Monday, April 15, 2013

What I’m Watching: Modern Family

Modern Family: Season 4, Episode 20 “Flip Flop” (B)

I was waiting for the inter title that would announce that several months had passed and the house had not yet sold, just one instance of a completely predictable moment in an episode that was still funny if entirely expected. Flipping the house has been a decent storyline, and I think that devoting full episodes to it is something that shouldn’t go on forever. Fortunately, it looks like Phil did manage to trick his nemesis into buying the house, even if he in turn got tricked into getting into trouble with Claire. The funniest part of the episode was Luke’s casual mention of his friend Zack and everyone else’s realization that he was in fact a full-fledged adult, played by Anders Holm, who is currently appearing as Mindy’s Christian boyfriend on “The Mindy Project.” The whole production was relatively amusing, and I enjoyed Haley’s overenthusiasm and her parents’ horrified reactions. The “I told you so” subplot with Mitchell was less creative, but it is in line with Cam’s overconfidence and his inability to listen to anything he doesn’t want to hear. Along with returning guest star Benjamin Bratt as Javier, it was nice to see Paget Brewster as the sophisticated, charming Trish, who got Gloria very jealous until she realized that she was in fact the one making Trish feeling insecure. I loved that her visit encouraged Jay to bring out Barkley, whose very existence continues to be fantastic and who provoked excellent responses from Javier and Trish that pleased Jay and infuriated Gloria.

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