Down with the sickness on 'Modern Family'
November 4th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Down with the sickness on 'Modern Family'

One thing "Modern Family" is so great about capturing are those little moments we can all relate to. I have to say, I've felt Phil's frustration on Wednesday night's episode at trying to figure out which smoke detector was beeping around the house on many occasions.

When he finally lost it and attacked the smoke detectors with the "business end" of his old college cheerleading baton (complete with Schwarzenegger-esque one-liners), I'm sure a lot of people have been tempted to do the same (especially in the middle of the night).

Meanwhile, in the Dunphy house, both Claire and Haley spent some time together, sick in bed. Claire took the opportunity to finally confront Haley about her boyfriend, Dylan (who responded to Phil's warning not to get close to the sick Claire with, "Haley told you about that? It's just a dream!").

In true "Modern Family" fashion, Haley confused Claire's metaphorical talk about making the right choice in a guy for a discussion about her parents' marriage – so fear not, fans of dimbulb Dylan, he will be back!

Jay, meanwhile, was invited by the anniversary-obsessed Gloria (she even celebrates first fights!) to a re-creation of their first date - a date he has completely forgotten, of course.

At the same time, Manny - this week's MVP - was fuming about Jay's decision to fire an employee who allowed Manny to drive a forklift, crashing it into a wall. Manny wanted to hire Mitchell to represent the worker in court, but Jay nixed that, leading Manny to give him the permanent cold shoulder. Jay was able to outsmart him by immediately saying "Knock, knock" (kids can't resist saying "Who's there"? after all).

While all this is happening, Cam tried to give Lily her big break in a commercial (after getting off the phone, Mitchell asked, "Cam, did you just sell our baby"?). Mitchell was having none of that but Cam went behind his back. When Mitchell confronted him on the set ("I walked on, it's not MGM, it's a warehouse behind a mattress store"), Cam realized that Lily was hired because she's Asian and the commercial was promoting stereotypes. After Cam confronted the producers about that, he promptly walked off the set - with the wrong baby.

Another solid episode in my book - what did you think? Share your iReport, like Kathi Cordsen and Nadya Alvarez did, or comment below.

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  1. Olen Schoellkopf

    A smoke detector is a device that detects smoke, typically as an indicator of fire. Commercial, industrial, and mass residential devices issue a signal to a fire alarm system, while household detectors, known as smoke alarms, generally issue a local audible or visual alarm from the detector itself.^

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  2. Judy Thuemler

    I love this program! Wish this program could be an hour long so we could spend more time with each of the 3 famlies. The characters are so funny!

    November 5, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kortni

    You forgot one of my favorite parts of the episode. When Jay calls Manny "his kid" and Manny is shocked and touched. He then lets Jay in on where he needs to meet Gloria. Funny episode but that part was very touching in a light-hearted way!

    November 5, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Really

    I got all excited when it said "Down with the Sickness" but is nothing about Disturbed =(

    November 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. El Jefe


    November 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bulloch

    Modern Family never disappoints.... "You're barn folk!"

    November 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sean

    Very funny episode last night! Loved it when Manny came crashing through the wall. Also LOL'd when Cam grabbed the wrong child at the end. But my favorite moment...

    Phil: I burnt my lady fingers
    Smoke Detector: *BEEP*... 🙂

    November 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ron


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