Modern Family — Bringing Up Baby (S4E01 Premiere)
To celebrate his 65th birthday, Jay just wants a quiet, relaxing day. Luckily for us, Phil doesn’t feel the same. Phil and his buddies tie him up and throw a hood over his face for their surprise. The surprise is a fishing trip, something that Jay would actually really appreciate. But before they get on the boat, Jay decides he is done with the kidnapping idea and walks off–the dock. While he’s struggling to keep afloat with his hands tied, Phil dives in to save his life. Due to Phil’s genius, he thinks that punching him in the face will help calm him down. It doesn’t. Once they are in the boat and Jay finally dries off, he actually admits to having fun with the guys. They decide that it’s time to actually throw out their rods, so Phil the boat in gear and drives off. Jay was sitting on the back of the boat and went flying back into the drink. Throughout the other three seasons, Phil has been played as such a goofy guy that this actually works. I know many other shows that would try this joke, but wouldn’t be able to pull it off as masterfully as Modern Family did.
Cam and Mitch are left in the wake of losing the son that they were supposed to have. They do everything they can to avoid the topic, which gets incredibly awkward for them and kind of awkward for the viewers to watch. As soon as the topic is brought up, they quickly swat it away by saying that they’re better off not getting the kid. Neither feel this way, but it is just so painful to think about. As they discuss this, Lily walks into the room asking about her baby brother. They may have forgotten to mention it to her… She decides that because she can’t have a baby brother, she should have a kitten named Larry. And very quickly Cam decides that, he too, wants to get a kitten. But apparently it’s a very complicated process to get a cat. To lighten the mood, we see the giant gorilla and elephant that the pair received as baby gifts (the gay community was a bit confused about the proper gift) humping on the top of Mitch’s car. As they mourn over the fact that they can’t even get a cat, they discuss what could have been, what they were planning for the baby. It actually makes them feel a bit better talking about it, but it is terrible to watch them hurting.
The morning after prom, Hayley walks into the kitchen completely hungover. Dylan stayed the night (he was on the couch in the morning, though), because he doesn’t have anywhere else to go. When Hayley asks if he can stay for a few weeks, Claire answers beyond sarcastically that they can even take the master bedroom. When Hayley got excited, Alex explained that Claire was just being “facetious”. In response to the blank stare she receives, she changes her word choice to “sarcastic.” And when Hayley is still clueless, Alex rolls her eyes and responds, “Dylan no stay.” And this is why I absolutely cherish any screen time that Alex receives. Claire hands Hayley a smoothie of some of the grossest ingredients, telling her that it’s a hangover cure. When Hayley runs off to the bathroom, she admits to Alex that it wasn’t. I’m not sure if this is revenge for having Dylan stay over or for what her parents did to her when she came home from prom hungover.
Gloria is terrified of telling Jay about her pregnancy, because at the start of the episode he was explaining that Cam and Mitch weren’t getting any younger and it was probably better that they didn’t have the kid. He was probably trying to make himself feel better about the loss that he wouldn’t grandfather another child. So Gloria tells Manny first about her pregnancy, he isn’t thrilled. He knows that he will be the one who ends up taking care of the kid, and this isn’t the ideal time for him. The first words out of Claire’s mouth after Gloria tells her the news are, “You’re gonna get fat!” She’s pleased that Phil might stop looking at her. She expects that Jay will not be pleased, so she tries to warn him and ask him to be nice.
Luke convinces Manny that Jay will stop taking care of him when his new child is born. Manny is at first unfazed, but after some convincing gets genuinely worried. Luke grins at the camera and says, “Sometimes I like to toss a grenade and then run away.” This line was perfect! This has been his main motivation throughout the entire three seasons, and I’m glad to see that this isn’t going to change.
When Gloria actually tells Jay that she’s pregnant, he’s thrilled! He thinks it’s perfect. It’s a way for him to stay young and he would love to raise another kid. Nobody was expecting this response. The more expected response was that of Mitch and Cam’s, they can’t even get a cat, but Jay gets another kid?
And then, in a very unusual turn of events for a sitcom, they flash forward 8-9 months to the baby shower. Gloria is very pregnant (yet still incredibly gorgeous), Phil has hilarious facial hair, Dylan has been living with the Dunphys the entire time, Cam and Mitch got their cat, and Manny is back from poetry camp. I was really happy to see how great Cam and Mitch were being about this whole situation. They got slapped in the face twice in a row, but they bounced back and got a cat!
This was a fantastic season premiere. The majority of the characters had arcs surrounding them, and if they didn’t, they had great one-liners instead. They set up a plot for the rest of the season, raising the baby. They managed to get a lot of serious and emotional scenes, but it didn’t lose it’s comedic spirit. If the rest of the season of Modern Family looks like this, it’s going to be perfect!
Posted on September 27, 2012, in Comedy, Modern Family and tagged abc, alex, baby, cam, dunphy, gloria, hayley, lily, luke, manny, mitch, modern family, phil, pregnant. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.