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Modern Family Season 4 Review “Career Day”

As made clear by the title, “Career Day,” this week’s Modern Family trades heavily in standard family sitcom plots. Of course, that’s what the show almost always does, so it’s no marks against it; it’s all about execution, and for the most part, this week serves that up better than average. The titular career day is, predictably, stressed over by Phil. I like the detail that even though it’s for his youngest child, it’s his first one, because only Luke wasn’t smart enough to invent an excuse to hide it. Also predictable is that he completely flubs the presentation, both in conception and delivery, the latter mostly because Gil Thorpe arrives and steals the show with his Gil pickles. It’s all pretty funny (I loved that Phil’s intro was “I’ve been in your house when you’re not home”), but scoots towards even better once Claire has a meltdown in front of that horrible child and Thorpe offers her a job. This led to my two favorite jokes in the episode, when Phil insists he has veto power, then Claire launches into all the dumb ideas he’s ever had, only to be cut off by a talking head, then joined back in right at the end. It was a great use of the form. READ MORE...
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