Claire is struggling with both her daughter’s departure for college and her dad’s new child with Gloria. “She has some ambivalence about it because she’s seen her family shrink as she’s seen Jay and Gloria’s family expand and so I think that gets her thinking: might another kid not be completely out of the question,” says Lloyd. Adds Julie Bowen (Claire): “She thinks it’s ridiculous and silly that her father’s having a kid; and at the same time, there’s that question: ‘Oh God, am I old? And I’m done having babies?’” She and her on-screen husband Ty Burrell (Phil) reveal that there will be an episode early in the season where Phil explores the idea of a vasectomy. Also addressed: Claire’s future outside of her children. “I think invariably, as the children get older, Claire is going to wonder what the hell she’s supposed to be doing with her life,” Bowen continues. “She doesn’t have people to boss around.”
More at the Hollywood Reporter.