On Modern Family Season 10 Episode 6, Phil's on a mission to save his class. When he turns on the charm, he dials it up too far, attracting some young attention.
It appears that Phil misunderstands Paige's attention. She's Luke's girlfriend!!
Or maybe Phil doesn't misunderstand at all. What's going on with Paige?
"On the Same Paige" revolves around misunderstandings.
It wasn't surprising to find out that Luke's girlfriend was using him to get to Phil. It WAS surprising that Luke wasn't upset.
When Paige threw herself at Phil, Luke didn't seem all that surprised. He didn't seem to care at all.
You'd think he would be disconcerted about a person using him like that, but the kid took it in stride.
Luke's reaction didn't seem authentic. Anyone who's gotten used by another person knows how it feels. Even in a comedy Luke's response to his girlfriend jumping into Phil's arms was disconnected.
Should we be concerned about group-molesting Serge?Claire
The other misunderstanding regarding Jay and Laura from the parent group was weak.
It's okay that he has a friend, but if she was only a friend, why would Jay wear a snazzy shirt to make his eyes pop and do pushups in the parking lot to pump up his muscles?
Would Jay be acting that way if his "parent pal" were named Larry instead of Laura?
I don't think so.
Now, again, there's nothing wrong with Jay having a friend of the opposite sex. But for Jay to say it was completely innocent is a little bit of bull.
After all his years with Gloria, he should know she has eyes like a hawk and nothing ever gets past her.
Then there was the bit with Joe and the lazy eye. That didn't tickle my funny bone at all.
Laura: Did you pre-heat my oven?
Jay: Not on purpose.
I suppose that part of the story was inserted to give Gloria a stink-eye target so that Jay could act all nervous.
It didn't flow well nor did it add any comedic breadth to the whole shtick. It was disappointing.
They could get up to a lot of fun shenanigans with Joe, but they're not putting any effort into utilizing his character. He's becoming a little too big for his britches, and most of his lines don't come off as funny.
They're taking little Joe along the same road as they did with Lily, but they're doing it even earlier. With all of the kids on Modern Family already and all of the different types of children in the world, this writing team can't come up with something new?
Lily was this sweet and funny little girl, but when she got older, they gave her a snarky personality. They're doing the same with Joe, only this time, they're killing the cute way too early.
He's not a teen yet. Let him be a cute and funny kid. Would a cute and funny teen be too much to ask if the show dared to stay on the air that long?
At the Fathers' Follies, it was nice that Mitchell came out of his Pritchett shell and let loose. He's way too uptight.
But, again, the bit at the follies was predictable.
As soon as they set the stage for the little girl's tribute, you knew bee-Mitchell would fly over and wreck the whole thing.
Maybe spend a little less time with your nose in that psych book and a little more time being sexy.Phil
I think what they were going for there was a nod to an I Love Lucy episode. Maybe? But it didn't fly. (No bee-pun intended -- OK. Maybe it was intended. If they can use old material again and again, why can't I?)
Where's the originality that makes Modern Family so funny?
Once you can see what's going to happen on a comedy before it happens, the magic is gone. The funny loses its zing when it's predictable.
It wasn't always this way on Modern Family, and if South Park, Family Guy, and The Simpsons can still be funny on the air long after Modern Family will go off the air, we know it can be done.
Still, there are still one-liners in the show that make me giggle. Unfortunately, they're becoming a rarity.
They usually involve Phil's character. Sometimes Jay will have a laugh-out-loud line or Haley will let one fly, but the rest of them hardly ever get a zany and solid line to throw at the crowd.
They're great actors, but the storylines in Modern Family have become overall dull and expected. That doesn't allow any time for these fabulous actors to shine.
Maybe the show has had its run. Maybe Modern Family just doesn't work anymore now that the family dynamics have changed.
You're missing out on life, Mitchell. Take off your shackles and show people who you really are.Cam
I was hoping they were going to use Modern Family Season 10 to get their groove back. I was looking forward to a new tone to the family and believed that it would work.
But it's not as fun as it once was to sit in front of the TV anymore, and I'm afraid if they can't figure out that sweet spot and knock it out of the park, Modern Family is doomed.
What do you think, Modern Family fanatics? Am I too hard on Modern Family? Does anyone else know where the heck we can find Stella? Does anyone hold out any hope for future seasons?
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Kim Russell was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in January 2019.