Modern Family: Season 1, Episode 8

Great Expectations (18 Nov. 2009)

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Jay has a sleepover for his grandkids, but Haley is looking for a way out. Claire tries to get a perfect anniversary gift for Phil, and Mitchell and Cameron discover that their ladyfriend is crazy and jealous of their daughter.



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With a history of giving bad gifts, Claire is determined to surprise Phil with an amazing anniversary present - a private performance by one of their favorite musicians, Izzy LaFontaine! However, it turns out to be a surprise in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron call up their party-girl bestie, Sal, for a long overdue night out on the town. Written by ABC Publicity

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Edward Norton plays the fictional bass player and backing singer for Spandau Ballet, Izzy LaFontaine. The real bassist and singer for Spandau Ballet was Martin Kemp. See more »


When Hayley tries to sneak out the back door only to be caught by Jay, she places her hand on the window of the door as she opens it. The window appears to waver as she touches it. The window appears to not be glass. See more »

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Dedicated to the memory of David Lloyd, the father of creator Christopher Lloyd with the quote: A little song, a little dance, a shot of seltzer down your pants. See more »


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Claire's gift to Phil
11 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Claire gets the former bass player from Spandaux Ballet to make a private appearance for Phil as a last minute anniversary gift because she thinks "True" (or something) is one of their (Phil and Claire) songs.

This is a very funny segment, partly due to Ed Norton's take as the former player. Also because, although it would be very much in his character to love Spandaux Ballet, Phil barely has a clue who Spandaux Ballet is.

The only flaw here is: how could someone of Phil's age not know who Spandaux Ballet is and not know the song "True." For Christ's sake, I hate that band and that song, but I must have heard it over a thousand times back in the day and since.

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