“You know, when I met you, you were eating cereal out of a bucket.”
Manny was great in this episode — he hit his jokes well, looked adorable in his fedora and gave the closing reflection speech well. Jay, however, out-did him in terms of hilarity (“So what do you say? Anybody up for a hobo adventure?!”) and Ed O’Neill acted the hell out of his scenes. Gloria obliging to be a trophy would have probably bothered me if he hadn’t sold his character so well.
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1. Manny and Luke
Secret: Taking Uncle Cam’s car out for a spin to impress a girl.
Sentence: Absolutely nothing. They made it out clean, and Claire was none the wiser. Good work, Thelma — whoever you are. Let’s all hope Lily is one step closer to being put in her place. They also got away with sending an innocent dolphin-studying doll to the doctor — let’s just say they’re lucky she had already met her deductible for that month. On the bright side, she can have a new friend in Alex’s doll, Geneviève.
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District Modern Family
Tributes: Manny Delgado, Haley Dunphy
Special Skills: Manny’s got the brains of a 50-year-old poet, which may fool his fellow Tributes into thinking that he’s fragile. Haley’s got her competitors beat in the looks department. Lucky for them, Jay will have trained them both in scavenging for food and camouflage before they leave California.
Sponsor Gifts: Mistaking “weapons” for “lemons,” Gloria accidentally orders Manny several crates of the citrus fruit from Colombia. Phil, meanwhile, drops down some intense power-walking gear for his daughter.
Forecasted Gameplay: Although Manny is a moving target for masculinity-obsessed Careers, he’ll become a Rue to another player’s Katniss… but in the end, it won’t be enough. Haley, meanwhile, is too gorgeous and dumb for anyone to consider her a threat, and there’s a chance that the inner Claire in her will come out to wreak havoc. As long as she doesn’t accidentally eat something obviously poisonous, she might be all right.
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