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Modern Family Episode: "The Musical Man"

Season 2, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: Cameron throws himself into his job as interim music director at Luke and Manny's school. Meanwhile, Jay's sibling rivalry with his visiting brother (Jonathan Banks) goes to another level; and Phil wants his family to be in his realty advertisement.
Original Air Date: Apr 13, 2011
Guest Cast Jonathan Banks: Donnie Pritchett Joshua Greene: Singing Kid No. 4 Troy Brown: Windmill Kid
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Season 2, Episode 19
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Length: 16:32
Aired: 4/13/2011
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Modern Family Episode Recap: "The Musical Man" Season 2, Episode 19

Modern Family was finally back this week after what felt like an eternity... or just a hiatus. This week Phil tries to advertise his business, but ends up accidentally pimping out Claire and Haley; Luke impresses Manny's crush while they rehearse for the middle school musical, directed by resident diva Cameron; and Gloria urges Jay to connect with his brother rather than bully and prank him.

Phil has his new slogan "I can't be satisfied until you're satisfied," along with a family photo, shrink-wrapped around their minivan. Unfortunately, the placement worked out with Claire's photo on one side, Haley's on the other, and both aligned with phrases that make it seem like they both could show you a real good time. Claire tries to take Haley out for the day, in the minivan, to get her to consider going to college while they, somehow oblivious to the ad, endure a day of honks and cat calls. Phil's phone is ringing off the hook with interested "buyers." Meanwhile, all the fond memories of college have Claire thinking that maybe she's past her prime. In the end, the attention garnered from her potential escort services help her realize she's still got it.

Cameron has taken on/sabotaged/seized the role of director of the middle school musical that he, in typical fashion, is turning into an overambitious and overzealous musical trip around the world. Mitch feels bad that Cam doesn't feel supported by him so he keeps his mouth shut about Cam's crazy ideas and overcomplicated numbers. Manny and Luke are both performing in the musical and also, it seems, competing for the attention of a fellow actor, Emma. This competition falls by the way side when the kids band together to protest Cam's crazy reimagining of their musical and dictatorial rehearsals. Cam ignores their opposition and presses on but his selfish directing style shines through at the disastrous performance where everything that could go wrong does. 

Meanwhile, Jay's brother, Donnie (awesome character actor Jonathan Banks), visits and the two are constantly pulling pranks, insulting one another, and rough housing. Gloria thinks Jay should really get to know Donnie and an attempt at normal conversation leads to Donnie's confession that he's recovering from cancer.

My picks for this episode's best lines:

CLAIRE: (after seeing Haley's SAT scores) Honey we did it. Our baby is average.
PHIL: Medium five!

ALEX: (after Haley reveals she might not attend college) Well we took the scenic route, but we ended up in the same place!

CAMERON: Why do you have to throw a wet blanket on my dreams?
MITHCELL: I do not.
CAMERON: You do it all the time. And you know what I end up with? Wet dreams. I heard it as soon as I said it just leave it alone.

LUKE: Haha, boys rule and girls drool.
ALEX: You drool all the time. Mom had to take you to a specialist.
LUKE: I'm still growing into my tongue.

GLORIA: More toast, Manny?
MANNY: (to his phone) Why won't you call me, Emma?
GLORIA: More toast, Emma?
MANNY: Do you have to be on all the time?

GLORIA: Why are you both so mean? Where I come from, brothers respect each other.
JAY: That's why Colombia is such a peaceful utopia.

PHIL: (on the phone with prospective "buyer") Phil Dunphy...You saw the ad?... Great!...Do you know what you're looking for?...The little one? I think I know which one you're talking about... Um, if you're interested I also have an older model with a lot of character...Uh, I think the carpet matches the drapes I haven't checked in a while...both of 'em? Wow, well, I guess that makes sense if you're planning to flip one. Listen why don't I call you back, we'll set up an appointment it'll give me a chance to give them both a good scrubbing.

ALEX: My friend Nicole just sent me a picture of the van.
PHIL: I guess I'll be seeing you Wednesdays and every other weekend.

MITCHELL: Your supportive boyfriend stopped by to bring you a snack. PB & J.
CAMERON: Pear, brie, and jambon. My favorite!

CAMERON: This production was a joke until I introduced these children to the musical theater greats: Bernstein, Sondheim. Years from now some of these kids will still be talking about the way I Sondheim-ized them.

CLAIRE: How are you gonna get home?
HALEY: It doesn't matter, I'll go home with anyone!
ALEX: That's what it should say on van.

Meh, I'm glad to have to show back but would have liked to see a little more... something. It was a lot of recurring themes: Phil tries to cover up a zany mistake, Claire thinks she missing something in life, Gloria wants Jay to be more sensitive, Cameron feels unsupported therefore Mitch isn't allowed to say what he really thinks, Luke is a dummy, etc. I guess a problem with having such a consistently well-done show with characters that everyone loves and relates to, is you're bound to repeat yourself a little. Your thoughts? Leave a comment below!

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Modern Family was finally back this week after what felt like an eternity... or just a hiatus. This week Phil tries to advertise his business, but ends up accidentally pimping out Claire and Haley; Luke impresses Manny's crush while they rehearse for the middle school musical, directed by resident diva Cameron; and Gloria urges Jay to connect with his brother rather than bully and prank him.

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