Quick Take: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “Thunder Gun Express”
“It’s a lot better than having the sewage on your clothes.” – Charlie
Review: It’s Always Sunny in Phildelphia, “Thunder Gun Express”
(S0711) It’s a race through traffic and detours to get to the hottest movie in America, and the countdown clock is ticking. Taking the first two-thirds of the film’s tagline seriously –“No hesitation. No surrender. No man left behind” – the Gang navigates their way through an Obama-present Philly in order to catch the “Thunder Gun Express.”
The first man left behind
Everyone is quick to bail on Dennis when they realize that his Jeep isn’t going anywhere in the traffic jam. He tries to wait things out alone by listening to his old sex-cassettes, but when he inadvertently fast-forwards to an incriminating part, he panics and rear-ends the car ahead of him. Dennis turns on his lies and charm and convinces the girl to tag along with him, as she’s seeing “Thunder Gun” for the third time.
Frank’s life story
Charlie, Mac, Frank and Dee come upon the first of several police blockades fated to impede their journey. When they rush to catch the trolley, they abandon Frank, leaving him to commandeer a tour boat loaded with Asian tourists. While he races up the river, he gets caught up in trying to provide a compelling commentary to his passengers, revelling in his recount of the highlights from the last six seasons. He docks the boat upriver, but surrenders to the team of police waiting for him.
When Dee and Charlie decide to take sewers the rest of the way to the theatre, they have to leave behind Mac, who doesn’t fit through the grate. He tries stealing a motorcycle, but can’t balance it and abandons it in the middle of the road, sprinting back to Dennis’ Jeep before he can make his move on the girl accompanying him to the movie. Traffic happens to clear up just in time to get them to the movie ahead of everyone else.
The wall of water
Dee is mildly impressed with Charlie’s knowledge of the sewers, but he neglects to inform her of the impending typhoon of sewage that could rush down on them at any time. Her shoe gets stuck in a grate while she argues with Charlie about keeping dry, and even though she gets her clothes off in time, she still smells horrendously, invariable helping her join Dennis, Mac, and Charlie’s attempts to annoy the other moviegoers enough to get seats together. Not that it matters in the end; just as the opening credits are about to roll, the reel is shut down due to the bomb threat Frank calls in with his one phone-call – which is his original plan to delay the movie long enough for him to scalp a ticket.