I know I've written too much about Modern Family lately, but in my opinion the 4th season finale is, I think, the best finale that the show has had. 4x24, 'Goodnight, Gracie' is also one of the best episodes of the series.
Now, when I'm saying that 'Goodnight Gracie' is a really good episode, I think it also suffers from having too many storylines in it, just like the great 'Moon Landing', from season one.
I mean, there's Cam socializing with seniors, Haley & Alex together, Jay and his 'first time', Mitchell defending Gloria in a courtroom and Phil trying to make her late mother's last wish come true. That's five storylines.
I don't know about you, but for me it's difficult to process that much information. Five storylines in twenty-one minutes means that you have only four minutes for each storyline on average.
I honestly don't think that's enough and there's no way that the stuff you see on screen is really going to 'breathe'. There's just too much happening at the same time in order to make it elegant.
Having said that, I did like the storylines. Starting with Phil trying to make her mom's last wish come true, I liked that I was able to see Phil show his more serious side. Even though the storyline was a bit rushed, the last scene was really well written and beautifully acted.
I also liked that we finally got to hear more about Jay's Vietnam experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and Ed O'Neill again gives a fantastic couch interview, just like he did last season with his 'I hope it's a boy'.
Furthermore, I did like the Mitchell & Gloria storyline. Mitchell doing courtroom stuff is something that I did in my spec script. The storyline was professionally written and worked rather well.
Still, I guess in a way I can't help but to think that perhaps someone from the show got the idea of Mitchell becoming a trial lawyer from me. I mean, it is a generic idea, but at the same time, it kinda isn't.
But anyway, there was also good stuff about Cameron not wanting to stir things up. The boys, Luke and Manny we're pretty funny too, and at the end of the episode, we finally got a voice-over that was sweet and actually made sense.