Modern Family Recap: That Time of the Month

Leap day appears to be a holiday mostly celebrated on TV. If 30 Rock created an elaborate mythology out of it, and Parks and Rec celebrated leap baby Jerry Gergich’s Sweet Sixteen, then last night’s Modern Family continued to explore that perfect-for-sitcoms ideal of February 29. We get to see how the family behaves on a day devoted to breaking out of routines and being adventurous — a day for doing something extraordinary. Which is why it was a bit disappointing to see Modern Family remain in its comfort zone. There will rarely be an episode of Modern Family that’s an overall flop — the writing is too clever, the actors too transcendent to do bad work — but last night lacked the emotional intelligence we’ve come to expect from the show, those glimpses of genuineness amid the more madcap moments that ultimately make Modern Family feel so relatable. Read More...


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