Modern Family

Season 1 Episode 3

Come Fly with Me

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Phil pushes Jay to go out with him and fly his new model plane. While Manny takes time out to play with Luke, Gloria accompanies Alex in shopping for a dress. Mitchell and Cameron goes shopping at Costco, but Mitchell feels that he is too good to shop there. Later on, Manny ends up having a heart-to-heart talk with his sister Claire.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Even better than second episode

    All the family was good in this episode.

    Clare and Manny =9

    Gloria and Alex =9

    Phil and Jay = 9

    Cam and Mitch = 8
  • Funny. Funny. Funny.

    Phil tries to become closer friends with Jay. Funny! And Jay crashes a plane into his face.

    Mitchell becomes obessed with costco. Funny! He thinks he hates Costco but discovers he loves it.

    Gloria takes Alex out to buy a dress. Entertaining! Not the funniest part of the episode, but there was laugh out loud moments.

    Manny is supposed to visit Luke but ends up talking with Claire. Funny! Luke is jumping on the trampoline in his underwear with a box on his head. (Why does Luke like taking off his pants? He is seen without them on in three of the 38 episodes I've seen (each one he wears a different type of undies. Come Fly With Me: boxer-briefs. Moon Landing: boxers. Door to Door: briefs.) ) Manny ends of taking to Claire because he behaves like an adult. I love the part where Claire says "See what I mean?" and he says "We'll talk about it next week."

    This was a very funny episode with a sweet, funny ending.moreless
  • Jay and Phill fly an airplane, Manny and Claire talk and Cameron and Mitchell go to Costco

    Another great episode from the producers of Modern Family. This episode had three parts, each one important. I don't feel like there was an A Story, B Story, or C Story. This was the first episode that went into detail of Jay's and Phil's realtionship. I love how Phil tries so hard to get Jay to like him. This is a recurring theme throughout the whole show. While Jay doesn't dislike Phil he is uncomfortable around him. When Phil got hit with the plane and Jay was attending to the plane instead of Phil was funny. It's something that Al Bundy would do. While he was more concerned with his plane then with Phil, it was done in such a way that doesn't make you hate him. I also enjoyed Manny's and Claire's time. I think it's funny that while Manny is 10 (actually 10 and three quarters) he acts like he is 30 but you still like Manny. While you knew the realtionship of Claire and Manny it's interesting to point that they are actually step-siblings. Seeing Luke with a box in his head with no pants is very funny. The part with Gloria and Alex was great too. I like that Gloria said he was Alex's step-grandmother and not just grandmother. When Cameron and Mitchell goes to Costco it may have the funniest part of the episode. When Mitchell turned up his at the place at first it was funny to see how much he got into it. I also liked that he was annoying Cameron a bit. My favorite part was hearing the story of how Mitchell and Cameron met. As typical with many Modern Family endings it did have a happy ending even sappy it wasn't like what you would see in 80's sitcoms and made you wanna watch the show moremoreless
  • Come fly with me

    Another sweet family moment ended this episode. That is an area Modern Family excels at (mixing those life lessons into the comedy.) The episode was good for what it was, but the show just doesn't have that "oomph" so to speak. It's missing something. Maybe a crazy neighbor?

    Right now all the characters have the same voice. It seems like they all make similar jokes; there's no real distinction among them.

    It is still early, the show might progress, but it really is just okay right now. Just not that good yet, and certainly far from a great series right now.moreless
  • More like the pilot, very funny.

    The second episode was good, but I like the show when everybody in the family mingles together and interacts. The show works at its best when they take every character and let them interact and talk with one another. The way everything merged in the end was very satisfying and reminded me that this show really is one of the best new comedies on television right now, let alone one of the best new shows, period.

    Phil remains my favorite character by a longshot. Maybe it's just because I've grown partial to strange and silly lead characters in TV shows (Micheal Scott? Murray Hewitt?), but his awkwardness and attempts to connect with his children by acting somewhat like a child himself is great. The storyline with him and Jay was great and showed how around him, he's nothing more than a young son trying to get his dad's attention.

