Hello, Off Color TVians! Due to Thanksgiving travels and reruns, it’s been a while since I’ve been here. Side note, don’t you know if we were all hanging out somewhere chatting over a platter of assorted meats and cheeses and I used the phrase ‘its been a while’, there would be that one guy who breaks out into an acapella version of that Staind song? Is that just me, or does that happen to you too?
Before I officially move into the Modern Family Christmas season, I have to tell everyone about something that happened after my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. My sister and I were standing in the kitchen. I was eating a piece of pie that she had made whose ingredients included chocolate, cheesecake, whipped cream, and I think Oreos. It was pie and it was cheesecake. I’m not sure how she made that work, but she did and I applaud her for it. I began to tell her how magical her pie was so she told me the story of how she got the recipe:
Me: This pie is so good, it makes me want to slap my sister… I’m just kidding.
Sister: It is good isn’t it? I got the recipe from this lady at church. We had a dinner one Sunday after church and this lady brought it. I told her I had to have the recipe. She said she would bring it to church the next week. That whole week, I was like “Lord, please don’t let her die, please don’t let her die.”
Sister#2: Wait…wasn’t that Linda…who has cancer?
Ok, I know you came here for Modern Family and not my personal preferences in pies so I will get on with it. Christmas episodes are always hit or miss, usually either incredibly cheesy and stale or hilarious. I thought last night’s MF was great, probably one of the better Christmas episodes we will see this season.
We start the night with Phil cancelling Christmas due to an unexplained cigarette burn on the couch. After only a few minutes of Phil and Claire’s interrogation, I was convinced none of the kids had anything to do it with. Alex conjuring up the Spartacus plan only furthered my beliefs. I just couldn’t figure out how the burn actually got there. (SPOILER ALERT! (that is the first time I have ever actually used that phrase. (I swear.))) I would have never guessed the Seinfeld-esque revelation at the end where the ornament Phil’s parents had gotten them, that was so casually mentioned in the opening, would end up being the culprit. Nicely played, MF writers. Also, nicely played Alex, for stepping up and atoning for throwing Luke under the bus and being willing to sacrifice yourself for the sake of a Dunphy Christmas. I hope you get a window seat on the flight to Italy.