‘Modern Family: Treehouse’ Review
This week’s Modern Family stuck to the show’s typical formula of comedy, which is not a bad thing considering the number of laughs is always big. As with most episodes, there were four plots; one with Jay and Gloria, one with Mitch and Cameron, and Phil and Claire split up the kids for their different stories.
Gloria wanted to go salsa dancing with Jay after running into their friend and his girlfriend. Watching Manny try to teach Jay how to salsa dance, along with Mitch’s brilliant entrance, made for a funny sequence. It was also pretty sweet to see Jay come and surprise Gloria at the club. It was a typical story for them but still had some great laughs.
This week also saw Cameron getting a number from a girl who he presumed was attracted to him (guest star Leslie Mann). This storyline was probably the highlight of the episode as Mitch and Cameron were both on fire this week in terms of jokes. I loved Leslie Mann’s attempt to get Mitch to think she was actually in to Cameron. It was probably the funniest moment of the half hour.
Obviously a lot of laughs also came from Phil and Luke’s interactions in the beginning as they built the treehouse. These two are absolutely brilliant together and bounce off each other perfectly. I also loved the interaction between Phil and the neighbor at the end and wouldn’t mind seeing more of it in the future.
The last story had Claire teaching Haley a lesson about coming over obstacles. The shock of Claire leaving her in the middle of nowhere to get home on her own was some of the finest stuff we have seen from Julie Bowen on this show yet. Haley’s reaction when she finally came back was also hysterical.
Treehouse did everything that this show does well really well. I would like to see this show start taking some risks in the future rather than the same formulaic structure. But it still works for now. Yet another winner for season 3. (8.5/10)