March 3rd, 2011
03:22 PM ET
It's the last "Modern Family" for a few weeks, and it finished strong with Wednesday night's episode, penned by "Seinfeld" writer (and short-lived "Celebrity Apprentice" contender), Carol Leifer.
Both Phil and Jay have a similar problem, what Jay refers to as "not liking loose ends." When Phil finds spa coupons worth a few hundred dollars that are expiring, he's determined to cash them in, with or without Claire. As he told her, "If you don't use them, then all of our money just goes to charity!"
Claire was too busy trying to get her daughters to get along: "I want them to shop together and do each other's hair, and talk about boys... like I used to do with Mitchell."
That was much easier said than done, especially when Alex wore Haley's sweater and promptly ripped it. Despite trying to replace it, the two sisters came to blows, with Alex telling Haley, "Relax, more than half the 11th grade has been in that sweater."
At the spa, Phil, who went by himself, got a few pointers from the ladies on how to talk to his wife: "Whoa, whoa, maybe it's all the creams... that just made sense, girlfriends." Their tips worked, earning him a few brownie points after her rough day with their daughters.
Meanwhile, Cam was trying to take the negativity out of the word "adopt" for Lily when he discovered that his last name (Tucker) is listed as a middle name instead of a hyphen on Lily's paperwork. The ensuing fight causes Mitchell to point out that, as a lawyer, he fills out all the paperwork, starting with Cam's gym membership. This led to the one-liner of the night from Cam, "Themoreyouspendthemoreyousave!"
It all worked out, though, with Mitchell fixing the paperwork and writing a story involving two monkeys and a panda to explain adoption to Lily, who clapped when she heard the word.
Despite the other strong plotlines, this week's MVP is Manny, who gave a great speech to Jay, calming his fears about getting divorced when Gloria cringed at the idea of getting buried next to him in a mausoleum. It certainly didn't help when Jay framed it with the word, "Ta-da!" As Gloria put it, "Ta-da is for when you do a flip or where the magician cuts the pretty lady in half, not when you show someone where you want to shove their dead body."
Manny was going through his own relationship problems with a "younger woman" who "makes me feel like a fifth grader again." She just didn't get his references to the Wiggles. In any case, he broke it down for Jay as to what made him so special to a woman who would get wedding proposals from men in moving cars.
"She said she fell in love with you during your first fight," he said. "She said she finally met her match."
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why that couple works. That, combined with the Cam and Mitchell plot, made this one of the better episodes of "Modern Family" in a while. Lines like this one from Manny to Jay helped as well: "Please, for the first month, I didn't even bother to learn your name."
Did you like this episode as much as I did? Let me know on iReport, and in the comments, and ta-da! (okay, not the best use of it there either), we'll talk in a few weeks.
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