‘How does Bluey do it?’ Adult fans left ‘sobbing’ from subtle nod to infertility

Australian hit children’s show Bluey is known to have a legion of adult fans who catch onto the subtle, adult mentions and humour.

The latest episode adopts a more serious tone, with references – aimed over the heads of children – to issues around infertility.

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Adults fans have taken to social media to detail how they were “violently sobbing” from the subtle mentions.

Australian actress Rose Byrne, 42, voices a new character named Brandy, who is the sister of Bluey’s mum Chilli.

Longtime fans have waited patiently to meet Brandy, who was mentioned years ago, when it was said that the sisters were out of touch.

Chilli introduces her daughter Bluey and Bingo to her sister Brandy. Credit: ABC iview

The distance between Brandy and Chilli all makes sense in this episode, titled Onesies.

As Chilli’s kids Bluey and Bingo meet their aunt for the first time, Bluey asks her mum why they did not meet Brandy sooner.

Chilli candidly suggests that her sister cannot have children of her own – a comment likely to be missed by young child viewers, but which most adults would understand.

Brandy is seen playing in the backyard with her niece Bingo, laughing before Bingo returns inside.

Chilli explains to Bluey that her sister could not have children. Credit: ABC iview

As the young pup leaves, Brandy extends her hands out.

“There’s something Aunty Brandy wants more than anything as well but she can’t have it, and there’s not really anything anyone can do,” Chilli says over these visuals.

Following the release of the seven-minute episode, adult viewers took to social media to share their emotional reactions.

“Excuse me while I go and violently sob over Bluey including infertility issues in their show,” one comment said.

Brandy reacts as Bingo leaves. Credit: ABC iview

“No, I didn’t sob at 8am in the morning over a children’s TV show… it’s just… something in my eye…” one tweet said.

“How does Bluey do it? I’m crying again,” another said.

Meanwhile, one viewer shared the impact the episode had on them, after having a “hard start” conceiving their children.

“Bluey talking infertility today had me sobbing. We were so lucky to have our 3 kids after a hard start and I’m so grateful for that. What a beautiful way to address such a complex and sad topic to kids,” the comment said.

Bingo leaving from Brandy’s point of view. Credit: ABC iview

‘Really talked about’

Meanwhile, others going through a fertility journey reached out to the official Bluey’s Facebook page to express their gratitude for the episode.

“Thank you so, so much for bringing light to a topic rarely talked about,” one comment began.

“As the youngest of six siblings who all have their own children (I’ve now dealt with seven years in total with infertility) I felt so seen with this episode with the tension between Chilli and Brandy.

“No one ever thinks about the feelings associated with having to be around family, longing for your own child as they get to have theirs so easily, thankyou.”

Another commenter shared their experience: “I’ve struggled and was Brandy. Finally got my Bluey.

“Years of IVF and was told to stop as it wasn’t going to happen. After begging for a last cycle it happened naturally in the month between.

“It should not have been able to happen naturally but thankfully after four years of IVF, I got a natural Bingo.

“Still hurts very much and I really feel for others who are still in pain.”

“This episode catches so many feels. I went through a lot to have my kid’s, I lost my first 3 babies,” a comment said.

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