Fuller House, released on Netflix today, solely exists to bring back the warm-and-fuzzy nostalgia for the original Full House. And it does just that, with two major exceptions: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The twins behind the adorable Michelle Tanner opted not to return for the sequel, probably because they're millionaires who are busy running the fashion industry right now. Even their sister, Elizabeth Olsen, passed on the opportunity to play Michelle.
But the show had to address what happened to the littlest Tanner sister, and it did so while poking fun at their too-fancy-for-Netflix costars. Stephanie asks Danny where her little sister is, and the response is sitcom gold. "Well, Michelle sends her love, but she's busy in New York running her fashion empire," Danny says, and the entire cast breaks the fourth wall, giving the audience a skeptical look.
And that's not all. The show directly references one of the Olsens' fashion lines, Elizabeth and James, and calls out the designers by name. Yes, in the Fuller House universe, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen exist. "At these prices, no wonder they don't need to act anymore," Kimmy Gibbler quips.
The jokes are light-hearted fun, not mean-spirited digs at the Olsens—after all, that second joke even promotes their business. And hey, we're pretty sure Mary-Kate and Ashley are too busy to Netflix binge, anyway.
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