With last night’s episode, Modern Family cemented its claim as strongest new comedy of the fall. A few thoughts:
* I hadn’t really realized, before last night, that we hadn’t seen any meaty scenes with Claire and Mitchell interacting as brother and sister. With the arrival of Mom (Shelley Long) providing the excuse, this episode added some layers to their family dynamic (though we had already heard that Claire had been a rebellious daughter).
* Not that their careers have to be yoked, but with Ted Danson everywhere on my TV nowadays, it was good to see Long get a chance to show off her comic chops again.
* Be sure to watch the video version of “In the Moonlight (Do Me)” if you haven’t yet. Only two quibbles: (1) it would have been even funnier with Jason Segal singing it and (2) on that note, How I Met Your Mother makes its online extras much easier to find than ABC’s infuriating website, so I’ve embedded the video after the jump for your convenience: