'Modern Family' - 'My Funky Valentine' Recap
by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 11th 2010 2:02AM
(S01E15) The myriad relationships and characters in 'Modern Family' make it the perfect show to spotlight all the difficulties one can face in love and romance. As Valentine's Day descends on our cast of characters, they each explore new ways to express how much they care about one another, and they each find challenges along the way.
Jay takes Gloria out for a romantic evening, though it's not the one she expects. Mitchell and Cameron, who've agreed to watch Manny for the evening, wind up helping him express his true feelings to the girl he pines for, after another boy took credit for his poetry and scored a date with her.
Claire and Phil find the inspiration to break their Valentine's routine and explore the world of naughty role-playing. Surprisingly, both of them turn out to be pretty good at it, though Claire perhaps takes it a little too naughty. Particularly when things take that inevitable turn to the absurd.
When Jay took Gloria to see a favorite comedian of his, David Brenner playing himself, she was reluctant to go; instead wanting him to take her salsa dancing. But she went along, and found herself enjoying the show. Everything was going great until Brenner started taking pot shots at their marriage, and particularly at Jay for being so much older. Like Gloria thought, it looked like Jay was concerned about how other people felt about their relationship, but he revealed instead that it was an insecurity that she would not want to continue being with him as he got older. I appreciate these genuine character moments in the midst of the comedy on the show. It helps make these characters and relationships feel that much more real.
Their love reaffirmed, they decided to go dancing instead, just in time to run into Claire and Phil. By this time, the role-play had reached the point where Claire was naked underneath a trenchcoat, the belt of which was unfortunately caught in an escalator. In other words, if she moves, she's standing there nude surrounded by people.
Of course, at this point, they started getting inundated with people they both know. It was a little ridiculous and unlikely that so many people would show up at just that moment, but it didn't stop it from being funny as each one showed up. Not nearly as hilarious as what happened after Gloria saved the day. Loved that Gloria revealed that the exact same thing had happened to her before, and the coat switch was handled pretty smoothly. Less brilliant was her bra and panties scattering across the floor.
What must Jay have been thinking? I'll give him credit for keeping his thoughts to himself. It was pretty classy of Jay and Gloria to say nothing to Claire and Phil at all about what they must have known was going on. A great opportunity to make them both feel ridiculous, but for the sake of love and romance and the spirit of Valentine's, they let it pass.
The set-up for Mitchell to use his big courtroom speech on the boy who stole Manny's poem was a little too blatant, but it was worth it for the moment when the dumb girl decided she still liked the plagiarist because he said he had the feelings but didn't know how to express them. Poor Manny. When will he ever find a woman who understands what's in his heart?
It was nice to see that new parents Cam and Mitchell weren't expecting some fancy night out alone, nor did Mitchell balk when he found out Cam had agreed to watch Manny for the night. Again, it's those genuine little moments that help the audience believe in these characters, and believing in them makes the situations they find themselves in that much funnier.
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