Modern Family Review: Throwback

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There's nothing like a good ol' trip down memory lane.

On Modern Family Season 5 Episode 22 , hat trip was provided courtesy of Phil Dunphy's old answering machine.

Personally, I am all for nostalgia. I love finding old pictures, notes, videos, etc. However, finding out how you were conceived is really never that fun. 

Haley: I was conceived at a Duran Duran concert?!
Alex: Classy start to a classy life.

Don't you wish the audience could get a flashback to the old Phil and Claire? I want to see what they were like in college. Those messages were pretty funny. Of COURSE Phil drank Zima. Mitchell was still in the closet and had a pager. Claire dressed slutty (duh.)

The only thing better than using some old goodies for a throwback Thursday is using them for a prank. Secret genius Haley came up with the great idea to trick Phil into thinking Claire was pregnant. Alex was right, she does have such potential!

Over at Jay's house, they were having a different kind of afternoon. Manny doesn't want to try a pickle but Jay insisted he's too stubborn. So Gloria makes Jay try her mother's blood sausage. In turn, they make her pet Stella's belly.

Obviously, I think Jay got the worst deal. I don't know what blood sausage is but I don't like the sound of it and I have a jar of half sour pickles in the fridge and a larger version of Stella on my couch. My preferences here are obvious.

This whole persnickety thing is not gonna fly in the world. Never hand people another reason to make fun of you.


I just don't know why Jay is always pushing Manny to try and act more mainstream. Manny is more interesting because he's a unique kid. I understand sometimes trying to help your child steer clear of a heartbreak when you see his crush is into a different guy.

But for the most part, I hate when Jay tries to push Manny into being someone he's not.

Who is really going to make fun of him for not liking pickles? 

The fight with Mitchell was awkward and unexpected as this is a comedy. However, Modern Family strives to be realistic and, well "modern," and that fight is something that could very realistically happen. It was an honest moment between Jay and Mitchell confronting something that was uncomfortable for them.

I come to Modern Family for the laughs and not the drama, but I'm guessing this will lead into some part of next week's plotline. After all, it is part one of the wedding finale episodes!

So what rare item would you rather by? Wyatt Earp belt buckle or vintage Spiderman comic book?


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (39 Votes)

I like manny the way he is, except the artist career part he try to pursue
Poor Phil, he always will be the guy who got lucky with that beautiful lady, and claire, the woman who avoid being a professional Slut
About the kids, Alex is the future, the rest are the fails attempts
Mitchell is so sensitive, even as a lawyer. He should figure out that Jay never like at 100% the marriage


The Jay and Mitchell fight felt like it was more intense than the sitcom will likely let it. Mitchell's stress level should be going through the roof! Mitchell is waiting on a guest list that hasn't come -- and now he knows why. They screwed up and overextended their plans, since Cam is totally detached from reality in the worst case gay cliché (to where he is unable to even cut down on balloons or center pieces), and Mitchell always knew deep down he could turn to his father to bail him out and he's lost every option but that ... and now can't. None of which even touches on the fact that Mitchell has had a long struggle to even get his father to seem, and obviously only seem to accept him (while his sister continues to be the son and heir Jay wanted).

Sarah silva

There were tons of funny moments in this episode.
Manny, Jay and Gloria all trying something new was super funny! Jay drinking pickle juice after he tasted the blood sausage was funny. Then at the end when Manny was eating pickles and Gloria was petting Stella's belly was great.
The Dunphy clan were funny tonight too.
Amongst all the laughter we got a sad and serious moment with Jay and Mitchell. Mitchell was right to be upset, he has every right to want the wedding he wants, everyone does! I am sure Jay will come around but when Mitchell told him not to come to the wedding and how sad he was in the car did make me sad.
As always Lily was super funny. She was so cute when he offered her "diamond" ring to her dads to help pay for the wedding and then was told it was candy!

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Modern Family Season 5 Episode 22 Quotes

Maybe we can send un-vitations, is that a thing?


This whole persnickety thing is not gonna fly in the world. Never hand people another reason to make fun of you.