'The Gang Hits the Road' is about the gang taking a road trip to the grand canyon. On the way there they run into a disgruntled biker, stop off at the Italian market to barter with some gypsy's, try to cook hot dogs in a mobile storage unit, and pick up a hitchhiker. The first ten or so minutes of the episode were a bit boring. It was basically just all five of them bickering and bitching. I mean, it was amusing just hearing them bicker, but they weren't really saying anything particularly funny. The second half of the episode is when it gets really hilarious. All the scenes at the Italian market were great. One moment in particular when Mac (Rob Mcelhenny) is explaining to Charlie (Charlie Day) how to eat a pear was classic, and the scene is punctuated with the line 'I EAT STICKERS ALL THE TIME DUDE!'. Haha, oh Charlie, you fucking idiot. The scene with Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and the hitchhiker was also pretty funny. Their 'name the states while you drink' drinking game was great. Another good part was when Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Charlie decide to light a fire inside of a small storage unit, which ends with expectedly horrible results. But the BEST part of the episode had to be the ending. You're probably going to be able to guess what happens while you're watching the episode, but I won't spoil it. I'll just say the comic timing and the camera work are pitch perfect. The ending seriously had me short of breath.
One thing I'm starting to notice though is how stupid Frank (Danny Devito) has become. He used to be the semi voice of reason among these selfish assholes. But now he's become equally as stupid as the rest of the gang. It's a bit annoying because now there's no X factor among the five main characters. Frank used to add an extra dimension to the show but now they could honestly get rid of him and the show would be pretty much the exact same.
After a rather weak season opener I was starting to fear that Always Sunny was beginning it's decline toward lameness. Thankfully though 'The Gang Hits the Road' eased those fears a little bit. It's a funny episode. And while it's not close to the best in the cache of episodes, it's good enough to be called a "good" episode. And if all the episodes this season are as good as this one, i'll walk away satisfied.