Modern Family Review: Phil's-Osophy and Venn Diagrams

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The Modern Family crew all prepared to take the next steps in their respective lives on "Schooled," as Haley went off to college, Lily started kindergarten and Jay and Gloria prepped a little for the new baby.

While both were momentous occasions, as Claire put it:

Haley going to college is a miracle. Lily going to kindergarten is the law. | permalink

Parenting Classes

I'm sure I'm going to get some comments letting me know how offensive and stereotypical some of the jokes were tonight. As you are all entitled to your opinions, I'm entitled to say: I laughed my ass off. I thought this was one of the funnier episodes in awhile. Let's break it down by family.

The Pritchett/Tuckers Lily started kindergarten and Cam was having an extra hard time saying goodbye. He teared up for a tiny moment before hearing Lily yell "ouch, you're pulling my hair!" Cam flew across that playground faster than a speeding bullet. Did you see the way he threw that snack pack down? He was not messin' around! Obviously you should never put your hands on another person's child, but Cam didn't slam that kid against the monkey bars. He ever so gently lifted him and threatened to hang him upside down on the flagpole. Would this ever fly in real life? No. Did I laugh watching it on TV? Yeah, I did.

Then there was the whole gay guys vs. lesbians debate. Lily's nemesis' parents were two women and Cam and Mitchell explained how this would not, in fact, make communicating any easier by making human Venn Diagram comparisons. While those got a chuckle, the best Venn Diagram was at the end when with guest star Wendi McLendon-Covey and Cam made their own Venn Diagram. After throwing every stereotypical obnoxious thing they could at each other, they made nice when it came to the well being of their children. All together now: Awww.

The Dunphys College move-in day! I can feel that mix of butterflies just thinking about it. Claire and Phil are amazing, but with their track record they are also most likely to embarrass you on this occasion. I have to side with Phil on the condom thing; did Claire need to get a Costco-sized pack? Yes be prepared, but don't become the dorm condom dispenser. Phil grabbing the tush of the roommate was so disturbingly hilarious. But the best part of the whole college move in was Haley calling her parents at the end, after reading the book and wearing the "Dunphy Moving Company" t-shirt.

Seriously does ABC sell this stuff? I want that t-shirt! And I want the Phil's-osophy book! Please add this to my TV wish-list along with Nick's sexy mix from New Girl.

The Pritchett/Delgados I like seeing Jay take a more active role in the baby prep! I'm not a parent so all I'm gonna say is that some parents I know are extremely uptight. Shouldn't there be a balance? Besides, that baby is going to have three parents. Have you met Manny?

What did everyone else think of this episode? Hit the comments! 


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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (107 Votes)

I know I'm a bit late to the party in this discussion, but I've only just seen this episode. I totally agree with many of the comments about this being one of the best episodes ever. I don't think there should have been any concerns about the offensiveness or any stereotyping jokes as my perception was that the jokes were actually about stereotyping itself. Amazing episode. 10/10.


In the tone and inflection of Jerry Seinfeld getting stung by one of his postman neighbor schemes...Mitchell and Cam in unison..."LESBIANS"...laughed my ass off...

Drea xoxo

Cam picking up the child and threatening him, i nearly wet myself from laughing too much! it was classic cam and the lesbian couple mirroring their relationship was tv gold! how do the writers come up with this comedy genius! they deserve an award this year based on this episode alone! and the children locking themselves in the room LMAO!!! n the manor in which they walked out classic! and phil and Clare in the dorm room, that unfort is how most parents act when saying bye..minus the slapping of the derrière

Drea xoxo

BEST EPISODE or at least top 3 and agree with @brettdale outshines most shows EVER!! i absolutely love the writers for this show!! Can you team up with suits and revenge and give master classes to the other shows? Would be much appreciated!! i cried at the ending and made me remember when my parents dropped me off to university during my 1st year, 4 hour drive away, 2 hour train journey, 5 hour coach journey....its really emotion and they captured it perfectly!! the pregnancy classes made me want to have mexican for dinner too, and was sweet how mannie realised why the gloria was unwilling to accept her body change. Cam will forever make me laugh and his scenes were hilar!!

Sarah silva

I thought this was one of the best episodes EVER! Phils-Osophy was classic, I watched the end 3 times! Phil was on the top of his came and it reminded me of the first ever MF episode and WTF (why the face).
I laughed my ass off too and the best quote of his which was hard to choose was (no I may not have it exact) Dance till your feet hurt, sing till your lungs hurt and act till your William Hurt. I laughed so hard at that and for so long too, I am even laughing as I type this.
From start to finish this was a great episode mixed with funny and sweet moments!


I loved the Jay/ Gloria at parent school!! The way they just had fun instead of being this uptight anxious students was awesome... you can see more and more, that despite the fact they look like complete opposites, they are incredibly well suited - they just have genuine fun with each other!


One of the funniest episodes in a long time....Phils-osophy book is priceless. I laughed at every reading.


@Brett Dale "Not only did I think this was one of the all time classic Modern Family episodes, I would say it was one of the classic episodes of any tv show" I COMPLETELY AGREE!! this was one of my favorite episodes of Modern Family! 5 Stars!!


Not only did I think this was one of the all time classic Modern Family episodes, I would say it was one of the classic episodes of any tv show. I would put it up with, Adam's Ribs from Mash, The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld, and Training Day from the Office.


There were a lot of laughs in this episode. I especially liked the readings from Phil's-Osophy! It was also fun/pleasant to see Jay and Gloria on the same side, like a couple (rather than always like Lucy and Ricky).

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Modern Family Season 4 Episode 2 Quotes

Is this kindergarten or the Hunger Games?


If you ever put your hands on my daughter again, I will string you up by your feet, run you up the flagpole and let the birds peck out your eyes.