It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s13e02 'The Gang Escapes': A "Message" Episode with Some Heart (REVIEW)

Welcome back to Bleeding Cool's weekly review of FXX's long-running comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; as the series steamrolls through its hopefully lucky 13th season, we're taking a look at the season's second episode 'The Gang Escapes.'

Nothing against Cindy (Mindy Kaling) because I feel like we're going to see her again, and her insane scheming skills could definitely put her in a position to be the gang's official "super villain" moving forward. But for now, Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) are back haunting the streets of South Philly so… let the narcissistic depravity begin!

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Which is exactly what we see happening in this week's episode 'The Gang Escapes," where the "fatal five" agree to be locked up in Dennis and Mac's apartment for a team-building "escape room" experience. There's no way that won't go smoothly, right? Smooth as sandpaper…

So check out our review of 'The Gang Escapes' and see why we're convinced they're still trying to get out even as we write this:

Spoiler Warnings: I'll be covering some themes and takeaways involving major and minor plot points from the episode, so just keep that in mind. Definitely not looking for pitchforks and torches outside my apartment.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s13e02 'The Gang Escapes': To boost productivity, Dee hires an at-home "Escape Room Experience" service to come to Dennis and Mac's apartment. Will they escape? Who will get the credit? What could go wrong? Written by Megan Ganz; Directed by Lauren Palmigiano.

Here's a look at the season ahead, as well as at the next four episodes:

The Gang Returns… mostly…. in the 13th season of the FXX original comedy series It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito) return to their duplicitous, scheming ways at Paddy's Pub, while Dennis (Glenn Howerton) takes on the new role of father in North Dakota.

Even without Dennis Reynolds, the Gang has its hands full as Charlie hopes to have a child with The Waitress, Mac sets out to understand his newfound sexuality, Dee takes feminism to new heights, and Frank goes to great lengths for the Gang to experience the greatest moment in Philadelphia sports history – an Eagles Super Bowl victory.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s13e03 'The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot': To one-up the guys, Dee has organized an "all-female reboot" of the Wade Boggs challenge on a first-of-its-kind, allfemale flight headed to L.A. for the women's march. Written by Dannah Phirman & Danielle Schneider; Directed by Kat Coiro.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s13e04 'Time's Up For The Gang': Paddy's has been put on a list of bars that are sexually hostile to women, and the gang must attend a sexual harassment seminar to get off the list. Written by Megan Ganz; Directed by Kat Coiro.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s13e05 'The Gang Gets New Wheels': Dee gets in with a group of cool, rich housewives. Dennis hits it off with some everyday blue-collar bros. Frank struggles to renew his license, and Charlie and Mac deal with a new generation of bicycle bullies. Written by Conor Galvin; Directed by Todd Biermann.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s13e06 'The Gang Solves The Bathroom Problem':  Jimmy Buffett is in town and the positive vibes are alive at the bar. But when Mac comes out of the women's bathroom, no one can leave until the bathroom situation is solved. Written by Erin Ryan; Directed by Josh Drisko.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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