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Really enjoyed the Dunphy father-son dynamic this week. Get our review.

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Phil deserves better than just reminiscing about his glory days and accidentally insulting Claire, and I think “Arrested” gave him that much-need extra legroom. Also, as a rule, it’s kind of hard to mess up reference to Legally Blonde, so this joke was just a bend-and-snap for me.

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Secretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentOur Nominee: Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)Qualifications: He knows a thing or two about selling real estate, even in this tough market, and knows all of the in-the-box tactics needed to close a deal. Put him in charge of getting new housing built for families of all incomes, and we guarantee he’ll have fun ways to welcome people to their homes with parties and holiday flair.
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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Our Nominee: Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
Qualifications: He knows a thing or two about selling real estate, even in this tough market, and knows all of the in-the-box tactics needed to close a deal. Put him in charge of getting new housing built for families of all incomes, and we guarantee he’ll have fun ways to welcome people to their homes with parties and holiday flair.

Read more: Obama’s Cabinet 2013: TV Characters He Should Appoint

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One third of “Open House of Horrors” was a lot of fun — and, of course, it was the parts that featured Phil and Claire. Ty Burell and Julie Bowen have mastered Modern Family's physical comedy, and when they weren't doing the same shtick where Phil accidentally gives Claire a backhanded compliment (we get it, show) they were on fire.

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Siblingly Love
I’m a complete sucker for brother-and-sister moments between Mitchell  and Claire, and their secret meeting under the table was sweet,  believable and productive. The surrogate storyline was a little choppy  — especially in its pacing — but the drunken dinner conversation  highlighted how comically talented Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell (watching his  face throughout this scene was amazing), Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric  Stonestreet are.
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Siblingly Love

I’m a complete sucker for brother-and-sister moments between Mitchell and Claire, and their secret meeting under the table was sweet, believable and productive. The surrogate storyline was a little choppy — especially in its pacing — but the drunken dinner conversation highlighted how comically talented Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell (watching his face throughout this scene was amazing), Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet are.

Read more: Modern Family: Why Last Night’s Episode Was a Season Highlight

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PhilPrescription:  Tiger Balm. Diagnosis: Directions: Massage onto England Dan and John Ford Coley in the AM. At night, use on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
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Prescription: Tiger Balm.
Diagnosis: Directions: Massage onto England Dan and John Ford Coley in the AM. At night, use on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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Phil Continues to Be Great, Woo All  There were plenty of things we loved in Season 1 that we were sick of by Season 2, but the antics  of Phil Dunphy were not among them. The coolest dad in the extended  Dunphy-Pritchett clan cracked us up at least once in every episode, from  chatting it up with the ladies at the spa to puking from the smell of  paint fumes to feeling Dylan’s pain after Haley dumped him. When he made  the entire SCARB (Southern California Annual Realtors Banquet) audience  laugh with his on-the-fly routine (no thanks to Claire!), we were  downright happy for him.
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Phil Continues to Be Great, Woo All
There were plenty of things we loved in Season 1 that we were sick of by Season 2, but the antics of Phil Dunphy were not among them. The coolest dad in the extended Dunphy-Pritchett clan cracked us up at least once in every episode, from chatting it up with the ladies at the spa to puking from the smell of paint fumes to feeling Dylan’s pain after Haley dumped him. When he made the entire SCARB (Southern California Annual Realtors Banquet) audience laugh with his on-the-fly routine (no thanks to Claire!), we were downright happy for him.

Read More: Modern Family: Most Memorable Moments