January 12th, 2012
03:31 PM ET
When Jay and Claire agreed – then almost immediately broke that agreement – not to work on their kids' egg project for school, what followed was another great argument for Emmy nominations for Ed O'Neill and Julie Bowen.
This was one of the best episodes the actors have had, playing off of each other with Jay confronted Claire about her hyper-competitiveness: "You came out of the womb like that. I'm not entirely sure there wasn't a twin in there that you bumped off."
Claire pointed out that, she learned from watching him. And Alex, who basically accomplished the egg project by herself, is heading down the same path as Claire. (The assignment was to build a vessel that would protect an egg from a one-story drop.)
Despite these strong performances, I have to give Cam the MVP award this week. He won over, and then lost, a prospective surrogate for his and Mitchell's next child.
He and Mitchell performed "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." This made my year (so far). Cam had to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, though, by performing "If You Leave Me Now," by Chicago, bringing the poor pregnant woman to tears.
Of course, the ever-positive Cam's response was, "What I took from this was: I can sing!"
The Gloria/Phil plotline was quite good as well, with his planned real estate presentation going off the rails when Gloria and Haley (who were supposed to help) ended up going to the salon and didn't show up on time.
(I really like the fact that we're seeing Phil doing his job more this season.)
We also had a textbook example of a "Modern Family" joke when Gloria told Phil that he places her on a pedestal, when she was standing on an actual pedestal.
Overall, a fine episode, and I think it will indeed be sent to the Emmy voters at the end of the season.
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