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Modern Family Review: A Modern Day Normal Rockwell

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Last week's Modern Family was a lot about feeling the love at "The Happiest Place on Earth", otherwise known as Disneyland. While Disneyland is a place where people go to escape real life, the Pritchitt-Dunphy crew was brought back down to earth on "Tableau Vivant."

What other way to showcase the inner workings of a modern family (pun sort of intended) than to reinterpret one of the works of Norman Rockwell, Mr. All American Artist himself?

Luke & Manny Argue

When teacher's pet Alex is bombing in her art class, she chooses to use her own family to reinterpret a Rockwell painting, "Tableau Vivant." Norman Rockwell is often referred to as one of America's favorite illustrators ,who has many a time painted a very idealistic picture of the perfect family. Thus this made Alex's choice all the more ironic.

Especially since by the time her presentation was up, the whole family was at each other's throats!

Phil had to fire Mitchell for some part time contract work he was doing. Meanwhile, Mitchell wanted to quit anyway and was trying to get fired. Phil was blinking uncontrollably from nerves. Skating around hurt feelings led to a bunch of miscommunication and a big fight. Oh, and Mitchell got stuck in an elevator for two hours.

Luke started a fire in school and only got caught as he was putting it out. Because he looked like a big hero the school rewarded him a medal, but Manny felt too guilty over the whole thing and was pushing Luke to confess.

Elsewhere, Cam and Claire were duking it out over whose parenting style was better. Note to every single parent on the planet: never criticize another person's parenting. Unless someone else's kid has set your kid on fire or pulled a knife on the playground, keep your mouth shut. It is not your place to comment on how someone else raises their child. It simply never ends well.

Lastly, Jay is insulted that Gloria doesn't like a special sandwich named after him. Honestly the sandwich has anchovies on it and I'm already nauseated by it. I think Jay just wants to feel special, but so does Gloria. Gloria was jealous of Jay's bond with Maxine.

Hands down my favorite part of this episode was small, but perfect. When Haley walked in after a night out and thought Phil was reprimanding her but really he was practicing his speech to Mitchell, I thought she was so busted. Especially when he realized she was carrying her shoes. But this is Phil Dunphy we're talking about here! Haley twisted it that she was nervous and trying on clothes for graduation. "Well put them on so I can see the whole outfit!" Phil mused. Classic Phil, I love him.

What did you all think of this week's Modern Family? Was Alex's art project the perfect metaphor for what used to be considered a Rockwell type of family compared to what the standard is now? Would you ever order the Jay Pritchett sandwich? Hit the comments and don't forget to check out our Modern Family quotes!

Review

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Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Sarah silva

I love this show and it always makes me laugh. For me this was one of my favorite episodes of the season!
It is a comedy so I knew that Cam's hand would not get mangled but I still found myself cringing!
This is and will continue to be one of the best comedies on TV.

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I have to agree with Lamar Savage. This whole season, Modern Family just ain't what it used to be. I keep tuning in every week anyway, hoping the quality will pick up again, but so far, nada ... I'm not sure I'll bother next week.

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I haven't laughed so hard at an episode in a long time. The metaphor of the family dinner was genius, right down to the final scene in the diner where we see a more realistic "Tableau Vivant."

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It is such a shame for the best comedy on television to see that the writers are already becoming lazy with the characters that have previously been so well developed and nuanced - now they are starting to seem one-note, which is entirely the fault of the writers!!!

Modern Family Season 3 Episode 23 Quotes

I haven't felt so nervous since I tried to break up with Claire 20 years ago.

Phil

Claire: I say no everyday in this house.
Phil: But at night she's a yes machine.
Claire: No.

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