Modern Family Recap: Competitive Spirit

"Aren’t we all just fragile eggs hiding behind bubble wrap and bravado?" Leave it to Manny to turn a simple school project into a statement on the human condition. But then again, the egg is sort of a perfect metaphor for last night’s episode of Modern Family. It’s a symbol of vulnerability and new beginnings (see Phil’s Gloria-assisted emotional breakthrough) even as it hints at circularity (see Claire and Jay’s "haven’t we already seen this a zillion times before?" competitive streak gone amok); it’s a beacon of fertility (see the potential adoptive mom whom Mitchell and Cam jump through hoops to impress) and it’s second only to the banana peel as an excuse for comedy to go broad (see Claire slipping on Luke’s broken egg as if she were the fourth member of the Three Stooges). And also, maybe the egg is a religious symbol, because it was absolutely a miracle that there was virtually no inter-couple bickering in the entire episode. Hallelujah and amen. Read More...


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