'Modern Family': Cam Steals the Show (Literally)

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After taking over Manny's school play, the dramatic uncle delivers the three best lines on this week's episode

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On this week's Modern Family, Cam stole the show. No, really, he stole a play from an unsuspecting middle school drama teacher. He also "stole the show" in the proverbial sense, giving us the this week's top three punny chuckles. There were plenty of other clever moments with the other characters, but this week goes to Cam. So here you have it, this week's top three lines. (Thanks, Cam!)

Luke and Manny are involved in their school play. After getting the original play director sick, Cam overtakes their middle school production in a big way. Channeling his inner theater nerd, he takes his substitute director duties a bit too seriously: crafting elaborate dance numbers, incorporating songs, hauling Luke up into the air by a pulley system, etc. When Mitchell tries to deal with his crazy, Cam interjects with brilliant line numero uno of the episode: "Why do you have to throw a wet blanket on my dreams? You know what I end up with? Wet dreams!"

Too easy?

After that tiff, Mitchell swears not to meddle in Cam's dream play. But, the kids aren't into it; Manny complains to Mitchell and then declares to Cam that they want out. Cam is not happy. But Cam's anger is our fortune, because we get yet another great Cam play on words. As Cam tries to justify his intensity—he introduced these kids to culture—he proclaims, "Years from now some of these kids will still be talking about the way I Sondheimized them."

Another zing!

Even with Cam's enthusiasm, the play—like most school productions—is miserable. It's one disaster after the next and culminates in the final Cam induced laugh. As the show concludes, the kids each lift a letter, spelling "We love the F-word" (instead of "we love the world") to the audience. Ok, so Cam doesn't deliver this line, but watching a spastic Cam scuttle across the stage, knocking cardboard letters out of children's hands was possibly the best Modern Family moment of the season.

Bravo, Cam. You may not have put on a good school play, but you sure do make for good TV.

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Rebecca Greenfield is a writer based in Brooklyn. She was formerly on staff at The Atlantic Wire.

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