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"Modern Family" Great Expectations (2009)

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By Dickens, NOT!

8/10
Author: jotix100 from New York
22 January 2012

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Phil and Claire's anniversary is a cause for celebration. Phil surprises his wife in bed with his present, a bracelet that she loves. Phil, who is sure his wife has something hidden for her, is in a shock when he is handed an envelope where Claire has written funny things for him, but as a matter of fact, she has not bought a present for him. What to do? Reading about a member of the band Spandau Ballet, Izzy Fontaine, is living not far from them, she decides to hire him for a private concert where he will entertain them.

Cam and Michell want a night out. The problem is Lily. Mitchell feels he could ask Gloria to babysit for them, which she agrees to. That will give the duo an opportunity to get together with their friend Sal, a lady who loves to party and was always with them, prior to getting Lily. As they meet, Sal turns out to be a loud woman that can drink anyone under the table. All she wants to do is party. Mitchell and Cam are sore she has not shown any desire to see Lily. Sal has no use for the little girl; after all, she is a party animal, something that does not sit well with her old friends. Cam and Mitchell figure Sal feels neglected and that is why she is acting this way.

Jay and Gloria are having all the grandchildren at their house for what he calls Jay's Night where he will prepare his Sloppy Jays and watch a Western film. Haley is mortified; she wants to go to a party being held a few blocks away where she knows Dylan will be. Haley tries everything possible, but Jay is into her game. Finally, as Haley tries to sneak out, Jay goes outside calling Dylan, who is thrilled to eat and watch the Western with all of them.

Phil and Claire enjoying a moment alone, are surprised when Iz Fontaine finally gets to them. He appears to be a relic from their past. As he start to play, the guy cannot carry a tune. Iz asks Phil for his favorite songs from the band, but he does not remember any one of them. The night does not go according to plan for the couple celebrating their anniversary.

Directed by Jason Winer and written by Joe Lawson. There are good moments in the episode. Elizabeth Banks shows up as Sal, the party girl and Edward Norton as Iz Fontaine.

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Claire's gift to Phil

7/10
Author: kickacan from United States
11 May 2015

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Claire gets the former bass player from Spandaux Ballet to make a private appearance for Phil as a last minute anniversary gift because she thinks "True" (or something) is one of their (Phil and Claire) songs.

This is a very funny segment, partly due to Ed Norton's take as the former player. Also because, although it would be very much in his character to love Spandaux Ballet, Phil barely has a clue who Spandaux Ballet is.

The only flaw here is: how could someone of Phil's age not know who Spandaux Ballet is and not know the song "True." For Christ's sake, I hate that band and that song, but I must have heard it over a thousand times back in the day and since.

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The One With The Anniversary...

8/10
Author: Taylor Kingston from Australia
25 July 2015

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I really enjoy this episode. It is very funny, and is a really nice way to spend twenty minutes.

In this episode, Jay has a sleepover for all of his grandchildren, but Haley is looking for a way to "escape" and go to a party. She constantly tries to leave, and Jay is constantly catching her. He's not dumb, he's had a teenage daughter before. Meanwhile, it's Claire and Phil's anniversary, and since he is determined to give her an amazing gift, that she'd never see coming, he gets one of their favorite musicians to play for them. However, Claire doesn't really know who they are. And Mitch and Cam call up Sal, their favorite party girl, to hang out, but the night it a lot longer than they were expecting.

First appearance of: Sal.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Awesome.

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