It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 5, Episode 7: "The Gang Wrestles for the Troops" - Review

On paper, this episode looked like the third home run in a row for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There was a cameo by none other than world-famous professional wrestler, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the triumphant return of Cricket (David Hornsby), and finally, another ridiculous song performed by Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Mac (Rob McElhenney) and Charlie (Charlie Day). Unfortunately, this episode didn't feel completely original. It had its moments, but many of the scenes felt like extensions of themes they'd already covered in past episodes.

Things got started when Dee (Kaitlin Olson) revealed an online alter-ego: "Desert Rose," who'd been in contact with a soldier (played by Scrubs' Travis Schuldt) in Iraq. He was returning from combat and they were going to meet up. Lamenting society's lack of interest, support or pride in the armed forces, the Gang decide to put on a wrestling show for the troops, reminiscent of the one's they'd seen as kids, with "Real American" Hulk Hogan battling Iran's Iron Shiek and Russia's Nikolai Volkoff. They weren't too sure of their own wrestling skills, but they felt confident in the costume, song and pageantry department. Too bad they were the only ones.

Meanwhile, Dee's romantic woes continued as she went to the bus stop, only to be met by a wheelchair-bound soldier who recognized her. Never the most sympathetic person, Dee lied about her identity and passed off Artemis (Artemis Pebdani) as the real Desert Rose. Of course, as soon as the soldier met Artemis, he stood up to give her a big hug and kiss. Apparently, he'd twisted his knee during the overseas flight and simply wanted to keep his weight off of it.

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