It’s the perfect recipe for a family feud: Dinner reservations at the hottest restaurant in town, and a series of unfortunate events that make everyone in the party late. Like, really late, to the point of losing that coveted table at the trendy eatery. That was the dilemma on this week’s “Modern Family” offering, “The Late Show.”
Jay (Ed O’Neill) is the mastermind behind the adults-only family outing. After a six-week wait on the reservations list, he’s licking his chops in anticipation over the menu’s life-changing Australian Wagyu beef, setting things up for this exchange with Manny (Rico Rodriguez):
“They only feed this cow alfalfa, barley, and red wine,” Jay says.
“Doesn’t the wine make the cow drunk?”
“It’s not The Far Side, the cow doesn’t drive anywhere.”
Guess who’s not coming to dinner
Speaking of driving, no one’s driving anywhere because the entire family is behind schedule: Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is getting her hair blown out (“That’s a thing?” Jay asks. “That I pay for?”), Phil and Claire (Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen) are debating over letting 14-year old Luke staying home alone, and Mitch and Cam accidentally put on matching outfits, meaning one of them has to change before they go out looking like toddler twins. (But who will do the changing? Nothing that an exploding can of Coke won’t decide!)
“I hate the way my dad looks at us when we’re late, like we’re two silly queens blasting disco music primping, losing track of time,” Mitch complains. (Cue up the disco music as Cam blow dries his hair!)
Over at the Dunphy house, Phil is dialing his “sexy” up a few notches (he usually keeps it at a 5) because Claire’s been so busy at work lately. Time to bust out the totally-tight suit he purchased from a salesman who looks like a Mumford and Son.
Claire has other issues. She’s concerned over leaving Luke home alone, so she sets off the fire alarm to test his reaction. Unfortunately, he thinks it’s the doorbell and says, “Don’t worry, Mom, if I hear it when you’re gone I won’t answer. I’ll just hide were no one can find me.”
This episode also gives us two karaoke renditions of “Midnight Train to Georgia,” which, by the way, is turning into a somewhat of a sitcom staple. (Who can forget when the “30 Rock” crew burst into song with the Gladys Knight classic? And back in the ’80s, the Seavers got their Gladys groove on too, when the tune turned up on “Growing Pains,” while “Will and Grace” jammed to the song with Sandra Bernhard in 2001.)
But back to “Modern Family,” where “The Late Show” episode wraps up nicely. In the end, Jay gets his beef — in fact, it’s his best meal ever. Yeah, the gang gets kicked out of the snooty restaurant, but there’s nothing like a good taco.
Watch the “Modern Family” episode “The Late Show” here.
“Modern Family” airs on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.
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