Betting on another great 'Modern Family'
January 5th, 2012
04:35 PM ET

Betting on another great 'Modern Family'

It's been a month, so welcome back indeed to "Modern Family."

The new year started with the return of Benjamin Bratt as Manny's father, Javier. When he went on an outing to the racetrack with Jay and his son, it wasn't long before the two dads butted heads.

Manny, on the other hand (who was ganging up a bit on Jay with his father), was having the time of his life. At one point, he said, "I love gambling, it's so easy!"

Of course, Jay and Javier (who I just realized have the same name – yeah, I'm slow) saw the error of their ways, just like Mitchell, who decided to make up to Cam for his territorial behavior and not letting Cam place a trophy next to his on the mantelpiece.

"I'm so glad I spoke to Alex because she agreed with every single thing that I was saying," said Mitchell, "which made me realize that I was acting like a 14-year-old girl!"

Of course, when Mitchell tried to make it up to him (and realized that Cam had a very large trophy collection), his plan fell apart when an errant mouse caused him to drop and stomp on some of the trophies. In front of Cam, naturally.

At the same time, Phil's doctor made the - shall we say, near-fatal - mistake of calling him and leaving a message, which Phil believed to be very bad news.

The entire family came by – including Jay, coffee cake in hand – believing the worst, thanks to Gloria's panic over Phil's prognosis... which turned out to be an inquiry about real estate. (Congrats to Gloria, by the way, this week's MVP!)

And you just had to know that Phil had a game show appearance in his past – the '90s to be exact – an appearance which included a special thanks to Jay and his ex-wife for being such a great example of a lasting marriage. Whoops.

Were you also happy to see "Modern Family" back? Share your view here or post a comment.

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  1. burberry trench coat

    There is an interesting film on Channel one.He suggested a picnic.I owe you for my dinner.His vanity was hurt by their talking so frankly.Let's watch TV with a candle on.I'd like to look at some sweaters.I'd like to look at some sweaters.Never mind.Don't fall for it!As you know, I am a very kind person.
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    October 22, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
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    April 1, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chiklet

    I love this show..the cast is favs are of course Cam and Mitchell ..LOL funny

    January 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shalb

    too funny.... great cast

    January 6, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. DianaM. Galarza

    Great show. Here in Puerto Rico they have a lot of followers. I laugh out loud at all the silliness (good).

    January 6, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. babala

    Hello. Come to, to look for some rich guys or beautiful girls.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Johnny Cage

    Great show. Often has the laugh out loud factor for my wife and I.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Observer

    Two words:


    Why is this mess even still on?

    January 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anona Muss

      Get off your front porch, observer and experience the world. This show is a hit because it's funny and it's more representative of a modern family than 19 and counting is.

      January 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike white

      Great show...we LOVE it here in Australia!

      January 6, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • kpkpkp

      Really, if you don't like this then why are you even watching it. I liked the reply about get off your front porch. That old sofa must be moldy and smelly by now. How many cars do you have parked in the yard that don't work?

      January 6, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. anona muss

    I live in California. When will I need to know Spanish? - Hayley

    I loved Phil on the game show Smarty Pants and his shout out to the friend who is about to take out his homemade helicopter for the very first (and last) time.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
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      January 6, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |

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