April 15, 2010 at 11:23 AM EDT

Image Credit: Michael Desmond/ABCKids grow up so fast, don’t they? It was just yesterday that Alex and Manny wanted their mothers’ constant love and affection — but now? They want to strike out on their own, free from the incessant embarrassment that is having a parent. Last night’s Modern Family found Jay and Phil butting heads as usual, Cam and Mitchell afraid to tell each other the truth, and Claire and Gloria bonding over babylust. All that plus a guest appearance from Justin Kirk! These were the best lines of the night:

“[Layups] are deceptively hard — a curious mix of dance and strength.” “You’re making it lame again.” — Manny and Luke

“I’m gonna introduce him to the Captain… and Tenille.” — Phil, introducing his fists

“Plus with my discount, we’re saving a fortune!” — Cameron, faux-gushing about his greeting-card discount

“I have cargo pants; I don’t work at the docks.” — Cameron

“[blubbering] Grilled-cheese sandwiches!” — Cameron

“It’s like walking a tightrope, which by the way I can do, because I went to trapeze school.” — Phil

“Business partners, mergers and aquisitions. Just kidding, we’re gay!” — Cameron

“I’m going to have to go talk it over with my bull in a china shop.” — Mitchell

“Alex, honey, when you’re out shopping, you might want to pick yourself up a training bra. I know you don’t need one now but your little boobies are going to come in soon. Mommy loves you, kitten!” — Claire

As much as I loved the Cam/Mitchell story of who wants to work and who wants to stay home, the cringe-factor of the party was a little too much for me — when I want that kind of emotional distress, I watch The Office.

What was your favorite line, PopWatchers? And where was Haley? Would you include any of “Benched” on an Emmy reel?

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