Biting humor on 'Modern Family'
December 9th, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Biting humor on 'Modern Family'

Ed O'Neill made some headlines this week (TV Guide Canada has posted a retraction on the story that led to those headlines), but when it comes to his performance on "Modern Family," Wednesday's episode showed why he deserves an Emmy nomination himself (or even a Golden Globe nod next week).

The episode found all of our characters dealing with major disagreements. Needless to say, O'Neill's character Jay was my MVP of the week, determined to show Manny and Luke - at the mall just before their first dance - what it means to be a man: "Pretty soon you get some hair on your chest, you start answering the phone and people don't think you're ladies."

As you can imagine, Phil had a very different idea of what that means.

Jay confronted a man who took their parking space, who responded by saying he had to put his dog to sleep that day before breaking down in tears. It was just the sort of cringe-inducing moment this show specializes in.

As for Phil, he completely lost it. I think Luke summed it up best when his mother asked him if he was wearing cologne: "Dad attacked the perfume guy and then hugged me."

Yes, Claire was at the dance chaperoning with Gloria, and the two had it out over their dislike for each other. The best part of this plotline, however, was when she got splashed with water and the janitor passed her by with a paper towel.

Of course, we can't forget Cam and Mitchell, who disagreed about how to deal with Lily's newfound interest in biting kids on the playground. Things came to a head when Cam became a victim: "She bit me! She did it again! It's like 'Twilight' back here!"

Mitchell's first idea was to go to a website for suggestions, where one parent mentioned they had put a pinch of pepper in their child's mouth, followed by a smiley face. Cam was horrified, saying, "Oh, the smiley face makes it okay! 'I waterboarded our toddler, LOL!'"

Best of all was Cam's made-up-on-the-spot song to teach Lily a lesson. Altogether now... "People aren't food, people aren't food, your friends will run away if they're scared of being chewed..."

I don't know about you, but I'm willing to guess that a "Get Eric Stonestreet to guest star on 'Glee'" campaign can't be far behind.

In all, there were some real belly laughs this week, and it was a nice end to the year for "Modern Family." It's no understatement to say that 2010 has certainly been the year that this show came into its own, and I've got high hopes for more from the Dum-phys... I mean, Dunphys, as well as the Pritchett-Delgados and Pritchett-Tuckers, in 2011.

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  1. Richard in WA

    I undecided if whether this show or "community" are the funniest show on TV. This show by far has some of the strangest and most interesting comedic scenes and writing I've ever seen and heard. Love this show. One of the best on TV. I hope it lasts for many many seasons.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greg in AZ

    Modern Family has quickly become the new IT show in my house. I literally LOL everytime I watch the timing of all the characters is impeccable! Can't wait for next season!

    December 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lola

    The cast is absolute comedic perfection. Modern Family is the funniest show on tv. I usually watch twice as I'm laughing so hard the 1st time that I miss parts

    December 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Laughing in MD

    Our whole family loves this show, can't wait to watch it every week! But Cam, my dear, enough with the shirts with the colored cuffs....

    December 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. love it

    This is THE ONLY SHOW I watch on a consistent basis. I make sure the kids have eaten, are in bed, and my husband and I sit down with a glass of wine and laugh ourselves silly.

    I hope the words to Cam's song make it out on the net somewhere- we have a toddler who is biting himself and I want to sing it to him (better than a pinch of pepper :) )

    December 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Be Quiet

    Nothing makes me laugh like this show. The waterboard our toddler line was hysterical. Julie Bowen is a modern day Lucille Ball.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rainman34

    Best show on TV.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |

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