Can I offer you an egg in this trying time is a meme that is usually used to reflect on people on the internet, who are going through a hard time, by offering them symbolic comfort in a comical manner.
The format is also often described as an exploitable or snowclone, since it can be re-interpreted in different situations.
The meme originates from the American TV series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 Episode 1.
The episode’s plot revolves around Charlie and Frank trying to impress Charlie’s date with various tricks. One of the tricks includes Frank pretending to be a chauffeur to make it look like Charlie is wealthy.
The plan also included Charlie swallowing fake blood pills in order to fake sickness. Needless to say, it goes horribly wrong and he ends up vomiting blood on his date.
Frank then proceeds to turn back from the driver’s seat holding up an egg, politely asking: ‘Can I offer you a nice egg in this trying time?’
The frame from the scene with the caption first showed up in a Reddit thread in 2012.
Soon after, a series of interpretations of Can I offer you an egg in this trying time followed on different boards and communities.
Twitter users started to utilize it as a snowclone, offering random and humorously senseless things to their peers.
Exploitables were also created, in which Frank is often replaced by characters from different sub-cultures.
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