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Boundaries (1)

Published: 5.20.2018
Level 4   |   Time: 2:35
Accent: American
Source: Modern Family

Mitchell complains about Cam's mom touching him inappropriately when she comes to visit.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • What is keeping (someone)? [exp] - Why is (someone) late?
  • a jalopy [n] - an old car
  • cosmopolitan [adj] - a mix of many different countries and cultures
  • vibrant [adj] - full of life and energy
  • a barn [n] - a house for farm animals
  • inappropriate [adj] - in a way that is not acceptable
  • bless your heart [exp] - thank you
  • a horsey bite [exp] - grabbing someone's leg in a painful way
  • boundary issues [exp] - not liking to be touched by other people
  • a force field [n] - a science fiction term for a protective energy shield
  • It is not in my head. [exp] - It is not imagination.
  • god forbid [exp] - a way of saying that you hope something does not happen
  • a casserole [n] - a baked meat or fish dish
  • feel (someone) up [phv] - touch (someone) in a sexual way

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

picture picture picture
Cam Mitchell Claire
  • Cam and Mitchell are a couple.
  • Cam grew up on a farm in Missouri.
  • Cam's mother is coming to visit.
  • Claire is Mitchell's sister.

triangle Questions

  1. Why is Cam worried?
    Mitchell doesn't like his mother.
    His mother is late.
    Her airplane might have crashed.

  2. Where did Cam grow up?

  3. How does Cam feel about his mother?
    He doesn't want to see her.
    He thinks she was too strict.
    He thinks she is the best mom in the world.

  4. How many children did Cam's mom raise?

  5. How does Mitchell describe Barb?
    touches too much
    complains a lot

  6. How does Barb thank Mitchell for buying cranberries?
    She gives him a hug.
    She gives him a kiss on the cheek.
    She gives him a kiss on the lips.

  7. Who does Barb cuddle with?

  8. What does Mitchell tell Claire about Barb?
    She touches him too much.
    She is blind.
    She is unfriendly.

  9. How long has Mitchell not liked being close to people?
    Since he met Cam.
    Since he met Barb.
    Since he was a child.

  10. How does Claire bother Mitchell?
    By yelling at him
    By touching him
    By getting close to him

  11. How does Mitchell make Claire stop?
    He punches her.
    He yells, "Stop!"
    He yells, "Force field!"

  12. Why is Mitchell frustrated?
    Cam doesn't notice his mother's actions.
    Cam encourages his mother to touch Cam .
    The problem is getting worse.
    He can't talk to Cam about the problem.

  13. How did Mitchell make Cam angry in the past?
    He was rude to Barb.
    He touched Barb.
    He added some salt to food that Barb prepared.

  14. What did Cam do when he got angry?
    He punched Barb.
    He punched Mitchell.
    He punched a car.

  15. What does Claire suggest?
    He should make Cam see Barb touching Mitchell.
    He should enjoy Barb's touching.
    He should touch Barb in front of Cam.

triangle Language Review

Directions: Choose the expression that best completes the sentence

  • Because Cam grew up in a rural area, Mitchell thinks his town wasn't very (cosmopolitan) .
  • Mitchell complains that Cam's mother touches him in (inappropriate) places.
  • Cam claims that Missouri has a (vibrant) music scene.
  • Mitchell wants to use (a force field) to protect himself from Claire.
  • Cam probably used to drive (a jalopy) when he lived on the farm in Missouri.
  • Claire claims that Mitchell doesn't like Barb's touching because he has (boundary issues) .

triangle Script

Mama should be here by now. I wonder what's keeping her?
Cam, that depends. Did she take her jalopy or one of them new fancy flyin' machines?
Missouri's more cosmopolitan than you give it credit for. It's got a very vibrant cowboy poetry scene.
Not sure you're making the point that you think.
That's her. Come on. Look alive. Look alive.
My baby! Oh, little boomer! Oh, puppy kiss! Mitchell, get over here!
Oh! Hey, Barb!
My baby's baby! Ohh! Oh ho ho!
Oh, yeah! Well, I don't wanna overstate this but my mom is the greatest woman that ever lived.
Cam loves his mom.
She raised four kids, two barns and a whole lotta hell.
That sounds like a country song.
And that song would be called "The Greatest Woman That Ever Lived."
Cam loves his mom.

From the minute I met Barb she has been open and loving and caring.
Oh, I have missed these shoulders.
Ohh Aaah!
If I had one complaint and I do it's the inappropriate putting of her hands on my body.
Hey, Barb. Got you the cranberries you wanted for the stuffing.
Oh, bless your heart.
Mmm mmm mmm! Mmm mmm mmm!
Let me get in there and help ya. Ohh. Ohh! Ohh! And a horsie bite!
This is how I like to cuddle.
It's it's been going on a long time.

Cam's mom spent half of dinner with her hands all over me. It was like she was blind and wanted to know what my thighs looked like.
Are you sure? Are you really the best judge of this kind of thing? You've had boundary issues since you were a kid.
I have not!
Okay. Sorry. My mistake. Must be Cam's mom. Her issues.
What are you doing?
Nothing. Just getting a spoon.
Stop it.
Is it bothering you?
Yes, it is.
Hey, Mitchell.
Claire, stop it!
Mitchell, Mitchell, Mitchell.
Force field!
That never stops being fun.
Listen, this is this is not in my head, Claire. And it's actually getting worse.
What does Cam say?
Well, he never seems to notice. And I certainly can't talk to him about it because God forbid I say anything negative about his mom. One time I added salt to her casserole and he went into the garage and punched the car.
Okay, Mitchell, if this is happening, and I'm pretty sure it isn't
Thank you. Supportive.
Then you need Cam to see his mom feeling you up and then make Cam deal with it.
Think about it.

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