Modern Family: Season 3, Episode 1

Dude Ranch (21 Sep. 2011)

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The family's dude ranch vacation turns into disaster when Dylan proposes to Haley, Alex gets an unexpected first kiss, their cowboy guide keeps hitting on Gloria, and Phil goes out of his way to impress Jay.



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The family decides to don their cow boots and hats and head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for some fun and adventure in the great outdoors. While vacationing on Lost Creek Ranch, they try their hands at a little cattle herding, skeet shooting and horseback riding; there are also some big firsts, a huge surprise and an actual face off between Jay and a foe - a cowboy named Hank. Written by ABC Publicity

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[Dylan has disapppeared]
Hank: Okay, people, looks like we have a walker. Right now he is facing treacherous terrain, sudden drops, mountain lions, hungry bears... oh, and wolverines. That is if the hypothermia didn't already get him.
Claire Dunphy: [quietly, to herself] Why did we come here again?
Hank: So our best bet is to split up. You two are gonna take to the north hiking trail.
Haley Dunphy: Can I go with my dad instead?
Hank: Negative. I need Buffalo Phil and old-timer to check the Snake River.
Phil Dunphy: [pleased] "Buffalo Phil". Worth the wait.
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27 November 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Does it make sense to get such a big family together for a vacation? The creators of this winning series seem to be clear about it because of the possibilities and situations a big outing like this will do for the program. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the perfect spot for these urbanites to spend quality time.

Mitch and Cam are exploring ways to adopt a boy. This time they will go "domestic", hopefully with an American son. Mitch has to "butch" up if he wants to be a good example to the son he hopes to get. His time at the shooting range is hysterical.

Phil, having felt never accepted by Jay to be Claire's husband has an opportunity to talk things over with his father-in-law, a man that proves he was not born to be a cowboy. Dylan, who is Hailey's boyfriend has decided to take the occasion to propose to her in front of a surprised family. Claire is taken aback by the boldness of Dylan.

Gloria makes a splash with a pair of jeans where all her curves are clearly seen. Hank, the local ranch hand in charge of the guests cannot help but feel the curves that are clearly for him to see only. Alex Dunphy gets her first kiss from an unexpected source, a boy that had made a nuisance out of himself.

A good opener for the 2011 season. Jason Winer directed. The episode was written by Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh and Dan O'Shannon. The scenic Wyoming setting serves the action well. The large cast does their usual best. Tim Blake Nelson is the guest star.

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