This Week on 'Modern Family': 3 Essential Truths

By Aylin Zafar
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While last week's Modern Family explored fear, this week was all about the power of the truth (this is deep).

If you're going to stage an elaborate cover-up, do your research: Jay attempts to hang up a motivational poster bearing the words, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"—to which Manny responds, "Lots of stuff that doesn't kill you makes you weaker." It proves to be an ill-fated endeavor as the poster falls and kills Manny's beloved turtle, Shel Turtlestein. It's sweet that Jay cares so much about the progress he's made with Manny, but he should've at least looked on Wikipedia to find out how many toes a raccoon had before he staged an entire "crime scene." Kids can smell these things a mile away.

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Money can't buy memories: Mitchell takes a big step this episode by quitting his job after continually missing milestone events in Lily's life thanks to his "suckiest suck" of a boss and lawyer's schedule. The current economic climate might have made the scene where he puts his badge around his boss' neck in the name of a dramatic exit (only to take it back so he could get into the elevator) rather uncomfortable to watch. But it's nice to know the writers of the show still considered that it's 2010 and...as Cam says, "I'm used to nice things—what are we going to do??" See web-only content:
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