Ta-da! A new 'Modern Family'
March 3rd, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Ta-da! A new 'Modern Family'

It's the last "Modern Family" for a few weeks, and it finished strong with Wednesday night's episode, penned by "Seinfeld" writer (and short-lived "Celebrity Apprentice" contender), Carol Leifer.

Both Phil and Jay have a similar problem, what Jay refers to as "not liking loose ends." When Phil finds  spa coupons worth a few hundred dollars that are expiring, he's determined to cash them in, with or without Claire. As he told her, "If you don't use them, then all of our money just goes to charity!"

Claire was too busy trying to get her daughters to get along: "I want them to shop together and do each other's hair, and talk about boys... like I used to do with Mitchell."

That was much easier said than done, especially when Alex wore Haley's sweater and promptly ripped it. Despite trying to replace it, the two sisters came to blows, with Alex telling Haley, "Relax, more than half the 11th grade has been in that sweater."

At the spa, Phil, who went by himself, got a few pointers from the ladies on how to talk to his wife: "Whoa, whoa, maybe it's all the creams... that just made sense, girlfriends." Their tips worked, earning him a few brownie points after her rough day with their daughters.

Meanwhile, Cam was trying to take the negativity out of the word "adopt" for Lily when he discovered that his last name (Tucker) is listed as a middle name instead of a hyphen on Lily's paperwork. The ensuing fight causes Mitchell to point out that, as a lawyer, he fills out all the paperwork, starting with Cam's gym membership. This led to the one-liner of the night from Cam, "Themoreyouspendthemoreyousave!"

It all worked out, though, with Mitchell fixing the paperwork and writing a story involving two monkeys and a panda to explain adoption to Lily, who clapped when she heard the word.

Despite the other strong plotlines, this week's MVP is Manny, who gave a great speech to Jay, calming his fears about getting divorced when Gloria cringed at the idea of getting buried next to him in a mausoleum. It certainly didn't help when Jay framed it with the word, "Ta-da!" As Gloria put it, "Ta-da is for when you do a flip or where the magician cuts the pretty lady in half, not when you show someone where you want to shove their dead body."

Manny was going through his own relationship problems with a "younger woman" who "makes me feel like a fifth grader again." She just didn't get his references to the Wiggles. In any case, he broke it down for Jay as to what made him so special to a woman who would get wedding proposals from men in moving cars.

"She said she fell in love with you during your first fight," he said. "She said she finally met her match."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why that couple works. That, combined with the Cam and Mitchell plot, made this one of the better episodes of "Modern Family" in a while. Lines like this one from Manny to Jay helped as well: "Please, for the first month, I didn't even bother to learn your name."

Did you like this episode as much as I did? Let me know on iReport, and in the comments, and ta-da! (okay, not the best use of it there either), we'll talk in a few weeks.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. J

    This show is the best thing since sliced bread. Now that Charlie is out of the TV picture, I bet this show takes over.....there isn't one bad thing about it.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. tyler

    Yes, Cam and Mitchell need to stop bickering every episode. It's difficult to buy them as a happy couple with the constant back and forths. They are not fun together, funny yes (well, Cam's funny)... but they would not be a fun couple to be around.

    March 4, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. anona muss

    @anona missed it – wow, glad to see your analytical and humor skills are in such great working order. But in case this goes over your head as well, it's sarcasm.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Florida girl

    I agree, it was a great episode. However I do agree with imagedmoved above, that it would be nice if Cam and Mitchell didn't fight on every episode, because most of them are just plain stupid fights.

    March 4, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Texas girl

    Best show on TV. Not a weak character in the bunch!

    March 4, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dakevster

    I love Modern Family. Manny cracks me up! Cam and Mitchell are the funniest couple on TV.

    March 4, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. LIsa

    Excellent episode. This show is the best!

    March 3, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. imagemoved

    Manny opposite Jay is always a winning combination. I think Cam and Mitchell having a fight over something legitimate was refreshing, but it would be even better if they could actually go a whole episode without fighting. Alex and Haley also play off each other very well. It was a well-rounded episode–humor and tenderness. A successful week.

    Rest of my thoughts here: http://imagemoved.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/modern-family-is-missing-a-hyphen/

    March 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |

    Gloria – Good luck getting people into your drawers.

    And Manny as the wise bartender opposite Jay – priceless.

    Lily's adopted (yay!) ??? I didn't know that. 🙂

    March 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • anona missed it

      you... didn't know that the asian daughter of the two white gay men was adopted? it may be all the creams or something but are you... brain damaged?

      ...and gloria? she's not gonna have any problems getting anybody to go into her ANYTHING. estupido.

      March 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Be Quiet

    Ty Burrell is the funniest actor currently on TV.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |

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