Modern Family: Season 1, Episode 19

Game Changer (31 Mar. 2010)

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Jay takes on Gloria and Manny in the ultimate chess game. Claire goes all out to find a cool new electronic gadget for Phil's birthday gift, and Cameron pokes his nose into a neighbor's affairs.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Apple Customer
Security Guard (as Kevin Fry-Bowers)
Whitney Claire Kaufman ...
Fun Zone Employee


It could not be more perfect that Phil's birthday and the release date of a hot new product coincide, and he wants nothing so much as to be one of the first people to get one; this is Claire's mission. Meanwhile, before coming to Phil's party, Mitchell is preoccupied with a new found desire to toughen up, Cameron gets himself involved in a neighbor's marital problems, and it's Jay against Gloria and Manny in chess. Written by ABC Publicity

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Jay teaches Mitchell how to fight by introducing him to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, claiming he learned it from the legendary Gracie family. In real life, Ed O'Neill has trained for many years in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rorion Gracie. See more »


Cameraman is visible following Black Phil into the birthday party at the batting cages. See more »


Phil Dunphy: Mot only that, the iPad comes out on my actual birthday. It's like God and Steve Jobs got together and said "We love you, Phil."
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The I-Pad One
16 January 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Phil's birthday is coming. Like anyone interested in the newest innovations, Phil wants to get a new I-Pad for his present. Claire, who was supposed to have been in line to buy one falls asleep on the sofa. The only trouble is, the device flew out of the Apple store shelves. There are none to be found, anywhere. Claire is in a bind because that is what Phil is hoping to get, so not granting him his wish, will prove to be a disappointment.

Jay, on the other hand, approaches things differently. He has already bought a chess set from the SkyMall catalog! He wants to interest Manny in playing the game with him, so he unwraps the gift and challenges the boy to play against him. The only thing is, Jay is a sore loser, so Gloria, who knows Manny can play, tells him to let Jay win, which he does. Not content with winning, Jay challenges Manny again. The step-son wants to play for a prize. He challenges the old man to give him his watch if he loses. Gloria is also an avid player who can beat Jay anytime. Little known to Jay, chess was a big game in Colombia!

At Mitch and Cam's house, they begin listening to Lily's monitor as strange noises and a couple talking in what seems to be a case of adultery, the man is clearly cheating on the wife. Mitch decides to return the tools he borrowed from his father. As he gets in, he asks Jay to teach him how to fight, something Jay gave up a long time ago when he realized Mitch was not up to having any confrontations. Just giving his son pointers does not do it for Jay.

Claire is frantic trying to find an I-Pad. She enlists the help of Haley, who finally is given a tip as to how to get the hold of one. Claire comes to an Apple store where a big line has formed outside. Waiting in line, she realizes she left her credit card at home. What to do? She calls Mitch in desperation. Her brother arrives to help her pay for the tablet. A man cuts into the line right in front of Mitch and Claire. Mitch grabs the man from behind, creating a panic among the people in the queue. Security guards come and throw the trio from the buyers' line. Claire is devastated.

Phil, who has gone to a nearby park is excited when he listens to an invitation to join Phil's birthday party celebration. He thinks the family has decided to surprise him, but it is another Phil's, a black boy's party, which he, in fact, crashes. Back home, the atmosphere is gloomy. As they try to explain to Phil about not being able to locate an I-Pad, Luke surprises everyone by pulling his a tablet for his father he has obtained by the power of his will.

Kevin Rodney Sullivan directed the episode. He got good performances from all the regulars. The screenplay was a collaboration among Joe Lawson, Vanessa McCarthy and Alex Herschlag. The half hour running time is over before we even realize it as everything went so nicely, time flew by without our noticing.

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