Um, best nod to a current event ever? While most TV shows have a Valentine's Day special, or a Halloween special when they do themed episode specials, what did Modern Family do one on? The release of the hotly anticipated iPad (coming out tomorrow!). Which just so happens to come out on one of my favorite TV dad Phil Dunphy's birthday, to which he proclaims, "It’s like Steve Jobs and God got together to say, ‘We love you, Phil!’”.
Sure, the chess plot of the Delgado-Pritchetts was funny (especially Manny!), and the nosy neighbors/eavesdropping of the crossed baby monitors drama of the Tucker-Pritchett clan was hilarious, too, but what really takes the cake in this episode? The Dunphy family's quest to get Phil an iPad for his birthday. They really stole the show by playing out Phil's fondness for new gadgets, as well as the hype of the iPad, and the ridiculousness of Apple fanpeeps.
Hip, technophile Phil had planned on waking up at 5 AM, waiting in line at 6 AM, and being back home by 10 AM with his birthday iPad. Despite asking Phil "What's so great about that do-hickey anyhow?" (to which he responded “It’s a movie theater, a library and a music store all rolled into one awesome pad”), the ever-loving Claire said that she would pick it for him. ....Of course, she dropped the ball on that one. Again. When she tells him that he'll get one next week, he freaks out and says, "Next week? That's like the worst thing you could say to an early adopter". Oh, how I love Phil.
After going off the deep end and escaping to celebrate his birthday on his own in "a place where birthdays still mean something" (the batting cages with a bunch of 10 year kids), his family comes through for him:
My favorite scene in the episode has got to be when Phil is gently stroking the screen of his iPad with all his fingers as if scrolling down a page while he's on the couch, in the dark, and whispering to it softly, "I love you..." in a very creepy way.
Many viewers speculated that Apple had approached Modern Family to do some product placement and that they paid them a lot of money to do so, but the creator of the show subsequently said that no money exchanged hands at all and that it was actually Modern Family who approached Apple about this hilarious storyline. This is hands down one of my favorite Modern Family episodes. Ever. The Modern Family and Phil Dunphy-loving, Apple fangirl, and tech geek in me rejoices. If you didn't get to catch this episode, you can watch it on Hulu.
Is anyone going to wait in line for the iPad tomorrow?
And more importantly, who's ready for the first day of the rest of their lives? ;)
Jay is befuddled by the chess genius in Manny. Cameron learns of an affair going on in the neighborhood via Lily's baby monitor and Phil goes on a downward spiral after Claire fails to get him an iPad for his birthday and then Claire goes on a quest to get one. Phil was never better then in this episode.
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iPad release day falls on Phil's birthday, giving Claire an opportunity to finally score an ideal gift for her technophile husband. Manny and Gloria humor Jay—a sore loser at board games—by supressing their superior chess skils. Mitchell questions his ability to protect his family, while crossed baby monitor signals compel Cameron to secretly intervene in the love life of a neighboring couple.