January 19th, 2012
12:33 PM ET
Let's get this out of the way, first and foremost, about Wednesday night's episode of "Modern Family": Yes, it involved Cam and Mitchell's adopted daughter Lily saying the "F" word, not once, but several times. Before the episode aired, this upset some people.
As executive producer Steve Levitan explained, "For the record, when shooting, the actress who plays Lily never actually dropped the F-Bomb. After, who knows? She gets cranky when tired."
The young actress, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (though, we're guessing it is not really her) tweeted, "Fudge IS the f-word. Right?"
So how was the episode? I will say that it was not one of the better Cam and Mitchell plotlines we've seen. As they got Lily ready for her role as flower girl (in the tackiest wedding ever), and discussed how to teach her new words, she let loose with a new word of her own.
Mitchell was shocked, while Cam tried to stifle laughter. Mitchell told her not to say it, or he would take away her toys, but Cam's case of the giggles didn't help matters: "You know I have two weakness: children cursing and old people rapping!"
Then, sure enough, after remaining silent throughout the wedding, Lily let loose with a torrent of "F" words during the ceremony, sending her extended family into fits of nervous laughter as the bride and groom looked shocked, and she was carried away.
Maybe it was all of the advance publicity about this episode, but I would say this plotline was more amusing than funny (and would Claire really laugh that much?). I pretty much knew where it was headed, so it didn't elicit the usual surprised laughter that accompanies many "Modern Family" episodes.
The real standout plotline here was Claire's debate with Duane Bailey (and once again, David Cross is excellent in the role of her political rival). She was definitely the MVP of the episode, as her family critiqued her prior to the debate using buzzers to point out her many, many unelectable traits.
This being politics, Duane pointed out Phil's Valentine's Day incident in the wrong hotel room, and Phil, of course, had to get up and defend himself. Claire broke the biggest political rule that her family said she should follow: Don't go viral! (Check out the video below.)
I also enjoyed both Jay and Gloria jumping into the pool fully clothed to save the family dog. Gloria rightfully pointed out that Jay often treats the dog better than her, and it turned out the dog was not suicidal, just looking for a chew toy.
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