Apr 13, 2011

Modern Family Review: 2.19 "The Music Man"


Today is not a good day to cancel Modern Family.

The promotion for the return of Modern Family this week touted that it was the funniest episode of the season. Now, I thought two things while seeing this promo. First being that it was just a ploy to get people to tune in and stick around for the premiere of Happy Endings (for which I will be reviewing shortly) and second that there was no way this episode could live up to those lofty expectations.

ABC Promotional Team 1. Blake 0.

I will be darned if I did not explode with laughter throughout most of the episode. It is like the cosmic comedy forces in the universe saw my review of The Middle from earlier (don't be lazy, read it if you haven't) and decided to flip the script. This is the Quarterback of the Wednesday lineup, it isn't always great, but when it is on, it is nearly unmatched in TV today.

Now, if you have read any of my other reviews, you should know by now that I am not going to go into a play-by-play of the action in the episode. That isn't my job, my job is to tell you if this show is good or not. Actually my job is to produce a sports show, but my hobby is to tell you if this show is good or not. And you know what, it really was tonight.

The funniest plot point came from the Dunphy's wrapping their car with what was essentially an ad for prostitution. However, I want to take a moment to delve into the sad head of Manny (Rico Rodriguez).

Manny is so ridiculously inept at being a kid. This is seen tonight by his trying to get the attention of a girl in the Cam's (Eric Stonestreet) school play. Unfortunately, he has no idea how to relate to her, thinking that the more adult he acts, the more likely it is that she is to like him. Like most twelve year old girls, she was far more interested in the idiot who has no future and will probably treat her like crap.

Or not, I have issues with that portion of my childhood.

Perhaps one day Manny will grow up and be as socially adjusted as I am. You know, a 20-something that is sitting behind his computer every night blogging.

Sad Realizations 1. Blake 0.

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