Modern Family

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 20, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

In an attempt to reconnect the family, Phil and Claire challenge them to see who can abstain from using their electronic devices the longest. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron attempt to get Lily into the best pre-school, and Gloria deals with the neighbor's barking dog.

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  • 2 of the familys were good.

    Mitch and cam were just forgettable

    Phil and Clare was good.

    I think Gloria was the Highlight comedy actor here though
  • Pretty Good

    The Dunphey plot:

    Pretty good. I love at the end when they are talking to Haley and they're all like "bad parenting. bad, bad parenting"

    The Jay/Gloria plot:

    Entertaining but not the funniest.

    The Mitchell/Cam plot:

    Cam as an Indian...
  • Phil, Claire and the kids go (try) to go without electronics

    This was one of the better episodes of this season. The beginning shot of the episode was funny and probably not far off from most homes. The shot of Luke was the best. The last person to win the competition was someone who you would not expect. I loved how the parents justified or tried to their bad decision at the end of the episode. The story with Gloria, Manny and Jay was good but not as god as the other two. It was funny when Jay was in the garage and Gloria. The way Gloria acted like that was great. The third storyline with Cameron and Mitchell was very funny. One of the things I like that I like about Mitchell and Cameron always try be this normal couple. This time they try to this to their advantage. Their reaction while at Billingsley was priceless. Just a great episode from top to bottom.moreless
  • Oh Haley, you didn't get your car...

    Okay, 3 plots:

    Dunphy storyline: Phil & Claire decide to make a competition with the kids to avoid technology. But as the kids don't like the idea, Phil accidentally promises them gifts if they win. So Luke falls first, then Alex, and then Claire. So it's Haley againt Phil. Then, Phil & Claire catch Haley talking on her phone and Phil, thinking he won, goes online. Turns out Haley was faking a conversation using a soap painted in black, and she didn't get the car Phil promised.

    Lilly story: So Clarie arranges Mithcell & Cameron to go to Wheel Wagon and then the receptionist tells her that 2 guy parents with an asian kid can get wherever they want cause schools like to brag about their diversity, so they try a much expensive school. But they lose againt interracial women life partners (one is in a wheelchair) with an african american baby.

    Dog story: Manny can't sleep because of a dog barking at night and Gloria yells at the neighbour. The next day the neighbor comes complaining his dog disapeared and turns out Gloria gave it to a family in the countryside.

    Overall: Awesome. I loved the twist in the Dunphy storyline. 10/10.moreless
  • 205

    Okay, so Modern Family was actually really funny tonight. It is a rarity when my score is higher than the average score on, but this episode deserved every bit of my 7.5/10. Julie Bowen is really crafting out her niche on this show. I know some people criticized her at first, but she is just so relatable as I can completely see my mom acting like this. And of course Ty Burrell hits it out of the park again as Phil Dunphy.

    Just a funny episode all around even if they clearly stole some stuff from "The Contest" episode of Seinfeld.moreless

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    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 20, 2010 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: October 28, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: November 14, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Czech Republic: February 9, 2011 on HBO Comedy
      Sweden: March 11, 2011 on TV4
      Latin America: July 19, 2011 on FOX
      Finland: October 20, 2011 on MTV3


    • When Phil says the Dunphy's are they're turning Amish he says they will be "raising barns, witnessing murders..."

      This is a reference to the 1984 film Witness in which a young Amish boy witnesses a murder and is pursued by organized crime figures.