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3rd Jun '16 5:37:49 AM jonty1
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* Phil warns Haley in one episode that she shouldn't go to a concert with Dylan as, in his words, "boys get urges." Later, it's discovered that Haley was conceived following Phil and Claire being at a concert themselves. Suddenly, it makes sense why Phil was hesitant in allowing Haley to go.
30th Apr '16 8:22:36 AM jonty1
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* The relationship between Haley and Andy mirror that of Claire and Phil, due to their similar traits and dynamics. However, there are more similarities. Claire, like Haley, dated a lot of boys before she met Phil. Most prominently was her boyfriend Robby, who gets introduced in season 2. He is a man-child who is unable to mature from his teenage self, and he drives a limo.

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* The relationship between Haley and Andy mirror that of Claire and Phil, due to their similar traits and dynamics. However, there are more similarities. Claire, like Haley, dated a lot of boys before she met Phil. Most prominently was her boyfriend Robby, who gets introduced in season 2. He is a man-child who is unable to mature from his teenage self, and he drives a limo. In Haley's life, her then-boyfriend Dylan was also immature, dumb and, as we find out, drives a limo. In both women's stories, they get sick of dating jerk boys, and instead fall for sweet, adorable men: Phil and Andy, respectively.
30th Apr '16 8:18:28 AM jonty1
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* The relationship between Haley and Andy mirror that of Claire and Phil, due to their similar traits and dynamics. However, there are more similarities. Claire, like Haley, dated a lot of boys before she met Phil. Most prominently was her boyfriend Robby, who gets introduced in season 2. He is a man-child who is unable to mature from his teenage self, and he drives a limo.
17th Apr '16 2:53:30 AM jonty1
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* In "Summer Lovin'", Dylan remarks that he and Haley are 'like magnets'. Throughout the show, their relationship has proven to be a turbulent one, with the two of them being too similar to grow or develop their relationship into a more mature one, thus they 'repel' each other, as magnets do. Additionally, Haley and Andy are OppositesAttract, and therefore work, as their strengths and weaknesses balance each other out, and they connect, like magnets.

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* In "Summer Lovin'", Dylan remarks that he and Haley are 'like magnets'. Throughout the show, their relationship has proven to be a turbulent one, with the two of them being too similar to grow or develop their relationship into a more mature one, thus they 'repel' each other, as magnets do. Additionally, However, Haley and Andy are OppositesAttract, and therefore work, as their strengths and weaknesses balance each other out, and they connect, like magnets.
17th Apr '16 2:53:00 AM jonty1
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* In "Summer Lovin'", Dylan remarks that he and Haley are 'like magnets'. Throughout the show, their relationship has proven to be a turbulent one, with the two of them being too similar to grow or develop their relationship into a more mature one, thus they 'repel' each other, as magnets do. Additionally, Haley and Andy are OppositesAttract, and therefore work, as their strengths and weaknesses balance each other out, and they connect, like magnets.
6th Oct '15 5:25:52 PM ml0085
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* In "Benched", Gloria suggests "get pregnant" as a solution for her and Claire's kids not wanting them around. Guess what she does two seasons later?
25th Aug '15 8:44:35 PM SandyGunfox
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* In "Up All Night," Mitch walks in on Cam watching [[Film/Scarface1983]] with Lily, claiming it helps her sleep. Fast forward two seasons to "Little Bo Bleep," and it suddenly makes sense where Lily heard a certain swear word she wouldn't stop repeating...

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* In "Up All Night," Mitch walks in on Cam watching [[Film/Scarface1983]] ''{{Film/Scarface1983}}'' with Lily, claiming it helps her sleep. Fast forward two seasons to "Little Bo Bleep," and it suddenly makes sense where Lily heard a certain swear word she wouldn't stop repeating...
25th Aug '15 7:17:58 PM SandyGunfox
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* In "Up All Night," Mitch walks in on Cam watching [[Film/Scarface]] with Lily, claiming it helps her sleep. Fast forward two seasons to "Little Bo Bleep," and it suddenly makes sense where Lily heard a certain swear word she wouldn't stop repeating...

