November 24th, 2011
10:29 AM ET
Try as I might to name one MVP for Wednesday night's episode of "Modern Family," I just couldn't.
Every single member of the cast was tremendous. It was one of those episodes where you got to see the entire cast together, and once again you had a chance to appreciate this great ensemble.
It had everything you want in a great episode: hilarious individual moments, a cohesive story and equally funny subplots that complimented each other. (Amazingly, this was the first "Modern Family" episode credited to writer Ben Karlin, previously an executive producer for "The Daily Show" and "Colbert Report.")
The memorable moments were plentiful, from Phil's "man-shake" with Kenneth (guest star Josh Gad, of Broadway's "Book of Mormon"), to Mitchell's "wa-wa" dismissal of Cam's "punkin chunkin'" story, to Alex's "my hair is falling out" moment while hiding a dent in the van with Haley - and back to Phil, with his headscratcher helmet (TM) commercial.
With the exception of Alex and Haley's subplot (which was just funny on its own, and only paid off with the "punkin chunkin'" in the final moments of the episode), everything tied together with the "dreamers" (Phil, Cam and Manny – and to a lesser extent, Luke and Gloria) feeling disrespected by the Pritchetts (Claire, Mitchell and Jay).
After Phil's helmet demonstration crashed and burned (of course), everything came together beautifully as the dreamers and Pritchetts worked together to launch a pumpkin high into the air (though the accuracy of Cam's story remains a mystery).
I would not be surprised if this episode is submitted to the Emmys this year. Along with "Community's" timeline episode, this is my other favorite half hour of the season ("End of the World" from "Parks and Recreation" follows closely behind).
Quick side note: Normally, giving a shout-out to other comedies – outside of the oh-so-meta "Community," anyway – comes off as awkward, but Phil's shout-out to "Seinfeld" ("He's me, and it's spectacular") was brilliant.
To the commenters, I ask, what's my favorite hospital food? (Jell-O!) Also, did you find this episode to be as much of a Thanksgiving treat as I did? And most importantly, do you wish Phil had also demonstrated the aspirin gun? Post your view on iReport or comment below.
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