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:
Cam and Mitchell Got Along
Any time we get an episode that doesn't center around them bickering, this show is substantially better. Was that so hard?
I'm a complete sucker for brother-and-sister moments between Mitchell and Claire, and their secret meeting under the table was sweet, believable and productive. The surrogate storyline was a little choppy -- especially in its pacing -- but the drunken dinner conversation highlighted how comically talented Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell (watching his face throughout this scene was amazing), Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet are.
As far as the other siblings on this show went, the Dunphy kids were entertaining, too ... but, as per usual, Luke completely stood out. I loved his lice-ridden friend ("Thanks for the hat, Leon. It kind of tickles!"), but clearly his best line of the night was in response to Claire's surrogacy: "Why, because Lily's such a mess? [...] But we can agree she's a disastrous human being."
Okay, first of all, I loved that Cam and Gloria's baby looked exactly like Manny. And while I didn't necessarily need to learn about her cab-driving past, frankly, Sofía Vergara was in need of a storyline that didn't revolve around her being attractive. It also translated into a lovely little family moment between her, Manny and Jay.
Jay's at his best when he plays protector to his wife and stepson. The broken-record gag was a little grating, but it was countered with the less-predictable fact that Manny was actually pretty decent at football. Maybe Modern Family is stuck in a bit of a rut, but I'd still rather watch it than 99 percent of the other sitcoms on TV.
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