Modern Family on ABC

2009, TV Show

Modern Family Episode: "The Kiss"

Season 2, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Jay pokes fun at Gloria's pledge to honor her grandmother's memory by cooking traditional Colombian cuisine. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell debate the merits of public displays of affection; and Alex's interest in a boy brings out Claire's overbearing side.
Original Air Date: Sep 29, 2010
Guest Cast Aaron Sanders: Jeremy
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Season 2, Episode 2
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Length: 21:33:52
Aired: 9/29/2010
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Modern Family Episode Recap: "The Kiss" Season 2, Episode 2

In the second episode of the second season of this Emmy Award Winning sitcom, Claire enlists Haley to meddle in Alex's romantic life while Cameron confronts Mitchell on his distaste for public displays of affection. Meanwhile, Gloria claims her dead grandmother has visited her in dreams and urged her to stay in touch with her roots by cooking traditional Colombian recipes, which spooks Manny and prompts mockery from Jay.

I'm Kara Klenk and I'm psyched to be recapping this season of Modern Family, one of the funniest shows out there, in my humble opinion.

The episode begins with Claire fishing for information on Alex's love life, the typical raised eyebrows, creepy grin, "so, any boys in the picture?" conversation we ladies have all endured with our mothers. Claire reveals in a testimonial that she "accidentally" read some flirty texts on Alex's phone and is worried it's either a boy from class or an online predator. The always precocious Alex cuts her mother off at the pass and responds to Claire's self-appointed, youthful nickname with "Yeah, don't call yourself Mommers."

Meanwhile, everyone's favorite gay dads, Mitchell and Cameron are shopping for clothes (If you haven't noticed, Cam heavily favors floral button downs), and as Mitchell dodges a kiss from his partner, he reveals his discomfort with PDA. In his testimonial, Cameron explains that Mitchell once high-fived him at midnight on New Year's Eve, which was wrong for two reasons (important lessons to take with you):

1) Gays don't high-five.

2) Gays don't high-five.

Over at Jay and Gloria's, Gloria is whipping up a family dinner, the main ingredient of which is pig intestine. When Jay balks at her culinary choices, Gloria explains that her dearly departed abuela has been visiting her in her dreams, warning her that she's losing touch with her roots. Naturally, pig intestine stew is the only cure. Manny questions this idea that the dead are all around us, and Jay doesn't waste the opportunity to freak him out. Jay leaves Gloria to her cooking to install a printer, and she suggests he enlist Phil's help, as he's the family technophile (see The iPad episode). Jay gets defensive, claiming that Phil isn't better than him at anything "except for making that stupid sound with his mouth," which leads into a brief but hilarious cutaway of Phil trying to beatbox for Jay at a party.

Back at the Dunphys, Claire asks Haley to help find out information on Alex's text buddy. Haley resists and explains the reason why Alex won't open up to her is because Claire acts coo coo whenever boys are around her daughters. When Claire tries to explain her motherly duties to protect, its teased that she doesn't want her daughters making the same mistakes she did, and that perhaps the image she's painted of herself as a perfect teen is a little less than accurate.

Mitchell and Cameron continue to argue about PDA and Mitchell's defense is that buying a shirt is not a "kissworthy moment." He goes on to list a few other humorous examples of non-kissworthy moments including making traffic lights, bowling alleys, and "Kissbuggy." (You got it, same game from childhood, substitute punch for kiss.)

Jay finally submits and calls Phil to ask for help with the printer installation, which elicits a squeal from Phil, who is constantly seeking his father-in-law's approval. At the mere mention of the printer, Phil hangs up on Jay and bolts like he's an action hero being summoned by the mayor. He reveals he's happy to be able to help Jay, who often teases him for his delicate nature and gag reflex at the smell of paint.

Haley handles her assignment with grace of a linebacker, barging into Alex's room and demanding info on the boy. Alex begrudgingly gives up the name but admits they haven't kissed because she's only thirteen. The more experienced Haley urges her to get on with it since her first lipsmack was at the tender age of 11, and warns Alex if she doesn't get kissed soon, boys will think she's a lesbian. Her evidence? "You totally have the sandals for it." Cut to a sweet close up of Alex's Tevas. Awesome.

