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Review: Modern Family - Run for Your Wife

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 29th 2009 1:30AM
Sarah Hyland(S01E06) Once again, the three families on this show needn't interact at all for the series to work. Maybe if someone were tuning in for the first time, completely unaware that the three families were all related, they'd be confused as to why we're following these three separate storylines. Even then, though, I suspect they'd still laugh at Lily's costumes and Manny's Colombian pan flute.

As a parent, I'm not to the teenage years yet, so can't relate as well with the experiences of Phil and Claire, but I do remember the fear and panic you have with your first child. Every little bump is a crisis, as we saw. And, I'm ashamed to admit that I committed the same "horrible" crime they perpetrated on Lily later in the episode, as well.

As for Jay and Gloria ... oh, my son is in the fifth grade. Sometimes I feel like they're living my exact life. Maybe all fifth graders are equally off-the-wall, or maybe my child is as special and unique as Manny.

We want our children to be happy and express themselves, but we also want them to be accepted by their peers and -- dare I say it -- popular. I don't even think the kids are establishing their clicks completely by the fifth grade. Certainly my son is completely unconcerned, bouncing off the walls and saying whatever comes into his mind.

Manny has that same carefree attitude and freedom from concern over what anyone else thinks of him. I love that he has such pride in his heritage, and that Gloria supports him. But how hilarious was it when Gloria had Jay "drop" the flute. "And then you stepped on it!" I loved that line, and Jay's reaction. Support can only go so far. When we finally saw Manny performing his Colombian flute dance, I understood completely. At least give the kid a fighting chance.

Cam and Mitchell's experience wasn't so much funny as it was "Oh my god, I did all of that!" Yes, I even locked my baby in the car once -- and believe me, you only do that once. I didn't have a fancy On-Star type of system to open it up. "Sir, please tell your wife to calm down."

"That's a man."

As for Phil, Claire really threw him a bone this time. The guy's a complete bonehead. Lovable and caring, but a bonehead nonetheless. She shouldn't have felt sorry for him, and should have smoked his ass. He'd have bounced back. Now he'll just lord this over her forever.

That is, if he didn't suffer any long-term memory problems from getting nailed by his daughter in the driving instructor's car. What a great tumble over the car, by Burrell's stunt-man, unless Burrell was crazy enough to do it himself.

Even though Claire and Phil's eldest daughter Sarah was barely used this week, it was hilarious every time they cut to her in the car with anyone. Whether it was dodging kids in the car, or that brilliant ending where she refused to stop for the cops, and Phil encouraged this, I laughed every time I saw her behind the wheel.

And then I was terrified, thinking that soon enough, I'll be going through the same thing.

Ah kids. We love them, don't we? Ungrateful little -- ahem, I mean love. Yes, love.

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RC

My favorite line:

Claire: "you want to race me? I ran a half marathon."
Phil: "wow, I'm half scared."

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November 02 2009 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CC

Isn't Claire and Phil's oldest daughter named Hayley?

I don't think it would be condescending to wonder if someone who just tuned in to the show would be confused by the three separate storylines. I would be - you would have no idea how the three families are related. Although I guess you could just think it was about modern families, not about one modern extended family.

I actually liked this episode a little less than The Incident and the one last week (I can't remember the title). I enjoy the moments when the whole family gets together because then you can really see the craziness. But this episode had funny moments too - especially with Mitchell and Cameron. Like the whole exchange with the pediatrician where Cameron is telling her how they are incorporating elements of Lily's Asian heritage into her life, as though the doctor should care just because she's of Asian heritage. And then the pediatrician says "I'm from Denver. We don't have a lot of "pho" there". Loved that section of dialogue!

October 29 2009 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tingrin87

"...getting nailed by his daughter in the driving instructor's car" - now, i admit to having a dirty mind, but if someone didn't see the episode, what exactly would they think this meant?

October 29 2009 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frank

"Maybe if someone were tuning in for the first time, completely unaware that the three families were all related, they'd be confused as to why we're following these three separate storylines."

That's condescending to the TV audience.
That's like asking will people "get it" if they make a Jewish joke on Seinfeld, or if they don't show the "Friends" all together in every episode will people understand that.

I think many people who watch "serial" tv programming are fine not knowing EVERY detail of show.

October 29 2009 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lauren

"do you believe in miracles?? usa, usa"

October 29 2009 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I am ashamed to say the I wet myself when Cam was running frantically towards the car with the garbage can screaming his ass of.

And by wet myself, I meant I was drinking at the time and honest-to-God spit out the water all over myself. Lesson learned.

October 29 2009 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Lisa

Ryan, I did the exact same thing, but it was red wine I spit all over me. I re-watched that scene 3 times and laughed hysterically every time.

October 29 2009 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jolene_fan

at first the show seemed choppy, but the characters are written well and I like it now. much better last two eps.
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October 29 2009 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

I have been watching this show online due to other confiicts on Wednesdays but i got to watch it as aired tonight and I enjoyed it more for some reason. Man this show is funny and like Parl said above even readng the gags now it is making me laugh again. 'That's a man' was gold, just gold.

October 29 2009 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LRM

I think the sign of a really good show is that I can read the gags later and they still make me laugh out loud.

October 29 2009 at 3:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

Was this episode shown out of order? Weren't all the kids in school last week when Manny and Luke got into a fight?

October 29 2009 at 2:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gordon Werner

yes. last week's episode should come before this one (don't know why they were shown out of order)

October 29 2009 at 3:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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