Emmy Episode Analysis: Julie Bowen (‘Modern Family’) hoping for hat trick

Playing Claire Dunphy on “Modern Family” has earned Julie Bowen a Comedy Supporting Actress nomination in each of the five seasons of this hit laffer, with wins in 2011 and 2012. This year, she chose “The Feud” for her Emmy submission. Will it win her that third trophy, tying her for second place overall with Valerie Harper (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”) and putting her just one win behind Rhea Pearlman (“Cheers”) and Doris Roberts (“Everybody Loves Raymond”)? Let’s take a closer look at her entry.

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SYNOPSIS: It opens with Claire telling her husband Phil (Ty Burrell) how nervous she is about a sales meeting with a developer. She agrees to pick up her niece Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) unaware that she has contracted lice at school. Claire takes a picture using her hair to cover Lily’s which spreads the lice to Claire. Claire meets her brother Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), who set the meeting up, at the developer’s office for the meeting. During the meeting, Mitchell learns Lily has lice but delays telling Claire before eventually confessing. She ends up sealing the deal but passes along lice to the developer when he insists on hugging her.

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Let’s analyze the pros and cons of this episode.


Bowen is hilarious and makes the most of the physical comedy.

She has won twice before showing that her character strikes a chord with Emmy voters.

Modern Family” is favored to claim a record-tying fifth Emmy for Best Comedy Series.


“Modern Family” fatigue may have set in with the laffer reaping only 10 nominations this year.

 For the first time, Bowen doesn’t have the luxury of scenes on a rival nominee’s reel as Sofia Vergara was snubbed. 

Claire isn’t central to the episode and her story seems to be more filler slapstick than anything of substance.

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Bowen currently sits third in Gold Derby’s predicted winner standings for Comedy Supporting Actress with 33/1 odds. Are we underestimating this two time Emmy winner? Make your predictions below.

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