It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "The Gang Reignites the Rivalry" Review Season 5, Episode 12


After last week's lackluster episode, it's great to see It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia end the season on a high note. The show works best when all the characters are involved in one central story and this was a great example. Right off the bat, we learned the Gang were finally eligible to participate in "Flipadelphia" -- a beer-chugging/cup-flipping competition between neighborhood bars -- after a ten-year ban for poisoning their rivals from Molly's Bar. Upon hearing this news, Dennis, Mac and Charlie immediately set about restarting their rivalry with Molly's while at the same time searching for a fourth teammate to replace Dee, who, not surprisingly, choked under pressure ten years ago.


A common occurrence on Always Sunny is how the Gang gets into situations where they're terrorizing, injuring or simply provoking seemingly innocent bystanders. And then they have the gall to act like they've been disrespected when the victims fight back. That happened not once but twice in this episode. The owner of Molly's, Art Sloan (Noah Bean from Damages), and the brothers in Dennis' old fraternity had no idea what they were in for when the Gang from Paddy's Pub came to town. However, it's a testament to the show's strong writing and acting that even when you've had enough of these horrible people, they somehow find a way to get you back on their side.


Molly's owner was the first to incur their unprovoked wrath. In the ten years since Paddy's was banned from Flipadelphia, Molly's had become a respectable establishment. Art Sloan had a fuzzy recollection of the Gang until he remembered how they poisoned him. He also had no interest in Flipadelphia. That didn't stop the Gang from trashing the place, or Dennis from pissing on the floor. Whether Art liked it or not, the rivalry was on.


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