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Modern Family Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Lily"

Season 2, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: To safeguard Lily's future in the event of an emergency, Mitchell and Cameron covertly evaluate Mitchell's family for legal-guardian material, but none of them make a convincing case, especially when they witness Alex and Haley's delinquent behavior at school and learn of Claire's secret trips with Luke to a child psychologist.
Original Air Date: Apr 20, 2011
Guest Cast Alice Dodd: Dr. Klausner
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Season 2, Episode 20
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Length: 13:08:15
Aired: 4/20/2011
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Modern Family Episode Recap: Someone to Watch Over Lily" Season 2, Episode 20

This week's episode is all about the kids! Cameron and Mitchell try to decide who would be Lily's guardian in the event of their untimely passing, Claire and Phil take Luke to a child psychologist while their daughter bond over vandalism, and Jay tries to toughen Manny up for a camping trip.

Claire brings Luke to be psychologically evaluated behind Phil's back, but when he slowly appears in the waiting room, it's clear he's in the know. The doctor thinks Luke is a bright kid who's just easily distracted, but Claire blurts out that she's worried he'll turn into Phil, who, as we all know, has some child-like symptoms of ADD. Phil takes offense and while they're fighting it out they leave Luke behind in the parking lot. They realize this a few hours later while resolving their fight but as they race out to the car to go find him, he rolls up in a limo, a ride he hitched from some friends he made at a wedding. Luke's resourcefulness and calm under pressure proves to Claire that there really isn't anything wrong with him.

Meanwhile, Haley lets Alex tag along with her and her friend after her cello teacher is a no-show for her lesson. All three break into their school to sabotage the locker of a girl who called Haley a "skank" and "got all up on" Dylan while they were broken up. While filling the offender's locker with shaving cream, they hear a security guard looking for them so they hurry into hiding places. When they escape back to the car, Alex admits that that wasn't even her cello teacher's house. She skipped the lesson because she didn't have time to practice. Haley assures her that it's OK for her to quit cello since she admittedly hates it, and it's ok for her to not be so perfect, it would make things easier on both of them.

Mitch is pushing for Gloria and Jay to be Lily's guardian, but Cam is resistant. Cam can't understand why Mitch has blamed Jay for many of his own shortcomings and now suddenly wants him to raise Lily in the event of his death. Meanwhile, Manny is nervous to go on a school camping trip and creating excuses to try to get out of it and Jay tries to help build up his confidence by having him try to rock-climb at the sporting goods store. Cam's doubts are supported when they witness Jay bullying Manny on the wall. It gets worse when Jay accidentally lets Cam fall off of the rock-climbing wall and now he's convinced that his family in Missouri should have Lily. This decision is further reinforced when Gloria brings Lily home from the mall with her ears pierced.

Jay gets to the bottom of Manny's problem when he reveals that he's nervous about the shower situation on the camping trip because he's self-conscious about his weight. Jay tells him he doesn't have to go and spares him the speech about self-esteem because Manny is already the bravest kid he knows. He cites Manny's precocious fashion sense, interests, and way of talking to girls as testaments to his bravery and tells him he's behind him whatever he decides to do. When Manny relays this story to Cameron, it touches him and sways him to decide to appoint Jay and Gloria as the guardians. Claire is a little offended that she and Phil were not considered and is in the middle of pleading her case when Phil interrupts to tell her they need to go pick up their daughters. They're at the police station, busted for vandalizing the school.

In the hilarious post-script, Mitch catches Cameron having a full out Carmen Miranda photo shoot with Lily, complete with lighting, back drop, and fruit head piece.

My picks for this episode's best lines:

LUKE: One time she gave me a Woody.
CLAIRE: Sweet Jes—
LUKE: She remembered he was my favorite character from toy story.

MANNY: I want to go but if I'm sick I might get the chaperone sick and without the chaperone it's anarchy! The buddy system falls apart, the principle of 'last in, first out' is ignored—
JAY: It's butterflies.
MANNY: Where?!

LUKE: She's like the best doctor ever. A couple of puzzles, no shots, I didn't even have to take my pants off. Found that one out a little late.
PHIL: I've been there buddy.

CAM: Oh well there's your esteem building parent right there. Wait, wait I think I hear future Lily sending us a message from her stripper pole, "Thanks gay dead dads, this dance is for you."

ALEX: I'm so scared!
HALEY: Just go to your happy place.
ALEX: We just broke into my happy place!

GLORIA: (re: Lily's ear piercing) But did you see both sides? I didn't just do the gay ear, look!

I thought this episode was really fun and well done because there were great moments of bonding and familial tenderness that were done subtly and not coated in sugar and sap like some sitcoms tend to do (even MF has been guilty of this).  Jay is a great dad despite his sarcasm, Phil and Claire are great parents despite their faults, and Cam and Mitch are lucky to have so many options for Lily. Great performances by all the kids in this episode as well! What do you think? Leave a comment below!

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This week's episode is all about the kids! Cameron and Mitchell try to decide who would be Lily's guardian in the event of their untimely passing, Claire and Phil take Luke to a child psychologist while their daughter bond over vandalism, and Jay tries to toughen Manny up for a camping trip.

Claire brings Luke to be psychologically evaluated behind Phil's back, but when he slowly appears in the waiting room, it's clear he's in the know. The doctor thinks Luke is a bright kid who's just easily distracted, but Claire blurts out that she's worried he'll turn into Phil, who, as we all know, has some child-like symptoms of ADD. Phil takes offense and while they're fighting it out they leave Luke behind in the parking lot. They realize this a few hours later while resolving their fight but as they race out to the car to go find him, he rolls up in a limo, a ride he hitched from some friends he made at a wedding. Luke's resourcefulness and calm under pressure proves to Claire that there really isn't anything wrong with him.

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