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Modern Family Review: We've Been Shawshanked!

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Unlike most episodes of Modern Family, "Unplugged" lacked a cohesive theme.

The trio of storylines never really came together, and each relied on an overarching silly concept more than funny quip after funny quip. Sure, the concept of each development - no technology for the Dunphys, Gloria as a murder suspect and Cam/Mitchell panicking over pre-school - was humorous, but the execution was less hilarious than usual.

Gloria, Jay and Manny

Is that the rat shovel? [Photo: ABC]

This is still Modern Family, of course, so the half hour had its moments.

There was Manny not having a clue what most kids do; Phil thinking Luke's cereal slurping was "awesome;" Haley's impressive soap-carving skills; Cam's Native American impression and his reaction at his and Mitchell's pre-school competition: Disabled inter-racial lesbians? With an African-American kicker? I did not see that coming.

Here's a look at our other favorite quotes from a somewhat sub-par episode:
Claire: Don't take this the wrong way, but I have almost no faith in you. | permalink
Jay: Don't most kids drink soda?
Manny: Who knows what they do? | permalink
Jay [on Gloria]: She's always had a certain comfort level with... killing. | permalink
Mitchell: She wants us to buy Lily a Blackberry.
Cam: She doesn't have the dexterity for that! | permalink
Mitchell: We're gonna have the only underachieving Asian in America. | permalink

Phil: I am completely on board your mother's horse and buggy to yesteryear. For the next week, I may as well be Amish. Jebediah Dunphy: Raisin' barns, witnessin' murders, making electric-fireplace hearths. | permalink

Gloria: Oh, here we go, because in Colombia we trip over goats and we kill people in the street! Do you know how offensive that is? Like we're Peruvians! | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (32 Votes)

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Holy cow, calm down comments. With all the stereotypical comments Jay has made about Columbia, you are suddenly upset because Gloria insulted a different culture? Jeez. Grow up. People aren't always nice, this show is no exception. Thier statements are not always politicaly correct, as I assumed people had figured out by now by all the columbian and gay quips. Calm down. It's a comedy. And a realistic one. -end rant-

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You lot need to get a fucking grip. You're taking this way to seriously.

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ESTO ES UN INSULTO!!! AL GRAN PAIS QUE ES EL PERU Y LA COMUNIDAD PERUANA EN EL MUNDO... RECIBAN MI DESPRECIO HACIA SU "PROGRAMITA"

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I used to love this show, but I find really offensive what Gloria says about Peru, I think if you want to make laugh it is unnecessary to insult other people.

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SIMPLY STUPID MAKING COMEDY BY INSULTING OTHER CULTURES. SAME FOR THAT VERGARA WHORE WHO'S SO F***ING DUMB, SHE SHOULD KNOW PERU AND COLOMBIA SHARE BORDERS AND ARE VERY SIMILAR CULTURES!!! BUT NOOOO.... SHE'S SO DUMBFOUNDED BY HER SILICONES THAT SHE WOULDN'T KNOW RIGHT??? STUPID ASS B*TCH!!!!

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Dumb, ignorant writer!!! and he/she thinks it's even funny?????? what kind of comedy this is? definitely not for the smart audience, but for the bigots, I'm sure they will enjoy these kind of jokes.