November 17th, 2011
04:10 PM ET
Cam can be an excellent truck driver, and Jay enjoys the occasional massage. The things you learn watching "Modern Family."
Wednesday night's episode had the entire family pitching in to help another family in their neighborhood who lost everything in a fire.
The aforementioned revelations came when Cam went along with Haley and Alex to get Jay's truck, and Jay threw his back out. Phil, of course, volunteered to give him a massage, and it was a whole production ("The pain must have been bad if I accepted Phil's help," said Jay). Phil jumping on top of Jay to rub oil on his back may be one of the best sight gags in the history of the show.
This was a great episode for Phil, this week's MVP. The massage led Jay to blurt out "I love you," which he immediately assumed was the reason why Phil got all excited. Instead, he had just been offered a new job. After consulting with Jay, he decided to go for it (I'm excited to see his new business partner, played by Greg Kinnear).
As for Cam, he only wanted to show the girls that a gay man can indeed drive a truck. On the other hand, this is Cam we're talking about. After some rough patches, to say the least, they got some help from another male truck driver, to which Cam responded, "Oh, like she'll be able to help us."
It was also a great episode for Alex, who stopped some nerds from bullying Luke and Manny. To a stunned Haley, she said, "You have your fans, I have mine. And one day, your fans are gonna work for my fans."
There were quite a few subplots going on here, and I felt that the one with Mitchell treating Gloria like his mother and Claire reacting to that was the weak link. I usually like seeing Mitchell and Claire's sibling camaraderie, but this time, I just wasn't laughing as much as I usually do.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Cam's big confession (three little words even more memorable than Jay's): "I sleep-clown." That one is coming soon to a "Modern Family" highlight reel near you.
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