Modern Family: Season 4, Episode 9

When a Tree Falls (28 Nov. 2012)

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Mitchell and Cameron fight to save a tree, Phil and Jay literally come to blows at a kids' birthday party, Claire goes shopping with Gloria--who is suffering from "pregnancy brain," and Alex tries to get an embarrassing photo of Haley.

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Mitchell and Cameron fight to save a tree, Phil and Jay literally come to blows at a kids' birthday party, Claire goes shopping with Gloria--who is suffering from "pregnancy brain," and Alex tries to get an embarrassing photo of Haley.

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At the birthday party Manny and Luke attend, Manny is representing Mexico and asks if anyone cares that he's not from Mexico. Rico Rodriguez is Mexican-American. See more »

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When trying to convince Mitchell to take part in his protest to save the park tree, Cameron asks, "Where were we when Lily first rolled over?" to which Mitchell replies, "Under this tree." However, back in Season 1, Episode 17, one of the main reasons Mitchell quits his well-paying job at a corporate law firm is because he keeps missing Lily's firsts, saying, "She rolled over when I was in Phoenix." See more »

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Jay Pritchett: And for God's sake, take off those wingtips. You're a kid, you're not Nixon at the beach.
Manny Delgado: Very well. I'll put on my sporty shoes. Where are they?
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: They're still in the box. Don't forget to take out the paper before you put them on, okay?
Jay Pritchett: And they're called sneakers!
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6 March 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This episode in the series finds Cam in a state as he finds out Lily's favorite tree in the park is going to be cut. The tree has a lot of happy memories for him and his partner. Several important events have revolved around the tree. Cam is inspired to defend what he feels is right until he gets to appear in a local production of "Cats".

Phil asks Jay to come to a birthday celebration the kids will be attending. A bad choice because the two men, end up in boxing match both will later regret having been involved. Claire and Gloria's trip to the supermarket does not go as well as planned. Claire has a brush with the law, when she involuntarily takes a sweat shirt she had taken to warm her up inside.

This installment was written by one of the creators, Steven Levitan, and written by Ben Karlin. All the regulars have a chance to shine. Ed O'Neill makes a wonderful appearance as the man who wanted to blend in with a bunch of the guys out of his own league.


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