The fall guy on 'Modern Family'
May 19th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

The fall guy on 'Modern Family'

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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  1. C Fred

    Best new sitcom in the last 10 years. All the characters unique, funny and lovable.

    May 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kris

    First off, the show has always been "On Top", as far as Television sitcoms go. It was however feeling less unique this season. Not quite as smart, genius. A little more "Typical Sitcom". That was earlier in the Season. These past few episodes have been VERY good, and VERY reminiscent of what made Season One so Brilliant. Modern Family, IMO, was tops as it was absolutely genius. Take "The Musical Man" for instance, all the subtle clever wording that made for numerous laughs, the "I can't be satisfied, Call me" on the Van with Claire, and the "I'll make your dreams come true" with the Daughter, was HILARIOUS. The "We love the F Word" was HILARIOUS. Again, these are just brilliant writing. With this episode, take Cam walking into the door for instance...The funny part was not walking into the glass door(Cliche), it was him then walking into the screen afterwards, which was completely hilarious, as I never saw it coming. These are just reminding me of the "Good Ol' Days"....My favorite "Modern Family" moment remains as the part from "My Freaky Valentine" in which Claire got her coat stuck in the escalator(That was covering her nude body). It was the most hilarious scene I have seen from ANY Sitcom. I am glad Modern Family is getting back to their roots....Unpredictable, Smart, Witty comedy!

    May 21, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. April Fool

    Dude ! When Cam walked into the door ! Priceless ! I almost died laughing !

    May 20, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. john

    Love the extremely subtle "Actress with the teeth" joke. (it was a playful reference to Sofia Vergara)

    May 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Groupon


    May 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. whatyouwant

    I've only seen this show twice and it's been pretty funny both times. I liked when Cam walked into the door and then into the screen door, separating it from the frame. It was a sit-com version of "America's Funniest Home Videos" without the addition of that annoying Tom Bergeron.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Elementary School Teacher

    I enjoy Groupons post much more than this show.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ghandi's pirhana

    "Do you agree that the show is back on top again?" No, no, I do not agree. This show has always been on top.

    I'll be graduating. Manny Delgado

    May 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't Stop Belivin that we can Get This Party Started

      I just wanna let you know how much I love your name 🙂

      May 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DANICOL***44

    Great show! Every episode is hysterical. Some are funnier than others, of course, but all-in-all this show is genius! This episode had me laughing the whole time. Every character in Modern Family has such differnet personalities that ultimately makes the show clever and cunning. Definitely the top show this season!

    May 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |

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