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Modern Family Episode: "Dance Dance Revelation"

Season 2, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The first school dance for Luke and Manny prompts an eventful trip to the mall for Jay and Phil, and Claire doesn't need Gloria's help on the parents' dance committee. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron are surprised by Lily's antisocial behavior at the playground.
Original Air Date: Dec 8, 2010
Guest Cast Julie Dretzin: Lisa Kevin Daniels: Longines Greg Roman: DJ Melody Butiu: Babysitter Steve Kehela: Rob Mo Mandel: Bill Danny Trejo: Gus
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Season 2, Episode 10
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Length: 21:11
Aired: 12/8/2010
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Modern Family Episode Recap: "Dance Dance Revelation" Season 2, Episode 10

In this week's episode Manny and Luke's first dance has everyone up in arms: Luke and Manny fighting over outfits, Claire and Gloria fighting as co-chairs of the dance committee, and Jay and Phil arguing over teaching manliness to their sons. Oh, and Cam and Mitch deal with the realization that Lily is a biter.

Talking on the phone with Jay, Claire is clearly very jazzed about her son's first dance while Jay's enthusiasm is clearly feigned; he's just calling about a teal pocket square for the fashion savvy Manny.  In an effort to help, Gloria brings Manny some fabric that he rejects because it's turquoise, and also a bra. Gloria starts to lecture Manny about the kids in her village and their difficulty accessing luxuries like pocket squares. Manny rolls his eyes and says what many viewers are probably thinking, "Here we go with the village."

Gloria asks Jay to ask Claire about what time she should be at the school to help set up, but Claire insists they have all the help they need and Gloria doesn't even need to attend if she doesn't want to. The conflict between them is quite obvious from the start.

At the playground, where Mitch can't understand how some people dress their kids, "Lily's friend just pulled a Britney Spears getting out of a sandbox car", Mitch and Cam are confronted by a mother who claims Lily bit her son. They are incredulous and apologetic until the woman reveals she didn't see the incident and they change gears assuming this is another game of  "blame the gay dads." In a testimonial, they name famous violent children of straight people: Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, Naomi Campbell. Cam and Mitch deny that Lily did the biting and direct the mother's suspicions to the similarly named, Billy, and his lax babysitter.

Meanwhile, Jay and Phil take the boys to the mall so Manny can get his aforementioned pocket square, and Luke can get a suit that doesn't look like a hand-me-down from a first grader. While waiting for someone to pull out of a parking spot Jay and Manny have the following funny exchange:

J: Today, Miss Daisy.
M: Actually, Miss Daisy was the one being driven, not the one driving.
J: Never saw it.
M: It's called Driving Miss Daisy.
J: You got a real lip on ya today, ya know that?

Suddenly, someone swoops in and steals the spot. Jay is angry, but Phil just calmly drives on to look for a new spot. They both take this opportunity to teach the boys some life lessons, Jay clearly leaning towards the macho "take what's yours" approach, while Phil espouses the idea of choosing your battles, acting rationally, and avoiding confrontation. Jay takes a shot at Phil implying he's girly and they cut to a testimonial of Phil all smiles explaining that this is just how their dynamic works. "The key is, I never let him know just how much it devastates me." We see a flashback of Phil try to coach Jay on how to say Dunphy, which he pronounces "Dumphy", seemingly on purpose to needle Phil.

At the school gym, Claire is basking in the glory of being needed as the other mothers look to her as their leader and the only one who can wrangle the ornery janitor, Gus (Machete!). When Gloria arrives, Claire is obviously threatened. Claire and Gloria go back and forth in testimonials about being co-chairs, Claire claims to be the queen of dance moms, while Gloria is miffed that she won't take any of her suggestions, such as an Arabian Nights theme. "Isn't that a little soon?" Claire asks.

Cam and Mitch are putting Lily in the car and discussing the nerve of the bitten child's mother, when Lily bites Cam, twice. "It's like Twilight back here!" Cam sees their patsy, Billy, being scolded and withheld ice cream for biting and they quickly leave the playground.

At the mall, Manny is still stressing over his pocket squares while Luke is learning that mannequins are not anatomically correct. Manny is annoyed that Luke has chosen a tie in his beloved teal.  Meanwhile, a man tries to cut them in line. Jay calls him out, but Phil lets him go since he only has one item. His politeness backfires when the man wants to have sale prices checked for a ton of items he bought last week. Jay tried to once again instruct the boys on being assertive while Phil thinks they should pay it forward. "They don't make movies outta bad ideas."

Cam and Mitch return home frantic about Lily's biting problem, nervous that this will cause her to become an outcast in toddler society. Mitch passive aggressively shifts the blame to Cam explaining that he gives Lily mixed signals by biting her feet playfully. Cam shoots back claiming Mitch uses his teeth "like a multi-tool". They cut to a scene where Mitch, hands full, is ripping open cookie bags and uncorking wine bottles with his teeth. When Mitch tries to protest Cam replies coolly, "Don't bite my head off, I'm not a pack of batteries."

