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Claire's Cautionary Tale About College Backfires on 'Modern Family' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 24th 2011 1:30AM
'Modern Family' - 'Punkin Chunkin'While it's never been brought up directly, the Pritchetts are a rather cynical and dour bunch. The sight of Jay, Mitchell and Claire standing on the sidelines as the "dreamers" of their extended family attempted to "chunk" a punkin' through a goal post illustrated that divide beautifully on this week's 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC).

Not that their practicality is all bad. It's helped them all become successful people, and they do work to balance out the wilder sides of their partners. But it keeps them from experiencing the joys of life more regularly, and they've sucked at least one member of the next generation into their way of thinking.

It's probably that gray area somewhere between the dreamers and the Pritchetts that's the healthiest way to be. Plus, trying to be practical all the time can backfire, as when Claire thought she was going to use the old neighbor as a cautionary tale for Haley. Instead, Haley learned the lesson that dropping out of college can lead to riches galore ... though you do have to be smart for that to work.

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