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Dating games


While browsing through my on demand menu, looking for something to watch, I came across the TV Series selections. I decided on FX’s ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’. I’ve only caught it a handful of times, but from what I’ve seen and heard about it, it’s a pretty funny show. Beware though, the topics can get pretty frank and brazen, so if you don’t have that type of humor, take a pass on it. I decided to watch the most recent episode after the guys from work kept talking about it. It piqued my interest even more, because the episode revolves around Dennis’ (one of the main characters) dating rules. It’s completely inappropriate, and might be graphic to some. There is your warning, so don’t continue and watch the attached video if you are offended easily, and so you know, I am not endorsing this “system”…at all, but I do think the episode is hilar.

The D.E.N.N.I.S. System is comprised of six steps broken down as follows:

Demonstrate value—Dennis will demonstrate his value to a woman by making himself seem endearing, cute, and thoughtful. In this example he brought a fake RX to the pharmacy for his fake ill grandmother to get the pharmacist to go out with him.

Engage physically—this stage of the system involves some sort of trickery or lie to get the girl to his place, rather than ‘waste money’ taking her out. He purposely plans to take her to a place he knows will be closed and suggests pizza and a movie at his place where his wing man is waiting to refuse to leave the living room so they have to watch and eat in his bedroom. Enough said.

Nurture dependence—while she is waiting by the phone for his call, he makes calls to her from unknown numbers telling her ‘I’m watching you’ and basically scaring her to death. When he calls or shows up at her door, she is so freaked out she depends on his presence.

Neglect emotionally—this is where the phone calls stop and he disappears from her life. She doesn’t know what to think, because she is now dependent on him in some way and she is still sitting by the phone.

Inspire hope—the last hoorah. He shows up, spews false hopes and lies saying he was scared, she intimidated him, he was in a bad place, he can’t stand being without her. All the things women (not so smart ones) like to hear and hope is really true.

Separate entirely—after she takes him back with all of her emotion involved thinking she broke down a 'macho' guy, he leaves without a trace never to be seen or heard from again.

Read this article review on this episode of ‘It's Always Sunny”. I think this writer did a good job of reviewing the episode and giving a clear understanding of ‘the system’.

I can imagine the men are laughing because they know that this ‘system’ is true in some form, even though “It’s Always Sunny” exaggerated the system for humor sake. I also imagine the women are laughing, or maybe cringing, realizing that they may have once been “D.E.N.N.I.S.ed”. Maybe, ladies, you have your own system?

I’m not fond of systems. I don’t love games and I can guess that most of you don’t like them being played on you either. Take a second thought the next time a man or woman comes back to you after ‘disappearing’ for a while saying they were scared. I tend to think that is a cop out and sorry if that offends anyone, but it usually is. If someone really likes you, they aren’t scared of you. Flat out.
What is your system? Do you have a friend who uses a system? I’d love to hear your stories. Leave them in the comments or send me an email. You can be totally anonymous, so don’t be scared.

Enjoy the clip from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on The D.E.N.N.I.S. System. 

picture copyright FX Network