It’s hard to believe that a quarter century has passed since our favorite San Franciscan extended family made their TV debut. Thankfully, the Full House gang reunited last Saturday to celebrate the milestone. Unfortunately, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (who shared the role of Michelle Tanner) were absent, leaving a void in the otherwise full house.

While Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner), Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner), Lori Loughlin (Becky Katsopolis), Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler), Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone), and Scott Weinger (Steve Hale), jammed to New Kids on the Block, ate a cake modeled after their iconic Victorian house, and read scenes from past episodes, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were probably too busy to attend.

Here’s why they might have missed the reunion:

They were tired from running their $1 billion fashion empire: The winners of this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America award for top womenswear designers were probably taking an extended break after New York Fashion Week. Their spring collection for The Row received rave reviews and it takes time to fully recover from full-fledged fashion frenzy.

Mary-Kate had to babysit: The actress, 26, had to watch her 42-year-old boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy’s preteen. Can you say stepmother of the year?

The girls were sampling scents for their new fragrance: Although it’s projected to launch in March 2014, Mary-Kate and Ashley wanted to get a head start on creating a signature scent for their Elizabeth and James label. It’s going to be hard to top their 2003 perfume, but may we suggest the use of tears of belladonna or crushed heart of tiger orchidea?

They were afraid the cast would ask them to say their catch phrase: How may times can they say “you got it dude” before it becomes annoying? Never. The answer is never.

Elizabeth wanted to tag along: The twins didn’t want to be overshadowed by their younger sister. Again. Doesn’t Liz have a movie to promote, anyway?

Tell us why you think they missed the gathering and check out these reunion photos Cameron Bure posted on her Facebook page.

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