Every now and then I wonder if the writers of Modern Family were invisible guests at my family dinner table. Take last night's 'Family Portrait'Â: Claire's obsession with the flawed step, the stress of taking a family picture, and even Mitchell's reaction to a pigeon trapped indoors (see: my sister, a Lord & Taylor dressing room, last winter) were all scarily reminiscent of my own family.
After two great Hawaii-centric episodes, Modern Family went back to basics for its season finale. The simple plots - a family picture, a basketball game, a school project - could have felt boring as there were no big-name guest stars or scenic backdrops, but each of the characters' personal quirks made them endlessly entertaining (Phil's paranoia, Claire's obsessiveness, Mitchell's fear of animals, and Cameron's newly acquired Divadom). They're what make family family, and what makes this show so brilliant. Here are the 10 best lines:
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