After its fifth consecutive Emmy win for Outstanding Comedy Series, Modern Family is back on our screens with its premiere episode of the sixth season, ‘The Long Honeymoon’.
The episode begins with the newlyweds Cam and Mitch having recently returned from their honeymoon, the couple married at the end of season five, but Cam is still in ‘honeymoon mode’. He is taking every opportunity to shower Mitch with gifts and romance, much to Mitch’s distaste. With the advice from Claire, he tries to ignore it, hoping it will die down soon, but snaps when Cam turns up at a work event. Once Mitch returns home, Cam is trying to remove all of the three-month-aversary surprises, but Mitch still manages to get a shock from a giant cardboard cut-out, an appearance from Cupid (Lily) and a massive amount of balloons.
The Dunphy family is weirdly calm, with Haley and Luke getting on well and Claire actually enjoying Phil’s magic for a change. This dynamic all falls apart though as Alex comes home from her humanitarian trip a week early, which simultaneously causes the destruction of the Dunphy’s perfect summer. Despite pushing for Alex to complete her final week, the family realise that Alex actually prevents the family from many near-death experiences, such as rhubarb poisoning and accidental online exposure.
Gloria and Jay fall out about clothing; Jay has stopped bothering about dressing up, and advises Gloria to do the same, which ends with Gloria wearing her ugliest sweats in preparation for a meal with Jay’s clients. They decide to not bother with the dinner, return home to find a house full of guests and Manny at the forefront, throwing Gloria a surprise birthday party, the surprise being her birthday is not for another week.
Overall, I liked this episode, as it returns to the simplicity I love, especially after the final two episodes were Mitch and Cam’s wedding, which was naturally a large storyline.
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