Modern Family (2009–2020)
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When Haley is arrested for underage drinking, Phil, Claire, and Mitchell must intervene, leaving Cameron in charge of the kids. Jay's ex-wife, DeDe, makes a surprise visit, and he desperately tries to hide Gloria's pregnancy from her.


Gail Mancuso


Christopher Lloyd (created by), Steven Levitan (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ed O'Neill ... Jay Pritchett
Sofía Vergara ... Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Julie Bowen ... Claire Dunphy
Ty Burrell ... Phil Dunphy
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ... Mitchell Pritchett
Eric Stonestreet ... Cameron Tucker
Sarah Hyland ... Haley Dunphy
Ariel Winter ... Alex Dunphy
Nolan Gould ... Luke Dunphy
Rico Rodriguez ... Manny Delgado
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons ... Lily Tucker-Pritchett
Shelley Long ... DeDe Pritchett
James McCauley ... Dean Miller
Joe Adler ... Aidan Schwartz
Jay Harik ... Police Officer


Phil and Claire get the dreaded late night call that Haley has been arrested for under-aged drinking, so they bring Mitchell, the family lawyer, in tow to the police station. Cameron stays back to watch over Alex and Luke, but they get into some crazy mishaps under his care. Meanwhile, Jay gets out of baby shopping with Gloria, but ends up having to deal with a surprise visit from Dede, and tries to scoot her out before Gloria gets home to prevent Dede from seeing that she's pregnant and to avoid the potential blowback Written by ABC Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. See more »


When Clare calls Jay in the middle of the night to tell him and Gloria that Haley was arrested, they wake up in a dark room. As they awaken, Gloria goes to turn on a nightstand lamp and you can visibly see that her hand doesn't touch the lamp at all. She's just doing the motion. See more »


Haley Dunphy: In Legally Blonde, Elle won her case because she was true to herself and dressed cute.
Phil Dunphy: Haley, this is real life, not an excellent movie.
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References Legally Blonde (2001) See more »


Modern Family Main Theme
Written by Gabriel Mann
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"Arrested" perhaps the best episode in a long time!
8 November 2012 | by marty-220See all my reviews

I totally agree with the original poster. There have been many great episodes of MODERN FAMILY since the series began but I think this one ranks up there as one of the absolute best. "Arrested" is one of those scripts where every line is so well crafted and perfectly delivered that it is IMHO a classic episode. Writing credits show two writers who I do not recall seeing listed on any previous episodes of the series going back to the very beginning. Becky Mann and Audra Sielaff according to IMDb worked together on"Rules Of Engagement", "It's Always Sunny..." and "Better Off Ted." The various stories were all very strong as were the performances. Everyone in the cast got to shine and there were some nice turns by other players including the student who was at the probationary hearing and it was nice to see Shelley Long make a re-appearance as Dede. The episode was well-directed as all episode are. I hope Levitan and Lloyd give these writers some more assignments in the future. They deserve it!

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7 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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