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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Modern Family- Strangers on a Treadmill reviw/recap

The Dunphy Couple- Phil was about to make a speech at a banquet, and Claire heard him rehearsing some truly awful jokes that only Luke thought were funny. Claire wanted to tell Phil that he would bomb with those jokes and save him the humiliation, but she had spent most of their time together pretending she thought he was funny. “I laugh at all of his jokes. With my mouth. Not with my eyes.” The show cut to one of these laughs and Claire’s face doing it was classic. Claire enlisted Mitchell to tell Phil he wasn’t funny, but Mitchell did not come through. To be fair, Mitchell would have had to let Phil down in front of Luke, who clearly adores his father. No one could do that if they had even a smidgen of heart. Claire stole Phil’s index cards with his jokes on them so that he would have to wing it and play it straight. Instead, Phil went with comedy, making jokes up as he went, and he killed, in a GOOD way.

Mitchell and Cam- Cam was working out again, but he was doing it in bike shorts. Mitchell got Claire to tell Cam that he looked bad in them. By the way, we loved Claire and Mitchell on treadmills, talking to each other like believable siblings. We are not fans of troga though. Claire was able to do her part of the pact with her brother. Cam ran to the bathroom and cried after she told him the bad news. To be fair, she did it really well.

Pritchett-Delgado three- Gloria talked Jay into attending the Quinceañera of one of his employee’s daughters. Manny and Gloria gave Jay such a hard time about being elitist, he gave in and went. The three accidently crashed a Hispanic engagement party rather than the real event. Gloria realized this mistake early but let Jay keep pretending he knew people at the party. Jay was horrified when he saw the sexy dance between the fiancées, thinking they were father and 15-year-old daughter.

Alex and Haley- We loved Haley in this episode, for once. She was hilarious trying to get Alex to manipulate the popular girl at school into letting her sister into the cool crowd. Sadly, Alex blew it by mentioning that she had a life because she had homework. Yikes. Poor Alex has no friends.

This episode was funny and sweet, as usual, but we were laughing more than in the last two episodes. We liked all three storylines, the reference to “Strangers on a Train,” and the teamwork between family members. The show is still good.

Episode Grade: A-


  1. This was a great episode, but I laughed more last week.

  2. Maybe we should rewatch last week. Maybe we weren't in the right mood or something, but we didn't really laugh at all. That was the Earthquake one, right? The thing is, all Modern Family episodes are funny and deserving of As, so we've started measuring them against each other.