Modern Family (2009–2020)
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Cameron breaks out his favorite clown costume to make Luke's birthday party a hit. However, a series of accidents causes the party to break into chaos and leads to an unfortunate injury.

Director:

Jason Winer

Writers:

Christopher Lloyd (created by), Steven Levitan (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Reid Ewing ... Dylan Marshall
Margo Harshman ... Jungle Tanya
Stacey Hinnen ... Guy at Gas Station
Kaitlyn Dever ... Bianca Douglas
Lonnie Colón Lonnie Colón ... Rock Climb Operator
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Cameron breaks out his favorite clown costume to make Luke's birthday party a hit. However, a series of accidents causes the party to break into chaos and leads to an unfortunate injury.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first where a character gets injured and celebrates a birthday, Luke in both cases. See more »

Goofs

When Jungle Tanya first arrives and Phil tells her he wants the most dangerous reptile she has, she says she has an iguana that eats crickets. Yet, during the party she has a boa constrictor which she implies has eaten her cat, and a poisonous scorpion that Haley lets out - both easily scarier than a cricket-eating iguana. See more »

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Phil Dunphy: I am brave. Rollercoasters? Love 'em. Scary movies? I've seen Ghostbusters like seven times. I regularly drive through neighbourhoods that have only recently been gentrified, so yeah, I'm pretty much not afraid of anything.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Modern Family
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Composed and Performed by Gabriel Mann
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Like a hilarious whodunnit (or whatdunnit)
30 November 2009 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

The great thing about this episode is that it starts by establishing that someone is in the hospital and the family is coming to see if he's okay. The rest of the story is told in flashback. Throughout the course of the show the viewer is kept guessing who's hurt and what happened. We know it's a "he", and we can whittle the possibilities down by process of elimination, but up until the final two minutes there are still a handful of possibilities.

The entire episode is full of potential danger, building the tension. Was it the crossbow? Was it the reptiles? The zip-line? The rock wall? What kind of injury is it? Could the tough guy at the gas station have something to do with it? All of these possibilities are suggested to the viewer to throw them off the scent and keep them guessing.

Which family member got hurt and how, exactly, did it happen?

The story revolves around Luke's birthday party. His birthday often gets lost in the Thanksgiving shuffle, so his parents decide to throw a giant extravaganza for him this year, complete with inflatable bouncy-bounces, rock climbing walls, a reptile wrangler, etc. This opens the possibility for all sorts of trouble and feeds into the lighthearted mystery.

"Modern Family" is a solid new comedy. I felt it started strong out of the gate, but I hadn't been as into the later episodes (although they had their moments). "Fizbo", the ninth episode of the show's first season, was enjoyable because of the "whatdunnit" aspect that tied together all of the crazy goings-on.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2009 (USA) See more »

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