Modern Family

Season 2 Episode 12

Our Children, Ourselves

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 12, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Phil and Claire pressure Alex to ease back on her school work, but begin to worry about their own intellectual drives. Meanwhile, Jay tries to nip in the bud a burgeoning friendship with a boring couple he and Gloria met on vacation, and Mitchell runs into an old female flame.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • mixed episode.

    Mitch and Cam were funny at first but i feel like i don't want to see it again.

    rest was ok
  • Phil and Claire help Alex; Mitchell old flame; Jay and Gloria meet up with a past couple

    Another brilliant episode with three good parts. The "worst" part might have been the part with Gloria and Jay and that shows how good this episode was. The thing I liked about Jay is that he straight to the point. He doesn't do it because he is mean but just the way he is. You see that with the new couple that they meet previously. It was funny when this couple thought Jay was "out of it." When the couple was talking to Manny and Manny was talking about golf and they thought it was something else, it was very funny. The second part with Mitchell and Cameron was also good to see. In this episode we learn that Mitchell had "relations" with a women. I like that Cameron was never jealous or mad at Mitchell for his past. The whole situation when Mitchell finds out when he might have a son to his old flame's house was one the funnier parts of the episode. The third part with Phil and Claire was one of the highlights of this show. Seeing the dorky side of Claire is always good. I thought it was funny how Claire was trying to sit through the whole movie while trying to be interested in it.moreless
  • 212

    I was angry when tonight's episode of Modern Family was delayed by Barack Obama's speech about the shooting in Arizona, but as boring as that was, it ended up being the best thing during the 9:00 hour; it certainly was not this episode. For the second straight week I did not laugh at all during Cliched Family, and I found myself angry at Phil for stealing Michael Scott's candy joke from The Office. If he can claim that when he said he had some "Twix" up his sleeve he had not stolen that from when Michael Scott gave his speech to Ryan's class, he could have a career as a professional liar, or a lawyer, same difference.

    Not a good M Fam tonight.moreless
  • 212

    A weak episode of Modern Family tonight, this was definitely not the case last week. Last week, I laughed throughout the entire thing. For this episode, I may have laughed once or twice, but that's really about it. The midget? Really? We all knew he wasn't going to have an illegitimate child with another woman, but come on, the midget thing was just a little too ridiculous for my liking.

    Phil & Claire being stupid parents I did get a laugh out of, especially when they ran in to the sign that said "this is not an exit" but that' really about it. The Jay & Gloria story line - no laughter whatsoever. Hopefully this show gets back on track next week.moreless
  • Jay is a jerk to Gloria's friends while Mitch believes he may have a kid from when he was straight

    After last week's episode, which was fantastic in my eyes, I was a bit disappointed by this one. There were so many little plot points introduced here that are shoved aside either too easily or given horrible resolutions. There was the occasional funny line from Jay or Phil, but for the most part, things fell flat, which is very rare for an episode of "Modern Family"

    I suppose what worked best was Phil and Claire's plot about feeling like inadequate parents compared to the parents of one Alex's fellow students. This leads to Claire questioning whether or not her and Phil are stupid or too simple compared to other people. The plot was pretty random and I doubt that Claire would truly worry about how dumb she and her husband were (we already know how ridiculous Phil is) but it lead to some great jokes, including a number of them revolving around a movie called Croctopus 3D. I also liked the whole idea of Claire and Phil finding romanticism and fun in seeing crappy movies together.

    However, from there, we get a couple of pointless, aimless plots that make no sense to me. Mitch and Cam meet one of Mitch's old girlfriends and he sees her with a red haired kid. He admits to Cam he had sex with her once in high school before coming out as gay This creates some great tension, and if the show actually had the guts to go through with the plot and have Mitchell have another kid.. of course, that would be too difficult. Instead, the kid was a midget. Lame.

    And the plot with Jay and Gloria was so pointless and weird that it's not even worth mentioning.. Gloria has some friends that annoy Jay, Jay is rude to them and Gloria says that he is senile. That's the extent. I did like Manny's cup that he made, but other than that, there wasn't necessarily anything laugh out loud hilarious about it.

    I did like last week's episode a lot, but this one felt like a couple of steps back. Let's hope next week will be a step in the right direction.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Mitchell: (describing the girls he's slept with to Jay) Some were older. Some were younger. Uh... Leisel and Gretl Von Trapp.... sisters, obviously.... too far?
      Jay: I'm not an idiot. You played that record night and day.

    • (Phil and Claire have just helped Vish with his ticket for parking, and begin to believe they are smart parents).
      Phil: (as they leave) After you, doctor.
      Claire: After you, professor.
      (They walk into the door. As they leave, the sign becomes clear. It reads, "NOT AN EXIT.")

    • Phil: (in French film) I'm so confused.
      Claire: I'm not. I love this.
      Phil: You do not! Name one thing you've liked about this.
      Claire: I liked the scene with the old man on the beach.
      Phil: That was a trailer for a different movie.

    • Nina: (re: Vish's behavior when watching French films) Forgive Vish if you hear him groan. He gets annoyed if the subtitle's mistranslated.
      Phil: Well that makes deux of us.

    • Gloria: (re: Jay and her dinner guests) Why did you talk to them like that?
      Jay: What? I was just being honest. They're boring as hell!
      Gloria: Quiet! They can hear you!
      Jay: (re: the husband and what he said earlier) Oh, he probably already heard me. His hobby is listening.

    • Cameron: (in reference to Mitchell telling him Tracy's child may also be his) You don't just tell your partner you may have a baby with someone else and expect them to go back to eating a delicious and inventive meal like it's nothing?!

    • Phil: (re: Alex putting pressure on herself to do well on her exam) This is my fault. You see me achieve excellence and it puts a lot of pressure on you.
      Claire: (to Phil) What about me?
      Phil: Sorry. Yeah. It puts a lot of pressure on both of you.

    • Mitchell: (re: his night with Tracy) After that [night in the nurse's office] I didn't return any of her phone calls, and I haven't seen her since.
      Cameron: (to Lily, who stole the sunglasses) You naughty little girl!
      Mitchell: (thinking Cam's referring to him) Well, you know that's what happens when you give me Kahlua.

    • Cameron: (to Tracy) Well, I wanna hear all about Mitchell from high school. Did he have a beard?
      Tracy: Uh, you're looking at her. Of course, I didn't know it back then.

    • Mitchell: Tracy was my high school girlfriend. Yes, yes, it's true. I had girlfriends. Quite a few, actually.
      Cameron: I, too, took my fair share of ladies to the henhouse. Literally, I did take them to the henhouse. That's the only place you could get some privacy on a farm.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Sarah Hyland (Haley) did not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 12, 2011 on Citytv
      Czech Republic: February 28, 2011 on HBO Comedy
      United Kingdom: March 4, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Sweden: November 11, 2011 on TV4
      Finland: December 8, 2011 on MTV3


    • Cameron: Thumpity thump thump. Look at Frosty go!

      This is a line from the well-known childrens' Christmas song, "Frosty the Snowman."