Alex arrives out of breath at the front door of her techno-crush, Jeremy. She inadvertently recites a Notting Hill monologue, explains that she's not a lesbian, and expresses her desire to kiss him just as the door swings open, revealing his entire soccer team, mouths agape. She bolts.

Gloria is still cooking up a Colombian storm in the kitchen and Jay continues to make fun of her. She's angry and in an effort to make amends, Jay offers to help. Gloria instructs him to simultaneously slap and scream at a piece of chicken, in order to scare off dead spirits, naturally. While he shrieks and smacks, Gloria reveals to us that she's totally screwing with him. Columbian custom: "You mess with us and we mess with you."

Word of Alex's confession has spread and when she gets home, Haley confronts her, saying now the whole school knows. Alex is mortified and there is a lot of yelling but the truth comes out that Claire read the texts and made Haley talk to Alex. Claire just wants Alex to be careful so she doesn't get a bad rep (I guess she's already given up on Haley?) and Alex storms off, angrily apologizing for not being the "perfect" teen like her mother was. 

Hours later, Phil is still working on the printer, up in the attic trying to find the router. I have to agree with Phil here, who does put a router in an attic? The noises he's making are spooking Luke and Manny who are in the room below.  They ask for a sign from abuela just as Phil fixes the printer and a picture of the dead grandmother cranks out, sending the boys into a panic.

At a Modern Family trademark family dinner, Jay greets his family with two shoes tied around his neck, another "custom." Cam and Mitchell apologize to one another for being needy and withholding, respectively, and the whole family toasts Gloria's abuela. When Cam goes in for a kiss, Mitchell ducks and Cam goes flying over the couch and into a pool of potato chips. I usually don't go crazy for slapstick but something about Cameron really gets me.

Gloria blames Jay for withholding physical affection from his kids for why Mitchell hates PDA. Claire backs up the accusation but Jay fights back with a story about Claire being returned home by a police cruiser in her underwear as a teen. At that moment, Phil triumphantly announces that he's successfully installed the printer and all he gets from Jay is "thanks," further supporting everyone's argument that he is emotionally closed off. Gloria demands that Jay kiss Mitchell. They awkwardly peck and then he kisses Claire, while a comically jealous Phil stands by.

When they get home, Claire confesses her adolescent indiscretions to Alex to try to comfort her, but she's still too devastated to face her classmates. Until Jeremy shows up.

Gloria wraps up the episode by talking about kissing in Colombia (which is the majority of what she talks about) while we see Jay sweetly tuck Manny in and give him a kiss goodnight. Cam and Mitch are snuggling and we cut back to Alex and Jeremy who is proposing they actually kiss now that they are alone. Alex suggests they hold off since most of their communications up until this point have involved emoticons. And Jay tells Gloria that Manny clued him in on the "Colombian customs" she was inventing, but they, surprise, kiss and make up.

The episode ties up sweetly, as most MF eps do, with Cameron and Mitchell accepting one another's differences, Claire letting some of her parenting anxieties go, and Gloria helping Jay get more in touch with his sensitive side through her fiery Latin flair.

What did you think of the episode? Is Season 2 delivering like Season 1 did? Do gays really not high-five? What crazy antics did you get up to as a teen that you wouldn't want your kids/future kids to know about? When has someone tried to plant one on you at an inappropriate time? Tell me your funniest non-kissworthy moment! Let's talk about it in the comments, shall we?

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In the second episode of the second season of this Emmy Award Winning sitcom, Claire enlists Haley to meddle in Alex's romantic life while Cameron confronts Mitchell on his distaste for public displays of affection. Meanwhile, Gloria claims her dead grandmother has visited her in dreams and urged her to stay in touch with her roots by cooking traditional Colombian recipes, which spooks Manny and prompts mockery from Jay.

I'm Kara Klenk and I'm psyched to be recapping this season of Modern Family, one of the funniest shows out there, in my humble opinion.

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Premise: A mockumentary-style sitcom chronicling the unusual kinship of the extended Pritchett clan, a brood that includes patriarch Jay; his younger Latina wife, Gloria, and her preteen son; Jay's daughter, Claire, and her family; and Jay's son, Mitchell, who lives with his partner, Cameron.

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