Claire and Phil get caught in a compromising position, and Gloria has a cupcake catastrophe
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Mitch and Cam, Modern Family

Thank goodness it’s never happened to me, but walking in on your parents doing the nasty has got to be one of the most disturbing events in a child’s life. But watching it happen on Modern Family is just plain funny. From all the kids’ brilliant reactions – Alex and Haley’s disgust and Luke’s confusion – to Claire and Phil locking themselves in their bedroom, the whole thing was fabulously awkward. And it felt kind of real too. I love when all the Dunphy kids band together. Watching them sitting on the bench at the gas station, still in their jammies, while they ragged on their parents was pretty entertaining. Those three make up a good little comedy troupe — as well as believable siblings. And of course the whole fiasco ended on an even funnier note after they gave their parents what they thought was the smartest and most humiliating anniversary gift they could thinks of – a lock for their parent’s door – but it ended up blowing up in their faces. Every time Claire and Phil (loudly) locked the door, it was like a big announcement to the whole family that they were about to get down and dirty.

The second funniest interaction of the evening was between Gloria and Claire. I normally don’t enjoy “misunderstandings” in sitcoms. It feels lazy and overdone. And it reminds me of Three’s Company, a show that relied solely on miscommunication and confusion for laughs and it made me crazy, I always wanted to yell and Jack or Janet and tell them what was really going on. It just felt so tired and predictable, but Modern Family pulls off the misunderstanding cliché and makes it feel fresh. When Gloria was talking about her email, and Claire was talking about having her kids walk in on her having sex, and Phil was about to pass out because it sounded like Gloria was propositioning Claire, well, that was just clever, quick, and not annoying in the slightest. Not to mention the fact that everyone will now look at cupcakes in a whole new (Gloria-fied) light.

NEXT: The episode’s funniest linesI’d love babble on about Cam and Mitchell’s disastrous play date with Ed Helms’ girlfriend from The Hangover (Rachael Harris does such a great job at playing an evil bitch!), but we really must move onto the many funny, funny lines of the evening, don’t you think?

“It sended! Please come back.” – Gloria to her computer after she accidentally sent a mean email to Claire. “It sended!” I could hear her say that all night.

Best interaction between Claire and Phil after their kids caught them in a compromising position:

“We were, as they say, having sex.” –Phil

“That’s not a euphemism Phil, that’s exactly what we were doing. Having sex. In front of our children.” –Claire

“Well they weren’t there when we started. In fact you weren’t even there when we started.” –Phil

“I know what sex is, it’s when a man and a woman take off their underwear and get into bed.” –The extent of Luke’s knowledge about sex

“Cameron, stop moving!” –Mitchell after Cam almost broke a vase in “Amelia’s” house (which Mitchell ended up breaking later anyway)

“We need a game plan, we need to map out exactly what we are going to say, because that is the only way I will be able to hold it together while our babies look at us with judgment and disgust.” –Claire, still freaking out that her kids walked in on her having sex

“First of all, that’s how they always look at us.”–Phil’s response to Claire (while eating bits of breakfast off the carpet)

“We are beyond blotting and rubbing, we’ve moved on to sweating and crying.” –Cam while trying to get a stain out of “Amelia’s” rug

“I may pass out.” –Phil when he thought that Gloria was hitting on Claire

“Yeah, they called a family meeting when they switched to one percent milk.” –Haley about her parent’s need to talk everything out

“It’s like your shaking hands, but you’re not using your hands. At all.” –Phil explaining how sex works to his kids

What lines did I miss? Did this episode bring up haunting memories for anyone? And where the heck is Manny? We need a little Rico love.

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Mitch and Cam, Modern Family
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