Sometimes the truth is hard to hear, which isnâ€™t any more obvious than in episode four of â€œModern Familyâ€ season two, Strangers on the Treadmill.
Haley (Sarah Hyland) is finally excited to have a sister, and Jay (Ed Oâ€™Neill) wonâ€™t admit he doesnâ€™t know the people who work for him. But the biggest storyline of the night: Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) wants Cam (Eric Stonestreet) to stop wearing bike shorts, and Claire (Julie Bowen) doesnâ€™t want Phil (Ty Burrell) to tell jokes as the host of SCARB (South CA Realtors Banquet).
First, Haley helps Alex (Ariel Winter) - perhaps for the first time ever - when Alex realizes popular girl Mackenzie is stringing her sister along. Alex is a quick learner, realizing the more she ignores Mackenzie, the better position sheâ€™s in. Haleyâ€™s proud for once, until Alex says she canâ€™t attend a party because sheâ€™s busy... with homework.
Meanwhile, Jay isnâ€™t having any luck at all either on "Modern Family," Strangers on the Treadmill. The Pritchett family goes to what Jay thinks is a quinceanera party for his employeeâ€™s daughter, but is actually an engagement party. Jay even makes a speech, offering to pay the bar tab. But when the happy couple starts to dance and Jay freaks out about a butt grab, Gloria (Sofia Vergara) finally tells him the truth.
Since Claire and Mitch canâ€™t tell their significant others how they feel without offending them, they decide to make a deal. Just like the movie â€œStrangers on a Train,â€ they decide to commit the perfect crime and perform each otherâ€™s â€˜murders.â€™ Granted, theyâ€™re on treadmills when they make this deal. The "Modern Family" situation is rife with comedic opportunity, and unlike last week, it pays off.
Claire holds up her end of the bargain. She tells Cam, â€œtheyâ€™re not working for you,â€ and Cam runs off crying. Meanwhile, Mitch flakes out, or as Claire says, acts the part of a â€œgutless weasel.â€
Yet, Cam overhears Mitchell talking about how he really feels about the shorts, which leads to more crying. And then Cam tells Mitch he doesnâ€™t like his beard. Mitch proves his loyalty by starting to shave his beard off, but Cam stops him. Of course, it doesnâ€™t help that when Cam asks for Mitch to do his shoulders, Mitch thinks shaving them, not massaging.
Meanwhile, Claire takes initiative and steals Philâ€™s speech. He starts to play it straight, but he just canâ€™t help himself and starts cracking jokes. Amazingly enough, everyone laughes. But Phil has Claire figured out, and he understands.
He knows Claire takes it as her job to make sure the family doesnâ€™t fall on their faces. Yet, Phil tells her, they just need her to pick everyone back up when they fall. And thatâ€™s exactly what Alex needs. As she admits to her mom, she doesnâ€™t have any friends.
â€œModern Familyâ€ seems to have perfected the art of ending a hilarious show on a sweet, honest moment, just like they did in Strangers on a Treadmill.
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