October 7th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
On Wednesday night, a big earthquake hit all three of our families, but what could have been something of a gimmick-y episode didn't shake the sharp writing we usually expect from "Modern Family."
The quake provided the perfect excuse for Mitchell and Cam to get out of a theme/costume party with Cam's ex Pepper ("It was the nineties, we'd just lost Princess Di. I was at sea."), played by Nathan Lane, who showed up at their doorstep late in the episode.
I had high hopes for his appearance, but Pepper in the flesh was a disappointment compared to the one Mitchell and Cam described. At the same time, I loved how much the two ended up trashing their house to back up their lies to Pepper.
At the same time, the earthquake locked Claire in the bathroom with the plumber, giving Phil (who survived the earthquake, despite Gloria's confusion) the chance to bolt down the bookcase after the fact: "It's like they say, sometimes when God closes a door, he closes it so hard that your wife can't get out."
Haley also takes the opportunity to get out of the house instead of studying. Of course, Haley is desperately in need of some study time since she thinks "doubling" her four weeks of being grounded would come out to ten weeks (by the way, does anyone else notice that Alex, the middle child, is once again the smart one? She would get along famously with Lisa Simpson).
The quake also coincides with Gloria (who survived the earthquake, despite Cam's confusion) confronting Jay about skipping out on church to go golfing (making this the second popular show in as many days to deal with religion). This time, butterfly-phobic Manny gets the quote of the week: "You're playing pretty fast and loose with my soul."
What did you think of this week's episode? Did you also hope for more out of Nathan Lane (at least more screen time)? Share your view on video or in the comments below. Meanwhile, check out what iReporter Kathi Cordsen thought of the episode.
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