Nearly two-thirds of the way through Modern Family’s second season, and consensus on the internet, from both critics and fans, is that the second season simply isn’t as good as the first season. While the ratings have increased and the show continues to grab awards everywhere, you can see grumblings all over the internet. The large majority of criticism is fair (basically anything not, “This show sucks!!”). This season hasn’t had the standout episode, and most episodes are based on run-of-the-mill misunderstandings. The writers used to be a spin on typical sitcom tropes, but now a lot of the plots are typical sitcom tropes.
“Princess Party” isn’t spectacular, but it presents a typical sitcom trope–the return of an ex–with a couple unexpected twists. Claire’s mother, Dede, brings Claire’ high school boyfriend, Robbie Sullivan, to dinner and starts a very uncomfortable conversation about how they couldn’t start touching each other. If that wasn’t bad enough, Claire sees them making out outside.
But the situation is saved, at least partially, during Lily’s birthday party, where Dede explains to Jay why she had to act this way. Mitchell and Cam teased us with the possibility of Fizbo’s return, and we do get him to some extent–a tortured British version–but the real Fizbo is still out there, ready to return and shock us once again.
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