Modern Family Season 7 Episode 8

Mitch and Cam, Modern Family

Does Jay have a soft side? Tin Claire and Mitch
be neurotic? Will Cam
turn off the lights when he leaves a room? And almost importantly, according to this therapy session, is information technology at all possible for anyone in the Dunphy-Pritchett association to actually make clean out the junk from their metaphorical drawers?

All of these questions — plus a few other, less pressing, ones — are answered in a strange, thoroughly uncomfortable seminar full of exposed secrets like a slumber party gone wrong. The session, held by
Clean Out Your Junk Drawer
author Dr. Deborah Radcliffe (guest star Catherine O’Hara — I’k sure you’ve seen her before), acts as an excuse for everyone gathered in the room (Gloria made them go, saying she bid on Dr. Radcliffe at a school auction) to reveal all their secrets about what they dislike about each other. Apparently, everyone ends upward proverb too much.

And so, just like the seminar, allow’southward intermission this down by couple, shall nosotros? Then we can
make this a competition. (You can thank me later, Claire.)

Phil and Claire

Claire, of course, considers group therapy a contest, while Phil misunderstands Dr. Radcliffe’south instructions right off the bat. When she asks them to participate in an exercise called “Tiger Rockstar Bunny,” he immediately lists which he would marry, which he would impale, and…yeah, yous know the residue.

The pair’south biggest challenge comes when they’re required to write downwardly what they’re annoyed virtually in their relationship. When Mitch goads Phil into talking about how he dislikes “Me likey,” Claire’s become-to phrase for approving, Claire retaliates past trying to prove that she’s relaxed enough to have a become-to joke about, uhh, tents. (Nosotros get it, Claire, it’s “tents,” not “tense”!) Eventually, she blames the lukewarm reaction to her joke on Jay, which prompts Jay to go on a rant and, in Claire’s optics, win therapy. But before we get to that rousing monologue, I first want to highlight Phil’southward cryface from the end of the episode, only because:

Mitch and Cam

These two likewise idea they had the right approach to group therapy, agreeing to lay every bit low as possible, considering the presence of both Mitch’southward father and sis. Instead, they focus on participating in the activities, which leads Cam to volunteer the pair for Dr. Radcliffe’south contiguous exercise, in which the two of them must admit each other’s gripes.

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The complaints offset off small, but things chop-chop get from passive-ambitious — Mitch says Cam wearing blue bothers him because the color no longer looks as good on Mitch — to just plain ambitious: Mitch accuses Cam of never turning out the lights, but Cam says Mitch never uses enough coasters to protect their furniture. Eventually, their bickering leads to an even more heated argument downward the line, during which Mitch accidentally utters the fact that the two of them, uh, haven’t played with each other’southward pogo sticks in a month. (Unlike the real pogo stick Claire and Phil hop around on in the neighborhood. Yeah, those two are weird.)

Mitch, mortified, ends up hiding in the curtains to give u.s.a. this shot summing up how the session went:

Adjacent: Unexpectedly, no i gets every bit far every bit Jay in expressing how they experience…

While the therapy’s going on, Haley and Alex meet to discuss their male child problems, effectively providing sisterly therapy for each other. When Alex spills that she’s been seeing loftier schooler Reuben and Haley reveals she hooked upward with Andy in Phil’due south sexy, sexy firm (it’southward a long story), both agree to finish toying around with the wrong partners.

Although Alex manages to end things with Reuben, Haley’southward Andy state of affairs is a tad more than complicated. She and Andy meet to talk, but just as they agree to remain friends and to always keep their clothes on when they see each other from then on, they end up in bed together once more. And Haley, racked with fifty-fifty more guilt, lies to Alex when she calls to check up on her. Speaking of feeling uncomfortable feelings…

Jay and Gloria

Of all the people in the room, it’s Jay who manages to get the virtually out of therapy — though he’south reluctant to admit it at showtime. When the session begins, Gloria pushes him to take things seriously, but he refuses to do anything other than pretend to play the accordion when they’re prompted to movement on to the “Rockstar” phase of the beginning do. He even devises a programme to go himself out of the session: He pretends to exist reminded of a painful memory and rushes into another room, locking himself in there and pretending he’southward likewise pained to come out. Unfortunately, Phil succeeds in using a paper clip to go inside, and everyone finds Jay watching football, without a tear in sight.

Afterwards in the session, after Dr. Radcliffe leaves for a family emergency (and hurriedly tells them she hates the title of her own book, has been on
The Ellen Show, and did non know she was but beingness paid $84 for this), Jay finally cracks. Having been told past Gloria, Claire, and Mitch that he’s ever acted tough and refused to aid even his children empathise emotions, he reveals that he didn’t grow up in a household that taught him to clothing his feelings on his sleeve. Instead, Jay admits, he could never properly talk almost emotions, not even when he went through heartbreak. And every bit he remembers his nearly painful instances, he starts crying. It’s non quite Phil’s cryface from the stop of the episode, but it’due south close:

And from there, when they all turn in for the nighttime, Jay reads Dr. Radcliffe’due south book out loud to Joe and Gloria. Every bit he reads, we see Mitch and Cam reconciling when Cam manages to turn off the calorie-free, Claire wondering if Phil volition realize she’southward crazy when the kids go out (only to have him tell her he already knows how crazy she is — aww), and Joe and Gloria curled up to him as they fall asleep.

It’s a sweet wrap-upwards for an episode calorie-free on plot, delving just a little deeper into the psyche of the Pritchett patriarch. Gloria says she purposely bid on the session only then she could become Jay to open upwardly and prevent Joe from growing up to be like Claire and Mitch, but considering how anybody at the session learned
more about each other by the terminate (including that bit nigh pogo sticks), the therapy turned out to exist valuable to everyone in the room. Poor Dr. Radcliffe. Those results should actually be worth at least a hundred bucks.

Line of the Nighttime:
“You can’t compare yourself to me. I was in
Cats.” —Cam, taking “Tiger Rockstar Bunny” in a totally different direction. (Runner-up: “When did you get so erstwhile — I mean I honey you lot!” —Phil, if but for Ty Burrell’s one-breath delivery.)

Family MVP:
How can I go with anyone other than Jay? Just look at this ambrosial family unit photo:

Episode Recaps

Mitch and Cam, Modern Family unit

Mod Family

Parents just don’t understand… and neither do kids or spouses in this hitting ensemble one-act

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