There are some ugly words out there in the world, and, unfortunately, most of them are about who deserves to fall in love or raise children.
We’re used to hearing these words in debates, thought pieces and in the political arena, but we are not used to hearing them during our weekly dose of romantic comedy.
But this week, that is exactly what happened, as some of these ugly words found there way into an episode of The Wrong Girl.
The drama did not center on our heroine Lily falling over, sleeping with her best friend or making longing eyes at her co-worker/housemate’s boyfriend (although there was still a bit of romantic hanky-panky happening in the background).
Instead it centered on Madeleine West’s character Erica, a breakfast show presenter who Lily (played by Jessica Marais) produces.
After a heated debate erupts between Erica and her co-host Eric (played by Craig McLachlan) over same-sex parenting and gay couples, Erica rips out her earpiece and storms off stage.
The ugly words that fell out of Eric's mouth are ones we have all heard before, and for anyone who is gay and wants to be a parent, or believes in human rights, or grew up without a father,or pretty much anyone who believes in equality, these are words that can make your blood run cold.
"As a father, I’m upset by a report that brushes dads aside a bit," he begins. "What we’re talking about here is a generation of kids who do not have fathers.
“Kids without a dad are disadvantaged, I’m sorry but they are. Those children are compromised."
After both the co-hosts leave the stage, Lily finds Erica crying in the green room and convinces her to go back on set and continue the conversation.
That's when Erica comes out, live on air as "a proud gay women in a loving relationship, who hopes to one day have children".
It's a beautiful moment of television, and an important one. It put an emotional and human face to an issue that until then was only being discussed through statistics and reports on this prime time dramedy.
It's also a moment actress Madeleine West is incredibly proud of.
"One of the things I love about The Wrong Girl is it’s ability to approach what the mainstream would consider taboo subjects," she said. "In a way, it’s the entertainment industry looking at the entertainment industry.