Modern Family Review: "When Good Kids Go Bad"

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Good Governor, I just love you Phil Dunphy. You can make up raps about sandwiches any time you want for me.

In "When Good Kids Go Bad," we went back to the usual Pritchett/Dunphy family politics: arguing over who is right.

Jay v. Manny

In one of her more desperate maneuvers to date, Claire goes to lengthy measures to prove that Phil pushed her and knocked her over at the grocery store. Heck, she goes as far as getting a copy of the grocery store security department. It's in the reflections of her family's faces that she realizes perhaps she went too far this time. It's a sickness, she suddenly notes. Where did her overwhelming need to be right come from?

Everyone is always quick to blame a child's behavior on the parents, but in this case it's actually true. Little kids mimic what they see. If Mitchell doesn't share, Lily won't want to either. If Jay always had to be right, Claire was bound to turn out the same way. Even if it means locking a two-year-old Mitchell in a dryer to prove her point.

Poor Mitchell, he can never catch a break. Just when he thinks Cam is to blame for Lily's latest issue of not wanting a sibling, he finds out that was partially at fault, too. Although, I do believe that it's a combination of Lily being coddled and not learning to share, thus both parents need to address it. I mean, Cam really does carry her around as a fanny pack... a very cute fanny pack.

The hour's second episode was classic Cam all the way. Just the simple stunt of the banner, sparklers, and "Let's Hear It For the Boy" blasting had me cracking up. This is how I like my Modern Family to be.

It's the subtle things that make it so enjoyable. Whether it's the way Haley and Alex banter or watching Jay interrogate Manny like he's in the mafia, I think the show is at it's best when it's not trying to pull any ratings stunts.

The "Dude Ranch" was a fun way to kick off the season, but I preferred the second episode. A major reason, the quote below:

Claire: None of you believe me so I got proof. You should all be sucking it right now!
Gloria: Claire, please, enough with the sucking it! They're children! | permalink
Mitchell: The attic? Why?
Luke: At least it's big. Grandpa said you used to live in a closet. | permalink
Cam [about Lily]: She looks like she was dipped in glue and dragged through a flea market. | permalink
Phil: Guess it's just one of those things that we'll never know, like what really happened to the Titanic.
Claire: It hit an iceberg.
Phil: Maybe. | permalink

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Modern Family Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

Alex: Could you L a little less O L? Can't you see what I'm trying to do here?
Haley: Die alone?

Claire: Could you grab an extra virgin-
Phil: I think one's enough for the sacrifice.