Sunday, April 24, 2011

What I’m Watching: Modern Family

Modern Family: Season 2, Episode 20 “Someone to Watch Over Lily” (B+)

It’s been a while since we’ve had an episode that has done justice to the magnificent character that is Phil. It’s not often that Claire manages to put her foot in her mouth much more grievously than her goofball of a husband. Phil’s first terrific moment came when he delivered a brilliant rendering of “Hello, Claire!” when he tracked her down at her secret appointment with Luke. Once Claire came out with her true feelings, Phil went until full self-parody mode, which turned out to be quite hilarious. The two parents leaving Luke stranded at the office when they were fighting was an amusing twist, and his ride back in via limo was quite funny. It was a nice treat to see Alex and Haley spending some together and even joining forces to commit a crime! It was great to see Alex confess that she had skipped her lesson and have Haley tell her that she doesn’t need to be so perfect all the time. Having a baby has provided Cameron and Mitchell plenty of opportunities to explore the complications of their parenthood, and finding someone to watch over Lily is just the latest in the series. My favorite part of the whole search was Mitchell’s disbelieving reaction to the story about the frozen cows, and this episode was definitely one of the best choreographed in a while with the frequent displays of bad parenting from the frazzled Claire and Phil, the not so gentle Jay, and the rather eccentric and excitable Gloria.


Greg Boyd said...

This one was awesome, maybe the best of the season so far.

Richter Scale said...

You ddn't mention the scene between Jay and Manny in the car, where Jay told Manny he's so brave to be talking to girls at his age. It's one of my favorite scenes between those two, but yes, the whole episode is amazing!!! I'm glad you also liked the Haley and Alex story. I wish there were more stories for Alex, because she's a fascinating character.