Well, this family has a unique hook:
A Texas woman wasn't planning on two conceptions for the record books.
But that's what she got — along with two beautiful boys — when she gave birth to twins of different fathers nearly a year ago.
How did it happen? Every month a woman's ovary releases one egg that can be fertilized by one sperm. But in this case, a pair of eggs emerged.
Sperm, meanwhile, can remain alive and well and viable for up to five days in the reproductive tract.* Thus a woman can have sex with different men within those five days and the sperm “just kind of hang out there waiting for the egg to be released,” Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University, told Meredith Vieira on TODAY.
[Mia] Washington, who just turned 20, admitted to her partner that she had sex with another man within that five-day window — hence, the double conception.
You can't tell me that is not at least as interesting as "Jon Ampersand Kate." To be honest, however, I've never really understood the appeal of the Gosselins, or of their show. I guess it's vaguely amusing to watch her continually emasculate him with her passive aggression during the "interview" segments, but the fact that they have children- and so damn many children, at that- makes the whole thing a bit distasteful.
I often feel the same way when I find out contestants on the VH1 reality shows have children. For instance, Beverly from Rock of Love Bus and Charm School has three children. Three! Can you imagine how terrible it must be for those kids?
Thankfully, those kids aren't visible on Rock of Love or Charm School. They're mentioned occasionally- Beverly might have Bret sign something for them, for example- but then quickly forgotten again. And they're not depicted on the show, so the viewers are constantly reminded of them, and the effects their parents' actions might be having.
On "John & Kate" we see the kids all the time. You can't forget that the rotten relationship the two of them have (the relationship they choose to show us!) is directly affecting their kids. Because their kids are everywhere.
But then again, the "Mother Gives Birth to Twins With Different Dads" family might be too loving to get their own show:
When he discovered that Justin wasn’t his son, [James] Harrison said, "I was hurt, torn apart — didn't know what the next move was gonna be," Harrison said in a taped NBC News segment.
Nonetheless, he's loved both boys the same since then. "I raised him [Justin] from a baby all the way to now. He knows me as his father, and I know him as my son," Harrison explained.
For the sake of the children, he's looking past his own pain, and raising the two kids as if they were both his own biological sons.
No, I can see now this wouldn't work as a reality show. Bring on the new season of "Jon & Kate"!
Jon and Kate Gosselin had eight beautiful little lottery tickets, and they've televised their way into our hearts.
Maybe if this family has a few more kids- preferably some more "multiples"- they can get their own show. And then they can disintegrate before our very eyes.
Jon Ampersand Kate image source.
*By the way- way to go, sperm!