I really have a lot of appreciation for what the gang was trying to do with this episode. By jumping into the middle of a story and learning about the ridiculous steps they took to get there, the crew is basically cutting out what makes "It's Always Sunny" an insane show. Usually, we get to see the process of delusional thinking they take to get to the crazy stuff, but not this time, and I respect that. But upon a second watch, I couldn't help but feel ta there was something missing from the episode. It was funny, but not in the typical way the show usually is.
The basic idea is that Dennis and Dee are trapped in a house while looking for something and they can't leave because the owners keep coming home when they try to escape. Mac and Charlie are the surveillance outside while Frank is sort of lurking inside, wielding a whip Indiana Jones style. The episode is pretty bizarre because we learn about why and how they got there via some throw-away lines from the gang. The episode also feels claustrophobic and motionless since they spend most of the running time hiding in closets or vans, speaking in hushed tones.
There were definitely funny moments though: Mac's swedish plumber accent, Frank threatening to hit the little girl in the face with the whip, Dennis' increasingly panicked rants, callbacks to Dee having to pee all the time... and then there was some less funny stuff, like Mac creaking out at Charlie over asking for a chip and the random reveal in the waning seconds.
The show definitely delivered a strong episode here and while I enjoyed it, I was missing the usual hilarity the show delivers.