“Modern Family,” the hit ABC comedy that ruled the Emmy Awards, premiered last night with the family landing at a dude ranch. The double-episode lived up to its award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
For the uninitiated, the show follows the LA families of Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), daughter Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), and gay son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).
Clair and husband Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) have three children—Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter), and Luke (Nolan Gould).
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Jay is on his second wife, Gloria, a fiery Colombian years younger than him, played by the always hot Sofía Vergara.
In the first episode, Mitchell’s male insecurities are on magnified by the macho world of cowboys. Jay was hilarious because of his feelings about the freaky cowboy who ran the dude ranch.
Dylan was the focus early on in the first episode. Dylan proposes to Haley because he’s just that aloof. Haley wants nothing to do with him, but Claire puts her foot down.
After Claire shoots down Dylan, he hooks up with a hermaphrodite ranch owner and decides to stay in Wyoming!
“Dude Ranch” also brought out the best in Phil, if that’s possible, who’s been putting up with Claire (hilariously) for nearly 20 years.
In contrast, Phil thinks Jay hasn’t given him the manly respect he deserves.
The ranch also was the backdrop for more Mitchell frisson with his dad. This time he’s worried that he won’t be able to raise a son with Cameron in the same way that he did with Lily.
In the second episode, “When Good Kids Go Bad,” new baby Lily was showcased. Mitchell and Cam were perplexed by her inability to show affection for other babies.
Mitchell blamed Cam for allegedly coddling Lily too much as they talk about adopting a boy. Season two ended with Mitchell and Cam deciding to adopt.
But Mitchell was also called into question because of his problems with sharing.
Luke was hilarious looking for something to blow up with his secret firecracker.
Mitchell initially disapproves, but then joins Luke, because Mitchell thinks it’s a boy thing, and they destroy a birdhouse. Hopefully no birds were home at the time.
Claire and Phil are at it again, arguing about Claire’s embarrassing supermarket episode, leading to questions about Claire’s need to constantly be right.
“Dude Ranch” and “When Good Kids Go Bad” also show two different sides of Gloria: the ditzy foreigner and the aggressive Colombian. Which do you prefer?