Hero Squad Captain wrote:GOB's puppet Franklin is supposed to be Franklin Armstrong from the Peanuts comic strip. Franklin Armstrong was the only black character in the comic, and he was introduced to break social barriers. It's also ironic that his last name is Armstrong, and GOB's Franklin is a hand puppet. Oh, and Franklin Armstrong plays center field on the baseball team, and I am pretty sure GOB plays center field on the Bluth Softball team.
I think those three things were some of the most subtle jokes in the show, making Franklin as a whole the most subtle joke.
I didn't even know his last name was Armstrong. I always felt bad for him when he was given the worst chair at the Thanksgiving ping pong table.