Modern Family

Season 1 Episode 2

The Bicycle Thief

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2009 on ABC

Episode Recap

The episode begins with Phil, his wife Claire, and their son Luke biking through their neighborhood. They run into Claire's pretty friend who they find out just moved there. Phil hits on her, of course.
Phil decides that Luke needs a new bike that isn't a hand-me-down from his sister but knows that Claire won't approve of the idea.
Mitchell and Cameron take Lilly to a toddler training and decide that Lilly is not developing like they want her to, that is in comparison to the 2-year-olds in the room...
Jay and Gloria decide to take a romantic weekend getaway in Napa while Manny goes to see his dad for the weekend. But first, Gloria wants Jay to help Manny fix the fan in his bedroom. Jay decides to ignore the safety warnings and gets shocked a couple times.
Phil decides to buy Luke a new bike as long as he keeps it locked up wherever he goes. A few minutes later, he sees it unchained outside of a store and steals it to teach Luke a lesson.
Phil then finds Claire's friend locked out of her house and decides to help. The only thing is that he leaves the bike in the driveway and someone steals it. This time, he goes to the store and buys another bike, this time with insurance.
Phil goes home to talk to Luke about the bike but finds out that the bike wasn't stolen and that he had accidentally taken another kid's bike. Simultaneously, Claire's friend walks up with the original bike, saying that one of the neighbors saw it unchained outside and decided to take it into their garage to keep it safe.
Mitchell and Cameron talk another mother at the about Mamma Mia and she says that Meryl Streep wasn't the best choice for the role, offending Cameron. Mitchell decides to steal a tower of blocks from one of the toddlers next to them to make it appear like Lilly did it. Unfortunately, he was caught on camera in the process.
Another gay couple joins the and Cameron decides to break out into a dance for the He tells Mitchell he thinks he's hurt himself after he's done.
Manny learns that his dad can't take him for the weekend.
Phil returns the bike only to find the owner of the store chasing him away..."I was giving it a bath!" he says.