Modern Family

Season 1 Episode 14

Moon Landing

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 03, 2010 on ABC

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  • Another good episode, with Cameron and Jay easily stealing the show here.

    As usual with a show like Modern Family (The Office, Parks, any other mockumentary or something similar), there was one specific plot in the episode that was working perfectly and two others that were definitely not as powerful. Fortunately, the show has a good way of letting all of these plots come together at the end and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Modern Family has begun to come into its own, and this was another great episode in a string of excellent ones.

    Every actor had good scenes to work with and had a chance to shine, even Dylan, who's not even a main character in the show. At first, I thought that Jay and Cameron's plot would be the funniest, based on commercials, but it turned out to be one of the weaker ones. It was the Dunphy family that brought the laughs, with Claire and Phil's plots intertwining perfectly. The way the show finds a way to tie back to things they said earlier in the episode is great, as was Phil's description of what Jagermeister is to Luke (when Luke brings it up later, it's amazing timing and the joke lands perfectly). I wasn't a fan of Minnie Driver in this episode at all, and found Claire's reactions to her dysfunction to be funnier than the dysfunction itself.

    Mitchell and Gloria also had one of the weaker plots, with Mitch agreeing to take her on as a client after she gets in a car accident that's not her fault, though Manny soon informs him that it was indeed her fault. It had some funny lines, particularly from Mitchell, but overall, it sort of fell flat.

    And before, when talking about Jay and Cameron, I'm not implying their individual plot was bad; it was just short and sort of random, although it DEFINITELY had it's funny parts: mostly Cameron trying to yell to Mitch on the phone that him and Jay had a moon landing before Jay can hang up. Amazing work by that actor, who is proving episode after episode to be one of the stronger actors on the show.

    Luckily, the episode was strong all around, and every actor helped lend to the humor.
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