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Modern Family Season 1 Episode Guide

Episode 1 – Pilot – Original Air Date – 09/23/2009


TV Ratings :  12.74 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 4.3/12

“Modern Family,” a new half-hour comedy that takes an honest and often hilarious look at the complexities of modern day families, premieres WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (This program will repeat Friday, Sept. 25, from 9:00-9:30 p.m.)

“Pilot” — Today’s families come in all shapes and sizes, and that is very evident in Jay Pritchett’s very full and very blended family. Jay and his new gorgeous and much younger wife, Gloria, are happily married and getting accustomed to their new life together. But when her pre-teen son develops a crush on a 16-year-old girl, it becomes apparent that Jay and Gloria may have some generational and cultural gaps to bridge. Jay’s grown daughter, Claire, has a family of her own — three kids and a husband, Phil, who is practically a giant kid himself. Things get a little tense when their teenage daughter, Haley, brings a boy home and Phil tries to adopt the cool, hip dad approach. Then son Luke misuses of his BB gun, which results in Phil and Claire turning it right back on to him. Jay’s other grown son, Mitchell, is in a committed relationship and has just adopted a baby girl from Vietnam with his life partner, Cameron. They’re going through the joys and anxieties of bringing a baby home for the first time, but Mitchell still has the daunting task of introducing their new addition to the whole family.

“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sof’a Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy and Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado.

Guest cast include Reid Ewing as Dylan, Hayley Erin as Brenda Feldman, Lillian Adams as passenger #1, Duane Shepard Sr. as passenger #2, Heather Lee as passenger #3, Jenica Bergere as soccer mom, Matt Corboy as Josh, aka soccer dad, and Marcus Brown as security guard.

“Pilot” was written by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, and directed by Jason Winer.

Episode 2 – The Bicycle Thief – Original Air Date – 09/30/2009

TV Ratings : 9.91 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 3.7/10

“The Bicycle Thief” – Phil is determined to help Luke prove to mom that he is responsible enough to have the brand new bike they just got him. However Phil ends up being the irresponsible one when a hot neighbor clouds his judgment. Meanwhile Mitchell and Cameron take Lily to their first Mommy & Me class, and Jay and Manny have some awkward father and son time, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Krista Allen as Desiree, Davis Mikaels as Anton, Alex Staggs as Scott, Julia Lehman as Danielle, Kofi Natei as Bike Salesman, Lindsey Stoddard as Helen and Shemari Berkley as kid.

“The Bicycle Thief” was written by Bill Wrubel and directed by Jason Winer.

Episode 3 – Come Fly With Me– Original Air Date – 10/07/2009

TV Ratings :  8.46 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 3.2/9

“Come Fly With Me” – After some nudging, Jay begrudgingly takes Phil out to fly his new model airplane — that is until a maneuver goes awry. Meanwhile, when Gloria drops Manny off to play with Luke, she ends up volunteering to take Alex dress shopping, and Claire finds herself sitting down for an unexpected brother and sister heart-to-heart with Manny, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast includes Reid Ewing as Dylan.

“Changes” was written by Dan O’Shannon and directed by Reggie Hudlin.

Episode 4 – The Incident – Original Air Date – 10/14/2009

TV Ratings : 9.29 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 3.6/9

“The Incident” – Claire and Mitchell’s mother, Dede, drops in for a surprise visit and is determined to make amends with everyone she offended during what has been deemed “the incident” at Jay and Gloria’s wedding. Needless to say, no one is thrilled to see her and everything comes to a head when the whole family shows up to dinner at Claire’s house, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast includes Shelley Long as Dede Pritchett and Reid Ewing as Dylan.

“The Incident” was written by Steven Levitan and directed by Jason Winer.

Episode 5 – Coal Digger – Original Air Date – 10/21/2009

TV Ratings :  8.57 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 3.3/9

“Coal Digger” – The whole family is invited to Jay and Gloria’s for some barbeque and football. However an earlier incident at school between Manny and Luke makes things very awkward for Gloria and Claire, and then things escalate when a not-so-flattering label is uttered, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Andrew Borba as Mr. Balaban.

“Coal Digger” was written by Christopher Lloyd and directed by Jason Winer.

Episode 6 – Run For Your Wife – Original Air Date – 10/28/2009

TV Ratings :  9.23 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 3.7/9

“Run for Your Wife” – It’s the first day back at school for the kids and, at the Dunphy house, Phil oversteps when he misreads how Claire is coping with an empty nest. Over at Jay’s, he and Gloria are in disagreement over Manny’s interesting choice of outfit for his first day of class, and Mitchell and Cameron freak out after Lily gets her first bump on the head, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Suzy Nakamura as Dr. Miura.

“Run for Your Wife” was written by Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh, and directed by Jason Winer.

Episode 7  – En Garde  – Original Air Date – 11/04/2009

TV Ratings :  8.59 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 3.4/9

“En Garde” – The whole family comes out to support Manny’s newfound interest – fencing. It turns out he’s quite masterful in the sport, but Jay’s proud enthusiasm triggers an old childhood wound for Mitchell. Meanwhile Phil is determined to find where Luke’s hidden talents lie, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Alexandra Park as Caroline, Mo Collins as Denise, Nolan North as Donald Flum, Amy Landers as Krista Flum and Monti Sharp as tournament official.

