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'Modern Family' fan recap: Graduate to new beginnings

Season 6 | Episode 24 | “American Skyper” | Aired May 20, 2015

This week on Modern Family, it’s graduation day, and a time for new beginnings all around—and not just the kind that involves caps, gowns, tassels, diplomas, and pomp and circumstance.

Alex has just graduated high school, and Phil is away on a business trip where he has an ear infection. He was told that he could bust his eardrum if he flies, so he is Skyped in to the graduation and the party on an iPad attached to a stick with remote control wheels.

Meanwhile, Cam got adult braces and is also ready to make another change in his life. He and Mitch are going to buy the apartment above their own. Unfortunately, Mitch got laid-off a month ago and didn’t tell Cam because he thought he could find a new job. But he hasn’t. So now he’s worried about paying for the apartment and doesn’t want to go through with the plan.

Andy’s girlfriend, Beth, is also there and acting extremely suspicious toward Haley and dropping major hints that she doesn’t like her (Reading Goldilocks, she says if she was Goldilocks, she would have taken care of the bears for stealing her stuff. And she tells Haley to sit in a seat right next to a candle so that her hair can catch on fire). Everyone else seems immune to Beth’s remarks and finds her perfectly charming.

One of Gloria’s cousins is also staying at the Pritchett household, but Jay is rude to him. When he finds what Jay thinks is heroin in the closet in a box marked in Spanish, that seems to be the final straw, until Gloria explains that it is the ashes of her dead horse from Colombia.

At the graduation party, Claire bought Alex a keychain with a picture of the two of them on it, but she becomes insecure about the quality of the gift when Alex is obsessed with the scrapbook that Mitch made her. So Claire decides to take Alex on a small trip instead, but Jay one-ups her when he books Alex a European vacation.

Andy talks to robo-Phil about the fact that he thinks Beth wants him to propose, but he is concerned that there is also another girl he has feelings toward. Phil encourages him to take the plunge and propose.

Cam is concerned about a relationship of his own, and fears that Mitch is having an affair because he is being secretive. Mitch finally reveals the truth to Cam about his job, and Cam responds by saying that they will figure out a way to pay for the apartment anyway.

While toasting Alex, Gloria thanks her for being the first person in Jay’s family to reach out and be nice to her, again ruining Claire’s plans to perform a corny song that Phil wrote for Alex. But when Claire dejectedly tells Alex her present isn’t good enough, Alex explains how much Claire helped her through school and asks Claire to come to Europe with her.

Haley then borrows Phil on the iPad and sneaks into Joe’s room to talk to him in private. She explains the Beth dilemma, and Phil thinks it looks like Haley is in love with Andy. She denies everything, but starts to realize her father may be right, just as Andy comes in to say goodbye–he is leaving with Beth and tells Phil that he is going to take his advice—he’s proposing.

Phil realizes Haley is the other girl Andy has feelings for, but when he tries to stop Andy from leaving, the iPad goes mute and no one can hear Phil’s protests. Even as he makes the robot fall down a flight of stairs to the front door. So Andy leaves and Haley stomps away in anger. And Gloria’s cousin comes downstairs with his bags packed, ready to sneak out of the house, and snatches up the iPad robot, taking Phil away with him.

And that’s a wrap of season six. What did you think of the season finale? What do you hope to see when Modern Family returns in the fall? Sound off in the comments!

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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