March 15th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
All you have to say is that this will be a "Fizbo-centric" episode, and I'm on board.
Wednesday night's "Modern Family," complete with a clown funeral (taking the famous "Mary Tyler Moore" episode about Chuckles to the next level), did not disappoint in the slightest. There was a cream pie ceremoniously dumped on the ground, along with the casket, and a "clown car" joke.
This is where Cam – this week's MVP, naturally – encountered his former clowning partner, Louis: "We were great together, we spoke each other's language, we finished each other's balloon animals."
They tried to pull off one last show, but Louis didn't see it that way, leading to a disastrous birthday party performance – well, at least the kids laughed.
In the meantime, Claire finally decided to join Facebook, and asked Haley and Alex to be Facebook friends... so you know how excited they were about that prospect.
Claire was surprised that she was "friends" with Adele (okay, she "liked" her Facebook) before her own daughters, who somehow just couldn't seem to find her request.
I also enjoyed Phil's face off with Ellen Barkin as his realtor rival, and the fact that Luke tugged on her heartstrings so Phil could get back the business he lost to her.
At the same time, Manny's friend and his crush on Gloria didn't really seem to go anywhere, sorry to say.
So, this episode was a hit-or-miss for me, overall, but as Eric Stonestreet said at Wednesday night's PaleyFest panel for the show, he is always up to play Fizbo, and I am always up to watch it.
Speaking of PaleyFest, some of the fans' burning questions were answered: for example, Eric Stonestreet said that the new actress who plays Lily, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, is no bigger than the twins who played her in season 1.
As for how long "Modern Family" might go, co-creator Steve Levitan said that they will keep it going "as long as it's good." And they are all for continuing to shoot 24 episodes a year, because the kids on the show aren't getting any younger.
The most memorable line from the panel, though, went to Ed O'Neill, who said when he heard his wife would be played by Sofia Vergara: "That makes perfect sense!"
All in all, it was a great night for "Modern Family," thanks to Fizbo, Ellen Barkin and PaleyFest (check out highlights from the panel here).
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