Highlight of last night’s 'Modern Family'? No debate

Leading up to last night’s episode of Modern Family, most of the attention was focused on the prospect of little Lily repeatedly hurling the (bleeped-out) f-bomb. That plot turned out to not all that funny, or controversial or even convincing.

Jay’s seemingly suicidal dog, Stella, who had to be repeatedly saved from the pool? Not top notch either.

But there was one great scene in the episode, a bit that should be at least considered for inclusion among sitcomery’s classics. It involved the overly competitive Claire’s run for city council. A poll published in the newspaper indicated that voters found her “angry and unlikable”. Which of course made her very angry.

So her ever helpful family helped her to train for her upcoming debate with the incumbent (a recurring role for David Cross). Here’s the prep session.