A touching 'Modern Family'
November 25th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

A touching 'Modern Family'

Leave it to "Modern Family" to remain topical - well, at least inadvertently.

During a week in which the TSA's enhanced pat-downs are in the news, Wednesday night's episode had Mitchell complaining that Cam's visiting mother from Missouri (with its "very vibrant cowboy poetry scene") was a bit too handsy.

Of course, when he brings up his problem to Claire, she at first teases him for being too uncomfortable with other people being in close proximity, then advises him to show Cam an example of the problem.

Cam never saw it until Mitchell is forced to ask Cam's mom to massage out the kinks in his gluteus maximus, causing Cam to take him aside: "Show me on Lily's doll where my mother is touching you!" Then when she walked in on their conversation, "Let me show you where you stabbed my momma!"

Mom apologizes to Mitchell - while he's sitting in the bathtub. "Force field!"

As gut-busting as that was, the MVP award for this week goes to Phil, whose attempts to maintain a relationship with Dylan after Haley dumps him were the highlight of the episode.

"Vitamin P" tries to relate to our favorite not-so-bright ex-boyfriend: "I was a lot like you in high school except my hair was shorter and my guitar was a flute."

When the two meet up for lunch, with Phil wearing a hoodie that looks like it came from the women's section, Haley happens upon Dylan and the hoodie, and asked a waiter if Dylan was with anyone: "They were talking about taking a trip to Graceland together." Before leaving in a huff, Haley said, "He just wants to go because he thinks it's an amusement park!"

Meanwhile, Jay ends up in the hospital with appendicitis after Manny diagnoses it on a medical website Gloria discouraged him from using. When she found out her mistake, she lamented, "Why do I always almost kill my husbands?"

All three plots really clicked this week, making this my favorite episode of the season so far (and for those who just started watching this year, I highly recommend tonight's rerun of "Fizbo," one of the all-time greats).

What did you think? Do you agree that "Modern Family" delivered a pre-Thanksgiving treat? Share your view, just like this iReporter, by posting your thoughts here or in the comments below. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. The MUSIC and DISNEY Girl


    November 29, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nurse Barb

    I was watching Modern Family the other night, when Jay had symptoms of Appendicitis. His wife Gloria was wonderfully exasperated with his perceived hypochondria, which I totally empathize with. I loved seeing her put her dislocated shoulder back into place by slamming up against a wall. Luckily Manny knew how to access health information on-line. But, in reality, men often ignore symptoms until it's too late.

    I get it, men don't go like to get health checks. They haven't been socialized to have a yearly exam, pap smears, and don't get an exam to get a prescription for birth control pills. I don't want to say that men are different than women when it comes to believing that there could be something wrong with them, or scheduling the colonoscopy, cholesterol screen or blood pressure check, but let's face it, they are.

    Pass this along to any man you know who may be ignoring some symptoms like;
    • Swelling or lumps in their testicles, neck, armpits, groin or breast
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Feeling pain without any obvious reason
    • Prolonged fever
    • Exhaustion and fatigue not related to activities
    • Indigestion and/or difficulty swallowing
    • Blood from an orifice
    • Pee pee problems
    • Changes in a mole and/or strange white patches in the mouth.
    Be well, Nurse Barb

    November 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vin m

    i just love Ty Burell..
    he is the best character in this wonderful show.
    Vitamin P always has me in splits of laughter always..
    keep up the good work Ty.Hope you get an Emmy just like Eric (Cam).!!!

    November 26, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |

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