts with a deity and proving that said deity is real and present in the court
Kai Skagen Østlie
Kai Skagen Østlie 27 days ago
You have beautiful hands, you could be a hand model!
GaidinBDJ 27 days ago
As crazy as the whole thing is, I think this is one of the only "Reacts" videos you've done where someone actually asked to enter the well.
AlmostEmily 27 days ago
this must be embarrassing for you, claiming youre a lawyer but not even knowing bird law.
Randy Stegbauer
Randy Stegbauer 28 days ago
SUSTAINED: It does deserve an F for court room procedure, but an A+ for comedy!
GhostOfFishCabin 28 days ago
Why I want to tackle law, vs wanting to never get involved... Absurdity both ways
Alan Sollbags
Alan Sollbags 28 days ago
Objection! Stella isn't a Beagle..... Shouldn't it be Stella the Magistrate Maltese?
neverdavenever 29 days ago
Objection!! Did you enjoy the episode? And would you hire Charlie if you needed a bird lawyer?
Resetti's Replicas
The "giant hands" is a running gag that Jack Kelly is insecure about his small hands
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