The adults lose it on ‘Modern Family’
Wednesday’s new episode of one of my favourite shows of the year showcased Phil and Claire’s younger, and some might say wilder, sides, while displaying the opposite in Cam and Mitch.
It started slowly as Phil and Haley began their father-daughter bonding day. Phil took Haley to his alma matter to show her what college life is like with a tour and a pit stop at his favourite restaurant. Seeing both clueless Phil and perfectly-put-together Haley with chicken wing sauce all over their faces was enough to get this episode rolling for me. Though I was a little thrown by Haley going extremely out of character and rejecting a party invite in lieu of hanging out with dad, all was rectified when Phil let her go anyway.
Meanwhile, Claire was excited to have a night to herself so she relied on the usually-exuberant Cam and Mitch to take her out. Much to her dismay, however, the two were quick to poop on the party and wished for an early exit. Their retired married couple behavior was a wake-up call for the guys as they realized they were in a major rut. Without a second thought, an intoxicated Claire let Cam and Mitch go as she had her fun night with their gay friends. But she, of course, managed to find the one non-gay at the party who got her extra drunk and into a tighter and slightly more inappropriate red dress. Claire didn’t have her moment of realization until she had embarrassed herself fully in front of the judgmental neighborhood moms at Luke’s sleepover. Obviously he’s not gay – he’s just French. Explains everything!
Jay had me laughing the most last night. He kept insisting that Gloria come sit and watch her Spanish telenovella because she loves it and she made him promise to spend more time with her this way. But while Gloria was pre-occupied with Manny’s mysterious internet purchase that had him locked away for hours in his room, Jay’s insistence on watching the soap was unwavering. When Gloria forced Jay to go check on Manny (in case he was in a “discovery” stage), Jay later called a friend to find out some vital info: who shot who and why?! Gotta love this show.
It turned out that Manny wasn’t discovering anything except how to defy gravity as he hung from the ceiling with a weighted helmet on, trying to make himself taller. Seriously. But would you expect any less from this eternal Casanova-wannabe?
After hanging out with the college kids at the bar, Phil got so worried about Haley being at a frat party that he tracked her down with GPS. He switched right back into Dad-mode and busted into the room, embarrassing a completely sober and (for once) rule-abiding Haley. But then the father-daughter pair had the sweetest final moment that only this show could pull off without being full-on Full House cheesy. Phil told her that keeping her safe has been his job since the day she was born and Haley forgave him by offering to accompany him on a tray-sled ride down the grassy hill. I guess sometimes, it’s just more fun to not act your age.
Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Citytv/ABC.
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