December 8th, 2011
03:22 PM ET
Leave it to Phil Dunphy to come up with "Express Christmas." (TM!)
Wednesday night's episode (for the second episode in a row) saw the entire clan pitching in to pull off a big family holiday, since none of them were going to be together for Christmas after that day.
They all went out in (somewhat unlikely) pairs, and it's quite a testament to the strength of this ensemble that any combination of characters works.
Take Alex and Mitchell, for example. It was never more clear how much the two have in common. They reacted the same way to their Christmas tree getting run over (by Gloria, no less).
Then there was Cam and Jay ("kind of sounds like a bird," said Cam). It was inspired to put these two together, wrapping the gifts. Unfortunately for Cam, Jay forgot the significance of a wine bottle cork (the two watched football the first time drinking that wine), and Cam was offended.
Yes, this "Express Christmas" didn't exactly go off without a hitch, but I have to give the MVP of the week to Haley, who impersonated a Target employee to get her hands on the last remaining item on the shelf (don't try this at home, kids). I also loved Claire's shopping pep talk for Haley.
But I would be remiss not mentioning the fact that Manny tased Phil.
Let me repeat that: Manny tased Phil (he used Gloria's stun gun, fearing a "stranger" whom Phil was meeting to get a treasured baseball card). Definitely one of the best physical comedy moments of the season.
Of course, everyone had a merry "Express Christmas" after all, because Jay, the old softie, gave them fake snow in his front yard.
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