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I came in determined to enjoy this week's episode no matter what. While I didn’t aim to hate-watch last time, hate-watching was all I found myself capable of — while simultaneously recognizing the perversity of a well-oiled episode where all the oil is wasted on greasing paths for offensive and/or lazy and/or broken jokes. This week: harmless and not hilarious. Good enough. (Reminder, which is necessary because some readers seem to assume, incorrectly, that criticizing an episode — or a string of episodes — means that one doesn’t like a show and therefore shouldn’t be writing about it. I do like Modern Family! I bet there will be another genuinely excellent episode soon!) Almost right from the start, a hate-watcher favorite rears its head in the form of a dastardly subplot (Phil doesn’t organize the freezer well??). Then a turkey almost falls on Claire’s foot, she »


- Zach Dionne

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