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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In season one, Jay says that he met Phil when he was hiding in his backyard trying to sneak Claire out of her house. See more »


Phil corrected Claire that their song was "If You Leave" and that he sang it at their wedding. However, later during their trip in Hawaii, Phil reveals that Claire and he never had a proper wedding. 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 »


References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »


Written by Gary Kemp
Performed by Edward Norton
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The One With The Anniversary...
25 July 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy this episode. It is very funny, and is a really nice way to spend twenty minutes.

In this episode, Jay has a sleepover for all of his grandchildren, but Haley is looking for a way to "escape" and go to a party. She constantly tries to leave, and Jay is constantly catching her. He's not dumb, he's had a teenage daughter before. Meanwhile, it's Claire and Phil's anniversary, and since he is determined to give her an amazing gift, that she'd never see coming, he gets one of their favorite musicians to play for them. However, Claire doesn't really know who they are. And Mitch and Cam call up Sal, their favorite party girl, to hang out, but the night it a lot longer than they were expecting.

First appearance of: Sal.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Awesome.

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