The premise of “The Late Show” is not unlike others we have seen on “Modern Family”: Several weeks before, Jay made reservations at a fancy restaurant for the adults in the family. All he wants is to try the restaurant’s signature beef from cows that were fed alcohol, but in order to do so, he must get his wife to the restaurant on time and hope that no one else shows up late. In classic “Modern Family” style, mayhem ensues in the various families, and the Pritchett-Dunphy adults lose their table.
Much of the confusion centers around what to wear: Gloria cannot decide what to wear with her new dress, Cam and Mitchell realize they have the same outfit on, and Phil has bought a new suit so tight he cannot raise his arms above his shoulders. “Modern Family” teaches us that taking pride in our appearance can be important, whether when done for oneself (Gloria feeling special when she makes an entrance with her dress) or for another (Phil wanting to look nice for Claire, who has been stressed at work). But sometimes we may be misled, such as Phil buying his tight suit at a “hipster place downtown”: "Well the salesman said it was the style and he looked like a Mumford & Son, so I think he'd know."
In the end, the family gets dinner from a taco truck and no doubt has more fun than they would have had at the restaurant. The episode ends perfectly when Jay, drunk, breaks into a rousing rendition of his favorite song, “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
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