Modern Family

Season 1 Episode 7

En Garde

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • Phil: I'm ain't gonna quit you!
      A twist on the line "I wish I could quit you" from the movie Brokeback Mountain.

    • Mitchell: Just the Emerald City at the end of my yellow brick road.

      This is clearly a reference to The Wizard Of Oz.