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'Modern Family' fan recap: Drone vs. idiots

Season 6 | Episode 17 | “Closet? You’ll Love It” | Aired Mar 4, 2015

This week on Modern Family, the format is back to normal, but the situations are just as funny.

Cam is trying to overbook Lily so that she doesn’t make it to her talent show because she is tone-deaf and he fears that she will embarrass herself with her lack of talent. When Mitch persuades him not to, Cam sits down at they keyboard to give Lily a singing lesson.

Mitch: That’s a little sharp.
Cam: No it’s not, I’m pitch-perfect.
Mitch: I’m talking about your tone toward our daughter.

Lily reveals that she can still understand them while they are singing, and Cam is forced to stop the lesson.

Meanwhile, Claire and Jay are working on a commercial for Pritchett’s Closets. Jay was a bit of an icon in town after his old commercial first aired decades ago, with the slogan “Closet? You’ll love it!” which no one understands. Claire thinks it may be best if they come up with a new slogan, but he is determined that his is best. Then Phil and Luke stop by to go swimming, but Luke forgot his bathing suit. Phil lets him borrow his, and says he will take Jay’s instead.

Andy and Haley are at a carnival. Andy is trying to win a stuffed animal for his still MIA girlfriend, Beth, whom Haley still thinks he made up, but he insists she’ll be there soon. Haley persuades him to try for the stuffed elephant, but he says he’d rather just try for the stuffed penguin, which is not as hard to get. Then Beth texts him that she’s bailing again, and Haley feels justified in believing that she doesn’t exist. But Andy is also preoccupied with his stomach pain, which he’s attributing to all of the carnival junk food he’s been eating.

Back at the Pritchett house, Manny discovers that the drone that has been spying on a sunbathing Gloria is back again. The guys decide to sabotage the drone, but Phil is wearing Jay’s borrowed bathing suit, which is too big on him, and when he tries to use the hose to knock the drone out of the sky and Luke tries to blind it, he winds up blinding Phil instead, who falls backward, knocking his suit off and into the pool.

Cam has found a new song for Lily to sing at the show—”Kung Fu Fighting”—thus allowing her to put her karate-chop skills to use instead, by hiya-ing instead of singing. Cam then reveals that the only reason he is pushing his daughter so much is because he’s still feuding with his singing arch-nemesis, Andrew, who blocked Cam out of the Greensleevers, the holiday chorus group that Cam founded.

Meanwhile, the drone videotaped Phil’s antics, and it was uploaded to YouTube under the title, “Drone: 1, Idiots: 0.” The video has already received over 32,000 views. So Phil, Luke, and Manny declare war.

Then Gloria gets a text that Andy is in the hospital with appendicitis. Haley overhears this and is worried; she considers going to visit him.

Jay is on set filming the commercial. All of his employees think that his acting skills stink, but they’re afraid to tell him, so they select a hesitant Claire to do so instead.

Back at the talent show, the guys run into Andrew, who is married to Simon, Mitch’s bitter rival from law school. The two have adopted a daughter from Korea. So Cam and Mitch are now both afraid that Lily will embarrass not only herself but them at the show.

Poolside, Luke has now disguised himself as Gloria (complete with flowing wig and monokini) to attract the drone. However, their plan backfires when Phil’s drone (because of course he has one …) doesn’t work. So the three get on bikes to chase the drone. Manny crashes in to Luke and Phil, causing all of them to fall, while the drone records from above. This creates a second viral video, entitled “Drone: 2, Idiots: 0.”

At the show, Cam and Mitch realize that Lily is not nervous while all of the other children are, and they feel confident that they taught her something right. But when the little girl who is performing before Lily sings a moving rendition of “I Will Always Love You” dedicated to her mother, who is undergoing chemo, Lily pops up in the audience telling her daddies that she can’t perform because she can’t possible stack up. They persuade her to stick it out, but when Andrew and Simon leave with their daughter, who is feeling feverish, Cam, Mitch, and Lily sneak out the side door.

At home, Claire informs Jay that he has become a tad bit grumpy. The kids even call him “Grumpa,” while they call Phil’s dad “Funpa.” Angry, he vows change.

At the hospital, Haley pays Andy a visit. He keeps mumbling “Beth is real.” Haley tells him not to settle for the penguin when he has a chance at the elephant, equating herself to the elephant. But the medication has already kicked in and Andy is asleep. The nurse walks in and says that Andy kept going on and on about his insurance at “Beth Israel Hospital.” Haley looks hopeful … and then Beth (she’s real!) comes in, saying she’s heard so much about Haley and thanking her for staying. Haley leaves with tears in her eyes, and Andy opens his own eyes, revealing that he heard everything she said to him.

But Jay is in another mood. He is trying to smile and laugh, but everyone is uncomfortable about it, assuming that something is wrong. Jay angrily tells Claire that he thinks people only come to his house for the pool. Claire says that is not true, as Mitch, Cam, and Lily walk by in bathing suits. She tells him that he’s still not as bad as his father, who saw sushi for the first time and then gave the supermarket a strong lecture about Pearl Harbor.

The message gets though to Jay, who then goes outside to help his son-in-law, stepson, and grandson, who are throwing an assortment of items up at the drone. He gives them tips and helps them direct their objects at the drone. It works! As the four of them jump up and down hugging and cheering, Phil screams, “Drone: 2, Idiots: WON!” Then the camera zooms out to reveal that Gloria is on the second-floor balcony toting a gun. She shot the drone out of the sky.

Drone: 0, Idiots: 0, Gloria: ∞.

Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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