April 12th, 2012
04:04 PM ET
Welcome back, "Modern Family"!
It's been a good few weeks since any new episodes, but Wednesday night's offering was worth the wait.
It was the big election day for Claire, and as we've seen so often this season, the entire family pitched in to help out.
Phil volunteered to drive elderly voters to the polls, but when he picked up a cantankerous man (the legendary Philip Baker Hall), he got a lot more than he bargained for – that voter ended up being the only person he drove all day.
The kids and Gloria made phone calls, but Luke started over-promising ("You'll never have to pay taxes ever again!"), and it turns out that Gloria is a lot better in person than over the phone.
Gloria feared Claire losing the election: "I don't want to be around when something that tight unravels."
Jay refused to vote because he saw an ex working at the polling station. He eventually tried to duck her and place a vote but ran into her anyway. Awkward doesn't begin to describe it.
As for Claire – this week's MVP – she started doing media interviews, and an old fake tooth popped out at the most inopportune times.
Most hilariously of all, Cam and Mitchell drove around with a giant megaphone to get out the vote. That scenario almost writes itself, but kudos to team "Modern Family" for taking it in unexpected directions.
Not only did the couple decide to abuse the megaphone by yelling out judgmental statements to passersby (Mitchell: "We could really make a difference. We could be the voice of change"; Cam: "I got it. Let’s go yell at the dry cleaner that lost my shirt!"), they were also caught gossiping about an acquaintance nearby because the megaphone was still turned on.
Claire thanked her family for all their hard work (which turned out to be a lot less than she knew), before finding out the bad news that she lost the election.
But it wasn't all bad: Haley was put on a waitlist for her final college choice – good enough cause for celebration! (One has to imagine that she will end up staying at home next season.)
And Claire got that stop sign after all, just so she would be discouraged from running again. But she's not done here: next up, Operation Speed Bump!
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