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It's time to fall in love with Modern Family again. The momentum of ABC's comedy heavy hitter has noticeably waned in its fifth go-round, but this year's Christmas episode might be the highlight of the season, serving up the kinds of painfully funny belly laughs you used to expect. Tonight finds Jay (Ed O'Neill) besieged by a stubborn evergreen, Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) tracking down an elusive toy, Gloria (Sofia Vergara) using Claire (Julie Bowen) to air her mommy issues, and Phil (Ty Burrell) making a last-ditch effort to reach his holiday exercise goal. The clever one-liners and slapstick mix-ups (like Eric Stonestreet's Cam accidentally scamming a charity drive) are a return to top form. I guess the holidays really do bring out the best in everyone. A-
Apparently there are those who dream of a ''Redneck Christmas'' who aren't Jeff Foxworthy.
Fiona tries to form an alliance with Marie Laveau. With two such easygoing women, I can't imagine what could possibly go wrong.
In case it's possible to love Kelly Clarkson more, she turns a cheesy holiday morality story into a musical comedy about popularity and celebrities. (Team NBC's Matt Lauer, Ken Jeong, and Jay Leno gueststar. Not sure why Robin Williams agreed to pop in.)