Modern Family

Season 1 Episode 6

Run For Your Wife

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 28, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

It's the first day of school for the families. With all of the kids gone, Phil misreads how Claire is dealing with the empty house. Jay and Gloria have a disagreement over Manny's choice of an outfit for his first day of school. Also, Mitchell and Cameron fret over Lily's health after Mitchell accidentally bumps her head into a doorway.moreless

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  • Very good

    Very good but not memorable.
  • First Day of School for a Modern Family


    Luke: has to write a journel, but only wrote one entry about finding a stick

    Haley: has her learners permit, and a 40 yr old man is going to pick her up from school

    Claire: wants to relax with the kids at school

    Phil: thinks he's faster than Claire

    Manny: wants to wear a Colombian poncho

    Jay: thinks that is a bad idea

    Gloria: finds the poncho in the trunk and brings it to Manny

    Cam: dresses up Lily in many costumes

    Mitchell: freaks out when Lily hits her head

    The funniest moments were breaking the flute and "I'm from Denver"

    A really hilarious episode!moreless
  • The first day of school

    This was actually 2nd episode on the DVD but I think it's the 6th overall. Anyway this was not as good as the pilot but still a funny episode. Seeing Manny in his poncho was pretty funny. I like that even though he is 12, he acts like he is 30. Even though he does this, he is very likeable. I also enjoyed seeing the dorky side of Phil. The best part was seeing Cameron scream when Lilly was accidentally locked in the car. Like the last episode it had that 80's family show ending but it didn't come off as cheesy. A funny episode from start to end.moreless
  • Pretty good.. but why didn't they air this one first? I don't get it..

    This was another solid episode of Modern Family, but defniitely one of the weaker ones. I think this episode would've (nay, should've) gone before Coal Digger, mostly because this is a first day of school episode, and the previous one involved a fight at school.. Timing doesn't make sense.

    The plot for the episode also was pretty minimal, although there was still some pretty funny moments. I'm really liking the use of old family photos to illustrate points in this show. It reminds me a lot of Arrested Development and their constant use of video footage from security tapes, family photos, evidence obtained from the family.. it makes the show a little more unique. That being said, Mitchell's photos of him as a cool kid/jock made me laugh the most. Also, Lily dressed up as different pop singers.. actually the entire cold open was good. As dumb as Phil and Claire's plot was, its always entertaining to see Phil act like a child, fighting for attention, whether it's from his kids, his wife or his father-in-law. And him being hit by the car? Amazing. It actually looked like he did that and not a stunt guy.

    The things I didn't like: the sudden insanity onset of Cameron. He was saying such awkward things in the doctors office, almost Michael Scott-ish things. And his insane reaction to Lily being locked in the car didn't do anything for me either. And the plot with Manny's poncho didn't have much of a payoff.. it kind of just sat dead in the water.

    However, every time an episode of Modern Family ends, I feel like I've just watched part of my own life on TV, albiet a little stranger and more dysfunctional. But I think that's the beauty of this show. The plots are never unrealistic. There's always some sense of realism to them. The awkwardness is mostly always genuine and there's always funny moments as well. Modern Family does a pretty good job rising above the usual cliches and seems to have found a comfortable niche away from everything else.moreless
  • Claire does something really nice

    And her husband is so naive that he doesn't even know! But I bet it just broke her heart, she was trying to kick his butt but when she saw that T-shirt, she couldn't help it but let him win.

    I love Gloria's accent. Even when I think it is a little exaggerated, it's very funny to hear her say all those words in a heavy accent. I'm still not very fond of the oldest daughter, I think she's way too superficial and she kind of gets lost in the story. She is the weakest of the children.

    I didn't laugh as much as in the pilot, but it kept me interested enough to watch the rest of the episode and it was funny enough.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Mitchell: We used to do this thing in school where they would give you an egg, and you -- you know, you couldn't break it. And it was supposed to teach you how hard it was to be a parent. But...the real thing, it's -- it's so much harder.
      Cameron: We did that in my school, too. It didn't turn out so well. Went through a dozen eggs.
      Mitchell: Yeah, well, he's a nervous eater.
      Cameron: No, I broke a dozen eggs.
      Mitchell: Oh. (awkward pause) I'm sorry, I just assumed that--
      Cameron: I know. I know what you assumed.

    • Phil: I listen with my mind, and if you pay attention, women will tell you what they want by telling you the opposite of what they want. Like, the other day, Claire was like, "You have to move your car. There's no space in the garage for both of our cars." And what she's really saying is that, you know, I should probably get a sports car.

    • (Cameron and Mitchell are nervously trying to appease Lily, who is crying)
      Cameron: I got Boo-Boo bear from the freezer.
      Mitchell: Why do you have chocolate on your face?
      Cameron: It was under a pie.
      Mitchell: So, you ate your way to it?
      Cameron: I made a judgement call. You weren't there!

    • Luke: Dad? I need help. I was supposed to keep a journal all summer. It's due today.
      Claire: Wow, first day of school, and you're already behind?
      Luke: I'm dead.
      Claire: All right, tell me how far you've gotten.
      Luke: Okay. "June 21st -- Found a stick. June 22nd..." That's it.
      Claire: That's it?
      Luke: It was a really cool stick.
      Phil: He's right. It looked like a snake.

