"Modern Family" Season 3 will have a lot of issues to resolve. The show dropped hints of things to come in both Episodes 23 and the Season 2 finale. Jay's Botox mishap set the tone for a slightly less secure family patriarch. Viewers got a glimpse of a kinder, gentler relationship between the Dunphy sisters. Cameron and Mitchell began a journey that may end up with the couple adopting a second child. Then there's Lily being recast, which came up over the summer. Fortunately, " Modern Family " has a whole season to make good on all those hints and promises.
Jay's Botox blunder could change everything
Did big bad Jay Pritchett shift the balance of marital power when he revealed his insecure side? He decided Botox treatments were the answer to lost youth. It didn't go exactly right. His face got all lopsided and so did his relationship with Gloria. She believed youth had nothing to do with love. She fell in love with Jay, wrinkles and all. He knows that now, but his insecurity is out there. It might just sneak back to bite him in the butt when Gloria's ex, Javier Delgado (Benjamin Bratt), shows up for a visit during Season 3.
Mitchell and Cameron's family is changing
Viewers got the advanced word on Lily right after the season ended. A "Modern Family" casting call hoped to snare a new actress for a more talkative toddler Lily in time for the new season. It's a done deal. The twins, Jaden and Ella, are out. Aubrey Anderson-Emmons is in. The 4-year-old actress is set to play a 3-ish Lily. As a 3-year-old, she should talk plenty, and that will open the door to lots of father-father-daughter laughs.
And what about that second adoption? It's a go...maybe? After a day of Manny and Cameron ball pitching and guy talk, and a touching Jay and Manny father/son moment, Cameron was hooked. He wanted a boy. So did Mitchell. But will the Tucker/Pritchett family really adopt a son? Possibly. The new season will bring a yes decision on a second adoption, but it will also bring a wave of doubt. Are they manly enough to raise a boy? Mitchell and Cameron will try to find the answer on a dude ranch. That could be just what they needed to release their inner macho enough to welcome a son into their lives.
Haley and Alex: a new beginning?
Teenage sisters don't get along. Alex and Haley demonstrate that sibling wisdom each episode. Now that Alex will be joining her big sis at the high school, will that dynamic change? The two girls did have a bonding moment just before Alex's junior high graduation. She even took Haley's advice and pumped up her valedictory address with a few rock song lyrics. ("Don't stop believing" and "Let's get this party started!") So what next? Anyone familiar with the ins and outs of sibling rivalry knows the truce won't last very long, but viewers will just have to wait and see.More by this contributor:
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