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Modern Family: Happy Endings

by Rachel Stein January 24, 2013 10:40 am
<I>Modern Family</i>: Happy Endings

"Fulgencio" had lots of fun twists at the end -- the only problem was getting there. The first two acts of the episode dragged on in the same way the entirety of last week's "Party Crasher" did, but in the third, we got the Godfather homage, the reveal that Claire was feeding Lily her snarky lines and the conceit of the plot about Gloria stealing her sister's life -- all the type of gags that reminded me of why I used to consider Modern Family mandatory viewing material. After so harshly (though I think fairly) slamming the show last time, tonight let's look the best moments of the episode... and you'll notice that none of them include the unsettling jokes made at the expense of the unseen lesbian neighbor Lee or Jay's weirdly homophobic rant at his son in front of his entire family at church, nor the quips about how impoverished Colombia is:

I guess I just generally really like it when Phil casually makes unprompted Harry Potter references.

"You're rubbing yourself with a baby."
"I have seen you French kiss your dog."
"She was taking a treat out of my mouth. That's a trick!"

It felt strange that Claire was randomly so into baby Fulgencio, but it also completely makes sense, and was one of those details that makes the show and its characters feel three-dimensional. Also, any joke about Stella and Jay bonding is usually going to be a hit for me.

"I got Sonja!"
Great callback to Phil's "I got Gloria," especially in the context of this episode.

"I do renounce him."
Even with the Godfather joke in the beginning of the episode, I did not see Luke's Phil-coordinated reign of terror coming at all, which made it all the more hilarious. This is proof that the writers should get dark more often -- and insert more pop culture homages, for that matter.

To relive the highlights, check out the aply-named "Just the Jokes" here:

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