Modern Family Review: All You Need Is Love

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Sometimes I give Modern Family a little heat and I have to remind myself that what makes this show so unique is the amount of heart it possesses. In "Planes, Trains and Cars" you could feel the love between all of the characters, particularly the spouses, even more than usual.

Coming off of an episode that I personally was not a fan of, I can honestly say that, while not sidesplittingly hilarious, this outing did leave me with a smile. 

Manny, Jay, & Gloria On The Road

evin Hart, who we first met in the episode "Treehouse," returned for a cameo as Phil's neighbor. When car shopping, he convinces Phil to stray from the standard Cadillac lease and get the sports car he's been dreaming about since the days he had a perm. Wait... Phil had a perm? Nevermind, I totally believe that. Writers can we please get some flashbacks up in here?

Phil gets the car despite the fact that he knows Claire is going to be pissed at him. Why is everyone so afraid of their wives on this show? You're trying to sell me a Katrina car man! What a lame excuse from Hart's character when really he was too afraid to ask his wife if he could get a convertible!

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Well, surprisingly Claire didn't yell at Phil. Maybe it's because she's sick of being the strict one all the time. She let Phil take the mini van and do the errands. Claire got to go to the beach and play! I'm glad she allowed Phil to figure out his own mistake and I'm glad they did cartwheels together and made a vow to go to the beach as a family more often. 

Elsewhere: Jay was obsessed with going to his reunion in style because he claimed he was a legend to these guys. Gloria rolled her eyes at this. Manny was just excited for the spa and I don't blame him. As it turns out, Jay was actually kind of a geek and he wanted to go back and show off how well he'd done in life; i.e. parade around his hot wife.

Once Gloria heard that, she was ready to get on that scary ass M.A.S.H. helicopter for Jay. She was more apt to make the trek there when Jay was vulnerable than when he was just being arrogant.

I love Jay's observations of Manny. I was cracking up when Manny was bugging out that the amenities change when it goes from an "H" to an "M" in Hotel/Motel and Jay just looks at him and is like: "Kid, you were eating cereal from a bucket when I met you," telling him to slow his roll. Manny, that vibrating massage is not exactly the kind of massage you signed up for, I'll give you that.

I also loved that Lily's bunny had a boyfriend. Very cute touch. I also understand her panic about losing bunny on the train because it is a completely relatable experience. I left my piglet in a restaurant when I was five and luckily they still had him when we went back. I may or may not still keep him in my bed to this day.

So, how did everyone else like this episode? Would you like to see some flashbacks of Phil in his perm and maybe those skinny jeans Haley and Alex poked fun at? Hit the comments!


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (56 Votes)

This is super late, still a great episode though! Does anyone know what beach Phil and Claire are at? Would love to have a beach day there.


The writers always do a good job of setting up scenes and storylines for each character on this show. "All you need is love" is one of the best examples of this, especially Jay and Manny, and Lily's panic over losing her bunny.


to that person who doesn't get this show's greatness. just go away. if u think p & r or community is in the same universe as mf you clearly arn't worthy of watching it. nothing on tv makes you laugh like this show. tried those two and boring, simpleton not funny stuff that just isn't funny. chevy chase? please. he was old news a couple of decades ago.


Every episode can’t be a home-run but I think Modern Family is still one of the best shows on TV. I actually ended up missing the Plains, Trains and Cars episode last night. Luckily, a coworker at Dish reminded me of dishonline(dot)com. It’s a free streaming site with an enormous selection, so I looked, and sure enough, it was on the site. So I caught up on it during my lunch-break—certainly wasn’t their best episode, but I thought it was solid.


I loved the bunny story. My son had a "bunny" and bunny got lost once on halloween when grandma took him to her house to trick or treat and left "bunny" in the car of people from out of town. Bunny went to another state and took a week to get him back. Nightmare at home til he returned. Son is 20 now and "bunny" is actually still in his closet.


I found this episode average and a tad boring. The story lines could have been fun, writers definitely were not firing on all cylinders. Lily , her acting, and lines, comes across as flat. She should have had a full melt down when her bunny took off for his own ride. Mitchell and Cam response was relateable, but I would have notched up the panic a bit.
Jay's reunion trip dragged. Can the writers please do more with Gloria's character other than play up her looks and trophy wife status? Gloria has become a one note caricature of herself. Having the car breakdown in the middle of nowhere predicable and tired.
Phil's mid life car rental-also too predictable, though I give the writers credit for Claire's uncharacteristic reaction. Her story line was the most fun with ditching her errands and take off to beach. Nice role reversal with Phil and Claire. Agree with reviewer that the scenes with Phil's neighbor and the "i'm afraid of my wife" fell flat. Phil flashbacks definitely would have livened up this story line.
There were a couple of smiles, but no laughs for me. The sharp wit and hilarious twists and turns of the characters on this show was missing and missed.


For some reason this episode just didn't do it for me. Lilly's 2 Dads behaved so predictably that that thread was a waste. Come to think of it, that was the problem with the whole show -- too predictable. I'm hoping next week will throw us some curve balls.


someone needs to tell the writers of modern family that chinese isn't a language. this show isn't as funny as it used to be. and even then it wasn't as good as parks and rec or community. all these breaks this show has taken, i can't remember the last great episode. and more luke, less manny.

Sarah silva

This was a great episode! I actually found myself laughing alot!
I enjoyed everything about this episode.
I too thought it was super cute that Bunny had a boyfriend.
I like that driving the van gave Phil a chance to see what Clare gets to hear every day, Luke talking about the girl that likes him, Haley and her boy troubles and Alex teaching herself spanish!
The moments with all the couples were great this week!
Manny is the funniest preteen ever!
I am looking forward to the Disney episode next week.

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Modern Family Season 3 Episode 21 Quotes

I wanted a car like this since I was a kid. I used to image the wind blowing through my perm, blasting some Hall and Oates, maybe horsing around with mister microphone.


Cam: Do you have a better idea, you're the one who lost it!
Mitchell: No, you tossed it. You tossed it, lost it.