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Monday, March 28, 2011

About: Modern Family "Boy's Night"

This week's Modern Family was all about what crazy things can happen when you step outside of your comfort zone. Jay avoids going to the symphony with his family only to find himself in the middle of a very unlikely happy hour. Mitchell, Cam and their gay friends were all out for the night of drinks and conversation. Was the conversation a little cliche, yeah. But it was entertaining nonetheless, especially when Jay got involved. It was an obvious surprise to see Jay open up so easily in a group that would normally make him uncomfortable. Even Mitchell was apprehensive about inviting him over and seemed very surprised by his positive reaction to the group. It was sweet to see them bonding as father and son and to see Mitchell wondering if maybe their "problem" was his all along. I'm not sure he made the whole thing up but maybe this will give them the nudge they need to open up a little more often? As a side note, Nathan Lane is always great as Pepper and this episode was no different. There is just something about his character that is so lovable and so hateable (I think I just made up a word) all at once. It makes him the perfect frenemy.

Luke makes friends with the neighborhood grump Mr. Kleezak AKA Walt. Phil and Claire tell Luke that he can' be friends with Walt because he's weird and creepy. Granted, they know nothing about their neighbor who looks about as harmless old man with a breathing tube. I enjoyed this story line and I really enjoyed the reference they made to UP because I was immediately reminded of the Disney movie when Luke went over to visit Walt for the first time. Luke has that same sweet and innocent but completely oblivious personality as the little boy in UP. The whole bit about the oxygen tank is a classic example.

Luke: What's that tube in your nose?
Mr. Klezak: It's my oxygen tank.
Luke: We have that our house. But we don't need a tank for it. (Holds breath as he enters house.)

That's the thing I really like about Luke's character, though. He is so kind and trusting and just a little too innocent for his own good.

The Haley babysitting for Lily storyline was a little tired and didn't really add all that much to the episode, in my opinion. I just think this is something we've seen before and I would have liked to see Modern Family give this old troupe a twist. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Overall, I really enjoyed this episode of Modern Family. I know a lot of people have been disappointed this year because the show got off to such a strong start in its first season but it has yet to disappoint me. Some weeks are better than others, of course but no matter what I'm always laughing.

Here are some great moments I can't go without mentioning. 

*Cam: Richard Gere, I'll be the officer, don't be a gentleman.

*Manny: Hump day, am I right, Jay?
  Jay: Your day ends at 2:30.

*Phil: I love Westerns, the bloodier the better, that's my favorite type of movie - that and anything set against   the backdrop of competitive cheerleading.


  1. i also liked the exchange between jay and cam on the phone the next day when jay talked about how surprised he was that gay men drank him under the table. cliche but appropriate.

  2. Thanks for your comment! I did really like Jay's comment too. Totally cliche but equally funny.