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Modern Family Episode: "Two Monkeys and a Panda"

Season 2, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: With Claire preoccupied by a feud between Haley and Alex, Phil takes advantage of a day at the spa. Meanwhile, Gloria is creeped out by Jay's designs on his-and-hers burial plots; and Cameron does research for a book about Lily's adoption.
Original Air Date: Mar 2, 2011
Guest Cast Tangie Ambrose: Noranne Mary Anne McGarry: Winnie Christen Sussin: Laurie Jonathan McMurtry: Ed
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Season 2, Episode 17
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Length: 19:46:40
Aired: 3/2/2011
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Modern Family Episode Recap: "Two Monkeys and a Panda" Season 2, Episode 17

This week, Claire struggles to play peacekeeper between Alex and Haley, while Phil gets (even more) in touch with his feminine side. Jay and Gloria attempt to make plans for the afterlife while Cameron and Mitchell get into their most serious fight yet.

The Dunphy sisters are at their bickering best this week fighting over a sweater. In a move reminiscent of a Saved by the Bell episode, Alex accidentally rips a huge hole in Haley's sweater and Claire spends all day trying to find an identical replacement to prevent her girls from coming to blows. Meanwhile, Phil is spending the day redeeming a spa gift certificate that's about to expire. He quickly bonds with the female clientele who later counsel him on how to deal with Claire. It's a good thing they did because he knows all the right things to say to Claire when her sweater swap blows up (kind of literally) in her face (hands). Even though this is a classic sisterly fight over clothes, it shows that Alex really does admire Haley and the desperate look she gives Claire when she rips the sweater is probably what inspires Claire to go to such lengths to help her girls get along.

Jay and Gloria visit a crypt that resembles an exceedingly creepy oversized filing cabinet. Gloria agrees with me. They meet their potential "neighbors" who express concern that Gloria will remarry after Jay's death and sell her plot to a stranger. Gloria agrees with them, but mostly just to get away from the drawers of death. Jay worries that after he dies Gloria will remarry someone better but Manny reassures him that he beat out a lot of competition for Gloria's hot Colombian hand. Jay finally comes to the conclusion that cremation is the ultimate solution, that way he can always be with Gloria and lord his presence over her future husband. It's sad to think about Gloria being with anyone but Jay!

While Cameron is putting together a baby book as part of his plan to make adoption seem normal for Lily, he notices that his last name has not been included as part of Lily's, it's just her middle name. Then a very familiar cycle repeats: Cam accuses Mitch, Mitch denies it, Cam comes to apologize for accusing, Mitch admits to the accusation. But this isn't about forgetting to send invites or competing for the crush of an assistant, this fight is a little more serious for these two. Mitch explains that Cam was so frantic in the days leading up to Lily's adoption he was worried Cam would bail and he didn't want Lily's surname to be synonymous with abandonment. Cam is clearly very hurt, but in the end accepts Mitchell's apology along with his version of the story Cam wanted to write for Lily about their family, "Two Monkeys and a Panda." I still think not including Cam's last name was a pretty underhanded thing to do!

Despite the themes of sibling rivalry, death, and deception in this weeks episode that are a little heavier than usual Modern Family fare, it all deepen the dynamic of this crazy clan. What did you think? Leave a comment below!

My picks for this episode's best lines:

PHIL: (re: spa certificate) Fine, I'll give them to Florence Gunderson at work; her hands look gross ever since she took up the banjo.

HALEY: Oh please, that was an honor for your stupid sweatshirt. It was the first time the top half got any exercise.

HALEY: K fine. Then I will just go put on your favorite nerdy T-shirt. The one with the guy from Back to the Future on it!
ALEX: That's Albert Einstein. And it is not nerdy!
CLAIRE: Well...

MITCHELL: What did Oprah do now?
CAM: Well, she had a girl on who, at 16, found out she was adopted. And she felt betrayed and ran away and became a stripper, and not the heart of gold kind, the by the airport kind.

CAM: Alright, go get your gavel Judge Judy.

CLAIRE: Tell me again why the violin just wasn't you?
ALEX: It's too happy.

ALEX: (to Haley) Relax, half the 11th grade's been inside this sweater.

MANNY: Hey Jay, have you noticed a spring in my step?
JAY: Oh kids say cruel things, that doesn't mean you'll turn out that way.

GLORIA: With all that bacon he eats.
JAY: Well I gotta give my cholesterol pill something to do. 

JAY: I thought you liked me when I first showed up.
MANNY: Please, for the first month I didn't even bother to learn your name.

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This week, Claire struggles to play peacekeeper between Alex and Haley, while Phil gets (even more) in touch with his feminine side. Jay and Gloria attempt to make plans for the afterlife while Cameron and Mitchell get into their most serious fight yet.

The Dunphy sisters are at their bickering best this week fighting over a sweater. In a move reminiscent of a Saved by the Bell episode, Alex accidentally rips a huge hole in Haley's sweater and Claire spends all day trying to find an identical replacement to prevent her girls from coming to blows... read more

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