In this week’s past episode of Modern Family-“Aunt Mommy” focused on the issue of surrogate mothers vs. adoption for gay parents. As they usually do, the writers found a way to incorporate humor and love as they present the core issue.
The main story focused on one very drunken dinner with Claire, Phil, Cam and Mitch. Disgusted by a more successful couple (Steven and Stefon) to whom Phil’s just sold a house, Cam and Mitch proceed to complain about how long it’s taking to adopt another baby, while Steven and Stefon already have a new surrogate baby. As the night goes on and the drinks continue to flow, Claire comes up with a generous, if poorly thought-out solution: she’ll donate her egg, which Cam will fertilize and voila! A true Tucker-Pritchett baby.
The next morning, everyone tries to piece together exactly what was said, except for Cam, who’s already gone online to see what a composite photo of Claire and him might look like. Everyone immediately has two thoughts: This was an incredibly generous, selfless act on Claire’s part and incredibly messy proposition which no one is comfortable with. Although the story goes on to hilarious innuendo’s and family issues, the burning issue still stands throughout the show. Will Cam and Mitchell go through with surrogacy? Who knows? But we know one thing for sure; they won’t go through with it with Claire’s egg.
This was a wonderful episode that shows that finally society is starting to put a norm to not only surrogacy but also gay surrogacy. The show has already broken many “norms” to the sitcom era of new age families and continues to push boundaries that haven’t been touched before. We can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for the rest of the season!
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