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Modern Family Review: Sweet Little Lies

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Who remembers "Career Day" from grade school? Have you ever seen a more eagerly prepared dad than Phil Dunphy? 

We probably recall it as a day we didn't have to do any work and got to hear stories of exciting adults. Little did we know how stressful it might've been from the other side!

The Tooth Fairy

Phil's presentation probably would've gone much better if his kryptonite, nemesis Gil Thorpe, hadn't have shown up and stolen the show. Is it just me or does Gil steal every episode that he's in? When Gil Thorpe is in an episode, all of the energy gets sucked towards him. We haven't seen Modern Family in almost a month and Gil was even in the last episode, "Flip Flop!"

Poor Phil. He truly just wanted to make Luke happy and impress Luke's classmates. So who do you think performs worse under pressure: Claire or Phil? Claire at least knows how to shut a nosy little pest down. Props to Claire being able to think of answers on the fly, even if they were a little messy.

So was Gil even remotely genuine when offered Claire that job? He seemed so at the time, but that phone call with Phil in the car was pretty gross.

So Phil put his pride aside at told Claire to take the job. Thorpe was going to mess things up on his own anyway. Jay was bound to mess things up too if he took credit for Manny's story. I loved Jay's whole monologue when he had writer's block. Any writer can surely relate to the mind drifting, repeated sentences and random tangents. I also love any scene Stella the bulldog is in, obviously.

Despite the fact that Lily can be annoying, I did enjoy the whole tooth fairy storyline. I totally remember being a kid and being psyched when I lost a molar because it was worth more money...but never 100 dollars. I also dressed up as the tooth fairy once when I was babysitting my nieces but I definitely didn't look nearly as sexy as Haley! Haley's argument about Santa was brilliant improvising. Watching Cam and Mitchell arguing over how to deal with Lily is usually pretty entertaining.

Cam: Obviously the tooth fairy made a mistake.

Mitchell: Maybe it's cause the tooth fairy had a little too much chardonnay last night. | permalink

All in all, a pretty decent episode of Modern Family to usher in May Sweeps. What did you think of the latest installment? Hit the comments! 

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    Leigh-r

    @Keith - It's not just you, I don't want Gil in every episode either! I think it takes away from the dynamic of the core cast.

    Sarah-silva

    This was a funny episode.
    Gil annoys me too, however Gil's pickles was funny.
    Hailey was great, I loved her reasoning with Lily.

    Keith-vlasak

    Gil Thorpe annoys me. I just don't find him funny. Maybe it's because the humor is nasty or maybe because Phil changes when he's dealing with him. I realize that it's me -- but I hope he isn't in every episode now. I kind of think too that Phil, especially with Luke to verify, should have explained his objections by discussing Gil's comments in the car -- and suggest she go into it with her eyes open or stop whining and actually look for a job where she can get the respect she deserves!




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