Door to Door (Modern Family)

"Door to Door"
Modern Family episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 4
Directed by Chris Koch
Written by Bill Wrubel
Production code 3ARG04
Original air date October 5, 2011[1]
Guest stars

David Cross as Duane

Season 3 episodes
Season 2

 

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"Door to Door" is the fourth episode of the third season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 52nd episode overall. "Door to Door" first aired on October 5, 2011, on ABC.[1]

Contents

Plot

Jay is determined to help Manny sell wrapping paper for a school fundraiser. Meanwhile, Claire petitions the city for a stop sign to be installed at a high-traffic intersection. Also, Mitchell tries to prove a point with Cameron, and neither one of them will back down, while Phil and Luke attempt to create a viral video sensation. Finally, Gloria is desperate to find Jay's bulldog Stella after losing her.[1]

Production

"Door to Door" was written by executive producer Bill Wrubel and was directed by Chris Koch.[1] "Door to Door" was filmed between August 29 and September 1, 2011.[2][3] The episode marked the first appearance of David Cross as a city councilman who becomes enemies with Claire.[4] He will appear in a recurring role.[4]

Reception

Ratings

In its original American broadcast, "Door to Door" was viewed by an estimated 13.24 million households and received a 5.7 rating/15% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49.[5] This means that it was seen by 5.7% of all 18–49 years olds, and 15% of all 18–49 year olds watching television at the time of the broadcast. The episode stayed even in the ratings compared to the previous episode, "Phil on Wire".[6] The episode also ranked first in its timeslot, beating the Fox reality series, The X Factor, CBS drama series Criminal Minds, NBC drama series Harry's Law and The CW reality series, America's Next Top Model.[5]

Reviews

"Door to Door" received positive reviews from critics. The A.V. Club reviewer Donna Bowman gave the episode a positive review and specifically praised the montage of the family members going door to door writing that "This montage wasn’t the reason for the episode; it was a way to add a little value, a bit of virtuoso flourish, to an episode whose elements were solid but generally not original. And that’s why I continue to appreciate this show".[7] She concluded that "At this point, with characters capable of memorable moments just about any week, we should expect the home runs but appreciate the frequency of extra-base hits".[7] She ultimately gave the episode a B+.[7] Sandra Gonzalez of Entertainment Weekly praised Ty Burrell's performance writing that "His lines and delivery have been incredible this season, and the cherry on top of this sundae of hilarity was seeing Phil and Luke answer the door without pants".[8] Christine Ziemba of Paste praised the episode calling it superior compared to the previous episode.[9] She also called the dialogue "top notch" and praise the cast for delivering "perfect punchlines".[9] She ultimately gave the episode a 9.2/10 calling the episode "phenomenal".[9]

CNN writer Henry Hanks praised Ed O'Neill's performance in the episode calling it "another Emmy-worthy performance".[10] Maris Kreizman of New York praised Ty Burrell's performance writing that "he can create funny little moments out of the most throwaway of lines".[11]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Daily News Releases". Abcmedianet.com. September 19, 2011. http://abcmedianet.com/assets/pr/html/091911_08.html. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://abcmedianet.com/web/display/display_item.aspx?item=ph/htm/125389_2022.htm
  3. ^ http://abcmedianet.com/web/display/display_item.aspx?item=ph/htm/125388_0852.htm
  4. ^ a b "'Modern Family' Lands 'Arrested Development' Star David Cross (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. September 2, 2011. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/modern-family-lands-arrested-development-230424. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (October 6, 2011). "Wednesday Final Ratings: ‘Modern Family,’ ‘The Middle,’ ‘Up All Night’ Adjusted Up; ‘Revenge,’ ‘Happy Endings,’ ‘Raising Hope’ Adjusted Down - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/10/06/wednesday-final-ratings-modern-family-the-middle-up-all-night-adjusted-up-revenge-happy-endings-raising-hope-adjusted-down/106408/. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ Gorman, Bill (September 29, 2011). "Wednesday Final Ratings: ‘X Factor,’ ‘Survivor,’ ‘The Middle,’ ‘Modern Family,’ ‘CSI,’ ‘L&O:SVU’ Adjusted Up; ‘Happy Endings’ Adjusted Down - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/09/29/wednesday-final-ratings-x-factor-survivor-the-middle-modern-family-csi-l-happy-endings-adjusted-down/105383/. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Bowman, Donna (October 5, 2011). "“Door To Door” | Modern Family | TV Club | TV". The A.V. Club. http://www.avclub.com/articles/door-to-door,62672/. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bierly, Mandi (October 6, 2011). "Modern Family season 3, episode 4 recap | Season 3 Episode 04 | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/modern-family-season-3-episode-4-recap/. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Modern Family Review: "Door to Door" (Episode 3.04) :: TV :: Reviews :: Paste". Paste. October 6, 2011. http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2011/10/modern-family-review-door-to-door-episode-304.html. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  10. ^ "'Modern Family' takes it to the streets – The Marquee Blog - CNN.com Blogs". CNN. October 6, 2011. http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/06/modern-family-takes-it-to-the-streets/. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ Kreizman, Maris (October 6, 2011). "Modern Family Recap: Stop the Madness - Vulture". New York. http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/10/modern_family_recap_12.html. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 

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