Pilot

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (24)

  • Cam: And you do have avoidance issues, even Longinus said so.
    Mitchell: Are--Are you really not hearing these names?

  • Cam: Yes, I've gained a few pounds while we were expecting the baby, which has been very difficult, but apparantly your body does a nesting, very maternal, primal thing where it retains nutrients--some sort of mulecular physiology thing. But that's science. You can't--You can't fight it, so--
    Mitchell: I'm not saying anything.
    Cam: You're saying everything!

  • Jay: If you put on a puffy white shirt and declare your love for a sixteen year old, you're gonna be swingin' from the flagpole in your puffy white underpants.

  • Claire: Are you okay?
    Alex: No. The little bitch shot me.
    (Phil laughs)
    Claire: Language!

  • Passanger 3: Look at that baby with those cream puffs.
    Mitchell: Oh. Excuse me. Excuse me. This baby would've grown up in a crowded orphanage if it hadn't been for us "cream puffs". And you know what? Note to all of you who judge--
    Cam: Mitchell!
    Mitchell: Hear this! Love knows no race, creed--
    Cam: Mitchell!
    Mitchell: or gender. And shame on you, you small-minded, ignorant few who--
    Cam: Mitchell! Mitchell!
    Mitchell: What?
    Cam: She's got the cream puffs.

  • Father (Josh): Oh, and this must me your dad.
    Jay: Her dad?
    Father (Josh): Yeah.
    Jay: No, no. That's funny. Actually, no, I'm her husband. Don't be fooled by the, uh--give me a second here...

  • Mother: Come on, Coach. You gotta take that kid out.
    Gloria: You wanna take him out? How about I take YOU out!
    Jay: Honey, honey.
    Gloria: Why don't you worry about your son? He spent the first half with his hand in his pants!

  • Claire: I was out of control growing up. There, you know, I said it. I just don't want my kids to make the same mistakes I made. If Haley never wakes up on a beach in Florida half-naked, I've done my job.
    Phil: Our job.
    Claire: Right. I've done our job.

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Notes (4)

  • The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Single or Multi-Camera).

  • Featured Music:
    "Circle Of Life" by Elton John
    "All In This Together" by The Cast of High School Musical

  • Original International Air Dates:
    Canada: September 23, 2009 on Citytv
    United Kingdom: October 15, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
    Thailand: February 2, 2010 on True Series
    Sweden: April 16, 2010 on TV4
    Czech Republic: April 26, 2010 on HBO Comedy
    Latin America: August 17, 2010 on FOX
    India: November 8, 2010 on Star World
    Finland: April 7, 2011 on MTV3
    Slovakia: January 12, 2013 on JOJ Plus

  • This series was formerly known as "My American Family."

Trivia (3)

  • In this episode Manny says, "I'm eleven years old, what am I going to do with money?" though actually at the time Manny is ten years old because he is in 5th grade and his birthday is in November.

  • Julie Bowen was eight months pregnant when the pilot episode was shot.

  • Phil and Claire have been married for sixteen years and Jay and Gloria have been married for six months. Mitchell and Cameron have been together for five years.

Allusions (2)

  • The scene wherein Cameron raises Lily while a light shines upon her and the song "Circle of Life" plays in the background is an allusion to a scene from the 1994 animated film Lion King. In the movie, Rafiki raises the young Simba towards the sunlight while the rest of the animals watch.

  • Claire: (to Haley in front of a boy) A minute you're just friends watching Falcon Crest and the next, you're lying underneath the air hockey table with your bra in your pocket. Falcon Crest refers to an American TV series soap opera which aired on the CBS network for nine seasons, from 1981 to 1990.