On Modern Family Season 10 Episode 8, sex is the subject matter, as is political correctness.
It might've been funny if it weren't so sadly true.
Usually, I'm okay with comedies taking real life and weaving it in such a way where it's funny. Where else are they going to get their material?
But this wasn't one of those times.
The political correctness was almost to the point of nausea, and I didn't think any of it was funny. Well, except for Jay's line in the locker room.
I've admired you for a long time and if I haven't let you know that, that's on me. And I'm cissy-gendered enough to admit it.Jay
And Gil is gay? What was the point of that revelation, exactly?
We already know Gil's a jerk, straight, gay or in-between.
The show is reaching, and we're all feeling the strain.
Even Phil fell flat and that never happens.
Moving over to the whole Alex, Gloria, Claire shopping scene -- what was all the fuss about?
Yes, Gloria is more obvious about her curves and sexuality, but Claire's no stranger to that side of herself.
She and Phil have played many role-playing games where they highlighted Claire's sexuality. Why are they trying to paint her as a closed up prude?
Phil: Do or do not, there is no try.
Mitch: Please don't Yoda me.
Claire dresses more conservatively on a daily basis, and maybe Alex didn't feel comfortable talking to her about sex, but there was no point in hiding their shopping.
She wouldn't mind if Alex went shopping with Gloria, so making it a big deal was just a feeble attempt at a funny scenario that didn't work.
I'm not saying there weren't any funny lines. There were. The funniest of them came from Jay's line mentioned above and Principal Brown's at the very end, but most of the episode was dull.
Mitch and Phil share a love of sci-fi that would've been better to highlight than finding Gil in a gay bar.
Seeing them geek out at the sight of George Lucas would've been funny. Or some slapstick with Phil knocking over a line of Stormtroopers would've been funny too.
But no, we got some pictures at the end and didn't even get to see them at the event.
I'm totally gay.Gil
Now Cam, when he was first yelling at the boys and calling them little girls? I admit it took me back a bit. Cam's usually stereotypically manly when he coaches, we all know that, but he doesn't insult.
His voice deepens, and his mannerisms change, but he's still Cam.
Being aggressively insulting is just not who Cam is.
So, once again, they exaggerated a character's characteristic to the extreme, so they could exploit it and make a storyline.
We KNOW these characters. Don't stretch them out from who they are.
The only real thread running through this episode was Haley trying to deal with the fact that she's pregnant.
Of course, Dylan is all excited and, as predicted, they're painting the Haley/Dylan couple as the younger Phil/Claire couple.
Let's see those little bastards complain about that. Oh!Principal Brown
That isn't surprising seeing the similarities between the two couples.
They both started with a sweet innocent type of love that's simple. They both got pregnant at a young age, and Dylan is stepping up just like Phil.
Haley's fear and struggle as she carried the secret around was the only solid part of this episode.
I'm surprised she shooed off Dylan's proposal so quickly, but he can do better than that, and I'm sure he will.
His real proposal will be sweet and heartfelt, with a little bit of dumb mixed in because this is Dylan we're talking about here. But his love for Haley is pure. I think he'll propose in a public way and it'll be kinda huge.
I was a big Andy fan, and I'm disappointed it didn't work out between him and Haley, but I didn't dislike Dylan for her.
And for the love of cheese, please do not bring Andy back now.
If he was going to come back, it should've been pre-Dylan and post-Arvin. Now it's too late, and Haley's had enough love complications, so leave it alone.
I'd like to see more with Alex and her fireman. Let's get to know him and them a little more. Haley's love life has been done to death, and it's time to move on to a different Dunphy.
Let's give Alex a turn. Maybe that's what they're gearing up to with all the sexy shopping. We can only hope.
What do you think Modern Family fanatics? Did you like this episode? Which was your favorite storyline? What do you think about the Gil revelation?
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