Review: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, "The Gang Goes Bowling" | Season 16, Episode 7
The Gang's second field trip in a row rolls all over the place
“We’re not here to laugh or be funny, we’re here to win.”
I’ve held out on making grand pronouncements about Season 16 all I can, but “The Gang Goes Bowling” shows It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, perhaps for the first time in its illustrious, infamous life, truly showing its age. Mildly amusing, the Gang’s adventures at the local bowling emporium notches itself below last week’s outing at a Chuck E. Cheese-style establishment. I enjoyed it. I chuckled. It was nice to see some familiar guests. But “The Gang Goes Bowling” is largely forgettable, something I’m hard pressed to say about many episodes in the series’ run.
Written by core players Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, and Glenn Howerton, “The Gang Goes Bowling” follows last week’s middling field trip and the previous episode’s surrender to a pair of celebrity guest stars by doing something I’m again taxed to remember it doing before—flailing for novelty. The Gang is the show’s core, their adventures adaptable to th…