Modern Family: Best Lines of the Night

by Rachel Stein May 3, 2012 10:39 am
<I>Modern Family</i>: Best Lines of the Night

"Planes, Trains and Cars" didn't have the strongest plotlines, nor did it add much to any character's story arc (unless we get to know this little Olivia who's crushing on Luke), but it was overall an enjoyable episode with a great emotional core. The one issue I really take with it is that Andre (Kevin Hart, making his second Modern Family appearance) is the same character we've seen on all of the failed sitcoms of the past season -- particularly Man Up!. I love the dynamic between Phil and Claire, and adding a character who points out how whipped Phil is while living in fear of his own wife weakens the balance between the Dunphy parents, making it hokey and less realistic. I also just really hate Hart (it all started at the 2011 MTV VMAS) so I'm sure that doesn't help anything. Anyway, let's cartwheel in and take a look at the best lines of the episode.

Modern Family: The Best Moments of the Night

by Rachel Stein April 19, 2012 10:41 am
<i>Modern Family</i>: The Best Moments of the Night

As much as I enjoyed crotchety Walt, if his passing meant that last night's "The Last Walt" could exist, then it was his time to go. I've been hot and cold about this season of Modern Family, but this episode will stand out as a highlight for me thanks to every storyline involved. I know some people complain about simultaneously cramming every member of the ensemble into each episode while keeping them isolated, but I've grown to accept this as a fact of life and move on. The only thing I have trouble grasping is the realization that Luke (and the actor who plays him, Nolan Gould) is growing up before our eyes, and that teenage boys can quickly stop being cute very, very quickly. He's 13 now, both in real life and on the series, and it is freaking me out.

Modern Family: Last Night’s Five Best Lines

by Rachel Stein April 12, 2012 10:39 am
<I>Modern Family</i>: Last Night’s Five Best Lines

Truth be told, I thought Claire's campaign was over after this incident, which clearly represents how much I've been invested in the story arcs this season. That's not to say Season 3 has been particularly bad; but on account of the sizeable ensemble, very little ever gets accomplished in the way of plot in Modern Family. Frankly, as long as everyone gets to be funny, Cam and Mitchell don't bicker and our guest star appearances are limited, I'm a happy camper. And as you can probably guess, I enjoyed "Election Day" (which was directed by Bryan Cranston, so I was probably a bit biased going in, given my serious Breaking Bad obsession), especially these moments:

Modern Family: The Funniest Lines of the Night

by Rachel Stein March 15, 2012 11:03 am
<i>Modern Family</i>: The Funniest Lines of the Night

I'd say "Send Out the Clowns" was a pretty funny episode, but I may have a higher tolerance for Fizbo and general clown humor than the average viewer. We were probably overdue for an episode where Cam and Mitch bickered the whole time, so at least Lewis (Bobby Cannavale, who will forever be "the guy who ate his own spunk" in my heart) was thrown in there to mix things up for a change. It seems the writers are back in the groove with Manny, though the odd cut-to of him in a horse costume in front of an obvious green screen was kind of weird. And one thing I do appreciate about Modern Family is that they'll actually name-drop Oreos and Facebook -- ironically, I generally hate product placements (assuming this mention was even paid for), but the fact that Claire will talk about Facebook rather than rip-off fake Internet sites like "Facepage" and "MyBook" is one of the few times this sort of thing enhances the joke instead of drawing the audience out of the reality of the show.

Modern Family: Rating Last Night’s Secrets

by Rachel Stein February 23, 2012 10:54 am
<I>Modern Family</i>: Rating Last Night’s Secrets

"Virgin Territory" extracted comedy from the extended Pritchett-Dunphy clan's series of lies and withheld secrets. I thought the groupings of characters were really fun and the reveals were extremely satisfying. Who knew how well the writers could work with the concept of a statute of limitations? As always, some of the plots were better than others -- let's look at the perps and see who got away the cleanest.

Modern Family: Why Last Night’s Episode Was Really a Season High

by Rachel Stein February 16, 2012 10:15 am
<i>Modern Family</i>: Why Last Night’s Episode Was Really a Season High

I honestly didn't laugh very much during "Aunt Mommy," but I still thorough enjoyed it. It displayed how well-oiled of a machine Modern Family can be, especially thanks to a few of the biggest elements of the episodes:

Modern Family: The Best Gags of the Evening

by Rachel Stein February 9, 2012 10:10 am
<I>Modern Family</i>: The Best Gags of the Evening

Congrats, everyone! We made it through our first season of Modern Family without a Clive Bixby Valentine's Day special, or any February 14-type of episode at all. I can't say I had trouble sleeping without it, but it does feel strange that this show is choosing to completely gloss over the holiday (as next week's episode gives no indication that it'll be Valentine's-themed at all). Is this the writers' version of mixing this show up?

Why Last Night’s Modern Family Was Season 3′s Best Episode Yet

by Rachel Stein January 19, 2012 10:30 am
Why Last Night’s <I>Modern Family</i> Was Season 3′s Best Episode Yet

There was buzz throughout the blogosphere yesterday that Lily would drop an F-bomb in "Little Bo Bleep," and the rumors were true... for all intents and purposes, anyways. While her foul little mouth seemed to make the Dunphy-Pritchetts crack up, I thought it was actually the weakest plotline in a very strong episode of Modern Family -- even if you include all of the times Cam had to immediately leave the room to giggle. I've been working off the theory that a great episode of this show will have lots of Claire moments and a Cam-Mitchell storyline that doesn't involve them bickering, and this venture definitely supports it. Here are the best components in what just may be the best episode of the season so far:

Modern Family: Why Last Night’s Episode Fell Flat (Off the Roof)

by Rachel Stein January 12, 2012 10:15 am
<i>Modern Family</i>: Why Last Night’s Episode Fell Flat (Off the Roof)

"Egg Drop" wasn't the worst Modern Family venture this season by any means, but it was, for the most part, forgettable. Sure, another plotline where Claire is competitive and Jay is stubborn. That Gloria sure is bad at all things car-related! Isn't Haley a selfish teenager?! And how many times have we seen Mitchell and Cameron out-do themselves only to have it bite both of them by the end of the episode? (I'm honestly sick of complaining about this one -- there's not even character development within their fights anymore. It's not like Claire and Phil have it out every episode.) To break it down a bit further, here's a look at the least successful parts of the episode:

Modern Family: The Best Lines From the Winter Premiere

by Rachel Stein January 5, 2012 10:14 am
<I>Modern Family</i>: The Best Lines From the Winter Premiere

Did anyone notice the huge amount of pop culture references in "Lifetime Supply"? I felt like every few lines, there was a reference to Colin Firth or Harry Potter -- not that it hurt the episode or anything. In fact, last night's winter premiere was one of my favorites of Season 3. There were a lot of great things happening in the episode, but I give credit to Sofia Vergara for actually nailing most of her lines, as well as everything to do with Manny, Jay and Javier's storyline. Benjamin Bratt is always excellent on this show and he feels like one of the few guest stars that the writers know exactly how and when to use. I could've done without another storyline featuring Mitchell and Cameron bickering, but all together, "Lifetime Supply" was a great way to start off the second half of the season. Of all of the laugh-out-loud lines, these, to me, were the best:

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