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'Modern Family' recap: 'The More You Ignore Me'

The Dunphys deal with rebellious children, while Jay tries to film the perfect acceptance speech.

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Modern Family

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-PG
seasons:
7
run date:
09/23/09
broadcaster:
ABC
genre:
Comedy

Jay summed things up nicely at the end of tonight’s episode: Competition makes people take risks and confront issues head-on, even if they’re not the most comfortable of situations. Phil, being Phil, goes as far as donning Claire’s bathrobe and perfume just so the ducks will imprint on him. Cam asks Gloria to face her fears of the Farmers Market so they can upstage Andrew and Simon. Haley breaks up with Dylan (again, despite the hilarious V-neck business) just because there’s a sliver of possibility her relationship with Andy hasn’t been resolved.

So with that, it’s time to break it all down, family by family…

The Dunphys

The episode begins with Luke being arrested for stealing a car (it wasn’t that successful of a crime, but still, Luke is now badass), and it turns out the youngest Dunphy sibling has been feeling a bit insecure, especially around the ladies, because Manny’s getting all the attention — even from the next-door neighbor after a duck escapes. While Claire thinks it’s nice to see Luke being a bit rebellious and not as weird as usual, Phil’s disappointed and shows his disappointment by calling Luke not by his name, but by other names starting with “L.” “It’s your dad,” he says on the phone to Luke later, “a.k.a. your worst nightmare.”

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But then Claire and Phil run into a bigger problem, which makes them forget all about Luke: They spy Alex taking money out of an ATM, visiting a liquor store, and blatantly lying to them about where she is. Instead of confronting their daughter about what’s going on, they decide to tail the sketchy van she hops into — until they realize the van’s destination is the Dunphy house. “Don’t hold me back, Claire,” Phil says, dashing in and finding the culprit in Alex’s closet. He punches whoever’s inside, but it just turns out to be Reuben, who of course, is very much infatuated with Alex. Poor Alex has been feeling down and went to Reuben after breaking up with Sanjay, and she had figured that no one would find out. (Oh, and the liquor store visit was simply for ice to help Reuben with his sprained hamstring.) And so, the family reconciles over this misunderstanding, and Claire even sees Phil as a “bad boy” again — even if it’s because he managed to punch a 16-year-old in the nose. Phil gets one more prize as well: The ducks, by the end of the episode, begin to follow him. Looks like the perfume and this pink bathrobe paid off!

Haley and Her Suitors

The eldest Dunphy sibling, meanwhile, had to pull off a confrontation of her own. When she and Dylan take seats next to Andy and Beth at a zombie movie, she’s confused about why he didn’t seem as uncomfortable as she did. (After all, it’s as weird as “a woman with olive skin trying to pull off red hair,” as Haley puts it.) Case in point, here’s Haley…

…while Andy practically inhaled popcorn (seen in the image at the top of this recap). Speaking of inhaling food, Andy’s no longer overeating because of losing Haley, and that’s why he’s fine with just being friends with her. Haley says that everything on her end is going well, too, until she drives home with Dylan and breaks up with him. At least Dylan could tell what was coming: As soon as she began to talk, he knew she was about to leave him. And as for Beth and Andy? Well, when Beth proposes having Haley and Dylan come to their wedding, he seems a bit rattled. Maybe there’s still more in store for Haley and Andy…

NEXT: Cilantro! Lemon juice! Capers! Jalapeño! Good thing Gloria remembers that secret recipe…