October 20th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
Go Bullfrogs... er, Bulldogs!
Wednesday night's "Modern Family" was a tour de force for Phil, who gets this week's MVP for doing his darndest to embarrass Haley as he showed her around his old campus.
When he tracked her down to a notorious fraternity house, he of course chastised Haley for flirting with a college guy who looks like her dad (it turns out he was an old family friend, still in high school, who looked nothing like Phil... and his parents were a few feet away).
And it was great to see father and daughter sliding down a hill on trays near the campus quad. (Still unknown, though, is what will become of Haley's character on the show once she leaves for college.)
We also had Jay and Gloria wondering what Manny was doing behind closed doors while watching her beloved Colombian soap opera (a show which Jay got into more than he'd care to admit). The poor kid had fallen prey to a gadget which purported to help you get taller.
Gloria couldn't believe that it set him back $50. "I know!" said Jay. "He could've gotten a two-year subscription to Playboy for that."
Jay offered to help Manny work out instead.
Meanwhile, Claire did a pretty good job of embarrassing herself on a night out without the kids ("I want music and dancing and secondhand smoke!"). She went out with one of Cam and Mitchell's friends (played by "Dancing With the Stars'" Gilles Marini), believing him to be gay.
"I just wanted to spend my night with some fun gay people," she said. "It's not my fault this one decided to be straight!"
Cam and Mitchell ran into their own problems, getting the wrong car from the valet. The best part of this plotline was the cameo from "Modern Family" writer Danny Zuker as one of the car's owners.
This episode played around with some of the dynamics within the family, especially the father-daughter bonding between Phil and Haley. It was a nice change of pace. "Modern Family" hasn't really made a misstep yet this season.
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