Modern Family "Unplugged" Reaction


Quickie recap: Jay, Gloria and Manny are all being annoyed by the barking of a neighbor's dog, until one day the dog mysteriously disappears. Jay and Manny think Gloria killed it, but it turns out she brought it to a farm where it could live with a nice family (really, she even had pictures to prove it). Cam and Mitchell want to get Lily into a great preschool, when they learn that being a gay couple with an adopted Asian baby is actually a benefit in this situation. And Phil and Claire want their kids to unplug from all their gadgets, so they set up a family contest, with Phil over-promising on prizes because he's sure that he and Claire will win (spoiler alert: they don't).

Two things stood out to me in this episode, another solid entry in what is week-in and week-out one of the best sitcoms on television today. First, Haley's ingenious way of winning the contest at the Dunphy household was hilarious. I didn't see that coming at all. Whereas last year Haley was just the generic female teen with boyfriend, so far this season, she has become more of a three-dimensional character, and I'm really enjoying it. Last night's twist was something I would have expected from Alex, but not Haley.

As for my other favorite moment last night, I don't think I've ever laughed harder at "Modern Family" than I did when Cam (Eric Stonestreet) busted out his Native American impression. Mitchell's completely embarrassed reaction helped sell it, but even without Mitchell there, Cam still would have killed. I'm not sure how much of that scene was played as written and how much Stonestreet may have ad-libbed, but either way it was a masterpiece of mildly offensive comedy.

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