Modern Family: Season 3, Episode 17

Leap Day (29 Feb. 2012)

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Claire, Hayley, and Alex's cycles ruin Phil's big Leap Day plans, Mitchell tries to throw an elaborate party for Cameron's "tenth" birthday, and Gloria wants Jay to get in a fight.



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Cameron's birthday falls on Leap Day, and with opportunities to celebrate so few and far between, the pressure for Mitchell to get it right is exceptional. Meanwhile, Jay's machismo is in question, and Phil's plans to observe the Leap Day holiday with the boys is thwarted by the girls. Written by ABC Publicity

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The actors that are playing the flying monkeys say the phrase "Hey, hey, we're the monkeys" as Mitch answers the door. This is an obvious reference to the theme song to The Monkees (1966), but what makes it strange is that the episode aired the exact same day band member Davy Jones died. See more »


The Dutch man in the bar talks with a German accent. See more »


Phil Dunphy: I heard rumors - we all have - that females working or living in close quarters could get on the same... cycle. But I always assumed that was a story designed to keep women out of the submarine corps.
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References Maid in Manhattan (2002) See more »


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Composed and Performed by Gabriel Mann
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12 April 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This episode deals with a subject not usually seen on television, let alone on a sitcom catering to the family crowd. It has to do with the way Claire begins acting weird, which Phil tells his son is a symptom of a female cycle. To Luke's surprise, it is not only his mother, but his sisters Haley and Alex are afflicted by the same malady, which obviously he cannot fathom, let alone comprehend.

Mitchell is preparing a big party for his partner Cameron. He has hired a party planner that is going to do a celebration on the theme of the ever so gay theme of "The Wizard of Oz". The plans are halted after Cam informs Mitch about the destruction by a tornado of parts of his home town area in Illinois. So everything must be changed in just moments.

Gail Mancuso directed this chapter which was written by Danny Zuker. The other main theme that is developed in the program is how some of us cringe at the mere idea of growing old, which is a fact of life, but few like to deal with it in a mature way. That is basically what is keeping Cam so on edge; he thinks he is really 10, but in reality he is celebrating his 40th birthday!

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