April 19th, 2012
02:49 PM ET
Greetings again, "Modern Family" fans.
I have to say, I expected more from Jay's meeting with Cam's father on Wednesday night's episode. The two of them were dreading this, and when they finally did spend some time together, they spent a lot of it comparing notes on how their sons laughed.
Cam and Mitchell, overhearing, confused this for the pair getting along, but it didn't take long before they debated over whose dad was tougher.
I enjoyed all of this somewhat, but it just wasn't as great as I had hoped.
This week's MVP "Uncle Manny," on the other hand, was great. All it took was one scene. Haley's plan for a phony chaperone at her party fell apart when Manny actually took on the role of a chaperone. The line of the night, to a girl at the party: "I believe I made it clear the bedrooms were off limits. Young lady, I don't think you're ready up here for what you're planning to do up there."
Gloria's lecture to Haley and Manny, for opposite reasons, also took the cake this week.
Luke and Claire's coming to terms with the loss of an elderly neighbor was somewhat underwhelming, though. I laughed at Claire's inappropriate "Joker"-ish (as Phil put it) smile when announcing his death, but the rest wasn't that great.
Yes, this episode was a mixed bag. Thankfully, Phil and Alex's subplot, where he sought to make a memorable moment for her by inducing a waitress into labor (yes, you read that right) was the other high point, aside from Manny.
That was a memorable father-daughter moment alright. As Alex put it, "You know what I'll never forget: the time my dad spent an entire day trying to create a special memory for me. Or when a pregnant lady slipped in my vomit."
What did you think of this week's show? Let me know on video or in the comments below, and I'll catch you again for the home stretch of this season in May.
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