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The beautiful "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" gay finale you may have missed

Rob McElhenney expresses what it's like to be gay and confused in 'it’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" finale.
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If you didn't watch the season ender of  'it’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" this past week, you missed an expression of gay pride like you have never seen before. In the episode titled “Mac Finds His Pride” main character Mac who came out last season gets plenty of ribbing for being gay from his close friend Frank played by Danny DeVito.“I never really got you and, to be honest, now that you’re gay I get you even less. Nothing against it, I just don’t get it," says Frank. 

Frank has been trying to get the hunky Mac to get all go-go boy on the gang's Pride float, but he's suffering from an LGBT identity crisis. 

 “I don’t know where I fit in as a gay man and it’s starting to get to me. I’m not feeling very proud," says Mac. 

The show has plans for them and the emotional stability of the audience in a five-minute dance number at the end of the episode which should have everyone who has ever questioned themselves left in a pile of cathartic enlightenment. Consider that an emotional trigger warning. 

Show creator Rob McElhenney's plays Mac whose sexuality until last year was always in question thanks to the jibes of the rest of the cast. His dad is a felon and in the aforementioned finale, Mac performs the number at the prison as a definition of who he is, something he can't verbally express to his dad. 

The performance is nothing short of an emotional freight train traveling at the speed of self-acceptance barreling toward your heart. Professional ballerina Kylie Shea assists McElhenney in the routine as Mac's inner strife is played out through one of the most profound dance numbers ever put on television. 

Sadly Mac's father leaves during the performance but DeVito's Frank has an epiphany as to how his friend struggles in real life, "Oh my God, I get it. I get it," he says floored by the message. 

Now if only the rest of the world could see it so clearly. 

Grab some tissues and watch the emotional clip below.