I have to be honest that it’s been a while since I fully enjoyed a Modern Family episode, and this one certainly broke the ‘non-comic’ hiatus. In a nutshell, this episode is about how Lily’s first day at kindergarten is spoiled by a scuffle with a little boy, which resulted in a tense confrontation between Mitchell & Cameron and the boy’s lesbian parents; Phil and Claire’s humiliating antics as they drop off Haley at her college dormitory; and Jay and Gloria taking a class to prepare for their new baby upon Manny’s request.
The Mitchell & Cameron vs. the lesbian parents “face-off” was epic. The lesbians’ sheer masculinity accentuated Cameron’s overly-feminine motherly instincts. Ironically, Lily befriends the little boy (though they started off on the wrong foot), but their respective parents remained true to the “Venn Diagram of Gays and Lesbians” and realized that their viewpoints will never compromise.
On the other hand, any scene with hot Latina momma Gloria never fails to make anyone smile (or laugh). Her thick Latin accent is just priceless, not to mention how sexy she still is despite her pregnancy. That, combined with Jay’s humorous sarcasm and Manny’s witty remarks makes this family one of the more interesting ones in the show.
Last but not the least, Phil and Claire do not disappoint in fulfilling the ultimate American cliché: embarrassing their daughter on her first day at the college dormitory. From Claire buying Haley a box of 24 condoms (“just in case,” which scatter across the floor much to Haley’s roommate and her roommate’s dad’s dismay), to the Haley Dunphy Moving Co. personalized t-shirt, to Phil accidentally grabbing Haley’s roommate’s butt thinking it was Claire—one cannot help but laugh at this family’s crazy but highly relatable antics. I was quite moved by how towards the end of the episode, Haley calls her parents to tell them how much she missed them, despite the fact that she kicked them out of her dorm because they embarrassed the living hell out of her. I suppose that on this front, Modern Family successfully tugged at the heartstrings of its viewers.
What I especially loved about this episode was the introduction of Phil’s “Phil’s-osophy,” a compilation of life lessons penned by Phil which he gave to Haley as she entered college, and essentially, adulthood. At this point, I really wish Phil’s-osophywill make it to bookstores much like The Bro Code and The Playbook from How I Met Your Mother. Where else can you get dorky inspirational wisdom such as “When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like WHAAAAT?”
This episode cleverly combined aspects of humor, drama and life lessons into one of the best 20 minutes in Modern Family history. Two thumbs up!