Hilary Miller is currently an MFA student in Screenwriting at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. When not not watching, writing, or talking about movies and television shows, she can usually be found making crock-pot creations, laughing, talking too loud, running, devouring a good book, eating, racking up cellular bills chatting with her bomb family, sticking her toes in the sand, or wishing she were Hermione Granger, sometimes all at once. And while part of her heart is still in Indiana, the rest of it belongs to her puppy, Estelle Getty.
TV RECAP: Modern Family S5, EP3
An evil baby, a cat funeral, and a sudden case of OCD make Modern Family’s third episode, “Larry’s Wife,” the strongest of the season so far.
Phil was especially hilarious. He’s found a particularly lucrative group of real estate clients: recently divorced women or as he likes to call them, the “single motherload.” The trouble is, comforting these ladies is eating up all of his time: “You’re not going to be alone. You’re gonna get a loan.” It’s always fun to watch Phil transform himself into one of the girls; I’m thinking Season 2, Episode 17, and his spa day.
Claire, now a busy employed woman (although we never saw her work here), asks Phil to pick up some slack at home. When nothing gets done and Claire is angry, Phil believes her to be jealous: “Yes, I deal with a lot of lonely women, but there’s only one I’m married to.” Hilarious. Things get really great after Phil spins a web of lies trying to make each woman feel like she’s his sole client, but when they all run into him at the grocery store, they aren’t too happy to discover his deceptions (including his preference of cornbread over zucchini bread). Fortunately, Claire steps in, pretending to be a divorcee and client, and tells them how great of a realtor he is and how terrible her “ex-husband” is. Phil is left saying the words every wife wants to hear, “You are right.” Claire is so clever. Phil is so likeably dumb. Everything is right in the world.
The Dunphy kids had a total dud of a storyline that I think had something to do with playing cards. I’m a little worried that the show is not able to accommodate so many adult, individually hilarious characters.
Gloria believes Joe (Fulgencio) takes after her “evil” ancestors after he’s kicked out of a Gymboree. Ever been to one of those? I wish they made them for grownups. She has a priest come over, explaining, “last week, [Joe’s] eyes got red, and the dog backed away.” The baby stabs the priest in the forehead with a fork, tries to break his rosary, and steals his wallet.
Manny and Jay go to see The Sound of Music in theaters. Love these two! Jay embarrasses Manny when he confronts a rude teen Manny goes to school with. Jay says that he’s just expressive. Then, Manny, expressing himself, gets so out of control against a kid talking on his phone in the movie that he gets them kicked out of the theater. It was only a matter of time until Jay rubbed off on Manny. Next, I’m thinking tracksuits, convertibles, and a tooth gap. You know, the works.
Cam and Mitchell have decided that Cam should be the one to plan their wedding. How did that ever sound like a good idea? Although, Cam is making huge concessions: “I cut the angel costumes.” Not being involved in the planning has made Mitchell have “Work OCD,” or at least that’s what I’m calling it, and he cleans everything in sight, including the A/C vent, where he gets stuck in the air duct. Someone he works with, who we’ve never met before (and won’t meet again?), helps him get out.
When Lily’s cat, Larry, goes missing, Cam (thinking it’s dead) tells her the cat fell in love, got married, and moved away, right as the cat shows back up. Covering his tracks, Cam decides that Larry’s (made-up) wife has died, and they will have a (fake) cat funeral. After a water pipe bursts in the backyard, ruining the funeral, Cam decides he can’t plan the wedding by himself: “If I let a simple cat funeral get out of hand, how am I supposed to plan a wedding?” For the record, I wish we had seen the cat funeral play out; it looked beautiful with lovely flowers, and I can only imagine the harmonies that would have been reached with the gospel choir/ bagpipe combo. Cam and Mitchell decide they will plan the wedding together, a conclusion that probably could have been reached earlier, but hey, it’s the tv world. The two also had the best exchange of the episode: “‘Hey, fiancée.’ ‘Hello, my intended.’ ‘That one sounds a little murdery.’”
“Larry’s Wife” was tremendously funnier than the other two episodes this season, but I can’t help but feel a little jilted that there was virtually no crossover between the families this time. Hopefully, next week will bring the laughs and the rhythm, with more Phil/Jay, Claire/Mitchell, and Cam/anyone time.