Modern Family Review - 4.1 'Bringing up Baby'
Posted by Michael Adams on 09.26.2012
While Phil takes Jay and his buddies out for a birthday fishing trip, Gloria looks for the best way to tell Jay that they're expecting a baby. Cam and Mitchell focus their adoption sites on a cat, and Dylan moves in with the Dunphys. All this and more on the Season 4 Premier of Modern Family!
Before we kick off another great season, let me congratulate Modern Family for picking up their 3rd consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy. Not only did they win the most coveted prize of the evening, but Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet both took home their 2nd Supporting Actress/Actor in a Comedy Emmy. Add Steve Levitan's Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy for last years season finale, and the Sound Mixing Emmy, and the show won a respective 5 Emmy Awards out of their 14 nominations.
We're back for season 4 of Modern Family...luckily. There was some concern toward the latter part of the summer that the gang wouldn't be back due to some contract disputes. Now, I'm no TV executive, or anything like that, but if it were me responsible for the negotiations, I would give the actors anything they wanted, as they continue to produce the best show on TV year after year. I think they need to add David Schwimmer to the cast as Phil's co-worker, or something, so that he can rally the cast together and get them that Friends money. Anyway, it all worked out, and the family will be gracing our TV sets again this year.
So, here's where we last left America's Funniest Family...
- Haley, who originally planned on moving in with boyfriend, Dylan, was surprised to find out that she had been accepted to college.
- Cam and Mitchell plan on taking a break from the adoption process as it was causing too much stress and heartache.
- Gloria took a pregnancy test to reveal that she was indeed, pregnant!
So we’re picking up right where we left off, and I think I like it. There was no summer break, no flash backs about what happened while we were “gone”, it is literally the day after we last left everyone.
The big story here is that Gloria is pregnant and she doesn’t know how to tell Jay, who is out with Phil, Shorty(Chazz Palminteri), and Miles(Ernie Hudson), celebrating his 65th birthday. Yup, he’s 65 years old and going to be a father, again. Anyway, before he left, Jay mentioned that it’s better that Mitch and Cam didn’t get the baby because they’re so much work, which made Gloria realize how difficult this may be. The news of the baby is taking it’s toll on everyone. Manny is worried that he will no longer be Gloria’s “baby”, while Claire is stressing over what her dad may say when he finds out.
While out on the boat, the guys tell Jay how great it’s going to be now that he’s 65. He can do as little as he wants, and still reap the rewards.
One thing I LOVED about this scene, was the fact that they are still keeping us guessing about Shorty's sexuality. Great stuff! And he's right, Phil does look a little bit like Jon Hamm with his beard.
When Jay and Phil arrive back home, Claire tells Jay to be supportive of the big news that someone is going to tell him, which he thinks is Cam and Mitchell saying that they’re getting a cat. Manny accidentally blurts out that Gloria is having a baby, and Jay is shocked. Gloria says that she will raise the baby on her own if she has to, but Jay says that it’s the "greatest news he’s ever heard". He spent the day hearing how his life was “over” and now he gets to start all over again.
Then, one of the greatest transitions I have ever seen in history takes place, taking us from the day all this happened to present day. Gloria is now a few months pregnant and the entire family is together.
The other big story in this episode was Mitchell and Cam’s adoption not going through, much to the dismay of Lily, who was looking forward to having a brother. To try and push their sadness aside, they think that adopting a cat is the right choice. However, when they are told there is a rigorous adoption process for cats, they both break down and realize they need to get away for a little while. The Tucker-Pritchett’s take off for London, and return, with Cam sporting a cap and a British accent. As much as I loved the pregnancy storyline, I loved this one just as much. The nonsense with stuffed animals in provocative positions, and Lily wanting her brother to be named Larry was great, but the emotions that Mitchell and Cam showed in that last scene by the car were so touching, which helps the balance of hilarity and humanity that this show does so well.
So, we're going to have another baby on Modern Family. Having Lily was one thing, because she was there when the show started; she was part of the original story arc. Now though, we're going to be introduced to a new character in an already chaotic world. Some might see this as "jumping the shark", but only time will tell. Whatever happens, the show is in very capable hands, and I don't foresee this baby ruining the show we have come to love.
This Week's Top Quotes... Shorty: Don’t worry Gloria; we’ll have him back in time for dinner Manny: Which for him is at 4 in the afternoon. Phil: Cause he’s old! I love it.
Mitchell: Gay guys having kids is relatively new, so our community has not yet learned how to modulate baby gifts. Cam: When Steven and Stefan had little Rocco, our friend Longinus sent over the whole cast of Yo Gabba Gabba. Mitchell: Now Rocco cries whenever he sees bight colors Cam: I’m not allowed over there.
Manny:(discussing his self potty training) I just did not get the appeal of intentionally soiling ones pants.. That said, I will admit to missing the kisses on my tummy.
Phil: Once again, I’d like to apologize for punching you in the head. It really was the only way to save you since you were bound and hooded…which leads me to my second apology.
Cam: It’s a French-Canadian delicacy called poutine. Jay: Well it looks like vomit, so I’m not poutine-ing it in my mouth.
Luke: Gross! I didn’t know Grandpa could still do it. Phil: Don’t be disrespectful, Luke. Anyone could do it with Gloria.
Character of the Week: Jay Pritchett! Jay kicks off season 4 as my character of the week. Between his back-and-forth with Manny and his heart-warming revelation at the end, the patriarch of the family had me laughing and crying tonight.
Just an added little bonus this week, here is the clip that was produced for the Emmy Awards, which I thought was hysterical...
The 411: I thought they started this season perfectly, especially since it was a "Jay Birthday episode" which has historically given us great moments. I will admit, I was very skeptical of them starting the episode back in May, but the transition from then to now was absolutely amazing. Kicking off a season is always hard, especially when the series is following a story arch throughout the entire season. We know that the baby is coming and a lot of things will be based off of it, but the way they got us into it with tonights episode was fantastic.