You can tell Danny Zucker wrote this week’s episode of Modern Family. By that I mean someone who can capture the charm of the program wrote this show. In Season Five, the extended family barely sees each other, there’s little to no plot crossover, and the space between laughs stretches longer and longer. But not tonight. No, tonight the charming, quick, clear, funny Modern Family was back. We’ve missed you, bud.
The three adult couples have a really hard time getting out of their homes to go to a fancy dinner Jay’s planned for months.
Phil’s new suit is tight, like very tight. He purchased at a new Hipster store. Oh, boy. No one should be purchasing these suits, especially the pants. That’s all I have to say about that. Claire will be impressed by it, Phil thinks: “Stick around if you want to your mom’s tongue fall out of her mouth.” Haley: “Not unless you want to see my lunch fall out of mine.” Claire’s concern is not the suit; instead she’s worried about Luke staying home alone for the first time, something Phil supports: “Listen to how deep his voice is.” Everyone remember the first time they were left alone at home? I don’t either (I say to the fellow youngest children out there), but I do remember the first time watching Home Alone. After leaving, Claire turns around, feeling like she has to check on Luke. When she opens the door, he shoots her with a paintball gun, repeatedly. Dress change.
Phil and Claire get upset at each other over the Luke decision after Phil’s legs fall asleep from the tightness of his pants. Phil: “Do you really think I’d put Luke in danger? He’s my favorite, and I did not just say that.”
“Lily, it’s time to play who wore it best.” Cam and Mitchell fight when they end up wearing the same outfit. They look ridiculous or in Cam’s words, “We look like twin toddlers at church.” Too true! After Cam manipulates Mitchell into changing, Mitchell gives Cam an exploding soda, ruining his outfit. If I had a quarter for every time I’ve done that…
Gloria takes forever getting ready for dinner. Jay doesn’t rush her at first because he’s “a lot older now than when she started getting dressed.” When he starts getting impatient, Manny tells him that she’s worth waiting for. Jay: “Reel it in, creep. That’s you mother up there… Take it outside the family.” Gloria defends her tardiness by saying she likes an entrance, causing her to leave every time someone new arrives at dinner. We all know that person who makes “an entrance” at every opportunity; we just wish we loved them as much as we love Gloria.
Alex babysits Lily, who’s interested in dolls, not Little Women, to Alex’s frustration. Seriously, who doesn’t want to hear about the March sisters?! Haley babysits baby Joe and Manny and (eventually) Luke. They do a beautiful rendition of “Midnight Train To Georgia” on karaoke. I’m feeling like we need an entire karaoke/musical episode of Mod Fam.
By the time everyone arrives and stops fighting, they’re too late for their table, and end up at a taco truck. It’s cute and better than the fancy dinner, and we’re left with the familiar “this is family” feeling that we’ve missed from this show lately. Phil’s suit rips big time. Mitchell confesses to and apologizes for shaking the soda can. Phil and Claire make up. Starting with Jay, everyone sings “Midnight Train To Georgia,” about a train Jay says, “I’d never make unless I told Gloria it left at eleven.”
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.