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* In "Up All Night," Mitch walks in on Cam watching [[Film/Scarface]] [[Film/Scarface1983]] with Lily, claiming it helps her sleep. Fast forward two seasons to "Little Bo Bleep," and it suddenly makes sense where Lily heard a certain swear word she wouldn't stop repeating...
25th Aug '15 7:17:31 PM SandyGunfox
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* In "Up All Night," Mitch walks in on Cam watching [[Film/Scarface]] with Lily, claiming it helps her sleep. Fast forward two seasons to "Little Bo Bleep," and it suddenly makes sense where Lily heard a certain swear word she wouldn't stop repeating...
12th Jun '15 12:36:48 PM Discar
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** As of season 5, Barkley resides in Jay's office at work, after Gloria had him stashed in the attic. Now, Jay has a source of stress relief at work, and Gloria doesn't have to put up with Barkley hanging around the house and freaking her out.

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** * As of season 5, Barkley resides in Jay's office at work, after Gloria had him stashed in the attic. Now, Jay has a source of stress relief at work, and Gloria doesn't have to put up with Barkley hanging around the house and freaking her out.



** When Jay accidentally kills Manny's turtle, he tells Gloria that Mitchell used to have a pet bird, who he let out by accident and covered Mitchell and the rest of the room in bloody feathers. As an adult, Mitchell is afraid of birds, probably because of the childhood trauma.

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** * When Jay accidentally kills Manny's turtle, he tells Gloria that Mitchell used to have a pet bird, who he let out by accident and covered Mitchell and the rest of the room in bloody feathers. As an adult, Mitchell is afraid of birds, probably because of the childhood trauma.



* Meta one but all the special episodes that take place outside their homes like Disneyland? Well, who's the parent of the studio that makes the show? That's right, it's Disney. Which in turns means no messy legal issues when it comes to re-showing these episodes or putting them on DVD, etc.
** ABC has a history of doing special episodes of their shows in Disney Parks as a form of cross-advertising, going all the way back to Family Matters, Roseanne, and a 2 part Disney World episode of Full House. I'm still rooting for a Heck Family goes to Disney World episode of The Middle...

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* Meta one but all the special episodes that take place outside their homes like Disneyland? Well, who's the parent of the studio that makes the show? That's right, it's Disney. Which in turns means no messy legal issues when it comes to re-showing these episodes or putting them on DVD, etc.
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etc. ABC has a history of doing special episodes of their shows in Disney Parks as a form of cross-advertising, going all the way back to Family Matters, Roseanne, and a 2 part Disney World episode of Full House. I'm still rooting for a Heck Family goes to Disney World episode of The Middle...



* Do the Family never watch their own TV show? They all constantly confess to things they don't want other family members to know, or get filmed doing incriminating things (e.g., Phil keeping Claire locked in the bathroom after an earthquake so he has time to bolt a cabinet to the wall like he said he already had). Surely these secrets are going to get found out pretty quickly. Also, they regularly make mean comments about/lie to other friends and family. Surely if you know your friends are on a TV show, you'd make an effort to watch it?
** I always assumed it was a documentary -- so a film, or a recorded study that wouldn't be televised.
** On a broader level, it's just a hold over when the show was intended to be a Mockumentary. The ConfessionCam shots are almost like their inner thoughts and imaginings made quasi-real in the same sense that the song numbers in Glee are both real and imagined.
** During a few episodes, the different angles of the same scene reveal that there actually aren't any cameras with them. (For instance, when Mitchell tries to chase a pigeon out of his house, the angle of the shot rapidly switches from in front of him to behind him. If there were any cameras with him, we would have seen them.)
* Mitchell deliberately left Cameron's last name off of Lily's birth record, instead of giving her a hyphenated name as they'd discussed. His explanation was that he was afraid that Cameron might leave him and Lily after deciding that he couldn't handle parenthood -- his name would only serve to remind Mitchell of Cameron's abandonment. This doesn't make any sense. If Cameron had walked out on Mitchell while Lily was a baby, Mitchell could have had Lily's name changed.
** It's difficult to change a legal name, so he would have to face that loss through the whole legal ordeal. Plus, if Lily was older (like, in school/aware of her name) it can be confusing and awkward for the child to do so (hence why a lot of kids have different last names than their divorced parent, even if they only live with that parent).
* Jay reveals that he met Gloria when she and her sister were in a bar together. Except that sister has been spending the whole episode acting like she's never left her village in Colombia and has no concept of what America is like.
** Maybe the bar was in Colombia.
** There's an alternative explanation -- her sister was deliberately pretending not to comprehend their wealth in order to guilt Gloria and the others. Their mother is shown to be quite manipulative when it comes to wealth and the family being together and it's possible her daughter picked up on it. She knows what a laundromat or a washing machine is, but she asks where the river is and pretends to think Gloria somehow has all the nice clothes of the entire town to guilt Gloria and Jay into letting them stay there or fronting them money.
* How does Claire hide being a gun owner from Phil? For starters, where does she store a handgun, ammunition, and related supplies (gun oil, hearing protection, gun cleaning tools) in a house with children in it, without Phil knowing about it? Does she have a safe Phil doesn't know the combination of? Secondly, she's stated to go to the range very frequently - she goes to "yoga" once a week, which is a cover for going shooting. She's there so frequently, everyone in the place knows her by sight and first name. But ammunition is ''expensive;'' a trip to the range for one hour can cost hundreds of dollars between the range fees and the ammunition, ''especially'' in California. How does Claire hide a hundreds of dollars expense ''per week'' from the house budget, especially since she doesn't actually have a job until several seasons later?

