It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney posted a Happy Easter message on Instagram featuring Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds and an egg.
Rob McElhenney, star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, posted a Paddy’s Pub-themed Happy Easter message to celebrate the holiday. McElhenney and co-star Glenn Howerton launched It’s Always Sunny on FX in 2005. Since then, the hit comedy has run for 14 seasons, with its most recent outing ending in November 2019. Renewed for four more seasons, It’s Always Sunny‘s record-breaking 15th season is set to be released sometime later in 2021.
The series initially followed only four lovable misfits who own the unprofitable Irish bar Paddy’s Pub in South Philly. “The Gang” consisted of McElhenney and Howerton as best friends Mac and Dennis, along with Charlie Day as Charlie, the bar’s unhandy handyman, and Kaitlin Olson as Dee, Dennis’s twin sister. Emmy Award-winner Danny DeVito entered the cast in season 2 as Frank Reynolds, ostensibly saving the show from cancellation. The father of Dennis and Dee, Frank is a wealthy former business executive who becomes increasingly involved in the Gang’s sleazy schemes and oddball antics.
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In honor of Easter, Rob McElhenney posted a close-up image of Frank holding a green egg. Though the post features no text, the picture includes the closed caption, “Egg.” The still comes from the classic season 5 episode, “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens.” In the episode, the Gang attempts to come up with new branded merchandise for the bar, including kitten mittens, nudie pens, and, yes, a green-painted egg that has Paddy’s Pub scribbled across its surface. The egg was Frank’s pitch, and the image specifically appears in the commercial that the Gang shoots in the episode to drum up excitement for their struggling pub. Check McElhenney’s post out below.
With over 125k likes already, McElhenney’s Easter post has fueled a windfall of holiday-themed homages featuring Frank and his beloved egg, including this artistic take from Instagram user gripless. While the posts play off of Easter’s eggy associations, Frank’s eggs have become a popular running gag in their own right. A still from 2011’s iconic “Frank’s Pretty Woman” has been surging online as well. Posing as a limo driver for Charlie and his date, an egg-wielding Frank delivers the now-famous line, “Can I offer you a nice egg in this trying time?” after Charlie spews fake blood all over the interior of the limo. Though the entire clip is preposterously bloody, the unstained still and egg-centric caption has become a meme that resurrects itself every Easter.
Like many long-running sitcoms, It’s Always Sunny has sometimes struggled to hit the consistent highs of its earlier seasons. However, the show has only grown in stature not just through its main cast and a laundry list of memorable recurring characters but by maintaining and elaborating upon the comedic sensibilities that brought it so much acclaim in the first place. With McElhenney and DeVito on board, The Gang should get plenty more cracks at egg-based humor when It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues its run as TV comedy royalty later this year.
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