'Modern Family' recap: Chunkin Truths

In the spirit of the holiday before us, I'd like to start with a small confession. I was a bit of a Pritchett yesterday when I learned that Modern Family was going to air a new episode the night before Thanksgiving. And in this case, I use the word Pritchett to mean I was a bit of a sour face at the parade. ("A recap? Before Thanksgiving?! The horror!" I know, it's not the coal mines.) But after tuning into last night's episode, which, naturally, found the gang celebrating Thanksgiving, I felt bad about ever having negative feelings about it because the episode filled me with the warm fuzzy feeling that left me feeling incredibly thankful for one of my favorite comedies.

It took a while to get there, though. In fact, "Punkin Chunkin" started off a bit slow for my liking. (I invite you to kindly disagree.) We started off being introduced to Kenneth (Book of Mormon's Josh Gad), an odd boy who once lived next to Claire and Phil. Kenneth always shared a special bond with Phil and soon came to learn that Kenneth credited Phil for his successes in life -- and he had plenty of it. Frankly, the kid was a bona fide, blimp-buying success, who, like most bajillionaires, seemed to have evaded the task of buying a comb or a decent pair of shoes. But when he told Phil how well his "What would Phil Dunphy Do?" motto (I'll take this phrase scrawled on a t-shirt now, please. Size small.) worked out for him, Luke questioned why Phil hadn't experienced the same level of success. Read More...



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