Description of Modern Family episodes that were first released on ABC September 22, 2010 – May 25, 2011; ganre – sitcom, mockumentary.
Modern Family overview of episodes (season 1)
1 (25) episode Modern Family description
“The Old Wagon”
Phil finally agrees to sell the old station wagon, but only after a family trip down memory lane; Cameron asks Jay for help when Mitchell decides to build a life-size princess castle for Lily.
2 (26) episode Modern Family description
After Claire finds flirty texts from a boy on Alex’s phone, Claire tells Haley to give her advice, in which she tells Alex to kiss the boy, which makes her go up to the boy, and ask him in front of his friends, embarrassing him. Mitchell is having trouble kissing Cam in public, Phil works hard to fix Jay’s printer, and Jay must cope with Gloria’s customs.
3 (27) episode Modern Family description
Claire gets stuck in the bathroom with the plumber when an earthquake hits, and Phil scrambles to hide the damage. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell try to evade a friend’s party, and Jay takes Manny golfing instead of going to church.
4 (28) episode Modern Family description
“Strangers on a Treadmill”
Claire and Mitchell try to spare their significant others from embarrassment; Haley tries to teach Alex how to be cool.
5 (29) episode Modern Family description
Phil, Claire, and the kids try to improve their communication skills by giving up their electronic devices. Gloria is getting obsessed over a neighbor’s barking dog, and Mitchell and Cameron try to find a preschool for Lily.
6 (30) episode Modern Family description
Claire loves Halloween and is gearing up to spookify the Dunphy house for the trick or treaters. She gives each family member a role to play, but none of it goes quite right… Cameron can’t shake a traumatic childhood experience and hates the holiday, Mitchell has had a terrible day at work, and Gloria is acting weird after Jay and Manny teased her about her accent.
7 (31) episode Modern Family description
Claire & Haley are at home sick while Phil tries to find an annoying chirping smoke detector. Gloria and Manny go to Jay’s work place much to Jay’s dismay and Cameron takes Lily to a commercial shoot against Mitchell’s wishes.
8 (32) episode Modern Family description
“Manny Get Your Gun”
Everyone gathers at a restaurant for Manny’s birthday when Manny has a mini-life crisis of getting older, Phil and Claire have a race to see who can get there faster, and Mitchell and Cam get stuck at the mall looking for a gift.
9 (33) episode Modern Family description
Mitchell tries to tell Cameron how he feels uncomfortable with his mom, Barbra Tucker. Meanwhile, Haley breaks up with Dylan much to Phil’s dismay. Jay has a little stomach ache gets exacerbated when he and Manny look it up on the internet.
10 (34) episode Modern Family description
“Dance Dance Revelation”
At Luke and Manny’s first school dance, Jay and Phil take them to the mall which turns disastrous, Claire’s happiness turns into jealousy when Gloria joins the school dance committee. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell learn about Lily biting other kids at the playground.
11 (35) episode Modern Family description
“Slow Down Your Neighbors”
Claire becomes a determined neighborhood vigilante hoping to catch and stop a car that speeds through their streets. Meanwhile, Phil is busy trying to land an important listing with a difficult client, Jay teaches Manny and Gloria how to ride a bike, and Mitchell and Cameron meet a charming mysterious neighbor.
12 (36) episode Modern Family description
“Our Children, Ourselves”
Alex’s dedication to learning makes Phil & Claire question themselves. Gloria tries to meet new friends. Mitchell runs into an ex-girlfriend while out with Cameron.
13 (37) episode Modern Family description
“Caught in the Act”
While Manny is away visiting his father, Gloria and Jay are about to go on vacation, but their plans are interrupted when they accidentally send an insulting email to Claire. When they go to the Dunphys’ house to apologize, they find Claire and Phil in a state of dismay because their kids have just walked in on them having intercourse. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron have trouble getting reservations at a popular new restaurant, so they try to ingratiate themselves with the restaurant’s owner, who is one of the parents at Lily’s preschool.
