Modern Family Review: The One Where No One's Ready

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Seriously, this was the best episode of Modern Family in a long time - and that's saying something considering it's such an awesome show.

"The Late Show" really should've been the 100th Modern Family episode, rather than Cameron and his boar-toting sister Pameron fighting over some high school flame who definitely isn't as good looking as Cam remembered. They never are, am I right?

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Now I realize that I obviously stole this title from an episode of Friends, and it happens to be a great episode. Modern Family isn't usually compared to Friends in terms of sitcom similarity, but let's face it: storylines are going to be reused time and time again and the episode where nobody is ready is a good one!

Except in this world, Jay is the Ross, and Jay is about 1,000 times cooler than Ross is. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate Ross Geller but Jay Pritchett would never have to lather himself back into a pair of leather pants.

Everyone has the friend or family member who is just NEVER ready on time. Actually, I don't...because I am that friend and family member. Just have to back up Gloria here for a second and note that it doesn't matter how much time we know we need. There is something wrong with our internal clocks and we will always underestimate the time needed to get ready, without fail. Granted, Gloria sort of does it on purpose for the entrance factor, but if I was as hot as Sofia Vergara maybe I would too. I loved Jay's reaction in this conversation:

Manny: She's getting her hair blown out.

Jay: That's a thing? That I pay for? | permalink

Yes. Yes it is.

Whatever. Haley thinks that it's amazing and that it looks like Gloria just got off of a horse. When it comes to style, Haley knows what's up. If we were talking about Alex, maybe no. Multi-colored yarmulke clips in a row styled by a six-year-old doesn't count. It doesn't matter if that six-year-old has two impeccably dressed fathers. Even if sometimes they accidentally match their outfits. Am I the only one who actually believed that Mitchell didn't shake the soda? I totally fell for it!

Other things i loved:

  • Luke protects himself like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. But there's no way Claire didn't have welts on her upper body from that paintball gun!
  • Haley singing Gladys Knight with Luke, Manny and baby Joe on backup.
  • Gloria bawling out the snotty hostess because everyone has had that urge.
  • Phil's comparison of the salesman to a "Mumford and Son."
  • iPhone's autocorrection of a certain F-word to "ducking."

Most of all, I loved that they all ended up having a great meal at the taco truck, dancing, singing, drinking and watching Phil split his suit. Those are the best nights. The ones where the "perfect" plan falls through and something entirely better unfolds. That's what I love about Modern Family.


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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (71 Votes)

This was my first time watching this show. After reading this review I can agree with everything you said. This episode was very funny and I plan to watch all the previous episodes.

Drea xoxo

it was really funny and lily her one liners! nearly wet myself from laughing too hard. i liked the sentiment of the show and can relate to gloria reasoning for being late, sometimes you just want a booster.


I totally agree. That was an awesome episode!


This was a good episode.

Sarah silva

I loved this episode!
I laughed a lot!
Jesse Tyler Ferguson said in an interview that Aubrey Anderson Emmons as Lily has a lot of funny lines this season and he is right!
I look forward to this show each week.


"Midnight Train to Georgia" was originally done by Gladys Knight and the Pips. It was a long time ago (like 1970's-1980's), but a many-time-repeated classic comedy bit was the three Pips would be guests on a variety show without Gladys Knight (and then while the music for Midnight Train played over the speakers, the Pips would do all their swaying in unison and harmonies and back-up moves with no front singer). I think, since the show focused on Pips style moves, that the writers were recalling that.


It was a fun episode. One thing that I didn't accept is that Phil would have been conned into buying a suit that small. He's always shown to be very good at selling -- so how could he be conned into buying something that didn't come close to fitting?

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Modern Family Season 5 Episode 5 Quotes

Oh this is Haley, 'be there in 5, Alex took ducking forever.'


Now that his hunnie gots her own money, daddy went and snagged himself some new threads girlll.