Modern Family Season 4 Review “Heart Broken”

Once again, it’s our Valentine’s Day episode, and we get treated to Phil and Claire getting romantic as their alter egos, Clive and Juliana. That’s our first story of "Heart Broken," an episode that plays with the standard form of a Modern Family episode. Instead of a single half-hour that intercuts between an A, B, and C story, each act of "Heart Broken" focuses strictly on one family. I wasn’t expecting it going in, and there was a point in the middle of that Phil and Claire story where I started to get confused, wondering why we hadn’t seen anyone else. And the episode is fairly strict about following its own rules here: the only character that crosses over is Lily, and the only interaction between adult members of the family are phone conversations, which we only hear one side of.



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