'Outstanding Comedy Series' keeps momentum going
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 22:10
“Modern Family” has come out of the gates swinging this season. Fresh off the program’s recent win for their fourth consecutive “Outstanding Comedy Series” Primetime Emmy Award, some critics seem poised to pounce if the series slumps in inquality.
Thankfully the brilliant creative forces behind the top rated series are not yet giving them any such chance.
The first major story arc involved Cam and Mitchell struggling to find a way to break the news of their recent engagement to Cam’s visiting sister Pam. In a sudden turn of events, right before Lily spills the beans, Pam drops a surprise of her own: she’s getting married herself, to none other than Cam’s high school crush (much to Cam’s dismay).
The second story revolved around Claire and Phil trying to think of ways they can avoid going to Luke’s soccer games, since he barely gets any playing time. They succeed in their efforts, finding a way to gently approach the subject. However on game day, Claire ends up getting bored and decides to watch her son’s game anyway. Much to her surprise, Luke plays the game of his life. Upset that she witnessed the events without Phil, who spent the afternoon mourning the accidental loss of a nest of baby birds, Claire attempts to keep it a secret.
The final and most entertaining plot line revolved around Jay and Manny attempting to convince Gloria that she should look into getting glasses. The highlight of which involved Jay faking an accidental ingestion of rat poison. Rather than admit her visual impairments to the family, Gloria hilariously pretends to contact poison control.
All three plots intersect during a family gathering at Jay’s house, at which point the always over sensitive Cam losses it and everyone begins to argue before making amends.
One of the standout running gags in the episode involved repeated unintentional references to Phil’s birds nest accident, i.e. when discussing films, someone mentions “Bye, Bye, Birdie.”
As always watching Eric Stonestreet as Cam overreact to situations and go into full on diva mode is quite entertaining. Guest star Aubrey Anderson Emmons as Cam’s sister Pam provides an admirable foil for Stonestreet and on screen, their chemistry seemed to work well.
Seeing Sofia Vergara as Gloria overreact to the glasses situation frequently was quite amusing, although not as laugh inducing as Manny and Jay’s botched fake poisoning scam.
All in all the episode showcased the family, simply being a family. Nothing extravagant happened during the episode but rather its airtime was served by showcasing the brilliant cast simply repeating line after line of expertly crafted dialogue. While it’s not the pinnacle of the series’ comedic heights, “Farm Strong” remained a treat.