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"Modern Family" Fears (2010)

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Original Air Date:
3 March 2010 (Season 1, Episode 16)
Haley confronts a terrifying driving examiner in her third attempt to pass the road test. Alex is nervous about a school dance. Gloria taunts Jay and Manny to ride a roller coaster. Phil and Luke look for treasure under the house. | Full synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Reginald Hudlin 
Writing credits
Steven Levitan (created by) &
Christopher Lloyd (created by)

Steven Levitan (written by)

Produced by
Paul Corrigan .... co-executive producer
Alex Herschlag .... consulting producer
Joe Lawson .... consulting producer
Steven Levitan .... executive producer
Christopher Lloyd .... executive producer
Jeffrey Morton .... producer (as Jeff Morton)
Dan O'Shannon .... co-executive producer
Chris Smirnoff .... associate producer
Brad Walsh .... co-executive producer
Ilana Wernick .... consulting producer
Jason Winer .... co-executive producer
Bill Wrubel .... co-executive producer
Danny Zuker .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Gabriel Mann 
Cinematography by
James R. Bagdonas (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jonathan Schwartz 
Casting by
Jeff Greenberg 
Production Design by
Richard Berg 
Set Decoration by
Amber Haley 
Costume Design by
Marissa Borsetto 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Coffey .... makeup department head
Mary Ann Hennings .... hair department head (as Maryann Hennings)
Production Management
Sally Young .... unit production manager
Kyle Weber .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Alan Hensz .... first assistant director (as Jim Hensz)
Helena Lamb .... second assistant director
Art Department
Greg Hamlin .... construction coordinator
Jode S. Mann .... property master (as Jode Mann)
Claire Bennett .... art coordinator (uncredited)
Justin Freibrun .... greensman (uncredited)
Michael Voelker .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dean Okrand .... re-recording mixer
Stephen Tibbo .... production sound mixer (as Steve Tibbo)
Lisa Varetakis .... supervising sound editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (uncredited)
Penny Harold .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Dan Lipe .... boom operator (uncredited)
Blake Marymor .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Kevin Meltcher .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
David Torres .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Miles DeLong .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Eroc Moralls .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Tim A. Davison .... stunt coordinator (as Tim Davison)
Camera and Electrical Department
Trey Clinesmith .... camera operator
Hugo Cortina .... chief lighting technician
Jeff Hinz .... key grip
Brandon Mastrippolito .... camera operator
Casting Department
Allen Hooper .... casting associate
Carla Lewis .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cassandra Conners .... key costumer (uncredited)
Maritza Vallejos .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Sarah Zeitlin .... assistant editor
Russell Lynch .... colorist (uncredited)
Jeff Winston .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Paventi .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Matthew B. Chamberlin .... location manager (as Matt Chamberlin)
Tom Chung .... production accountant
Iwona Kanclerz .... script supervisor
Clint McCray .... script coordinator
Curt M. Pratt .... production coordinator
Meghan Burchfield .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Erin Cappiccie .... assistant: Jason Winer (uncredited)
Neal Cornell .... assistant to co-executive producer (uncredited)
Bianca Douglas .... writing assistant (uncredited)
Katie Hampton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lance Kirshner .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Quale .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Brian Resnick .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Damon Rivetti .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Mike Staheli .... set medic (uncredited)
Bob Swensen .... main title producer (uncredited)
Michael D. Witman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Overcoming one's fears, 3 February 2012
Author: jotix100 from New York

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Haley is a bundle of nerves. Her upcoming third try for a driver's license is coming up. If she does not make it this time, she must wait another six months to take the test all over again. Alex is making all kinds of excuses for not going to her school dance. She thinks it is lame to go. Claire owns up to her fear of getting phone calls in the middle of the night. Phil confesses he does not like going on job interviews. Luke is not too keen in getting into tight unlit spaces. All the Dunphys have something that makes them feel afraid.

Cam and Mitchell are also afraid of things; Cam of losing Mitchell, and Mitch of hotel bedspreads. The two are preparing for a brunch with Lily's pediatrician, Dr. Miura, a fine lady of Asian background. They fuss about what they want to prepare, as Cam figures they have to be in the best terms with Dr. Miura. What if Lily would suddenly need a vaccine that has become scarce? Cam wants to be in the doctor's good side.

Jay is not too happy about pigeons, while Manny thinks he would not like to die alone, but he really is afraid of riding the roller coaster. Gloria suggests a trip to the pier so Jay and Manny can fish. Secretly, she had wanted to take Manny for a ride in the thing he hates. Shaming her two men, she goes on to the roller coaster. Manny and Jay finally decide to go with her.

Haley's driving test day comes. She is so afraid she would get the same inspector. Claire suggests her to concentrate and do her best. As it turns out, the same man is going with Haley for the road test. Haley, visibly upset, confronts the man. He is all for being fair, so that, in turn, gives the confidence she needed and passes for her license. Alex goes to the school dance, and finally Phil and Luke device a plan in how to get to the basement of the house, where they make a macabre discovery.

Directed by Reginald Hudlin, and written by Steve Levitan, the creator of the sitcom, this episode concentrates in overcoming our natural fears about things that scare us. Confronting them head on is the only solution to getting over them.

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