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the Family never watch their own TV show? They all constantly confess to things they don't want other family members to know, or get filmed doing incriminating things (e.g., Phil keeping Claire locked in the bathroom after an earthquake so he has time to bolt a cabinet to the wall like he said he already had). Surely these secrets are going to get found out pretty quickly. Also, they regularly make mean comments about/lie to other friends and family. Surely if you know your friends are on a TV show, you'd make an effort to watch it?
** I always assumed it was a documentary -- so a film, or a recorded study that wouldn't be televised.
** On a broader level, it's just a hold over when the show was intended to be a Mockumentary. The ConfessionCam shots are almost like their inner thoughts and imaginings made quasi-real in the same sense that the song numbers in Glee are both real and imagined.
** During a few episodes, the different angles of the same scene reveal that there actually aren't any cameras with them. (For instance, when Mitchell tries to chase a pigeon out of his house, the angle of the shot rapidly switches from in front of him to behind him. If there were any cameras with him, we would have seen them.)
* Mitchell deliberately left Cameron's last name off of Lily's birth record, instead of giving her a hyphenated name as they'd discussed. His explanation was that he was afraid that Cameron might leave him and Lily after deciding that he couldn't handle parenthood -- his name would only serve to remind Mitchell of Cameron's abandonment. This doesn't make any sense. If Cameron had walked out on Mitchell while Lily was a baby, Mitchell could have had Lily's name changed.
** It's difficult to change a legal name, so he would have to face that loss through the whole legal ordeal. Plus, if Lily was older (like, in school/aware of her name) it can be confusing and awkward for the child to do so (hence why a lot of kids have different last names than their divorced parent, even if they only live with that parent).
* Jay reveals that he met Gloria when she and her sister were in a bar together. Except that sister has been spending the whole episode acting like she's never left her village in Colombia and has no concept of what America is like.
** Maybe the bar was in Colombia.
** There's an alternative explanation -- her sister was deliberately pretending not to comprehend their wealth in order to guilt Gloria and the others. Their mother is shown to be quite manipulative when it comes to wealth and the family being together and it's possible her daughter picked up on it. She knows what a laundromat or a washing machine is, but she asks where the river is and pretends to think Gloria somehow has all the nice clothes of the entire town to guilt Gloria and Jay into letting them stay there or fronting them money.
* How does Claire hide being a gun owner from Phil? For starters, where does she store a handgun, ammunition, and related supplies (gun oil, hearing protection, gun cleaning tools) in a house with children in it, without Phil knowing about it? Does she have a safe Phil doesn't know the combination of? Secondly, she's stated to go to the range very frequently - she goes to "yoga" once a week, which is a cover for going shooting. She's there so frequently, everyone in the place knows her by sight and first name. But ammunition is ''expensive;'' a trip to the range for one hour can cost hundreds of dollars between the range fees and the ammunition, ''especially'' in California. How does Claire hide a hundreds of dollars expense ''per week'' from the house budget, especially since she doesn't actually have a job until several seasons later?
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