This week's episode of Modern Family
saw the return of the Dunphy's recently divorced neighbor Jerry as he finally moves out of his home, with Phil handling the Real Estate side of it.
Phil managed to find the perfect family to move in next door, who would pay the asking price and passed the Claire-test (she actually liked them). Just as Phil thought he had pulled off yet another great sale, another family came for a viewing and were Claire's worst nightmare. Rude children, noisy vehicles and parents with a lack of understanding of boundaries love the house. Whilst Phil tries to discourage them, he ends up making them more interested and they up their offer by $50,000. As an attempt to encourage their potentially 'perfect neighbours' to up their offer too, Phil and Claire invite them over for dinner, but end up smothering them and after some accidental innuendos pushes them to pull out their offer, their worst nightmare moves in.
A similar theme is expressed at the Pritchett household, where a stroke of Jay's genius is swiftly destroyed by Manny and his new girlfriend Sophie. Jay invents the 'Sock It To Me', which is a system that can organize the sock drawer and ensure that socks are alternated rather than the same ones worn over and over again. Manny introduces his new girlfriend, who shows interest in the invention but then reveals that she is the granddaughter of Jay's arch enemy, Earl, who owns the competing closet store and betrayed him back in the 1980s. Gloria forces the enemies back together again after Jay attempts to forbid Manny from seeing Sophie, which ends with Earl almost apologizing, until he sees Manny and realises that he is no threat to corrupt Sophie.
There was not as much from the Tucker-Pritchett's this week, but their storyline revolved around Lily's teacher Mrs Plank (or Mrs Crank as Cam calls her) who was stressing Lily out from constant homework. Mitch and Cam thought that Miss Sparrow's class would be a more suitable learning environment, but after having moved her, Lily demands she gets moved back so she can learn Math.
Usually, the episodes where the families remain individual do not work as well as the episodes where the storylines cross over, however this was a nice exception. With all the guest stars (Jerry and the potential neighbors) the episode flowed well and offered laughs and entertainment- usually at the Dunphy's expense.
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