Modern Family: Season 3, Episode 9

Punkin Chunkin (23 Nov. 2011)

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Phil is upset that Claire is stifling his creativity, Mitchell doesn't believe Cameron's "punkin chunkin" story, Gloria won't let Jay tell Manny that his Thanksgiving centerpiece is horrible, and Claire and Alex get in an accident.

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When an old neighborhood kid returns to town as a hugely successful internet billionaire, it gets Phil thinking of what could have been. Jay feels Manny could use a little dose of constructive criticism, and Cameron is offended when Mitchell questions the authenticity of his colorful childhood stories. It all comes to a head at Thanksgiving with the family divided between the "Dreamers" and the "Pritchetts" -- and nothing settles the score like a punkin chunkin challenge. Written by ABC Publicity

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Thanksgiving
31 December 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Phil and Claire are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. While Claire is stuffing the turkey and putting in the oven, Phil decides to be creative and arrange the tables in a pleasing way. Claire does not really appreciate his efforts. Phil gets a phone call from his former neighbor, Kenneth, a young man who always felt inspired by Phil, whom he encouraged to do his best, always. Kenneth, as it turns out is a multimillionaire, a young man that has made it without having been to college, to boot.

Cam and Mitch are entertaining a couple, prior to going to Phil's for dinner. Cam's stories are a bit far fetched, something that embarrass Mitch. To make things worse, Cam tells about his famous pumpkin throw clear across a football field years ago. Mitch thinks Cam is making this up because of his non-athletic nature and girth.

At Jay's, Manny is preparing a centerpiece of such ugliness that his step-father feels appalled when he sees that 'masterpiece'. Gloria, on the other hand, wants Jay to encourage the boy for his creativity, but he feels Manny must be told what he has prepared to bring to the Dunphys is not exactly a decorative piece their hosts would appreciate.

Meanwhile, the Dunphy girls, Haley and Alex, go for a ride in Claire's car. Their conversation centers around Kenneth, the former neighbor that is now a rich man. They have checked him out and it is true he has a variety of businesses. Haley gets distracted while talking, hitting something that puts a dent on the driver's door. Feeling the worst, they try to stand in front of the car as the guests arrive.

Tonight's episode deals with dreams and reality. Cam's outlandish account is examined. So is Phil's invention of a helmet that deals with healing different ailments. Directed by Michael Spiller, and based on a screenplay by Ben Karlin, it is a typical chapter of sitcoms for that most sacred institutions of Thanksgiving with American families that gather to give thanks on the last Thursday in November.

The guest star is Josh Gad, who is the star of the current Broadway show "The Book of Mormon", himself a new talent that ought to be seen by a wider audience. His Kenneth is down to earth and a good example that college is not a guarantee for success. The cast does their best to create fun, especially at the end with Cam throwing a long shot that lands in Claire's dented car, thus saving the girls from punishment.


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