With a pilot as good as Modern Family's, it's hard to followup. Thankfully, the dip between episodes 1 and 2 is a minor one, and Modern Family is still bringing solid laughs.
This week, the gays brought their baby to a little baby play-time get together thing that new parents do. Worried of making a bad impression, Mitchel stifles Cameron from really cutting lose. There was nice gag where Mitch steals another baby's building blocks, but other than that- meh.
The a material really comes from Phil, who buys his son a bike (behind the wife's back) with the pretense that Luke show some responsibility. When Phil sees the bike unattended, he does what The Office's Michael Scott would do- he steals it to teach the kid a lesson. And of course, not only is the bike not Luke's, but it gets stolen too! Anyone who follows comedy at all, saw both twists coming a mile away, but Ty Burell still makes it work, and throw on top of that the big-chested kindly neighbor, and there are some great gags here. (I loved when he tried to cover his wife's eyes after the fact- lol!)
Finally, Gloria forces Jay to spend some time with Manny, and here we get a hint of some of the sobering aspects of Modern Family. Manny of course thinks his dad is the greatest (when he's a deadbeat), and after a fight, decides he hates Jay and the new living arrangements. It will be interesting to see some of the other drama the show throws down the line. But Ed O Niel does the stand up thing at the end of the day, and really adds some great poignancy to both his character and the series. Great commentary on dads.