Sometimes, you can figure out where an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is going before it even begins. All I need to know about the episode was the title and the synopsis and I could immediately figure out the overall outcome of the episode. It's sort of like Curb Your Enthusiasm, an equally great show that has become predictable over time. But as long as the writing and acting remains as funny as it has, I don't care. This was a great episode following last week's pretty disappointing one.
Basically, the gang finds out that there's a massive storm coming into town and they all begin panicking in one way or the other. Mac, Charlie and Dennis all go to a local store to begin stocking up on storm supplies and also to see the incredibly big-breasted weather woman who Dennis is enamored with. Dennis is the all-star of the episode as he finds himself befuddled on how to deal with her. He tells Charlie that he's in love with her, and not for the right reasons. Dennis also had a hilarious moment where he was trying to get a couple of college girls back to the bar only to be screwed over by Charlie, who shows up looking like a serial killer.
Back at the bar, Frank and Dee deal with a looter only to find out that it's Rickety Cricket. However, Frank shoots him in the hand before he realizes this and they begin taking him to the hospital. And Mac? He disappears at the beginning of the episode and returns for a pretty good ending.
What really makes the episode work, regardless of anything else, is the way everything just meshes perfectly. The writing was spot-on and for the first five minutes, it was just the gang screwing around, arguing about the bunker and Y2K and the storm and that big-breasted weather woman (seriously, what is that actresses name?)
Unlike last week, where the show put the gang on the backburner, this one shows everybody's strengths.