Modern Family: Season 2, Episode 3

Earthquake (6 Oct. 2010)

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When an earthquake hits the area, Claire gets locked in the bathroom with a plumber, Cameron and Mitchell use it as an excuse to get out of brunch with an obnoxious friend, and Manny ... See full summary »



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When an earthquake hits the area, Claire gets locked in the bathroom with a plumber, Cameron and Mitchell use it as an excuse to get out of brunch with an obnoxious friend, and Manny reevaluates the meaning of life while on a trip with Jay. Written by murphtones

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Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: Jay, what are you wearing? You can't go to church like that.
Jay Pritchett: Well, that settles it then. I'm going golfing.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: You're gonna miss church again? Last Sunday, you said that you had to go the office. The week before, you had breakfast with a friend.
Manny Delgado: And before that, you thought you had a cold that turned out not to be a cold.
Jay Pritchett: Because I babied it.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: You don't have to convince us. You have to convince Him.
Jay Pritchett: Who, God? Me and God are good.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: How would you know?
Jay Pritchett: Look, you feel God in church, which is great. I ...
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16 February 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

There are a few interesting ideas running through this episode of "Modern Family". Haley tries to challenge her mother into letting get away with not studying, as she had promised. An upset Claire tries to reason with her daughter, only to get more aggravated with her. Having called the plumber, Claire must deal with the whining Phil who knows it all about fixing the problem. When a minor earthquake strikes their neighborhood, Phil decides to take care of other problems before getting Claire from being trapped in the bathroom.

At Jay's there is another issue. Gloria wants to have Manny go with her to church, but Jay believes he has a more important date with the golf course. Gloria tries to push into her son respect for religion, while Jay does not subscribe to her ideas. Manny, who wants an excuse not to accompany Gloria, ends up at the country club with his stepfather. There, everything goes wrong with Jay by missing easy shots, something Manny believes is divine punishment.

At Cam and Mitch's, there is another issue. Having been invited to Pepper's brunch, Cam does not want to go. As the earthquake in the area is felt, Mitch figures he has the right alibi for not attending the occasion. The lie backfires when Pepper decides to come to see the actual damage in their friend's house.

Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh and Elaine Ko wrote the screenplay for this installment. The different ideas behind the effect of the earthquake are developed by the writing team with their usual insight. Nathan Lane is the guest star. He does a terrific impression as Pepper, an aging gay man whose brunches have become something to avoid, but no one dares to tell it to his face. The other aspect of the heaven and hell, as explained by Jay is hilarious in the way Manny interprets his step- father's ideas. Michael Spiller keep things light in his handling of the material.

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