Modern Family 2.16 "Regrets Only" Review

This week's episode centered around, as was plainly stated in Jay's concluding voiceover (which I didn't hate!  See why below), the need for married couples to listen to each other.  Phil, Mitchell and Jay all had their own problems listening to their spouses, and each had to deal with the consequences.  As a karaoke fan (my "Love Shack" was well known in the Brookline area of Boston from 1999-2000), I actually enjoyed the Jay/Gloria story the best (it had by far the best line of the night, as described below), but there was enough in the other two stories that made me enjoy "Regrets Only" more than last week's "Princess Party," even if it wasn't a great episode.

"Mistaken communications" is a common trope of every type of storytelling, whether it be a play, drama, musical, movie or sitcom. This genre of story doesn't need to be solely a situation where one person mishears or misinterprets what another person says (like the "Telephone" game), but could be a situation where someone just misunderstands what is being communicated to him or her.  That is the situation here for both Phil and Mitchell.  Neither man takes great care in listening to exactly what his spouse says, leading to both of them really disappointing their significant others.  Again, this isn't a particularly novel idea, so the execution must be excellent to make the stories stand out.  While I was certainly entertained by these plots (I especially liked Phil and Claire's fire extinguisher fight), I was more pleased than really moved comedically.  On the other hand, Jay's inability to physically listen to Gloria's karaoke screachings was a nice departure from the standard trope.  Of course, this was not the first time a television character couldn't stand another's singing, but when portrayed against the other two, more typical stories, the karaoke plot was a nice contrast.  Besides, Sofia Vergara's warbling was the comedy gift that kept on giving. Read More...


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