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My Funky Valentine 

Jay takes Gloria to see David Brenner. Mitchell and Cameron try to set Manny up on a date. Phil and Claire try to spice things up by going on a romantic getaway.



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Phil and Claire break from their traditional Valentine's Day dinner date and plan a little "role play" excursion. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria's ideas of romance clash when he takes her to a comedy show, and Mitchell and Cameron play cupid for Manny. Written by ABC Publicity

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Comedy | Romance


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10 February 2010 (USA)  »

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David Brenner makes jokes about Jay Pritchett's age, when in reality Ed O'Neill is 10 years younger than David Brenner. See more »


Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: It's Valentine's Day. I thought we were going salsa dancing, not to watch a comedian.
Jay Pritchett: You're gonna love him. Trust me. The guy's hilarious.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: Okay, tell me one of his jokes.
Jay Pritchett: He doesn't do jokes.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: Does he have a mallet?
Jay Pritchett: No.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: So then how does he get hit in the head?
Jay Pritchett: He doesn't hit in the head. He... he makes observations. He tells the truth in a funny way. Come on, he's been on Johnny Carson a hundred times.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: Who the hell is Johnny Carson?
Jay Pritchett: Oh, for God's sake.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


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My Funny Valentine
2 February 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

February 14th arrives. Claire and Phil exchange cards early in the morning. Phil wants to do something different this year. They have always gone out to dinner at Fratelli's, but he wants to change that. How about spending the night in a hotel? Phil proposes to add some spice to their time together by engaging in role playing. What if he would be an Englishman in town to play polo? Or how about pretending he is a Hong Kong businessman? All Claire has to do is to look sexy.

At Cam and Mitchell's the atmosphere is different. They exchange cards too, but Mitch is too involved in a case for which he has been preparing as today is the time for final arguments before the jury decides. Cam is dressed in one of his red shirts and he has dressed Lily as an angel. Manny is supposed to stay with them.

Jay and Gloria exchange gifts. Jay has an added surprise: he wants to take her to the David Brenner show at a local spot, while Gloria would have preferred a night of salsa dancing. Gloria does not even know the comedian, whom Jay has described as having been featured in the Johnny Carson show. Gloria has not even a clue as to who the famous man was!

The evening starts promising for Phil and Claire as they meet at the bar of the hotel for cocktails. Phil comes with a name tag on his jacket; he is pretending to be a salesman on a convention. Claire wearing a raincoat, has an sexy black outfit under the coat, which matches her all black underwear. Claire excuses herself and goes to the ladies' room. She comes back holding her underwear and dress. She is naked under the raincoat!

The trial in which Mitch was to give his great presentation ends in a settlement, so all his work went for nothing. Since they have Manny and Lily, they decide to go to a local joint. Manny is crushed when he spots Fiona, the girl he is secretly in love. What irritates him is to watch another kid, Ted Durkas, sitting opposite her. Ted is the guy who stole his poem, showing to Fiona as his own. Cam decides to distract Ted with an inane excuse to go to the phone. Manny and Ted have words about the poem. Mitchell, who is wound up, gets up and delivers the speech he had set for the trial telling Ted it is a shame he stole someone else's poetry.

Gloria and Jay's night starts great. She even likes David Brenner's jokes, but Jay becomes the target of the comedian's repartee. Jay gets irritated and walks out. Gloria follows him out. Jay decided they should have gone dancing. As they leave, they meet Claire and Phil on the hotel escalator. Claire's raincoat got stuck in one step and she is naked under the coat. A few people they knew passed them by and offered to help, but she is too embarrassed. Gloria has the perfect solution: she takes off her own coat and covers Claire with it, saving the night for the Dunphys.

Michael Spiller directed the episode written by Jerry Collins. "My Funky Valentine" delivers nonstop fun. Claire shows a sexy streak in her character that is not often seen, while Phil is playful in his approach to role playing. Jay is a sore loser; he did not take the comments David Brenner directed at him too well. Another good show in this amazingly good sitcom.

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