September 29th, 2011
01:17 PM ET
I don't know about you, but I couldn't help but cheer Phil Dunphy as he went across that tightrope on Wednesday night's episode of "Modern Family."
Sometimes, these characters surprise you and despite his trademark klutziness with the balancing pole, Phil managed to set a goal for himself and achieve it – jazz shoes and all.
The Dunphys needed a win after the day they had. My first co-MVP this week, Claire, got into an epic argument with the school traffic cop after getting a ticket, even to the point of tearing the ticket up and throwing it in her face (Julie Bowen may want to prepare a second Emmy acceptance speech for next year).
Meanwhile, Haley and Alex in the same class was indeed the nightmare scenario you might envision: They ended up cutting a deal to cheat and it blew up in their faces.
However, that was nothing compared to Mitchell and Cam going on a juice diet. As Mitchell described it, "Let's face it, a well-fed Cam is hardly a model of emotional stability. Deprive him of food, and stage by stage, it's a slow descent into madness."
It all culminated at Mitchell's boss' house during an environmental fundraiser, where Mitchell tried to get Cam to cheat on his diet.
"Get away from me temptress!" said Cam. "And I never thought I'd call you that in a negative way."
Mitchell (my second co-MVP, for this scene alone) fled the party hysterically sobbing about the loss of a sea lion named Snorkels, eventually running out into the ocean.
Gloria, meanwhile, had her own breakdown over the fact that Jay coddles their new dog. It was to the point where she was trying to get the canine to eat Jay's shoe.
As one might expect, Jay and Manny caught her with the shoe in her mouth. She exploded at Jay, "Are you happy? You have reduced me to a person who eats a shoe!"
Of course, Jay ended up compromising, no longer letting the dog sleep in the bed with them... though the old softie couldn't help but check on the dog late at night.
Thus ends another exemplary episode of "Modern Family." What was your favorite scene? It was certainly tough for me to choose. Post an iReport or comment below.
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