May 26th, 2011
01:02 PM ET
"Modern Family" has really rallied to the finish line these last few weeks after a rough patch here and there. Wednesday night's season finale used the inventive method of showing the raw footage of Haley and Alex's video for Jay's birthday to remind us of all of the high points this season.
I caught the Halloween episode, "Clive Bixby" in the Valentine's Day episode, "Slow Down Your Neighbors," Phil's battle with the smoke detectors, Gloria's barking neighbor dog (complete with "Jay!!!"), Mitchell rehearsing for the flash mob, and Cam preparing to save the day as Fizbo.
Everything worked about this episode: MVP of the week Jay's birthday plans getting interrupted but Manny's sweet idea of fishing in the swimming pool; Mitchell and Claire's disastrous attempt to re-create a photo ("Where'd you get a sailor suit on short notice?"); and Phil pretending Gloria was his wife to impress a friend (the always-funny Rob Huebel).
The little moments worked as well, like Gloria's "sexy phone" and Jay's end of the phone call with Cam.
Best of all, though, were Cam's attempts to bond with sports-phobic Manny ("I have a tennis racquet upstairs I only use as a bubble bath frother"), which blew up in his face when he was kicked out of a bakery ("It's not what you think, I'm talking to a little boy").
All of this led up to Mitchell and Cam deciding to adopt again, with Cam preferring a boy this time. That should be an interesting season three plotline.
This finale really grew my appreciation for this show, so to "Modern Family" I'd just like to say, "We. Love. Ewww. Capisce?"
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