Modern Family Review: Competition and Paranoia
There's really nothing funny about waiting for medical news. That was the first mistake in this week's Modern Family. "Lifetime Supply" - a title as random as the storyline it came from - brought us a depressed and neurotic Phil as he waited for results from his doctor.
This episode was far more about competition than it was about the lifetime supply of razors that Phil won from a game show he was on in the 1990s. Although props to the costume department for digging up that wig.
What a random bit to throw into the episode, it didn't even tie into anything else. In an effort to not be completely negative, I'll express my appreciation for Phil's neutrality in the whole East Coast/West Coast rap war.
Mitchell and Cam started the year off right by celebrating Mitchell's environmental law award. Then, of course, they got petty and competitive, Cam's farm stories came up and Mitchell tried to do the right thing and got caught in a bad position. Pretty similar to what we see from these two every week.
If it weren't for Alex Dunphy expressing her completely Pritchett-dominated personality, Mitchell never would have realized his mistake in the first place. Can someone also please explain to me how there was still a fish flopping on the ground in Cam's box of trophies? I did at least love that Mitchell owned up to the fact that he was acting like a 14-year-old girl.
As sexy as Benjamin Bratt is, and Cam's staring only proved my point, his appearance was kind of wasted. We all know that Jay is a great dad to Manny, we didn't need to see him and Javier try to outdo each other at the horse races. Manny ought to stick to dressing like Matt Damon in The Legend of Bagger Vance rather than getting sucked into the black hole of gambling.
Lucky for us all, Phil's results were fine. The doctor only called to discuss real estate. Overall, a weak first episode back, but there were a few good quotes per usual. Hit the comments with your thoughts!
Modern Family: "Lifetime Supply"
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