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'Modern Family:' Pregnancy; elephant; gorilla

Actress Sofia Vergara arrives at the 64th Annual

Actress Sofia Vergara arrives at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Sept. 23, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

The big news on “Modern Family" -- not counting that third straight best show Emmy Sunday -- was maybe not so big to fans who probably knew it was coming: Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is pregnant. And apparently, no, Vergara is not in real life, though engaged to be married. (She has a 20-year-old son from a previous marriage.)

Last night's fourth season premiere? Pretty good (a solid B+). Funniest part -- and certainly the bluest -- was the elaborate setup between the stuffed gorilla and elephant; and it was elaborate, taking almost the entire episode to set up a 15-second sight gag. Jay as a new father? Let the fourth season begin.

Meanwhile, as movie fans probably realized, last night was a bit of an homage to the classic '38 Howard Hawks screwball comedy, "Bringing ug Baby" - the name of the episode as well. As co-creators Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan might attest, they both owe a debt of gratitude to the classic screw-ball setup. The "baby" of "Bringing Up Baby," by the way, was Katherine Hepburn's character's pet leopard; last night was also about Cam and Mitchell's attempt to adopt a kitty...Clip from a classic moment below ...


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