Back at the gym, the ladies are arguing over Gloria's table reconfiguration and Claire is unnerved that it's getting approval from other moms. When Gloria offers to help on the next task, Claire sends her to the filthy underbelly of the stage to retrieve chairs. Then, when Gloria is chatting with Gus in Spanish, Claire is obviously threatened that someone else has been able to connect with the cranky janitor.

Back at the mall, the guys are still in line behind this difficult customer and Jay is really ribbing Phil, who takes off. Jay spots the guy who stole their parking spot earlier and confronts him, to teach the boys about being men. The guy is totally unaware and apologetic that he stole the space, and begins to break down that his 14-year-old dog died that morning. He ends up literally crying on Jay's shoulder.

Meanwhile Phil gets into an altercation with a perfume salesman who offered him Oasis For Men and sprayed it on him without waiting for a response. Phil takes the bottle to demonstrate what the salesman did and begins spraying him repeatedly with the cologne and chasing him through the perfume department. Later, Jay comes to bail him out of mall jail and apologizes to Phil for pushing his buttons, claiming his father-in-law was the same way with him. Grandpa Luke, it turns out was mean and a racist, which is hard for Phil to hear since he named his son after him and wears his watch. Jay doesn't want Phil to hate him the way he hated his father-in-law, and Phil suggests he stop being such a jerk to him. Jay explains that he is just tough and Phil needs to lighten up, but also concedes that Phil's more positive demeanor is a good influence on the boys as well. At the end of the scene, Jay is clearly unimpressed that Phil's cologne attack is the reason for getting in trouble, while Phil thinks it was pretty rebellious.

Cam and Mitch are combing the mommy blogs for info on biting, but Cam is not happy with the suggested remedies they are finding including having a stranger scold your child or putting a pinch of pepper in her mouth.  The smile emoticon really sets Cam off. "Oh well, the smiley face makes it all ok. 'I water-boarded our toddler, LOL!'" He suggests they handle this themselves and grabs a ukulele and begins singing a song to Lily called "People Aren't Food." Lily bites Cam again and Mitch goes for the pepper. They argue about it and Cam tries to make him try the pepper and Mitch bites him. "Well, why don't you write a song about it."

The dance is underway and the kids are jamming out to non-specific teen pop. Claire sees Manny and Luke in their suits and realizes that the dance is about the kids and not competition with Gloria, who soon arrives causing Claire to immediately start judging her outfit. Then, when a kid knocks punch all over Claire, she's very frustrated until she notices Gus walking towards her with paper towels. When he breezes past her to help Gloria, Claire freaks out, pulls a "Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!", and storms off to the bathroom. Gloria follows her and wants to talk about why Claire has been pushing her away and opposing her ideas all week. Claire explains that planning the dances is her thing — her only thing — and she feels Gloria trying to steal it. Gloria explains that she volunteered so the other mothers would see her as more than a sexpot who will steal their husbands.

The episode wraps up with, in my opinion, a cheesy, indie music laden montage with Phil narrating platitudes about parenting. Jay and Phil tying the boys ties, Claire and Gloria dancing with them at the dance, Cam and Mitch accepting Lily's biting. Until she clocks Mitch in the face.

In the show's postscript, Cam is on the phone with a friend who is going through some sort of trauma who we soon learn is the perfume salesman Phil attacked.

As usual, there is not much to pick on in Modern Family, but I do think some of the character motivations are getting repetitive. Yet another episode where Claire feels threatened by Gloria or someone who is taking away the one thing that makes a poor stay-at-home mom happy? Maybe Claire needs to get a hobby, friends, or a side job in the show? Just a thought. And as I mentioned, the ending montage was too much for me. I like the episodes better when they end on a joke or wrap up a premise from the beginning of the show, but that's just me. I had my fill of cheesy montages in the 90s and you can still find plenty of them on the CW if you'd like.

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In this week's episode Manny and Luke's first dance has everyone up in arms: Luke and Manny fighting over outfits, Claire and Gloria fighting as co-chairs of the dance committee, and Jay and Phil arguing over teaching manliness to their sons. Oh, and Cam and Mitch deal with the realization that Lily is a biter.

Talking on the phone with Jay, Claire is clearly very jazzed about her son's first dance while Jay's enthusiasm is clearly feigned; he's just calling about a teal pocket square for the fashion savvy Manny.  In an effort to help, Gloria brings Manny some fabric that he rejects because it's turquoise, and also a bra. Gloria starts to lecture Manny about the kids in her village and their difficulty accessing... read more

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