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The Day We Almost Died 

While driving out to get breakfast, the Dunphys including Manny have a near death experience causing everyone to reevaluate their lives. Claire resolves to be more fun and less uptight, ... See full summary »

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(as James Bagdonas)

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Jay Pritchett
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Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
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Mitchell Pritchett
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Cameron Tucker
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Luke Dunphy
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Lily Tucker-Pritchett (credit only)
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Gil Thorpe
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Rob
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Sam (as Joel J. Gelman)
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While driving out to get breakfast, the Dunphys including Manny have a near death experience causing everyone to reevaluate their lives. Claire resolves to be more fun and less uptight, Haley and Alex agree not to fight anymore, Manny refuses to ever ride in a car again, Luke wants to check off his bucket list, Phil decides to be a take action type of guy and the rest of the family has to bear the brunt of all the new attitudes.

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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7 January 2015 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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They shot the program in 2 days. See more »

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I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
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Written by Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Sara Allen
Performed by Hall & Oates (as Daryl Hall & John Oates)
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An innovative, interesting and hilarious episode, unlike anything Modern Family has tried before.
14 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Modern Family is perceived by many to be in a decline at the moment. Whilst I believe the show is still holding strong, it's difficult to watch an episode from the first two seasons, and compare it to a recent offering without noticing this difference. I feel this is mostly because Modern Family almost always plays it safe and rarely experiments within its own formula. That is, until, The Day We Almost Died.

This episode shakes up the formula that Modern Family has become accustomed to. Rather than have three simple stories interwoven across the twenty minutes, we have a base event, which then spirals outwards, having increasingly hilarious outcomes on the family. Certain characters don't appear in the first act at all; Gloria only enters the screen at the mid point, whilst Cam makes his first appearance in the final quarter.

But not only is this an interesting and original story, but it manages to stay in-keeping with Modern Family's brilliant touch for smart humour. We have tie-ins to previous episodes, some great use of word play, and a handful of visual gags that keep the episode as light as we've come to expect from this show. So, whilst Modern Family may be in a decline over the last three years, I can't help but find Season Six a step up from the last two seasons. The Day We Almost Died is innovative, entertaining, and down right fun. Great TV.


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