    The show had the challenge of juggling four storylines and combining them all at the end, somehow trying to make sense of them. While it's certainly no Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family still effectively finds ways to end their episodes without them feeling like a letdown.

    It boggles my mind to see the ratings of these episodes (on, not the actual ratings). 6.9 for the previous episode? It's hard for me to understand, but I have to say, three episodes in and I'm hooked. The more I learn about these characters, the more I want to see them.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Continuity error: When Alex and Gloria are at lunch discussing what Gloria usually does with her girlfriends, she's gesturing with a piece of bread with the corner torn off. But when the camera angle changes the bread slice is whole.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Alex: (to Gloria) I'm not pretty like Haley and you.
      Gloria: That's ridiculous! You're beautiful!
      Alex: I'm not. But that's okay. I'm the smart one.
      Gloria: Hmm... the cute busboy doesn't know that you're smart.
      Alex: What?!
      Gloria: He's been smiling at you every time he comes to the table.
      Alex: He does not!
      Gloria: Why do you think we are the only people with bread?

    • Gloria: I always wanted a daughter, to dress her up in pretty dresses, do her hair, her nails, her make up (laughs). No one knows this but for the first year of his life, I made up Manny like a girl and told everybody that he was my daughter (laughs). Ah, but just for a few times, I didn't want to mess with his head. When he found the pictures I told him it was his twin sister who died (Jay looks shocked).

    • Manny: Those cookies smell like heaven. Your own recipe?
      Claire: No, I just throw 'em in the oven.
      Manny: And added the secret ingredient of caring?
      Claire: Sure. So, you and Luke having a good time?
      Manny: I don't know. He won't come out of his box. Maybe I'll just stay here and spend some time with my sister.
      Claire: Oh, right, I guess technically I would be your stepsister.
      Manny: My mother says we are never to use the word "step" because it means "not real." And we are a real family. (Pauses) So, what is the matter Claire?
      Claire: What?
      Manny: You seem sad.
      Claire: It's just…stuff with Alex. You know, kids stuff.
      Manny: Ugh, kids, you don't have to tell me. My school is full of them.

    • Cameron: (Returning with quantity-sized products) Oh, hey. I got the toothpaste and the soap.
      Mitchell: Well, good. Now we can open that general store. I thought we were just here to get diapers.
      Cameron: We had a saying on the farm, as long as you're brining the mule to the market, you-- (Mitchell rolls his eyes) I feel you rolling your eyes at me.

    • Gloria: Alex, why don't you come shopping with me? Maybe I can help you find something that you like.
      Claire: That's a really nice offer, but that's not really her thing.
      Alex: Actually, I'd love to go. See, you don't know what my thing is. You have no idea what my thing is.
      Claire: I know what your thing is. Your thing is to provoke, just like your sister's thing is to never come out of her room, and your brother's thing (Notices Luke outside without his pants on) uh, well there's your brother's thing. (To Luke from the window) Luke, put 'em on!

    • Phil: The thing about me and Jay is our relationship has always been stuck in that primal place where it started. You know, he's the old silverback protecting his females. Then along comes this younger, stronger gorilla, swinging in, beating his chest, you know. Naturally, the ape ladies come running, presenting their nice scarlet behinds. Papa ape wants to stop all that, but he can't, you know. That's -- that's life. I'm not the enemy. (pauses) The enemy is poachers.

    • (Phil tries to bond with Dylan while watching baseball)
      Phil: Okay, see that guy? He's the tying run. Interesting story about him. He's been stuck on second base forever, and I'm pretty sure he's gonna try and steal third, which is just a terrible, terrible idea. How are you and Haley doing?

    • Phil: Jay and I are buds, for sure, but with kind of um, an invisible, asterix. Um, he's not the, he's not a talker, or, or hugger. Once he ran over my foot with his car. To-to be fair he had just given up smoking, but b-basically we're buds.

