November 25th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
Leave it to "Modern Family" to remain topical - well, at least inadvertently.
During a week in which the TSA's enhanced pat-downs are in the news, Wednesday night's episode had Mitchell complaining that Cam's visiting mother from Missouri (with its "very vibrant cowboy poetry scene") was a bit too handsy.
Of course, when he brings up his problem to Claire, she at first teases him for being too uncomfortable with other people being in close proximity, then advises him to show Cam an example of the problem.
Cam never saw it until Mitchell is forced to ask Cam's mom to massage out the kinks in his gluteus maximus, causing Cam to take him aside: "Show me on Lily's doll where my mother is touching you!" Then when she walked in on their conversation, "Let me show you where you stabbed my momma!"
Mom apologizes to Mitchell - while he's sitting in the bathtub. "Force field!"
As gut-busting as that was, the MVP award for this week goes to Phil, whose attempts to maintain a relationship with Dylan after Haley dumps him were the highlight of the episode.
"Vitamin P" tries to relate to our favorite not-so-bright ex-boyfriend: "I was a lot like you in high school except my hair was shorter and my guitar was a flute."
When the two meet up for lunch, with Phil wearing a hoodie that looks like it came from the women's section, Haley happens upon Dylan and the hoodie, and asked a waiter if Dylan was with anyone: "They were talking about taking a trip to Graceland together." Before leaving in a huff, Haley said, "He just wants to go because he thinks it's an amusement park!"
Meanwhile, Jay ends up in the hospital with appendicitis after Manny diagnoses it on a medical website Gloria discouraged him from using. When she found out her mistake, she lamented, "Why do I always almost kill my husbands?"
All three plots really clicked this week, making this my favorite episode of the season so far (and for those who just started watching this year, I highly recommend tonight's rerun of "Fizbo," one of the all-time greats).
What did you think? Do you agree that "Modern Family" delivered a pre-Thanksgiving treat? Share your view, just like this iReporter, by posting your thoughts here or in the comments below. Happy Thanksgiving!
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