Modern Family 6x02: Don't Push

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In Don't Push the Dunphys go to Caltech university for Alex's future admission, while Gloria and Jay are trying to get perfect presents for their anniversary and Pritchett-Tucker family is taking a family photo. And they all have some trouble.

Alex is determined to go to MIT, because Caltech is too close to home and she's willing to be as far as possible for more independence, finally. Regardless, she attends open house day with her family, which tries to be supportive in the biggest decision she's going to make. Phil, Haley and Luke decide to participate in an experiment, promising to reward participants with fifty dollars. They are left in a room with red button saying Do Not Push (pictured above). As they think this is part of the experiment, they seek for solution and the process of doing so brings number of family problems to the surface.

Meanwhile, Alex meets some nerdy guy and changes her mind about MIT, understanding that it's not that bad to be around family.

Jay sculptures a bunny for Gloria as a reminder of their first date. But she thinks that her favorite bracelet is hidden inside so breaks the present right  in front of husband.

Lily is troubling her parents while taking a family photo. She gives that awkward, forced smile and of course, Cameron and Mitchell are panicking. After number of photo sessions, they finally get that their daughter is quite determined about her smile.
Don't Push was not laugh-out-loud episode. There were definitely some good jokes but nothing Modern Family-ish.  I liked Alex's scenes, especially with her new boyfriend. They had some witty chats and good humor. The rest of Dunphys was not as good as used to be. I found the experiment scene a little boring, kind of. 

I've said before, I like Lily's lines and she always nails those two words in every episode. Here she is becoming a troubling little girl who tries to outstand with weird smiles and laughs. She making fun of Cameron's face was the best thing in this episode.

This episode while being a well told sweet story, it fails to deliver what's the most valuable thing about Modern Family - fun, jokes and emotions. Gloria had a good scene, but it did not turn into something hilarious. I don't want to think that the writers have a creative crises and I really hope that will be the worst episode of this season, cause I know they can do it better.

I wished they did write more for younger characters, because they have potential and they need some good, huge lines.

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