Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Liveblogging Extravaganza, Part I

The day is here! Liveblogging of this week's two episodes of Modern Family on ABC will commence shortly.

First, for those (like me) who don't know a lot about the show, here's a rundown of the characters:

Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill, best known as Al Bundy on Married... with Children) is the head of the family. He is currently married to his second wife, Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Sofia Vergara), who is from Colombia. Gloria's son Manny (Rico Rodriguez) lives with them.

Jay's daughter Claire (Julie Bowen, who we all know as Carol Vessey on Ed) is married to Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell). They have three kids, Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter), and Luke (Nolan Gould).

Jay's son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his partner Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) adopt a baby girl from Vietnam in the pilot episode, whom they name Lily.

Claire and Mitchell's mother is Dede, who is played by Shelley Long of Cheers fame in our first episode tonight, "The Incident," which originally aired as the fourth episode back in October.'s episode summary states that "Claire and Mitchell's mother, Dede, tries to make amends with everyone she offended at Jay and Gloria's wedding."

Knowing Shelley Long's previous work in comedy, I think it's going to be a great episode.

(Image via ABC)

8:01 pm

Here comes Shelley Long! Either she's had a lot of work done, or she sold her soul to the devil to look ageless.

8:09 pm

Why is everyone wearing purple at Mitchell and Cameron's house?

8:10 pm

Phil's "peerenting" is so awkward. "Weird stuff happens at concerts. Boys get urges." And I love that he thinks kids go to juice bars or malt shops.

8:12 pm

Dede's boyfriend is a logger named Chaz from Canada. But not a lumberjack -- a guy who logs blood samples. I love puns.

8:13 pm

Dede calls Haley her "little comet." Cute. Claire defending her old boyfriend Ricky who looked like Charles Manson by saying he "was a poet" is fabulous.

8:18 pm

Cindy Crawford was just in an ad for Raymour & Flanigan Furniture. Why?

8:19 pm

Manny set a kid's bike on fire. I wouldn't think that would work, but I guess the tires and seat would burn.

8:20 pm

Phil was "all about his magic" in high school. It makes so much sense.

8:22 pm

If I told my family to "make a note, bitches," I think there'd be some serious consequences.

8:23 pm

Even with that promo picture of Dede trying to attack Gloria, I didn't see the catfight coming.

8:24 pm

Whoa, Dylan is actually really insightful and well-spoken, aside from saying that the family is accepting of "hot foreigners and gay dudes and nutty people."

8:25 pm

I just knew Dylan's song was going to turn inappropriate after it started out so innocently.

8:28 pm

I can't imagine how the ad for Robin Williams and John Travolta's new movie Old Dogs could make the movie look less appealing. Maybe if Carrot Top or someone was in it, too. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

8:29 pm

They're all singing Dylan's song! Dude's a musical genius.

Okay, friends, we've got half an hour before the next episode starts. Take this opportunity to visit the bathroom, catch up on your correspondence, whatever you like. I'll see you back here at 9/8c!

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