Modern Family: Season 1, Episode 2

The Bicycle Thief (30 Sep. 2009)

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After buying a new bike for his son, Phil ends up lying when it gets stolen. Jay tries bonding with Manny. Cam and Mitchell begin daycare classes for Lily.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Kofi Natei ...
Bike Salesman
Shamari Berkley ...


Jay has problems trying to bond with Manny, but takes advantage of Manny's father not showing up in an effort to make peace with him, even though Gloria believes there's real peace in the household. Phil goes behind Claire's back and gets a bike for Luke, then really ends up lying about it when the bike gets stolen. Mitchell and Cameron begin daycare classes with Lily. Written by billyxix

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When Luke gets his new bike and Phil places the helmet on Luke's head the strap is not buckled up, but when the shot changes back and forth again it's buckled up and fastened. See more »


Jay Pritchett: Manny thinks his dad is like Superman. The truth, he's a total flake. In fact, the only way he's like Superman is that they both landed in this country illegally.
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References Mamma Mia! (2008) See more »


Bad As Bad Can Be
Written by Bob Mair and G.E. Stinson
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Claire and Phil are seen deep in a discussion about buying Luke a new bicycle. The boy has been riding Alex's old one, so his father feels it is about time to get him a bike to show him responsibility and a sense of ownership. For that purpose Phil takes him to a shop where he buys Luke a nice one, which his son loves immediately.

Phil and Claire are riding their bikes one morning when an attractive young woman, Desiree, obviously new to their neighborhood comes running opposite them. Phil notices she has a nice body and stops to introduce himself and his wife. He knows about the house she bought, having shown it to customers.

Phil spots Luke's new bicycle left unattended almost in front of the store in which it was bought. He figured his son would have learned to take care of his new bike, so he takes it with him. Along the way, he is intercepted by Desiree who wants Phil to help her with something in the house. As the job is finished, Phil discovers the bicycle is gone. What to do? Phil goes back to the shop and gets the same model again. He had stolen a bike!

Jay wants to spend a nice weekend with Gloria in a Napa inn, taking advantage of Manny's trip with his real father to Disneyland. The father, who is in Las Vegas wants to spend some quality time with his boy. As things turn out, the man is conveniently delayed and cannot take Manny to their outing. Jay decides to cancel his trip and take Manny instead to the amusement park himself.

Jason Winer directed the episode that was written by Bill Wrubel and Sameer Asad Gardezi. Of course, it has nothing to do with the Vittorio De Sica's neo-realist masterpiece. The episode concentrates on Phil and Jay, while Cam and Mitch spend some time at the new children's center where they took their Lily to meet her probable "best friend".

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