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Modern Family Episode: "Mother's Day"

Season 2, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: Claire and Gloria's Mother's Day excursion outdoors with the kids turns into the mother of all disasters. Meanwhile, Phil and Jay share an awkward moment when they stay home to prepare dinner for everyone; and Cameron worries about gender roles in his relationship with Mitchell.
Original Air Date: May 4, 2011
Guest Cast Todd Weeks: Roy
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Season 2, Episode 21
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Length: 08:17:35
Aired: 5/4/2011
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Modern Family Episode Recap: “Mother’s Day” Season 2, Episode 21

It's a Modern Family Mother's Day! This week everyone is celebrating the holiday differently and, not surprisingly, no one is very happy. Gloria and Claire take their resistant kids on a hike, but eventually the complaining drives the moms to what they think is some private kid-bashing. Cam and Mitch argue over their family dynamic when it's clear that many people, even Mitch, consider Cam to be the more feminine and motherly dad. And while preparing dinner together, Phil strikes a soft spot in Jay and sees him actually tear up.

Claire and Gloria are fed up with their kids' incessant whining on a short hike, so they leave them to think about their behavior. Claire confesses to Gloria that she sometimes gets urge to hit her kids. Gloria disagrees and maintains she never has negative feelings about Manny but after some gentle encouragement, she admits that she wishes he were more independent, that he could go outside and throw a ball, and that he didn't work on writing bad poetry. By the end she's shouting Manny's shortcomings to the mountaintops, literally, and is shocked to find Manny standing behind her, having overheard everything. She eventually convinces him that she was making it up to appease Claire. Meanwhile, the Dunphy kids stage an apology strike against Claire.

Mitch brings Cam breakfast in bed and explains that this is Cam's day, which starts a whole fight over Cam being the 'mother' in their family. Mitch recalls many times he's referred to Cam as "she" or "the wife" and the mother's at playgroup even makes Cam pose in an all-mothers photo with them. Eventually Mitch is able to convince Cam that even though he has classic motherly qualities, like being warm and supportive, it doesn't make him any less of a man.

While cooking a Mother's Day feast, Jay is generally uninterested in Phil's lip synching routines and onion fighting anti-tear goggles. But Jay starts to tear up when Phil finds a cute note from Jay, age 9, to his mother, now deceased.  The ever even-keeled Jay pretends it's the onions and later when Phil has inadvertently told everyone else, Jay denies it. But at dinner when telling a story about his mom, Jay launches into full tears, which is enough to crack Haley, Alex, and Luke who rush to apologize to Claire.

My picks for this episode's best lines:
LUKE: You know that's a pencil holder right?
CLAIRE: I do now.

MITCHELL: OK, scratch the balloons. She's in a mood.

LUKE: I say we eat what we kill.
MANNY: Oh, then I guess we'll be eating the mood.
LUKE: I don't get you at all.
MANNY: I know.

CAM: There's nothing gays hate more than when people treat us like women. We're not. We don't wanna go to your baby show, we don't have a time of the month, we don't love pink.
MITCH: Well, you love pink.
CAM: No, pink loves me.

PHIL: Onion goggles. No more tears when I cook. Welcome to the 21st century. You should get a pair.
JAY: I was gonna suggest the same thing.

LUKE: Did you know more people have died hiking than in the entire Civil War?
ALEX: OK, what book did you read that in?
LUKE: Book? Wake up and smell the Internet, grandma.

MANNY: I don't think I can. Let's just get in the van. Oh, sorry for the rhyme. I know how you hate my poetry.

This was a fun episode overall, I liked that they tapped into the realistic feelings of frustration a lot of mother's have with their kids versus the mothers that see no wrong in their precious children. I agree that kids who are too coddled just leave us with "a bunch of 30 year-olds living at home." SO TRUE!

I personally would rather see Cam and Mitch have more story lines where they get into funny situations together rather than this tired old "Cam is mad at Mitch for no reason, but really the reason is partially valid" plot that keeps repeating episode after episode. Many of you have commented that Cam might be becoming a stereotype, that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon. Thoughts?

Question, are people noticing that Lily never really moves her face or reacts to anything? Do you think they have her on Baby Tylenol PM or something? She's cute as a button but she never smiles or anything! What did you think of the episode? Leave a comment below!

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It's a Modern Family Mother's Day! This week everyone is celebrating the holiday differently and, not surprisingly, no one is very happy. Gloria and Claire take their resistant kids on a hike, but eventually the complaining drives the moms to what they think is some private kid-bashing. Cam and Mitch argue over their family dynamic when it's clear that many people, even Mitch, consider Cam to be the more feminine and ...
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