It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Review: “The Gang Saves The Day” (Season 9, Episode 6)


It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Review: "The Gang Saves The Day" (Season 9, Episode 6)

The Gang Saves The Day is an interesting title for an episode, because no one in the Gang fits even a remote definition of heroic. They’re the most depraved group of people on television, and a very far cry from the sort of folks you’d want coming to your aid in a time of distress. But who knows, maybe for the 100th episode something could change. The Gang could actually do something worthy of admiration. Or, as usual, everything could end up exactly the way things were in the first place. After all, this is It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

In this episode the Gang stops into a convenience store to pick up some hot dogs and beer. Within seconds an armed robber rushes in and tells the cashier to empty the register. Luckily, the Gang is out of sight and able to hide. We then get to see all five characters imagine what they could do in this situation, with a segment devoted to the thoughts of each main character in this time of peril.

Glenn Howerton promised this 100th episode was going to be weird, and the Gang definitely did not disappoint. We get taken into the mind of some really messed up people, and seeing the world through their eyes is truly an experience. It’s an interesting way to set up an episode, and it could’ve flopped, but in the hands of this cast, there’s little chance that would happen.

Mac views the world as an action movie, which is exactly where I’d expect his imagination would take him. We’ll see Lethal Weapon 6 later this month, but there’s actually some pretty awesome kung-fu action here in Mac’s bit. He pulls off the over-dramatized voice of every bad action movie action you can’t help but love. I would watch two hours of Rob McElhenney battling martial artists any day.

Frank’s bit is the only disappointing one. It’s obvious they didn’t have time to do five full-length ones, and Frank was the one to draw the short straw. What he does is funny, but it’s not nearly on the level of the extended, drawn-out versions that everyone else experiences. Then again, Frank has become a simple man, so maybe that’s as far as his imagination will take him.

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