Modern Family: Season 4, Episode 4 “The Butler’s Escape” (B)
This episode was entertaining but hardly terribly clever, especially compared to the level of humor and creativity this show usually presents. Luke wanting to give up magic was probably the most disappointing of the plotlines, since Phil has had much better physical comedy moments than his inability to break free of the butler’s confines. I much more enjoyed Alex being really mean around the house since Haley wasn’t there, followed by Haley skewering Alex’s fashion sense and all other discernable qualities. Cameron’s antics were always going to be too much for his first day of class, and you’d think maybe he’d know that by now. His choreographed conversation with Mitchell about where to find Lily in the supermarket was amusing, as was Mitchell calling Claire to help save the day, a fact she couldn’t help revealing when Mitchell decided that he wouldn’t be honest with him when he got home from his horrible day. Jay renting a hotel room to get a good night’s sleep away from the snoring Gloria was funny, and I like that she called him and made him head down to the lobby rather than having actually gone up to find him in his supposed location. Her revenge was perfect, taking Jay’s hotel room and sending him home for the night. All three of these plotlines are related to this season’s themes, and I’m hoping that a child at college, a transition of roles, and a baby on the way can lead to more original storylines in the future.