Mitchell and Cameron’s intimacy issues are ready for their close-up, in a ‘Modern Family‘ episode that is set to air this fall and – hopefully, though not by design – silence those who accused the ABC comedy of shying away from same-sex PDAs.
Viewers will lay witness to the longtime partners’ first on-screen lip-lock in an early Season 2 episode dubbed “The Kiss.”
“The Kiss,” however, also refers to an entirely different milestone being broached during the episode by Phil and Claire’s younger daughter, Alex (played by Ariel Winter). The exploration of Mitchell’s issues with public displays of affection is simply another storyline folded into the narrative.
“We’ve had an episode planned for a long time that dealt with [Mitchell and Cam's lack of PDAs],” ‘Modern Family’ show runner Steve Levitan tells E! Online, “so it almost bothers us that there was a little bit of controversy about it. [W]e don’t want to appear that we’re answering that criticism.”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell to fellow Emmy nominee Eric Stonestreet‘s Cameron, pointed out to E! that “Ed [O'Neill] and Sofia [Vergara] also never kiss [as Jay and Gloria], but [people] seem to care more because we are the gay couple. But we’re all proceeding and progressing and moving forward.”
In fact, the not-yet-scheduled episode’s closing montage features what could be seen as a tiny wink-wink to the hubbub surrounding the fellas’ lack of intimacy.
ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ premieres its second season on Wednesday, September 22.