MODERN FAMILY “Strangers on a Treadmill” Review

Modern Family (ABC) Season 2 Cast

MODERN FAMILY “Strangers on a Treadmill” Season 2 Episode 4 – Claire and Mitchell try to save Phil and Cam from embarrassment while Haley tells Alex how to be cool on the “Strangers on a Treadmill” episode of MODERN FAMILY. Plus, Jay tries (and fails spectacularly) to prove to Gloria that he knows his employees.

Mitchell and Claire are one of my favorite pairings, and they are completely full of win here. “De dork,” “You owe me a murder.” Of course Mitchell would be the one to not only bail on the swap an embarrassment intervention deal but actually expose it. As a side note, I hate when people say “You’ve never read/seen/eaten” in that horrified squeak, so Team Claire on that one.

Love Cam’s blurry shorts. “I’m leaning toward the park.” “I can see that.” Heh. I hate that Cam’s feelings were hurt, but how fast did “I hate your beard” come out of his mouth? Such a good fight–funny, real, and we get a sweet (with no hype, which makes me even happier) kiss during the make-up portion. Then comes the shoulder misunderstanding. Ouch. “Oh, Mitchell,” indeed.

“Phil Dunphy is no straight guy.” Never change, Phil. Well, you could know a little less about Kevin Jonas, but other than that, never change. “I laugh at all of his jokes. With my mouth; not my eyes.” Awesome close up of her very non-laughing eyes and I love the echo at the end with Phil pretending to laugh at Claire’s impression. I love the Godfather II shout -out with Phil’s Fredo kiss. “I know it was you, Claire.” I have to admit, I was a little scared for her right there.

The eternal question: “Do you want to be smart or do you want to be popular?” Haley is quite the teacher and for about two seconds I thought the student had surpassed the master. “Sniff–I have a sister.” Then she was done in by one dreaded word–“homework.” “It’s not work if you love it.” Hee! That is one impressive and funny melt- down. “Call me later. Or I’ll call you. I love you!” Oh, Alex. Then she’s waiting for her mom at the end of the night in a sweet moment.

Oh, Jay. You aren’t going to win against Gloria, especially when you can’t tell the difference between your employee`s daughter`s quinceanera and a random engagement party. Manny’s price for selling out his mom is shockingly low, and I love Jay’s increasing horror as the couple gets affectionate on the dance floor. I feel like they should have more story, though. It just sort of peters out.

Modern Family has three of the funniest, most interesting marriages (I know Cam and Mitchell aren’t technically married, but to me they are) on TV and this episode showcasess two of them really well. I wish Jay and Gloria had a more to do tonight, but I’m greedy, and really, there was a lot of story for only 23 minutes.

What did you think of the episode? Do you have a favorite of the three couples?

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