October 14th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
On Wednesday night's "Modern Family," Claire couldn't bear to tell Phil that he's not funny before he prepared to give a big speech (her secret: she doesn't laugh with her eyes... the demonstration was priceless).
Meanwhile, Mitchell couldn't bear to tell the very-sensitive Cam that he looked bad in bike shorts ("Maybe there is a person who looks good in bike shorts but my boyfriend is not that person").
The solution? Taking inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Strangers on a Train" and taking care of the other person's "murder."
Claire delivering the bad news to a (sometimes-pixelated) Cam was a riot, especially when he told her he could hear some crying down the hallway... which strangely sounded not so much like a baby, but like Cam.
Mitchell, being the ultimately nice guy he is, couldn't do his part and tell Phil he wasn't funny though, and ended up infuriating Claire: "You said he was this generation's Richard Pryor!" It all unraveled when Cam overheard Mitchell talking about it... and then Phil turned out to actually be funny during his speech. Phil took a page from another cinematic classic when he said, "I know it was you, Claire. You stole my index cards."
Things didn't go much better for Alex trying to be popular under Haley's tutelage. She accidentally let it slip that she actually enjoys homework - a cardinal sin for the popular - and lost a friend.
Jay showed up at a quinceañera for one of his co-workers and employed Manny to help him fool Gloria into thinking that he knew any of the people there. (Line of the night: "Who are you?" "Que?" "I think you're really gonna hit it off with Kay!")
Then things took a very weird turn when the guest of honor appeared to be kissing her father - it turns out they were at the wrong party.
"Modern Family" continues to be on a roll. The sibling relationship isn't explored as often as others on this show, and in this case we got to see it twice. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Bowen really work well together when they get the chance.
What did you think? Is this show still going strong? Will you be trying troga? (It's de rigueur.) Share your thoughts on iReport video or in the comments below. Meanwhile, check out iReporter Kathi Cordsen's take.
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