The show usually kills with its quips one-liners, but this week it focused on making the audience laugh with actions rather than words
On this week's Modern Family, we're reminded of the wonders of physical comedy. Often, the show's characters make us chuckle with their quips and one-liners, but in this episode, the three funniest moments came not from well-worded phrases with stylish deliveries, but from silly body movements.
Phil and Claire switch their parental personae. Phil, the usually "cool" dad, acted the bad cop part; whereas Claire, the strict parent, played fun mom for the day. Of course, things went awry because neither Phil or Claire could hack it, but the setup brought us our first hilarious comedic moment that had nothing to do with speaking. Phil commands his daughters to clean the bathroom, as he sits and duct-tapes their laptop shut. Haley is tasked with unclogging the drain—a truly gross endeavor. As she pulls the sopping hairy clump from the drain, the girls scream in disgust. Phil tells them to suck it up, but scurries out of view to gag. That little move right there: hilarious.
Over at Mitchell and Cam's, Cam has fallen quite ill on the most inopportune of nights: Lady Gaga night. The diva is set to perform that evening, and Mitchell really (really!) wants to go. After a day of pampering Cam, Mitchell decides to sneak out for the show while his suffering hubby slumbers. As he scampers out of the house, he does a little Lady Gaga victory dance, clamping his hands through the air like a giddy little monster. Given that Lady G is "the one gay cliche I allow myself," Mitchell's moves were quite out of character, ergo, very funny.