The latest episode of “Modern Family” featured a nice blend of storylines. Cam drags Mitchell into another passionate project, Jay relates to other dads by making fun of Phil, and Claire struggles to manage a very forgetful Gloria. In addition, Haley is back at home, and her rivalry with Alex is picking up right where it left off. All of those angles made for a strong episode of this great show. Here is a recap of the latest episode, “When a Tree Falls.”
Cam protects a tree
Cam tells Mitchell that their favorite tree is being cut down at the park. Much to Mitchell’s dismay, Cam wants to focus all of his energy on saving the tree. Cam ends up sitting in the tree, and refuses to come down in order to stop the workers from chopping it down. Cam gives Mitchell a passionate speech about taking a stand, but wants to leave after getting a call about his understudy job at a local theater. Much to his chagrin, Mitchell is forced to take his place in the tree. The police arrive and try to coax Mitchell out of the tree, but he refuses to leave despite ranting about how Cam doesn’t finish things. Mitchell wants to leave, but Cam arrives in his “Cats” costume and returns to the tree. He wins the battle by remaining in the tree until sunset. Unfortunately, the fire department has to rescue him when his costume ends up getting caught on a branch. Still, the whole thing works because the tree ends up being saved for good.
Jay and Phil take Manny and Luke to a birthday party, but both Manny and Jay are dreading it. Manny doesn’t like it because it involves a series of athletic competitions, while Jay isn’t happy that he has to stick around and spend time with the other dads. Jay’s initially awkward around the other guys, but starts to feel comfortable when he makes fun of Phil. After Jay continues to tell funny stories about Phil, the two eventually argue over the fate of a stereo. They agree to battle it out in a ring with giant boxing gloves, and Phil proceeds to beat Jay down. Phil apologizes, but Jay understands why he was upset. Jay explains that he finds it hard to relate to younger dads, and wonders what it will be like with the new baby.
Claire and Gloria go shopping
With Manny and Jay out, Claire “babysits” Gloria by taking her shopping. It seems that Gloria’s “pregnancy brain” has caused her to become very forgetful about things. That leads to a tough trip to Costco for Claire, who is constantly distracted from her shopping because of Gloria. Things get much worse when a security guard stops the ladies at their car. It turns out that Claire forgot to pay for a sweater that she was wearing, and has to return to the store. The store manager is giving her a hard time about the incident, but things change when Gloria’s water breaks. The manager freaks out and apologizes to Claire as she helps Gloria to the car. However, Gloria isn’t really about to have the baby. She faked the whole thing so that Claire could escape any problems from the shoplifting incident.
Haley is back at home, and she is about to start her community service by picking up trash on the side of the road. Alex sees this is as a chance to get revenge on her sister, who posted a humiliating picture of her in the previous summer. But as Alex hopes to get a picture of her sister, she ends up in a disastrous situation herself. She drops her phone in a sewer on the side of the road, and is covered in dirt and grime. After she finally saves her phone, she drops it on the road. After a car runs over it, Alex sees Haley in the passenger seat. Haley ends up taking another embarrassing picture of her sister.