Cameron and Mitchell must choose among the family members as to who will be guardians to precious Lily. 
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Mitch and Cam, Modern Family

Finally, after popular demand, an episode starring…Lily! Cam and Mitchell decided to assess who would be the best family members to raise Lily if “God forbid, something happened to them.” This theme could have easily been played as overly sentimental and serious, but instead it turned out to be one of the funniest episodes of the season (in my humble opinion). The opening scene at the Dunphy house when Cam and Mitchell were watching to see if Lily would do well there was insane. Between the yelling, the knife juggling, the grease fire, and Alex being trapped in the garage – it was hilar! Their craziness (including losing Luke and hearing that their daughters had been arrested) had me dying throughout the entire episode. That’s how we like the Dunphys: crazy and out of control.

The next victims up for judgment were Gloria and Jay. Gloria was so excited at the prospect of raising Lily that she wanted to kill off Cam and Mitchell right then and there and steal Lily (well, not really, but kind of). And then there was Jay, who barked at Manny and dropped Cam from the climbing wall. But we ultimately saw one of the most touching moments of the series between Jay and Manny when Jay let Manny off the hook for his camping trip once he realized Manny’s true fear, and proceeded to tell him how brave he thought he was. It could have been cheesy, but with Ed O’Neill at the wheel, it was far from it. And thus Jay won the prize of being Lily’s guardian (along with Gloria, of course).

Before I leave you with the best lines, who else loves that Cam is from the land of frozen cows? I can’t get enough of his Missoura background.

And now the best lines of the evening:

“Well, honey, you’re going to have to smell Daddy’s receptionist some other time.” –Claire to Luke

“One time she gave me a Woody…she remembered he’s my favorite character from Toy Story.” –Luke about Phil’s receptionist giving him a toy…and nothing else

“Smell Heather for me.” –Luke to Phil

“I always do…not.” –Phil about his receptionist, who apparently smells like peaches

“Hello, Claire.” –Phil, surprising Claire at Luke’s psychologist appointment – sounding a lot like Hannibal Lecter saying “Hello, Clarice…” in The Silence of the Lambs

“Don’t use the word daunting in nature.” –Jay to Manny, who is scared of camping

“He was 2, and all he could do was bark.” –Claire about Luke

“I understood him.” –Phil’s response

“She’s like the best doctor ever…I didn’t even have to take my pants off – found that one out a little late.” –Luke about his psychologist

“Wait, I think I hear future Lily sending us a message from her stripper pole: ‘Thanks, gay dead dads, this dance is for you.'” –Cam, who is reluctant to have Jay raise his daughter (favorite line of the night?)

“Excuse me, Sherpa, can you assist me?” –Cam to the sporting-goods store employee

“I’m just glad my clown training prepared me to take a fall like that.” –Cam, after his traumatic fall from the climbing wall

“Oh, please, in the past hour your father publicly shamed Manny, dropped me from the sky, while his wife drilled holes in our baby’s head.” –Cam to Mitchell

“You know why he’s going to be okay? Because somewhere out there there’s a little girl who’s making lists and labeling bins, and he’s going to find her.” –Phil to Claire about how Luke will find someone just like her. Ahhh…

“I have some concerns about the shower situation…I’m pretty much at my target weight, but the thing is, I haven’t quite reached my target height.” –Manny, admitting that his weight is the reason he doesn’t want to go camping

“Lily, when something horrible happens, you’re going to be all mine!” –Gloria

So, what did I miss, my MFFs? Was this one of your favorite episodes so far? It may have been mine, though it also may have been the wine I had with dinner before watching. And Lily as Carmen Miranda – have you ever seen anything so cute?

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Mitch and Cam, Modern Family
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