Modern Family “Egg Drop” Review

Although neither the "Egg Drop" experiment nor the idea of excessive parental input into school projectsare new story lines in television, Modern Family managed to take both of these standard narratives and make us laugh at them for the same old reasons while tossing in a handful of new reasons to laugh.

Luke and Manny conned their marks flawlessly and if it wasn’t for Manny’s guilt complex, they probablywould have walked away with perfect projects. They had to prove that they would fail well before introducing the idea of competition into Jay and Claire’s heads. To do that, Luke thoughtlessly put his life on the line in front of Claire as the "container" while Manny delved into the existential symbolism behind the experiment. To both Claire and Jay it seemed that failure would have been fine if that’s what those kids earned on their own. All it took was a little finesse from Manny and Luke to have Claire and Jay working against one another for their benefit.

In the course of the competition, Claire stooped to bribing Alex for her genius design from a few years ago. Alex was protective of her intellectual property and only gave Claire the "hint" to grab a mirror and look at the crazy woman staring back at her. I love Alex as the smug, smart girl with a sharp, dry wit, but I sometimes worry that her character has become too cynical, too early. Even though she’s hilarious when she’s bitter and snarky, I’m starting to miss seeing her as a happy, geeky 14 year old. Read More... 


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