Modern Family S5E1/2 "Suddenly Last Summer", "First Days" 09/25/2013

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by astrohip, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. Regina

    Regina I've got Jewbs!

    Mar 29, 2003


    Ok, near the end of the 2nd ep, at Mitchell's office, Haley said, "What is that creaking sound?" and Mitchell's boss ran out of Mitchell's office and so did Haley...
    Then nothing??
    What was the deal with that?
    I thought maybe Lily was going to crash through a ceiling tile or something?
    I guess I didn't get it-can anyone explain?
  2. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    The boss had his helicopter parked on the roof. And they already mentioned that it probably wasn't safe to do that.
  3. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    It was the helicopter breaking the ceiling.. or at least making it creak.

    There was a throwaway-ish line about the roof not being made for a helicopter landing on it.
  4. dbranco

    dbranco Active Member

    Nov 20, 2003
  5. Regina

    Regina I've got Jewbs!

    Mar 29, 2003


    Ohhh...that's right...thanks :D
  6. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    Good article.

    I liked this quote -

    Also, the writer talked about how they have Chris Lloyd and Steve Levitan - one gets one week and one gets the next week for producing. I didn't know that before. They have writers in two different rooms depending on, well, I guess, whose turn it is to produce. That examples a little about why some episodes seem a bit different from the others.

  7. jehma

    jehma Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    The moment where they looked at each other and both say "yes" made me tear up.
  8. KRS

    KRS Mmm...invisible cola

    Jan 30, 2002
    Franklin, MA
    At the beginning of "First Days," Mitchell asks Lilly to get dressed and she responds that she has been dressed and ready for an hour. Mitchell then says "I forgot to factor in the Asian."


    Seems more than a bit racist. For such a liberal show, this is pretty stupid.
  9. nyc13

    nyc13 New Member

    May 31, 2013
    Seriously? As if that's the first joke on Modern Family based on a stereotype?
  10. eddyj

    eddyj SeƱor Member TCF Club

    Jun 20, 2002
    South Florida
    I normally don't care for this show (the wife loves it, so I sometimes watch). It falls into that category of comedy where you have smart people who have to do incredibly stupid and out of character things to get into the situation that is then funny. Having said that, Lily is often the funniest character of all, mostly because she does not do stupid out of character stuff.

    As opposed to say, Big Bang Theory, where the smart people do incredibly stupid things that are perfectly in character. :p
  11. milo99

    milo99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    it's not even the first asian stereo type joke. the Asian doctor being a bad driver comes to mind, as does Lily driving the toy car and crashing into a wall...
  12. KRS

    KRS Mmm...invisible cola

    Jan 30, 2002
    Franklin, MA
    I do remember the bad driver comment when Lilly crashed her toy car, and I thought at the time that it was a bit over the line. And the show has also drawn fire from the country of Colombia.

    But the "I forgot to factor in the Asian" comment was blatant and wasn't even particularly humorous. I found it in poor taste.
  13. milo99

    milo99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    i guess then you're not the target audience. i thought it was pretty funny.

    most of comedy is based on stereoypes. off the top of my head, just from modern family:

    -the 20 year stay at home mom going back to the working world bringing cookies
    -the woman trying to be "friends" with coworkers
    -the gay man being over dramatic
    -the over-dramatic gay man dressing up to teach a history class
    -the stupid pretty daughter
    -the smart and not popular daughter
    -the bachelor rich business owner hitting on an inappropriately young girl
    -the stupid father who is incompetent in the home and other things most of the time

    just because the Asian joke touched on an ethnic stereotype, THAT's too much? please. and it wasn't even a BAD stereotype, it was a GOOD one - Asians are overachievers. Oh Lordy, heaven forbid they referenced that. But picking on women, dads, and gays? that's not crossing the line by your standards but the Asian joke is? come on now. :rolleyes:
  14. jamesl

    jamesl Active Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    "speaking of marketing, we're out of milk "


    Phil unknowingly belittling her career choice

    "after a 20 year vacation..."

    Phil unknowingly belittling stay at home moms and the work they do

    the only thing I found unsettling was the boss hitting on Haley
    she still looks like a 14 year old and it's just weird

    I have to keep reminding myself she's an adult
  15. marksman

    marksman ID-10-T

    Mar 4, 2002
    I won't lie I love lily 2.0 more than pretty much anyone on tv. Between running into the wall to answering the phone "Daddy's Office. YOU sound like a little girl", I can't get enough.
  16. fmowry

    fmowry Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Really? This was the first time she was remotely funny. I liked the answering the phone line but she's been horrible since they started giving her lines.
  17. DavidTigerFan

    DavidTigerFan No, not Detroit. TCF Club

    Aug 18, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    No one mentions the
    "I get shorts?"
    "and a whistle too!"
    "I always get a whistle when I wear shorts!"

    I had to pause it after that. :)
  18. GoHalos

    GoHalos Registered User

    Aug 30, 2006
    OC, CA
    It was a great line. :up:

    Regina did call it out in post #7.
  19. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    You can calm down.
    I thought it was funny and didn't think it was racist.

    (And yes, I am Asian.)
  20. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    You must have missed an earlier ep when she crashes the toy car and "We always knew she might be a bad driver" was uttered.

    or Jay calling her his "little potsticker" in the pilot.

    All the gay jokes, the foreigner gags.

    It may be liberal, but it is not PC. Which is why I like it so much.

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