Modern Family Review: Blind Sided!

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Sweet Jesus, Clive Bigsby is back and in his turtleneck no less. "Door to Door" was all about the neighborhood: a little petitioning, some wrapping paper sales, a search for lost dog and Cameron's debut as Marlon Brando's character in A Streetcar Named Desire.

What led to these door to door acts you might ask? Well... Claire was back in the minivan bitching about a dangerous intersection when she almost ran over Phil. See, Claire, this is what happens when you hypocritically gossip with your daughters! Granted, Phil was too into his jams to notice the oncoming car, but still.

Look Out, Lily!

Per usual, Claire got on everyone's nuts about not helping her petition and snapped in a fit of rage after an encounter with a lawn sprinkler. After a lot of confusion about the meaning of The Blind Side, the Dunphys stepped it up and came to Claire's rescue at the Town Hall meeting.

Despite the extra signatures and Luke and Phil's brilliant "Stop in the Name of Life" video, the true selling point was Phil swearing to the committee that Claire will not give up on her stop sign until she sees it. Quite frankly, it's true; Claire Dunphy never met a project she didn't see from start to finish.

Mitchell has a little more self control in this department, but only a very tiny bit. After berating Cam for making a mess and not cleaning it, yet again, Mitchell decided to let his hair down and ignore the mess himself. Obviously Mitchell went a little too far with his "messy is cool" approach because, oh hey, is that the adoption agent at the door?

Gloria continued her battle with Stella the bulldog only to end up accidentally letting her roam the neighborhood. Gloria and Cam set out to find Stella and along the way Cam found his way to the spotlight and got to create his own Stanley Kowalski/Marlon Brando moment. Dammit, Mitchell, you never make an angry phone call when Cam is having a theater moment!

By the way, when that little girl introduced herself as Blanche, I nearly peed myself. Cam was in total heaven.

The Jay and Manny storyline felt a little weak to me, despite that Manny got few good zingers in. It's nice to know that schools still do wrapping paper and cookie sales for fundraisers. I can't help but remember my own childhood days and how I never got the seller's prizes in Girl Scouts. What can I say? Maybe Manny and I just aren't salesman.

By the way, was anyone surprised/disappointed that Phil wears tighty whiteys? Hit the comments and don't forget to vote for your favorite quotes!


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (71 Votes)

Claire's character is simply a constant annoyance and never funny, and Alex is now merely a Haley twin. Luckily Mitch's freakout near the end saved the episode. Overall weak on the dunphy side.


I didn't like how Manny spoke about Jay. He could show more respect, the guy is treating him like his own son.


Without shadow, for me the funniest episode I've watched in a while! Cam yelling STELLA at the top of his voice was probably the comedy moment of the year! OUTSTANDING!


I agree with Keith--the Dumpheys always come through. Any time Phil and Luke get together on a project, you know it's going to be hilarious.


Agree some weak spots overall last night but the Dumphy's always seem to come to the show's rescue and last night was no different. They should find a way to get David Cross a recurring role - nothing to prominent since I find him a bit inconsistent but he was a pleasure last night. The Stop sign video was way funny. This morning I was still laughing out loud when I remembered the Blind Side dialogue that ended with this; Phil: Blind Side was the black kid that played tight end.
Alex: Offensive line.
Phil: Sorry. African-American kid. Seriously, I was on the floor! All in all still the best comedy on TV!


Seriously, you thought it was a good episode? The entire thing was so predictable. It was weak, and I'm so far over Cam that I'm in China!


God, what an episode! I can't seem to catch a break for the whole 30 minutes!

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Modern Family Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

Jay, I'm gonna need you to cut me a check.


Consider yourself lucky you didn't just get, like, felt up by your mom.