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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Modern Family - Two Monkeys and a Panda review

Jay and Gloria shopped for a family burial plot, and Jay had to face his fears of his dying way before Gloria, as would likely happen. He was afraid she would marry another man who would turn out to be the real love of her life. Manny reassured him, hilariously. This plot sounds like a downer, but Modern Family isn’t a comedy like Scrubs that will ever bring tears to your eyes as well as laugh lines. Modern Family keeps everything really light.

Cam was trying to get Lily to have positive connotations with the word “adopted” to prepare her for the time when they explain to her what it means. Cam looked at Lily’s birth certificate and found out that there was no hyphen between his and Mitchell’s last names. Cam’s last name was Lily’s middle name. Cam was distraught to hear that Mitchell had done it on purpose, because he was afraid Cam would get cold feet and leave the family after the adoption (hilarious flashbacks ensued). Mitchell apologized and acknowledged what an unexpectedly good and brave parent Cam had become. They wrote a children’s book for Lily together.

The least serious plot of the night involved Haley and Alex. Alex borrowed Haley’s favorite sweater, and Haley was certain that Alex would ruin it. Claire encouraged the girls to share. The sweater got ripped, and Claire had to run around town looking for a replacement. That didn’t work out so well. Since she was busy, it was up to Phil to take advantage of a spa gift certificate that expired soon. Phil got some accurate marriage advice from the women there on supporting his wife in her stressful moments, rather than telling her how she can fix it. Amen. He managed to put his new skills to use but was offended when Claire didn’t notice anything different about him after he had spent all day at the spa.

The plots were strong in this episode. Not too over-the-top. There weren’t as many good one-liners as usual though. No outloud laughs this week. Just some smiles. Not much else to say this week. This show is getting really repetitive lately. It's funny, but it always feels like a repeat.

Episode Grade: B

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