James Marsden moves into Lily’s princess castle while Claire is on the warpath against a speed demon whose house Phil is trying to sell in the "Slow Down Your Neighbors" episode of MODERN FAMILY. Meanwhile Jay teaches Manny to ride a bike but has a little more trouble teaching Gloria.
I’m not usually the biggest fan of stunt casting, but James Marsden is terrific–very funny and obviously having a blast. This is such a silly and fun storyline and I love Cam and Mitchell’s battle to be right. Even better, though: Cam’s adorable giggle when he talks about Barry and Cam and Barry’s cage match in the castle. The one time calling 911 is the proper response and Mitchell freezes, then pauses to make sure Cam knows he was right all along. Hee.
I had written off the Jay teaching Manny and Gloria how to ride a bike subplot until Luke and his Super Soaker took over. While I love just how committed Jay is to being Manny’s dad–their relationship has blossomed and it makes my heart melt–the bike lesson scenes were fairly blah until the teacher of the year appeared, terrorizing Gloria into riding the bike. Nolan Gould is the performer of the week. From his casual "That’s weird" when Gloria tells him she’s afraid of being grabbed to his devilish smirk as he cracks open Haley’s book, he nails every line and expression. Claire then caps the lesson with her fabulous bike-jacking. Poor Gloria. Will she ever ride a bike again?
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