Modern Family: Season 2, Episode 21

Mother's Day (4 May 2011)

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Cameron is upset that Mitchell thinks he's the "Mom" of the family, Claire and Gloria take the kids on a disastrous hike, and Phil witnesses Jay tearing up while they prepare Mother's Day dinner.

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Claire and Gloria want to spend a nice Mother's Day outdoors hiking with the kids, but their nonstop bickering and complaining drives Claire to the edge, and she brings Gloria down with her. Meanwhile, Phil and Jay stay home to cook everyone a nice dinner, but things get really awkward when Phil witnesses an unexpected moment of weakness from Jay, and Cameron gets very self-conscious about being seen as the "mother" in the relationship. Written by ABC Publicity

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Claire Dunphy: How was your day with my dad?
Phil Dunphy: Awkward, actually. He, um... he cried a little.
Claire Dunphy: My dad?
Phil Dunphy: Shh.
Mitchell Pritchett: Dad what?
Claire Dunphy: He cried.
Phil Dunphy: No, I didn't say he cried.
Cameron Tucker: Who cried?
Mitchell Pritchett: My dad.
Phil Dunphy: Stop!
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Tears on the spaghetti sauce
10 March 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Mother's Day brings a lot of joy to mothers all over the world. It is the only way to show appreciation to women that have done more than was asked of them when they decided to take the responsibility of raising children. That said, the three families in the series get ready to honor them.

At the Dunphys, Claire has organized a trek to a canyon with Gloria and the children. The idea is the husbands will contribute to make the day special by preparing a nice dinner for the clan. Alas, the choice of going to the hike proves not too popular with the kids, who are bored, tired, and would rather be someplace else. Claire, the eternal optimist goes on with Gloria to the top, but is clearly upset with her kids. Gloria mentions Manny's persnickety condition, which the boy hears because he has tailed the women.

Mitchell starts the day with a breakfast in bed for Cameron, who does not like the implication he is the "mother" in their relationship. As they go to the park to get together with other parents, he is even invited to join the mothers for a group picture. To make matters worse, he even gets a bouquet of flowers.

Jay and Phil are preparing dinner. Jay wants to recreate his mother's own recipe for spaghetti sauce. Phil has brought special glasses in order to avoid the onion fumes from making him cry. Phil finds a note inside the recipe book written by a young Phil many years before. Reading it to his father-in-law makes the older man cry, something that embarrasses him. After all, he is a man, and therefore, he does not cry.

Michael Spiller directed this funny episode. The screenplay was written by Dan O'Shannon, Ilana Warnick and Elaine Ko. The result was another good chapter in the sitcom.


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