Friday, May 13, 2011

Family Jules: A Baby Calf on Wheels


I have a confession. I am finding myself underwhelmed with Modern Family as of late. I love this show, and there have been episodes this season that have been unbelievably hilarious ("Manny Get Your Gun," "Slow Down Your Neighbors," "Someone to Watch Over Lily"); however, there have been several episodes that just haven't worked. And despite several great zingers (more on those later) and one adorable little puppy, I now find myself looking forward more to next week's Happy Endings than next week's Modern Family. Is this feeling just the result of two less-than-stellar episodes in a row, or is this a trend many of you are also noticing?

Cougar Town, on the other hand, is still going strong. The end of Season 2 is obviously focusing on Travis' post-Kirsten depression, which doesn't immediately lend itself to slapstick comedy, but even when there aren't huge laugh-out-loud moments, I am always satisfied after a half hour of hanging out with the Cul-De-Sac Crew.

So before I start pontificating on the possibility of mole people, let's look at the best moments from this week's episodes...

Modern Family
Season 2, Episode 22: "Good Cop Bad Dog"
Claire, tired of being the bad cop parent, decides she and Phil should switch roles, Gloria bombards Jay with a ridiculous business pitch from a stranger named Guillermo (and an insanely cute dog) and Mitchell debates whether or not he should go to a Lady Gaga concert alone once Cam falls ill.
"It's the one gay cliche I allow myself." - Mitchell, who has many redeeming qualities (he just can't name one right now).

"You're going down, Delgado!" - Fun Claire, who fed Manny and Luke like Vikings.

"Note to Claire: if you want intense family drama, rent Spy Kids!" - Phil, who just wants to go go-karting.

"I'm nice, and I put on the sugar jacket!" - Gloria, who might have been talking about sugarcoating (although a sugar jacket sounds fun!).

"You're still blinking, sweetie." - Cam, who took enough cough syrup to take down a grizzly.
(We Pretend) Cougar Town ( called Wine Town)
Season 2, Episode 19: "Damaged by Love"
Bobby and Jules try desperately to cheer Travis up after Kirsten rejects his marriage proposal, Grayson struggles with roller blading and Ellie attempts to hide her rage over the less-than-subtle advances on Andy from his sister-in-law (played brilliantly by Ian Gomez's real-life wife Nia Vardalos).
"When Smith dumped me. It literally took me months to get back to a place where I could sleep with random dudes to feel good about myself." - Laurie, who does a great imitation of Bobby.

"The boy needs to forget his troubles by looking at some honks." - Bobby, who often quotes Pat Benatar in tough situations.

"It's like looking at a sandal full of bratwurst." - Ellie, who, unlike Andy, knows fluent Spanish.

"There are three things I would never miss: you getting tortured, boy band reunions, and videos of horses giving birth! Ellie, they come out looking like ponies!" - Laurie, who doesn't want to be Ellie's stress ball.

"You’re going to do great once you start chasing tail. Just be careful about getting into relationships. Once a gal gets her hooks in, it’s all about controlling you. How much do I owe you doc? My bad." - Grayson, who is like a newborn calf on wheels, rambling to a child. 
What did you think of this week's episodes? Are you concerned about Modern Family, or do you think I'm overreacting? And do you think Nia Vardalos should return for more Cougar Town??

[Image Credit: ABC]
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