'Modern Family' recap: Boy, Interrupted

Aaaand we’re back. After a week off the airwaves, Modern Family returned last night true to form, with all three families making kooky, separate tracks over to Manny’s birthday dinner, while the birthday boy himself dealt with an early-life crisis. The agitation came from a joke Jay dropped about Manny's premature maturity, a riff so worn-out by now, I was happy to see the kid react to a dig at it. Yes, Manny, it is strange that you drink espresso and aspire to look like Al Capone! Investigate! And so he did, or at least tried to, attempting all the things childish kids apparently do: ride a skateboard, float in a pool, mix different kinds of soda together (am I the only one who missed this particular rite of passage?), all with a very adult checklist sensibility.

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