Tonight’s Modern Family did what Modern Family does best: It tackled some serious issues without taking itself too seriously or getting overly sappy. The main plot point of tonight’s episode (get it? PLOT point?) centered on Jay and Gloria dealing with their generous age gap and Jay’s fears of dying first and Gloria remarrying. But thanks to some perfectly timed sarcasm, and Gloria referring to the tombs in Jay’s dream crypt as drawers, the mood remained light and not too deadly. Every time she said “drawer” I couldn’t help giggling. Also, the old couple who was selling the burial spaces and wanted to get to know their “neighbors” was a hilarious touch. As were Gloria’s closing remarks to them: “I don’t think this is going to work; good luck getting someone into your drawers.” Oh, and Manny playing the role of the wise “bartender” to Jay: priceless!
Over in Cam and Mitchell land, they were dealing with the very real topic of telling Lily that she was adopted (yay!), and we learned that Cam had cold feet prior to bringing Lily home. Who would have thought that the perfect Mr. Mom would ever have had insecurities about being a parent? But it was an unexpected twist to have Cam’s doubts be the reason Mitchell left Cam’s name unhyphenated with his on Lily’s birth certificate. But after some groveling on Mitchell’s part and a little story involving two monkeys and a panda, all ended up hunky-dory in the Tucker-Pritchett house.
While Phil wasn’t exactly dealing with life-or-death issues, he did learn the invaluable (and age-old) lesson of how to talk to his wife. The women of the spa taught him that he couldn’t always solve Claire’s problems; sometimes he just has to listen and sympathize. And once Phil got home from the spa, he put what he learned to good use and was the perfect husband…for just a moment. But the moment of marital content didn’t last long: When Claire failed to notice Phil’s spa-smooth face and hands, he huffed off to the kitchen totally hurt and offended. And all was right in the Dunphy household once again.
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