    • Alex: (About her clothes) Okay, mom, what about this?
      Claire: No, you're wearing a dress.
      Alex: Mom, come on!
      Claire: What? It's going to kill you to look like a girl for one afternoon?
      Alex: But it's a wedding for some friend of yours I've never even heard of.
      Claire: It's nonnegotiable. You can borrow a dress of Haley's again.
      Alex: No, that sends an ugly message…that I'm Haley. You know, instead of trying to force me to wear a dress, why don't you worry about getting Luke to wear some pants?
      Claire: What? (Sees Luke without his pants) Why does he do this? (To Luke) Luke! Pants! Come on!

    • Phil: (About Dylan) He's a little jumpy.
      Claire: Oh, go figure. A teenage boy doesn't want to hang out with his girlfriend's dad.
      Phil: I thought we were past all that. I'm all about?I'm all about taking it to the next level.
      Claire: Really? I thought you were all about keeping it real.
      Phil: Yes, but the whole point of keeping it real is so you can take it to the next level. Did you really not know that?

    • Mitchell: (In the car with Cameron) Wait, wait, wait, w-what are you doing?
      Cameron: Uh, we're just going to buy some diapers. It'll just take a second.
      Mitchell: This is Costco.
      Cameron: Yeah, which is where we buy diapers.
      Mitchell: Since when?
      Cameron: Do you remember when we adopted that baby, a few months back? Since then.
      (Mitchell and Cameron at home with their one-on-one with the camera)
      Cameron: Mitchell is a snob.
      Mitchell: No, n-no, I'm discerning.
      Cameron: Official slogan for snobs. When we first met he wouldn't even look at me because I was a hick from the farm in Missouri and he's a big city mouse.
      Mitchell: Who says city mouse?
      Cameron: Country mice.

    • (Jay and Gloria at home with their one-on-one with the camera)
      Gloria: Men need their hobbies. Manny's father had many hobbies like hiking in the desert, that kind of skiing where they drop you from the…how do you say in Ingles? (Makes helicopter sounds)
      Jay: Helicopter.
      Gloria: Yes. Once on a dare, he even boxed with an alligator.
      Jay: Wrestle, you wrestle…you can't box with alligators.
      Gloria: You sure?
      Jay: How would they get the gloves on their little claws?
      Gloria: Aren't they like tiny little hands?
      Jay: No! Okay, now I forgot what we were talking about.
      Gloria: Anyways, hobbies are important for the men. Whether you're risking your life, or flying little planes from a safe distance.

    • Manny: I wish I could stay home with you and fly toy airplanes.
      Jay: These aren't toy airplanes, Manny. These are models and they're very complicated. You wanna fly one of these, you gotta be familiar with airfoil, drag, lift, and thrust, and these are all principles of aerodynamics.
      Manny: The box says twelve and up.
      Jay: What?!
      Gloria: You can fly toy planes with Jay next time. Today you have to spend time with Luke.
      Manny: Why?
      Gloria: Because his mother invited you, so you go. Family needs to be close, right Jay?
      Jay: (About the model airplane's age range) I'm pretty sure this is a typo.

    • Gloria: I was thinking after lunch we can go and do a little shopping.
      Alex: I'm not getting a dress.
      Gloria: I don't care, I'm not your mother.
      Alex: I know. You're my grandmother.
      Gloria: Step-grandmother. Anyways, today think of me as a girlfriend. Two girls out for an afternoon of fun.
      Alex: What do you usually do with your girlfriends?
      Gloria: I don't know. We go out, we talk, drink wine.
      Alex: Can I drink wine?
      Gloria: No.
      Alex: Some friend.
      Gloria: Well, you can still talk to me about anything.
      Alex: Yeah, adults always say that, but they don't mean it. When my mom says I can ask her anything…I really can't. She just freaks out.
      Gloria: I won't freak out. Shoot.
      Alex: Okay. How many men have you slept with?
      Gloria: Eight. Next.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 7, 2009 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: October 29, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Czech Republic: April 28, 2010 on HBO Comedy
      Sweden: April 30, 2010 on TV4
      Australia: June 1, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: August 24, 2010 on FOX
      India: November 10, 2010 on Star World
      Finland: April 21, 2011 on MTV3
      Slovakia: January 19, 2013 on JOJ Plus

    • The title of this episode was originally "Changes."