May 19th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
Make that two in a row for "Modern Family" going into the season finale.
Wednesday night's episode was once again one of the best of the season, a tour de force of physical comedy, starting off with Jay's secret Botox treatment that went horribly wrong.
At first, everyone was concerned that he needed to go to the hospital (Claire said, "His face looks like a candle!"), but then Mitchell figured it out, exclaiming, "What were you thinking? You're a veteran!"
Leave it to Phil (or "Felipe") to remark to Claire, "Do you think he got his butt done too? It looks fantastic!"
The best reaction of all, though, was Manny's suggestion that Jay wear a "Phantom of the Opera" mask.
It was a very difficult choice, but I had to pick Claire over Jay as the MVP of the episode, if only for her persistence in getting to Alex's middle school graduation after everyone was stuck behind Jay's gate. She rode a two-person bicycle with Phil and tumbled down a hill to get there, something which amused Cam to no end.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Cam. Even though he explained his laughter as being about "the juxtaposition of absurdist comedy against the backdrop of a formal setting," he couldn't get past the fact that he had made a big to-do over Mitchell's laughter when he fell into a kiddie pool. When Mitchell poorly tried to explain why he laughed, Cam shot back, "He'll be here all week, folks. Literally, because you're not going home with me."
In the meantime, after a talk with her sister, Alex decided against using her graduation speech to take out revenge on her classmates. She really is a genius, because one would have to be to come up with the most cliched speech ever, which ended with, "Don't stop believing. Get this party started!"
There's been a lot of talk that this season was not as good as last, and I can see that to some extent. At the same time, I would definitely compare this episode favorably with the Hawaii episode one year ago. Definitely looking forward to the season finale.
Do you agree that the show is back on top again? Do you want to know what a "hurtful rhythmic taunt" sounds like? Most importantly, can you open gates with your mind like Luke? Share your iReport like Kathi Cordsen did, or comment below.
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