This week, Modern Family decided to give its characters some room to breathe and go at life on their own—no big Sunday dinner with a family intervention, no meddling in their siblings' relationships, and no unifying theme or voice-over. What resulted was one of the funnier episodes in a while.
The show opens with a picture-perfect scene of the modern-day family at the dining table, each child and Phil engrossed in their individual tech gadgets. (This is what Norman Rockwell would be painting if he were around to document the 2010 version of family life, by the way.) Frustrated, Claire declares that everyone will go a week sans technology—computers, cell phones, video games, everything. Of course, Phil can't help but get ahead of himself and promises a reward to whoever goes the longest without giving in to their gadgets. Alex wants a new computer, Haley wants a car, and Luke wants...chicken pot pie.
Meanwhile, at the Pritchett-Delgado house, a neighbor's dog's barking is keeping Gloria and Manny up at night. After a confrontation with the owner and a sudden silencing of the dog, both Jay and Manny are worried that Gloria may have taken matters into her own hands (Jay explains that she "always had a certain comfort level when it comes to killing").