May 12th, 2011
02:34 PM ET
Wednesday night's "Modern Family" was an example of the series at the top of its game. I particularly want to applaud the Dunphy plotline. Seeing this week's MVP, Phil, after his daughters "poked the bear" was a sight to behold.
Claire, meanwhile, took Luke and Manny go-kart racing because she was tired of being the "bad cop." Unfortunately, she got a little too into it, practically running them over in her go-kart and bullying Manny into ordering something less healthy at the snack bar: "What, are you going to the ball Cinderella? Live a little!"
By the same token, Phil took his bad cop role pretty far.
After Haley and Alex crossed him by not cleaning their bathroom, it was hard labor for them both just after Phil leaped on their car as it was out of the driveway. When Alex complained that they hadn't had lunch, Phil snapped, "Neither have half the kids in Africa! Stop yappin' and get back to work!"
Later, Phil told Claire that their "manipulative monsters" need to be "broken." Needless to say, it was back to the way things were with Phil resuming the "good cop" role.
Speaking of little monsters, Mitchell couldn't wait to see Lady Gaga in concert but his plans were thwarted when Cam fell ill. Even so, he schemed to sneak out anyway, and saw his opportunity when Cam passed out. He was almost in the clear when his glow-in-the-dark necklace was discovered by Cam: "You're still blinkin' sweetie."
Meanwhile, Jay had to suffer through a Cesar Millan wannabe, a friend of Gloria's who had the delightfully awful idea to create "bad dog treats." The best part of this plotline, though, was Gloria telling Jay that she "put on the sugar jacket!" Still, it will be interesting to see if the new dog is woven into more of the Pritchett-Delgado family's stories.
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