Modern Family – Season 5 Episode 13 – Three Dinners Review

One of the big themes this week was change, and how it affects the characters. Cam and Mitchell go out for a long overdue night out, Jay gets some bad news about his friend Shorty, and Phil and Claire take Hayley out to interrogate talk about what her plans are for the future. It was a classic parents ganging up on you type scene, and it played out so well. We really need to start giving Hayley more credit, too!

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Instead of having a normal chat, they try to pour some booze down her and see where they can get. Again, like they’ve done a few times already this season we see that Hayley is actually pretty smart. I wish we’d had more of these scenes earlier on, because it’s made us admire her so much more. We always look at her as the ditzy one, but she’s much more than that. She drops her plan of the parents, and even they’re surprised with how much thought she’s given it. Kudos and points to Hayley! It’s not easy to get one over on your parents, so, good on ‘ya girl!

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Cam and Mitchell end up encroaching on an engagement, and as they always do, they get way too involved. It was awkward as hell, and of course we all knew that as soon as Cam offered to film the whole thing it was going to go tits up.

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She says no, and it ended up being probably the funniest moment of the show. I’m always impressed with these two, and they continue to keep up one of the best relationships on TV. Whenever they’re on, there’s always full of laughs.

Jay struggles to handle the change in his life now that Shorty is going to move away. He’s his best mate, and it’s almost too much for Jay to deal with. Costa Rica ain’t that far Jay! Could be moving to Australia. Gloria has a go at him, and sorts everything out. How can you not love Jay, especially when he turns into a blubbering old geezer.

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The best thing about this show is that it has the perfect mix of comedy and emotion, and we see that with Jay and Shorty this week. There was this touching moment when Jay told us that Mitchell’s middle name is taken from Shorty’s name. Vincent.

I’ve been complaining a lot recently about how there’s not enough Lily, because she genuinely cracks me up, but this week we missed Luke as well. I mean, I keep saying that the comedy is in the kids for a reason. Luke’s dumbass ideas (that Phil always goes along with) and Lily’s ridiculous one liners really add to the comedy factor of the show, so bring ’em back, mmk!

Take it easy,

The Ninja


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