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Can I Offer You a Nice Egg In This Trying Time? is a quote from the character Frank Reynolds in It"s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Online, the phrase has been used as a snowclone and the screenshot from the Always Sunny scene has been used as an exploitable. In online use, the line is used to humorously offer a small, inconsequential comfort while in difficult periods.


Origin

The line comes from the Season 7, Episode 1 episode of It"s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, "Frank"s Pretty Woman," which aired September 15th, 2011.<1> In the episode, the character Charlie tries to trick his date into thinking he"s rich, with Frank acting as his chauffeur. Charlie planned then to fake sickness by coughing up a little blood with the aid of blood capsules, after which Frank would have a date with the woman. Throughout the episode, Frank believes he"ll use eggs to win the woman"s heart. On the date, Charlie reveals he"s taken far too many blood capsules, causing him to projectile vomit massive amounts on his horrified date in their limo. In the chaos, Frank turns back from the driver"s seat and says "Can I offer you a nice egg in this trying time?"


Spread

On October 15th, 2012, a screenshot of the scene was posted to /r/IASIP, gaining 640 points (shown below).

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In the following years, the scene was used as both an exploitable and snowclone. As an exploitable, Frank is replaced by various characters. For example, a post in /r/darkestdungeon referencing the Darkest Dungeon game gained over 1,100 notes (shown below, left). A joke in /r/GameGrumps referencing the duo"s playthrough of Doki Doki Literature Club gained over 190 points (shown below, right).

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As a snowclone, people used the quote to offer various silly things, particularly on Twitter. For example, on August 14th, 2018, Twitter user
DeoTasDevil used a Dancing ASCII Man with the snowclone, gaining over 620 retweets (shown below, left). User
Kyleenim used the quote with the character Chrom from Fire Emblem on December 15th, 2017, gaining over 1,300 retweets (shown below, right).

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