    • (Jay and Gloria are in the school to bring back the poncho. Manny comes out of his class)
      Manny: Is something wrong? Who has died?
      Gloria: No one Manny.
      Jay: Why would you even think that?
      Gloria: In Columbia Manny went to Pablo Escobar elementary school. If you were pulled out of class it was definitely to identify a body.
      Jay: Well, we got your poncho here.
      Manny: I thought you said it made me look like me neck was wearing a dress.
      Jay: That was a joke.
      (Manny searches for something in the poncho)
      Manny: Oh good it's still in the pocket.
      Jay: What do you got there, buddy?
      Manny: My pan flute. I'm going to play some columbian folk music for my new class mates
      Jay: Huh, great.
      (Gloria looks slightly shocked, but manages to smile and hug her son)
      Gloria: I've never been more proud of you. I'm sure your friends are gonna love it.
      (Gloria turns around to Jay)
      Gloria: Break the flute!
      Jay: What?
      (cut to an interview scene with Jay and Gloria)
      Gloria: The poncho by itself is fine. The poncho plus the flute plus the stupid dance: my son will die a virgin.
      (Jay nods)
      Jay: That's right.

    • Gloria: So we should crush Manny's spirit and destroy everything that makes him who he is?
      Jay: I'm just saying it's no fun to see your kid get picked on every day and tormented just because he is different. Now I tell you: it rips your heart out.
      Gloria: Well ... Batman doesn't get picked on and he wears a cape. A poncho is just a cape that goes all the way around.
      Jay: Batman doesn't get picked on because he's a muscular genius. Manny can't make it to the top bunk.

    • (Gloria looks into Jays trunk and finds the poncho of Manny)
      Gloria: Jay, what is this?
      Jay: Oh looks like my old car cover.
      Gloria: Don't give me that. This is Manny's poncho. What is it doing here?
      Jay: Maybe he decided to take it off on the way to school.
      Gloria: What did you say to him?
      Jay: Nothing. I told some jokes.
      Gloria: You say plenty with your jokes. Jay, he looks up to you. He respects your opinion.
      Jay: We dodged a bullet on this. Trust me. I've been on this road before. I remember one time Mitchell decided to wear a jaunty scarf to school. I kept my mouth shut. He got his jaunty butt kicked.

    • Manny: How's my hair?
      (Jay looks at Manny, who wears a poncho)
      Jay: Hold on! What are you wearing there? It looks like an old Christmas tree skirt.
      Manny: It's a traditional Colombian poncho. I want my new classmates to know that I'm proud of my heritage.
      Gloria: I think you look very handsome.
      Jay: Oh, really? Am I driving him to school, or is he gonna ride his burro?

    • (after Mitchell bumps the babys head against the wall and the cheering up fails)
      Cameron: I don't think it is as funny as you think. Can we please call your sister?
      (Cameron runs to the kitchen to get the phone, Mitchell follows him)
      Mitchell: No No! Cam Cam, Why? So she can be all judgmental and condescending like she's the expert and I don't know how to take care of a baby?
      Cameron: Mitchell ... she is your family. Of course she is condescending and judgmental.
      (Cameron gives the phone to Mitchell)
      Claire: Hello?
      Mitchell: Hey, hi. Not a big deal, just wondering. When you're kids were small, did you ever ... I don't know ... smacked their heads into a wall?
      Claire: Usually we just gave time-outs.
      Mitchell: Oh no no ... accidentally. We just kinda bumped Lillis head and she ... it wasn't really very hard and she's not acting any differently ... I just worried ...
      Claire: Relax. It happens. Luke used to bang his head all the time and he's fine.
      Mitchell: Okay. Alright. Thank you. Thanks. It helps. Okay. Okay.
      (Mitchell whispers to Cameron)
      Mitchell: We gotta take her to the doctor. Load the car.

    • Phil: This navigation system is all messed up. It thinks we are in a park.
      (Phil looks up, while his daughter is driving)
      Phil: Oh my GOD. It is a park. AWAY FROM THE KIDS! HEAD FOR THE LAKE!

    • Claire: Getting everybody out of the house in the morning can be really tough. Especially the first day of school.
      Phil: From the moment we get up at seven until we drop them off at school it is: go go go.
      Claire: I get up at six.
      (Phil laughs and mocks)
      Phil: I get up at five.
      Claire: Seriously, I get up at six.
      Phil: That's you? I thought we had a racoon.

    • Cameron: (In a high-pitched voice) I swear to God I'm gonna break it!
      Jay: Do not break the window, you're gonna get glass on her.
      Woman: (On the phone) Sir, please tell your wife to calm down, everything's gonna be okay.
      Jay: That's a man.
      Woman: Really?

    • Gloria: Children need to know that you believe in them; it's the most important thing. If you tell them they have wings, they will believe they can fly.
      Jay: Oh really? I had a buddy that went to Woodstock, believed he could fly, didn't end great. That's why hotels' windows don't open anymore.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 28, 2009 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: November 12, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Czech Republic: May 4, 2010 on HBO Comedy
      Sweden: May 21, 2010 on TV4
      Latin America: August 31, 2010 on FOX
      India: November 15, 2010 on Star World
      Finland: May 12, 2011 on MTV3
      Slovakia: January 27, 2013 on JOJ Plus

    • This episode is the first day of school. However, in the previous episode "Coal Digger," Luke and Manny were in a fight at school and the parents were brought to the principal's office.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on October 21st, 2009.


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