‘Modern Family,’ Season 3, Episode 5, ‘Hit and Run’: TV Recap

Last week, comedian David Cross was his ridiculous best as a small-town bureaucrat — inflamed over non-ice cream birthday cake– who rejected Claire’s petition for a new stop sign in her neighborhood. This week, we learned Cross’s Councilman Duane Bailey raises puggles, and he is the impetus for Claire to run for political office.

"Who’s Duane Bailey and why do we hate him?" Phil has to be reminded. Oh, you know, Phil. Don’t mess with the Claire.

And as soon as Claire devotes herself to the people, the Dunphy family begins to fall apart under Phil’s watch. Phil accidentally punches Luke in the eye. He gives Alex drug-addled cough syrup. Haley tried to get her and her friends fake IDs, but she lost the $900 she borrowed/stole to some dude who borrowed/stole the money. Meanwhile, Gloria just wants to help!

This is Gloria’s theme of the week. Why won’t anyone accept her help!! She tries to help Jay with a tough business partner for his closet business — really? This is what Jay does? — who won’t be specific about what the guy wants from his closets, except he keeps saying things like "Wow me." And "Pow!" Samm Levine from "Freaks and Geeks" is the Emeril of home construction. Read More...



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