Modern Family Recap: Election Day

The first big election of 2012 proved to be a heartbreaker when last night we learned that Claire Dunphy lost her bid for city council. She was a long shot, but boy, were we rooting for her. Finally, a job in which her pugnacity, her competitive spirit, her drive to succeed would be put to good use — and outside the confines of her household.

Many doors could have opened for Councilwoman Claire and for Modern Family in general, a show that often feels like the family-oriented equivalent of a locked room mystery in which all of the usual suspects are gathered in the same compact space. Extremely insular. Regardless, last night’s episode was directed with aplomb by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad’s Walter White). There may not have been any big surprises, but he did manage to seamlessly pace an episode with a lot of moving parts and allow each member of the cast (minus Lily, did anyone even miss Lily?) to shine. Read More...


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