Throughout all the seasons of Modern Family, fans get to know Cam and what makes him tick. Yet, there are many things about Cam that don’t make sense.
In recent sitcom history, there are few characters quite as flamboyant as Cam from Modern Family. From the moment that he first appears, he makes it clear that he’s the type of person who loves to be the center of attention and is willing to do almost anything to achieve this.
Through all of the seasons of the show, the audience really gets to know Cam and what makes him tick, and, to an extent, they come to understand his upbringing. However, despite all of this information, there are still a few outstanding questions about Cam and his personality.
Why He Just Can’t Seem To Control His Emotions
Anyone who’s seen just one episode of the series knows that Cam can be a bit … emotive. In fact, his emotions seem to get the better of him more often than not, and he really doesn’t seem to have any interest in controlling them or in not projecting them onto others.
Who could forget the time he overreacted to someone saying that Meryl Streep couldn’t act? One would think that, after a while, he would realize that there are times when it’s acceptable to be emotional and there are also times when it’s better to keep a lid on it.
Why Is He So Prone To Having Nemeses?
Cam is one of those people who really does seem to go out of his way to form nemeses. No matter where he goes, he finds people that he can be in opposition to, up to and including the bag boy at the grocery store who insists on putting the canned goods on top of the fruits and vegetables.
This seems particularly strange, especially given that in so many other circumstances Cam proves himself to be a very kind and caring person, someone who really does go out of his way to be nice to others. Clearly, nobody’s perfect.
Why He Can’t Seem To Figure Out When To Help Others
Though he has a tendency to create enemies in various circumstances, to be fair to Cam, he really does seem to be one of those people who can’t help but help others in need. However, there’s a flip side to this in that he doesn’t really seem able to discern when to help and when to let others take the lead, and Mitchell comments on his frustration about this matter on a number of occasions.
This isn’t surprising, necessarily, but one would think that at some point in his adult life, he would have learned to be a little more self-aware and self-disciplined.
How He Can Be So Charismatic And Yet So Awkward
In all of his years on the show, Cam shows that he has quite a lot of charisma. He’s one of those people who just seems to have an innate gift to cast a spell on everyone he comes into contact with.
Despite this, he also manages to be one of those people who can make any situation even more awkward than they might already be. It’s quite puzzling how both of these things can be true about him at the exact same time (and sometimes in the same scene).
How He Didn’t Know He Was The Fragile One In The Family
Cam is many things, but he definitely doesn’t seem to have a great deal of self-awareness. Thus, he seems to be the last one to know that the rest of the family considers him to be the fragile one, the one that can’t really handle any sort of bad news, at least until his sister Pameron tells him the truth of things.
How Cam, of all people, could go through most of his adult life not realizing this fact is one of the great mysteries of television history.
Why He Can’t Seem To Be Okay With Himself
To outward appearances, Cam looks like someone who is pretty comfortable with himself, with his sexuality, and with his persona. However, time and again he reveals that in many ways he’s not all that comfortable with himself at all, including the fact that he takes umbrage when people note that he’s “effeminate.”
Given all that he’s been through, fans would love to have seen Cam unapologetically accept who he is and not let anyone make him feel like he’s less than or inferior in any way.
Why He Always Seems To Be Prepared For Mitchell To Betray Him
For the most part, it’s pretty clear that Cam and Mitchell have a lot of feelings for one another (they have been together for quite a while, after all). Unfortunately, the flip side of this is that Cam seems to be a little too inclined to accuse Mitchell of doing something to betray or undercut him (who could ever forget his sense of betrayal at Mitchell participating in a flash mob without him?).
How He Can Be So Good At Everything
Throughout the show, it’s consistently shown that Cam is good at quite a few things, including making home movies and music (he was once the drummer in Dylan’s band for a limited period of time).
One can’t help but wonder just how Cam can be so phenomenally good at everything that he does, though it’s impossible not to admire the way that he seems to be quite the polymath.
Why There Aren’t More Scenes With Him And Gloria
Despite the fact that Cam and Gloria are part of the same family, the show doesn’t really seem to have them in very many scenes together (at least not for any extended period of time).
This seems like quite the missed opportunity since it’s pretty certain that the two of them together would have been comedy gold together, especially since both Gloria and Cam are pretty prone to outbursts of emotion at the slightest provocation.
Why He Isn’t Closer To Jay
While the series does show Jay and Cam bonding periodically — usually over football, the one thing that they both seem to love — there doesn’t seem to be much of a real bond between the two of them.
Once again, this seems like a bit of a missed opportunity to explore the nuances of their relationship in more depth. If nothing else, it would have been rather humorous to see Mitchell be so put out at the fact that they were close.