Modern Family 5×01/5×02 ‘Suddenly, Last Summer/First Days’: Good, but not great | Gotta Watch It!

Modern Family 5×01/5×02 ‘Suddenly, Last Summer/First Days’: Good, but not great

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Modern Family kicked of Season 5 with a 1 hour premiere and unlike HIMYM the two episodes didn’t feel as if they coincided together; they stood out more on their own. And this year we got a new opening!

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In the first half: Claire can’t take having the kids home for the summer so she begins plotting how to give her and Phil a week free of them. Haley is going on a beach vacation, Alex will work for Habitat for Humanity and Luke is going to camp. Phil begins manipulating the children in his adorable yet sinister dad way only to find out they all have reasons for going at that particular time.  I am always amazed at how fast the children grow up on the show, last season it felt like Luke (Nolan Gould) was just a little tyke and now he’s a mini man.

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At Jay and Gloria’s house, Manny is packing for a trip to Columbia. Gloria can’t bear the thought of him being away and constantly tries to find ways or “signs” that he shouldn’t leave, while Jay is doing everything in his power to get him out of the house because if Manny doesn’t visit, then Columbia comes to visit them.

The main focus of this episode is on Cameron and Mitchell. With the passing of proposition 8, they can legally get married. After Gloria asks “Who proposes to who?” Cameron decides to go all out and plan a romantic proposal to Mitchell. Little does he know that Mitchell also has plans for a romantic proposal. They both catch on that the other is planning a proposal and they try to divert the situation. Their car gets flat on top of a hill overlooking the lights of Los Angeles.

They begin their tire changing routine; when they both are bent down on one knee staring  into each other’s eyes they say “Yes” synchronously. I must say, it’s an adorable Mitchell & Cam moment and it was one of the first times I really felt the love they have for each other. Sometimes I get irritated because  Cameron and Mitchell don’t get the romantic scenes like the other couples do, where they display their affection for each other. This proposal scene made up for that and I’m hoping that we will get more of these scenes in  Season 5.  There are some true laugh out loud moments, my favorite in particular is when Jay tells Gloria his original proposal idea before Manny jumped the gun.

What I love about Modern Family is how they constantly correct the bias comments towards being gay.

For Instance:

Jay (at the courthouse): “Look at that line. Probably everybody gettin’ their gay marriage license.”
Manny: “I think it’s just called a marriage license.”
Claire: “We’re gonna hear some big gay wedding bells soon?”
Mitchell (correcting her): “Well, just wedding bells.”

In the second half, Claire begins her new job at Jay’s closet company while Phil and Gloria drop Manny and Luke off for their first day of High School.

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Luke and Manny are embarrassed by their parents showing them affection at school, which causes Phil and Gloria to feel as if they are losing their little guys. Claire,  desperate to fit in with her colleagues and not wanting to be the scary manager he father is, tries overly hard to be cool and ends up embarrassing herself. To which Jay continues to reprimand her throughout the episode.  Due to budget cuts Cameron no longer teaches music but has turned into an on call substitute. When a teacher ends up having to go to rehab Cameron is asked to fill in and is told this could lead to a permanent position. Cameron is ecstatic until he learns he will be teaching AP History, a class that Alex is in. Cameron puts on a George Washington costume and tries to teach the class but it’s Alex who ends up teaching him and the class  in the end.

In an attempt to keep Sarah Hyland (Haley) present on the show she comes to “babysit” Lily while Mitchell has an important meeting with his never present boss.  Charlie, the boss,  is attracted to Haley and spends the entire time flirting with her, causing Mitchell to yell at him. I’m really tired of seeing Haley as the hot ditsy character, don’t get me wrong a lot of the time her lines are hilarious, but I’d like to see her have a bit more heart this season.  My favorite Haley moments are when she shows she cares underneath it all.

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I wasn’t very impressed with the premiere of Modern Family, I was hoping for more laugh out loud moments yet they played it safe and simple this year.  I’ve read some comments on the internet of people LOL-ing during the scene where Gloria and Phil play extras in a PSA, but it just wasn’t working for me. The first episode started off quite well but the second episode felt more like a filler episode.  As I’ve noticed with previous seasons of MF, the filler episodes sometimes lead to bigger and better episodes so let’s hope that there are some roaring episodes to come.

 

Emily D.

is a Video Editor, Animal Lover and Environmentalist. When she isn’t educating everyone about the peril’s of red 40, land conservation or bottled water; she’s editing a sport fishing tv show (KDOC Saturday’s @ 3:30 pm) and pondering how the Brits are able to make such quality television condensed into only 6 episodes per season.

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  • Kendra Beltran

    I loved the first one, but agree…That second one was like, hmm. Minus Lily’s lines and moments. She’s always the best to me.