14 (38) episode Modern Family description
Claire and Phil decide to reprise their role-playing adventure from the previous year, only for something to go wrong in the hotel; Jay’s elaborate Valentine’s surprise for Gloria keeps getting held up; an admirer comes between Cameron and Mitchell.
15 (39) episode Modern Family description
The guest list for Lily’s princess-themed birthday party gets a little out of hand when Mitchell decides to invite his mom, much to Claire’s dismay, and disinvite Fizbo, much to Cameron’s dismay. Things get even more strange when DeDe (Shelley Long) shows up with Claire’s old high school boyfriend (Matt Dillon) in tow, and Jay and Gloria each turn to their own unique methods of dealing with this gathering of misfits.
16 (40) episode Modern Family description
Phil and Claire had a huge fight and Phil hasn’t a clue as to what it was over, so Gloria steps in to counsel Phil and Jay takes Claire out. Meanwhile, Jay may have some regret in buying Gloria a karaoke machine, and Cameron is in full prep mode for a huge fundraising event and enlists help from Mitchell and Luke — which might not be the best choices.
17 (41) episode Modern Family description
“Two Monkeys and a Panda”
While Claire runs herself ragged trying to play peacemaker with Haley and Alex, Phil sneaks off for a nice relaxing day at the spa. Meanwhile, Gloria is horrified by Jay’s morbid plans to purchase two primo side-by-side crypts in preparation of the inevitable future, and Cameron decides he wants to write a book that celebrates the fact that Lily is adopted — however, during the process he unearths artifacts that are quite disturbing.
18 (42) episode Modern Family description
Phil and Claire are fearful when they find out that Luke has befriended their old neighbor, Mr. Kleezak. Jay tries to avoid sitting through a symphony concert with Gloria and Manny, but unfortunately is forced to hang out with Mitchell and Cameron on their “boys’ night out”, while Haley is babysitting Lily.
19 (43) episode Modern Family description
“The Musical Man”
Cameron takes control of the spring musical at Luke and Manny’s school, while Jay’s brother pays him a visit with a shocking secret, and Phil tries to get the family to be in his new real estate advertisement, though it does not turn out the way it should have.
20 (44) episode Modern Family description
“Someone to Watch Over Lily”
Mitchell and Cameron are looking to assign legal guardians for Lily in case anything were to happen to them, and are secretly assessing their family members. But no one is blowing their socks off, as they witness Jay giving Manny a dose of tough love, Claire secretly taking Luke to a child psychologist to assess his development, and Haley and Alex getting into some delinquent activities at school.
21 (45) episode Modern Family description
Claire and Gloria’s Mother’s Day excursion outdoors with the kids turns into the mother of all disasters. Meanwhile, Phil and Jay share an awkward moment after Jay finds a letter he wrote to his mom on a past Mother’s Day when they stay home to prepare dinner for everyone; and Mitchell attempts to show his appreciation for Cameron by bringing him breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day; causing Cameron to worry about the gender roles in his relationship with Mitchell.
22 (46) episode Modern Family description
“Good Cop Bad Dog”
Jay advises a dog trainer, while Phil and Claire switch parenting duties to the kids’ chagrin. Mitchell has an extra Lady Gaga ticket when Cameron ends up sick.
23 (47) episode Modern Family description
“See You Next Fall”
The whole family gathers at Jay’s house before heading out to Alex’s graduation ceremony from middle school, but while at the house, Jay is preoccupied hiding a botox mishap from everyone, Cameron is upset about Mitchell’s habit of laughing at him, and Phil tries to sympathize with, yet also criticizes Claire on her impending breakdown over the kids growing up too fast.
24 (48) episode Modern Family description
“The One That Got Away”
Jay wants to go fishing on his birthday, but the family insists he has a big party, leading Claire and Mitchell to get trapped in their childhood yard, Phil to encounter his college nemesis at the mall and Cameron to have trouble at the bakery.
Modern Family overview of episodes (season 3)