Modern Family Review: Passing the Buck

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Is there such a thing as a white lie? That's what we explored on this week's Modern Family.

In "Bad Hair Day," everyone is trying to skirt the truth to either spare their hide or spare their loved ones.

Claire's Old Flame

The second best part of this episode was everyone trying to get out of the blame for baby Joe's horrible haircut! They should've gone with Jay to begin with, Gloria gets mad at him the least. Eh, it's either Jay or Manny, but Manny has the right to be scared in his teenage years. Fear is a powerful emotion, something Jay seems to understand.

Jay knew that Manny was botching his auditions with his stage fright. Even though he was preoccupied with his big bowling match - so much so that he crushed Phil's dreams of being on the team - Jay knew something was amiss with Manny. This lead to what was my favorite part of the episode.

I was sad when Jay brushed Manny off and put him on the bus. Then, we suddenly heard the music blasting and Jay pulled up next to the bus and called Manny out on his fear. Next thing we knew, Manny was serenading us all and tossing that pork pie hat on. Manny really is having a hat moment. Unfortunately, that phase has passed for Mitchell.

I had a pretty good hat run, but then I saw a photo of myself in a dude ranch. I looked like Reba at the Grammys. | permalink

Apparently Mitchell has moved from hats to wigs. Did you think Cam and Mitchell's idea for the Oscar party photographs was cliche? I liked it! Baby Joe's poor hair definitely did not. I'd be scared of Gloria too if that were the case. 

Were you guys surprised that Claire dated her professor? Not gonna lie: I totally wasn't. You know Claire was a little wild back in the day. But the Dean? Damn Claire! Phil took it all in stride though once he and Claire spoke about it and that's why Phil is pretty awesome. 

What'd you think of this week's Modern Family? Would you have taken the blame for cutting Joe's hair? What was the deal with Phil's bowling shoes? Relive the best Modern Family quotes from the week now!


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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (52 Votes)

Awesome - Jay took one for the team! I loved the twist in the end when Gloria revealed that she spent the whole day at the spa - LOL.


I liked Luke managing to con each of his older sisters into putting on the shoes, just so he could see them fall -- and they each didn't have a clue and still didn't fall! It felt like family to me, like his sisters each gave Luke, maybe as the baby of the family, the benefit of the doubt. It was also a solution a child as young as Lily might come up with to glue down the slippery wig. This show always seems to manage to connect with some of the funniest, over-the-top situations and character scheming. It's kind of amazing!


Not their best show. Clair was a slut as far and I can see. Not sure how her and Phil got together. Poor baby Joe, who was watching him when Lili glued hair on him?

Sarah silva

This was a pretty good episode.
I loved how Hayley and Alex could walk, dance and jump in the bowling shows without any problem, but as soon as Phil or Luke put them on they fell!
I also loved the passing of the blame for Joe's hair mishap too, it was super funny.
I liked when Jay pulled up beside the bus and got Manny to sing.

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Modern Family Season 4 Episode 16 Quotes

Just coffee for me today. Black. Like I feel on the inside.


All of that explaining is going out and the alcohol is not going in.