"The Future Dunphys" wasn't the worst episode of Modern Family ever, and I really enjoyed the visual gag of the titular future (and past) Dunphys. Manny and Jay's storyline was as predictable as it was humorless (though the actors are at least trying), and the Mitch, Cam, Lily and Gloria plot was terrible, but at least it acknowledged that these two gay parents with an adopted Vietnamese daughter don't know how to teach her about her culture or the very basics of her own body. I would have hated if that were the subtext, since it'd lead me to dedicating yet another whole piece about how problematic it is for a show that's supposed to be pro-gay to portray this family as grotesquely as it does -- but that being said, I've read convincing arguments in its favor, and maybe I would have even liked it if it was given more time to breathe instead of being stuck as one of three plotlines in a 22-minute episode. And besides, I really, really did like seeing future Luke, Alex and Haley, even if I was hoping for a just a bit more payoff. Here are the best lines of the night:
"If something were to happen -- and it's not -- I would turn our bedroom into a shrine to Claire... And this room into a hall of magic."
"Just because he's behind a curtain doesn't make him a wizard."
"Oh my god, Luke gets huge." (Man, Luka Jones is freakin' everywhere!)
"I'll look in the Jelp." (I actually really did like Gloria in the episode, and hope the writers go somewhere with her desire to embrace her culture more... you know, as long as it's not horribly racist.)
"Don't bother, she's not in the mood for jokes."
And here's another look at the grown-up Dunphy kids, which I could probably re-watch another ten times. Seriously, great casting, especially with Justine Bateman as Haley:
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