The sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has resolved a long-standing mystery in season 16 by reintroducing Charlie Kelly’s sisters after an 18-year absence.
Charlie, one of the main protagonists of the show, has a largely hidden family background, with only a few relatives appearing prominently in the previous 15 seasons.
However, the show has recently given more attention to Charlie’s family, and the second episode of season 16 features the return of two important characters: Charlie’s sisters.
Charlie Kelly is the most eccentric character of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, with his pre-Paddy’s Pub life remaining largely unknown throughout the show’s history. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 15 finally introduced Charlie’s dad Shelley Kelley, revealing the identity of his biological father after years of speculation.
However, this revelation did not explain what happened to Charlie’s sisters, who were also missing from his life. Fortunately, season 16 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has resolved this issue by bringing back Charlie’s sisters.
Bunny and Candy Kelly, Charlie’s sisters, made their long-awaited return in the second episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 16. They had not appeared in the series since their debut in season 1. The sisters were first seen in season 1, episode 7, titled “Charlie Got Molested.”
They attended an intervention for Charlie that Dee and Dennis organized, where they were introduced as his twin sisters. Although they had a minor role, their appearance was notable as the only one they had in the series until season 16.
Season 16, episode 2 marks the return of Bunny and Candy, Charlie’s sisters. Charlie visits their house to get back his family’s jar of teeth, which his mom gave them as a family heirloom. They use the jar of teeth in ASMR videos, as the episode reveals.
Charlie explains to Mac that his sisters changed their names to Bunny and Candy and moved to New Jersey, which accounts for their disappearance from the series. The episode also shows that the sisters live in a lavish house, suggesting that they are much more affluent than their brother and mother. This has caused some tension within the family, which could explain why they have not been seen since season 1.
Bunny and Candy’s roles were recast in season 16, as 18 years had passed since their previous appearance. The episode features Olivia Cohen as Bunny Kelley and Isabella Cohen as Candy Kelley. The actresses are sisters in real life, and they post updates on their various projects on their joint Instagram page.
The reintroduction of Charlie’s sisters is a significant development, as it opens the possibility of their return in future episodes. It would seem wasteful if they do not have a role later in the season, since the second episode of season 16 recast them and gave them a backstory.
About It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American sitcom created by Rob McElhenney, who developed it with Glenn Howerton. It is executive produced and primarily written by McElhenney, Howerton, and Charlie Day, all of whom star alongside Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito as Mac, Dennis, Charlie, Dee, and Frank.
The series follows the exploits of “The Gang,” a group of friends who run the Irish bar “Paddy’s Pub” in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They’re known to be quite amoral and narcissistic with a crude sense of humor.
With its 15th season (and early renewal till season 18), It’s Always Sunny has become the longest-running live-action of all time.