Well after a summer of scandal that erupted in May, when the season closed with Cam and Mitch noticeably avoiding a kiss, Modern Family finally delivered its same-sex smooch last night. And boy were there a lot of dudes kissing! (Spoilers ahead.)
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All your (unwanted) complaining finally panned out with last night’s “The Kiss” episode. All along producers claimed they purposefully left out a kiss between the show’s gay characters because they were already planning a plotline based on Mitch’s aversion to PDA. So after some fun in the media over the controversy, last night it arrived.
No kissing at the clothing store. No kissing in front of the family. All because, we learn, Mitch’s dad Jay didn’t show him enough affection when he was a boy. What’s most notable about the episode is that when we finally do see Cam and Mitch touch lips, it’s almost as an aside. It comes at the end in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene, likely a nod to producers’ belief that showing two guys kiss on national television isn’t a big deal. And it isn’t.
I’d say, the show handled the whole PDA thing perfectly. Because I was laughing the whole time. (Cam falling off the couch? Brills.)
Modern Family, FTW.
[Bottom photo: Scene from last season’s finale, the infamous “no kiss.”]