[spoiler]WE DON’T KNOW?! They give the kid a gender-neutral name, dress it in gender-neutral clothes, and refer to it as ‘it’ or ‘the baby’ the entire episode! It was funny in the first half when the siren went by as the baby’s gender was stated, but that constant “it,” etc. throughout the second was just annoying.
My vote is for girl. I think that if it were a boy, they would have said something, and perhaps not referred to it as “sweetheart;” the term sounds feminine. Plus, you need the conflict there–5 boys including Hal, against 2 girls including Lois.[/spoiler]
Well, it’s been shown, but in the interest of people like me, who tape shows and watch them later in the week:
They referred to the baby as “him” in the second half-hour. I don’t know why they were cagey about it in the first one, nor do I know why they pretended it was a “one-hour season finale” when it was quite obviously two separate shows.
OK, I don’t want to be a pest, but I really didn’t hear “him” anywhere. I didn’t see it on the captions, either. Why would they have said ‘him’ in the beginning and then kept the joke of “its” and “the baby” all throughout the entire show?
Nope, I agree with Caesar’s Ghost–I was listening for it, especially in at the beginning of the second episode, and I didn’t hear the baby referred to as “him”. In an earlier episode, I thought they had found out the baby was a girl, but I could be wrong.
I watched that finale last night and I gotta say, its time to throw in the towel on that show. The stories are so outlandish and unfunny now. Just as in every sitcom-gone-bad the dad gets more and more mentally inept as the series goes on, trying to find more gags. Reese is too old now and do is Dewey.
That finale last night was the most confusing mess I have seen. Not just because of the baby/gender thing, but the whole church thing. Everything. It stank.
Newborns on sitcoms are always clean and perfect. It’s only shows like ER that DARE to show the ickiness of a true newborn.
My vote is that the baby is a girl. I thought I heard “him” a few times, but it could easily have been “it” or “them”. Besides, why would they reveal the sex of the baby without making a big deal about it? That’s just not proper sitcom form.
As for the episode, I thought it was pretty funny at times. I absolutely loved Reese’s rendition of “Amazing Grace”.
I thought a heard a him. Networks being what they are these days, I wouldn’t put it past them to have a tiny HIM looped in that episode, and then to mess with us by using an almost inaudible HER in another.
Did notice that the baby was dressed in green (after it was dressed I mean, not when it was smeared with grease.)