11
Feb
2010
Modern Family
My Funky Valentine
Sam
Holiday episodes of sitcoms tend to be groan-worthy, this is true even more so for Valentine's Day episodes. This week's Modern Family bucked the trend by doing what it does best-being harmlessly charming. Not so shockingly the episode went in the most obvious route possible, focusing on just about everyone's Valentine's day.
Phil and Claire decide to dabble in the role-play (with sexy results!), Cam and Mitchell are on oppsosite ends of the spectrum when it comes to how important the holiday is (guess who loves it more), Jay decides to take Gloria to see the comic stylings of the David Brenner who is funny to people Jay's age. The most anticipated story was Manny's pursuit of yet another girl. Valentine's Day was made for this young Casanova so his outrage at being cockblocked by a mop head named Dirkus was especially heartbreaking.

The episode's highlight had to be Phil and Claire's meeting at a bar. Ty Burrell's Phil gains comedic momentum as he slyly walks to the bar with a classy turtleneck and a not so classy nametag with one of the better fake name's "Clive Dixby". Phil manages a way to be both cool and fumbling at the same time as he accidentally makes it sound as if he does want to cheat on his wife-with his own wife. The ensuing argument Claire and Phil have over her lists of chores threw a nice wrench in the role-play. Claire eventually goes to the bathroom to and changes into absolutely nothing under a rain coat. If you've ever seen a sitcom, it's obvious what happens next.

The rest of the family also have trouble with their special days as David Brenner starts ripping on how much older Jay is than Gloria causing him to feel bad. This is territory the show has covered before so it did not feel like a problem at all. In fact, it left one wishing for more chatter with "Clive Dixby". Mitchell and Cam decided to help out poor Manny to prove to a girl he likes that she should be with him and the poem that Dirkus gave to her was in fact Manny's. This leads to an entertaining presentation of Mitchell's lawyer skills which helped prove Manny was the real writer. Of course the stupid girl went for the flop haired dud instead of Manny. As is life.

This week's show was about as pleasant an episode of "Modern Family" could be. Then again that does not mean it was so laugh out loud funny. In fact, this show is really just consistently watchable rather than miss or big reward like 30 Rock tends to be these days. "My Funky Valentine" did not go anywhere new with Valentine's Day episodes, but managed to tread in comfortable waters.

B

Notes:

-Dylan is a great boyfriend making Haley and print of a photo to look like a painting. This show could always use more Dylan

-Phil to Claire "Little Kitty has claws-I like that."

-Gloria has no clue who Johnny Carson is"¦I don't buy that at all.

-"The universe is cold and loveless"-Keep fighting the good fight, Manny.

-People not to run into while naked stuck on an escalator: Friend from work, school principal, son's math teacher.

P.S. Good to be back on the blog-hope to write more often than once every five months now.
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