“En Garde” was written by Danny Zucker and directed by Randall Einhorn.

Episode 8 – Great Expectations – Original Air Date – 11/18/2009

TV Ratings :  9.16 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 3.7/10

“Great Expectations” – With a history of giving bad gifts, Claire is determined to surprise Phil with an amazing anniversary present – a private performance by one of their favorite musicians, Izzy LaFontaine! However, it turns out to be a surprise in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron call up their party-girl bestie, Sal, for a long overdue night out on the town, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Edward Norton as Izzy LaFontaine, Elizabeth Banks as Sal and Reid Ewing as Dylan.

“Great Expectations” was written by Joe Lawson and directed by Jason Winer.

Episode 9 – Fizbo – Original Air Date – 11/25/2009

TV Ratings :  7.12 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 2.4/7

“Fizbo” – Nothing is too big when Phil and Claire decide to throw Luke the biggest and best birthday party a boy could ever want. But when Cameron shows up as Fizbo, the Clown, it sets of a chain of events that ends with someone in the hospital, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Reid Ewing as Dylan, Margo Harshman as Tanya and Kaitlyn Dever as Bianca.

“Fizbo” was written by Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh, and directed by Jason Winer.

Episode 10 – Undeck The Halls – Original Air Date – 12/09/2009

TV Ratings :  9.62 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 3.8/10

“Undeck the Halls” – Christmas is in full swing at the Dunphy house until the kids get in some trouble and Phil and Claire threaten to take away Christmas until one of them fesses up. Meanwhile, Jay struggles with wanting to stick to his holiday traditions while Gloria and Manny want to incorporate some of their Colombian practices, and Mitchell and Cameron take Lily to the mall for her first picture with Santa — but end up with a disgruntled mall Santa on their hands — on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Fred Willard as Phil’s dad, Brian T. Finney as Scott and Jeremy Scott Johnson as Andrew.

“Undeck the Halls” was written by Dan O’Shannon and directed by Randall Einhorn.

Episode 11 – Up All Night – Original Air Date – 01/06/2010

TV Ratings :  Million Viewers | Adults 18-49:

“Up All Night” – Gloria is less than pleased with Jay’s reaction to the arrival of Javier, Manny’s infamously unreliable dad. Meanwhile, Phil is suffering from kidney stones and his dramatics leave Claire no other choice but to call for the hot firemen to rush him to the hospital, and Mitchell and Cameron have a harder time than Lily as they attempt to sleep train her, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Benjamin Bratt as Javier Delgado.

“Up All Night” was written by Christopher Lloyd and directed by Michael Spiller.

Episode 12 – Not In My House – Original Air Date – 01/13/2010

TV Ratings :  Million Viewers | Adults 18-49:

“Not in My House” – When Claire finds a dirty picture on the computer and assumes it’s Luke’s doing, a guilty Phil doesn’t necessarily correct her. Jay and Gloria disagree over his beloved life-sized dog butler statue, and Cameron gets sucked into their gardener’s woes, much to Mitchell’s chagrin, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Eddie Diaz as gardener and Marina Valle as bride.

“Not in My House” was written by Caroline Williams and directed by Chris Koch.

Episode 13 – Fifteen Percent – Original Air Date – 01/20/2010

TV Ratings :  Million Viewers | Adults 18-49:

“Fifteen Percent” – Mitchell plants the seed in Jay’s head that he thinks one of Jay’s old buddies, Shorty, might be secretly gay. Jay doesn’t believe it for a second… except for all the questionable signs he now keeps noticing. Meanwhile Gloria gives Manny’s date a makeover and Claire faces off with Phil’s universal remote, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Chazz Palminteri as Shorty, Kristen Schaal as Whitney and Reid Ewing as Reid.

“Fifteen Percent” was written by Steven Levitan and directed by Jason Winer.

Episode 14 – Moon Landing – Original Air Date – 02/03/2010

TV Ratings :  Million Viewers | Adults 18-49:

“Moon Landing” – Claire feels slightly inadequate when her old friend, Valerie (guest star Minnie Driver), visits and is nothing like Claire remembered. Meanwhile Jay has an unsettling locker room moment when he and Cameron go play racquetball, and Mitchell tries to help Gloria with some legal problems, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include Minnie Driver as Sue, Reid Ewing as Dylan, Brian Oerly as gym member, Blake Gibbons as construction worker and Andrew Harlander as creepy diner.

“Moon Landing” was written by Bill Wrubel and directed by Jason Wine

Episode 15 – My Funky Valentine – Original Air Date – 02/10/2010

TV Ratings :  Million Viewers | Adults 18-49:

“My Funky Valentine” – Phil and Claire break from their traditional Valentine’s Day dinner date and plan a little “role play” excursion. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria’s ideas of romance clash when he takes her to a comedy show, and Mitchell and Cameron play cupid for Manny, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, FBERUARY 10 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Guest cast include David Brenner as himself, Reid Ewing as Dylan, Andrew Borba as Principal Balaban, Ariane Price as Pamela, Bruno Oliver as Tom Mickleson, Mieko Hillman as waitress, Rylee Fansler as Fiona and Jackson Odell as Ted Durkas.

“My Funky Valentine” was written by Jerry Collins and directed by Michael Spiller.

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