The last two episodes of Modern Family felt like a very good way to end the season. They combined for one heck of a family vacation and it seemed like a very fitting way to bring the series' first year to a close. Knowing there was still one episode left felt odd, as if they were just trying to fit in one more half hour to meet some predetermined quota. How could they possibly top a two-episode trip to Maui and why bother? But "Family Portrait" turned my expectations on their head and delivered a great and worthy finale episode.
In reality, this was a far more fitting conclusion to the season. Maui was a lot of fun, but it wasn't what the series has been about all season long. "Family Portrait" brought us back to the familiar world of this extended family, to remind us all why we fell for the comedy to begin with. Everyone in the cast was included in some way, with even the characters with shorter amounts of screen time scoring laughs with their bits.
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