Modern Family

Season 1 Episode 7

En Garde

9
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Manny becomes interested in fencing and the whole family comes out to cheer him on. However, with Jay being so interested in Manny's success at fencing, Mitchell's old childhood wound is triggered. Meanwhile, Phil tries to see if Luke has any hidden talents of his own.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • About this episode

    10
    This had great sound mixing
  • Good...

    9.0
    Manny has many talents and it points out that Luke doesn't which makes Jay feel proud of Manny but Phil and Clare (especially Clare) feel jealous. I think Gloria could be more included though.
  • Manny's Got Skill. Is Mitchell jealous? Are Claire & Phil jealous becuase Luke doesn't?

    8.5
    Jealousy always makes a good comedy episode. (that, anniversery failiure, and misunderstandings.) I love the figure skating. My favourite part is when Cam's like "Do me." and Mitchell is like "Wait, what? Cameron!?"
  • Manny's Fencing Tourney

    8.0
    Another great episode from Modern Family. I always like seeing new sides of characters. And when it's done in a way that surprises you but doesn't make you mad or confused it makes it greater. In this case it's Manny's great fencing ability. I liked how Jay was really happy for Manny and I think this help strengthen their realtionship. I also liked that he got shirts for him and the whole family. I liked that Manny won the trophy. It was done in a way that didn't make you dislike him. It was funny seeing Cameron filming like he was making a big time movie. I also liked seeing Jay "hurt" Phil. It was done in a way that he was not intentionally doing it. Another funny moment was Alex tricking both of her siblings. One of the best parts was seeing Claire and Mitchell in the parking lot with their routine from their figure skating days. The best part was the ending when Jay displayed the trophy and next to it was the photo of Claire and Mitchell when they were kids. Another solid funny episodemoreless
  • A nice episode with some great Phil moments

    8.9
    Phil Dunphy is one of the funniest characters on TV right now. He finds a good balance between ridiculous and being a fun father, which is the kind of father I grew up having. Every talking head that he has is perfect. And this episode was no exception.



    The episode was mostly about Manny deciding to join a fencing team, and the whole family shows up to support him, but it was actually more then that. It gave a chance for just about every character to discuss what it means for them to be the best or be proud of somebody. Phil and Claire had to deal with the fact that their kids weren't necessarily the best at anything, especially Luke, who's baseball skills are laughably horrible. Then there's Mitchell, who's still upset that Claire didn't follow through with the ice skating (or dancing) team they had set up, meaning that Jay couldn't find anything to be proud about Mitchell for. And Jay finds himself questioning whether or not winning is the most important thing.



    The episode was filled with a ton of little great moments, whether it was the t-shirts Jay made for the family (the "Claire and Present Danger" one was my favorite), or Alex's attempt to trick Haley and Luke and show she's not just a dork. And one of my favorite moments of the show so far is Phil's unique take on the "Always Be Closing.." speech from Glengarry Glen Ross. It was unexpected and wonderful.



    The only problem I've had as of late with the show is its tendency to end on somewhat cliche, sitcom-y notes. The acoustic instrumental music in the background over a sum-up narration.. it's something more like Scrubs then Modern Family. However, the show is providing laughs like no other new comedy this year and with Edward Norton showing up next week, the best seems yet to come.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Phil: Hey Titans of residential real estate. That's right, I'm talking to you Sandy Brewster, Skip Woosnam, JJ McCubbin. Hear those footsteps? That's Luke Dunphy. And he's going to drink your milkshake.

    • Haley: My phone died!
      Alex: No biggie, your battery probably just statically defracticated.
      Haley: What?
      Alex: It means you can recharge it with static electricity. Just rub it on your hair.

    • Cameron: Any monkey can shoot a home movie. I pride myself on shooting home films.
      Mitchell: Yeah, but Cameron, you always just take things a little too far.
      Cameron: No, I don't.
      Mitchell: Okay, your nephew's first birthday.
      Cameron: That's not fair.
      Mitchell: You brought a wind machine.
      Cameron: To be fair, my vision was--
      Mitchell: Cameron, you brought a wind machine.
      Cameron: Who puts wheels on cribs?

    • Mitchell: Yes, my sister and I were actually a very good team. We were called 'Fire and Nice.' I was 'Fire' because of the red hair and Claire was 'Nice' because it was ironic and she wasn't.

    • Claire: (talking at the camera) Luke already is the best at something. Being my son...It sounded a lot less lame in my head.

    • Phil: (talking about Luke) I'm telling you that kid is a genius. (Luke comes down the stairs) There's the rainmaker!
      Claire: Why is your iPod in your mouth?
      Luke: I'm charging it.
      Claire: Alex. Alex!

    • Claire: You sincerely thought that the path to Dad's approval was going to be through figure skating? Mitchell, I am fairly confident that Dad's proudest moment was when you finally took off the flame-red unitard.

    • (Cameron & Mitchell as well as Claire and her daughters step out of their cars)
      Cameron: So there's no part of you that wants to clear the air with your sister?
      Mitchell: No.
      Cameron: Okay, fine. That's your family's way, I'll respect that. But you should know it's hard on the people who love you. We feel the tension, we hear the words that cut like knives.
      Claire: Hey guys! I brought orange slices.
      Cameron: Okay. You know what, I can't bear this. Claire, Mitchell still resents you for quitting the figure skating team when you were kids. (to Alex and Haley) Ladies, come inside with me please. (to Claire and Mitchell) Work it out. Come on.
      (Cameron and the girls leave the scene)
      Mitchell: Thanks, Cam.
      Claire: Is he serious? Is that what your little jab was about this morning?
      Mitchell: Okay ... no ... yes. Okay, yes. I guess I'm still a little angry, but you know--you stole my moment, Claire.
      Claire: Yeah, 21 years ago...
      Mitchell: Okay, but it doesn't matter to you because you had your own moments. You had cheerleading and high school plays, making out with the quarterback, and...
      Claire: Oh come on, you made out with him, too.
      Mitchell: Yeah, but we had to keep it a secret.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 4, 2009 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: November 12, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Czech Republic: May 10, 2010 on HBO Comedy
      Sweden: May 28, 2010 on TV4
      Latin America: September 7, 2010 on FOX
      India: November 16, 2010 on Star World
      Finland: May 19, 2011 on MTV3
      Slovakia: February 2, 2013 on JOJ Plus

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on October 28th, 2009.

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