Modern Family (2009–2020)
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Dude Ranch 

The family's dude ranch vacation turns into disaster when Dylan proposes to Haley, Alex gets an unexpected first kiss, their cowboy guide keeps hitting on Gloria, and Phil goes out of his way to impress Jay.


Jason Winer


Christopher Lloyd (created by), Steven Levitan (created by) | 3 more credits »




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
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons ... Lily Tucker-Pritchett
Tim Blake Nelson ... Hank
Reid Ewing ... Dylan Marshall
Matthew Gumley ... Jimmy Scrivano


The family decides to don their cow boots and hats and head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for some fun and adventure in the great outdoors. While vacationing on Lost Creek Ranch, they try their hands at a little cattle herding, skeet shooting and horseback riding; there are also some big firsts, a huge surprise and an actual face off between Jay and a foe - a cowboy named Hank. Written by ABC Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation. See more »


Luke mentions that his fire cracker is from Germany. Since in Germany firework can be bought by everyone older than 18 around New Years Eve for private firework parties, German firework, including fire crackers, is very safe and contains only little amounts of explosives. It would possibly blow up a bird box but definitely not with such an intense fire ball shown in that scene - but fireworks from Poland would do that. See more »


[Claire has reluctantly allowed Dylan to come on the Pritchett family's vacation]
Dylan: [taking steps forward as he talks] I've never been this far from home before. Now I've never been this far. Now I've never been this far.
Claire Dunphy: [quietly, to Phil] Where's a cliff when you need one?
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References Toy Story 2 (1999) See more »


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They should stay in the studio...
10 September 2019 | by billyliteSee all my reviews

I am a fan of the show and consider its success is due mainly to the consistently sharp writing. This episode is mostly filmed outdoors and relies almost completely on sight gags. I think the humour suffers for it and hope they stay at home and in the studio from now on. I can understand the producers desire to do something different but for the first time I rarely laughed and the episode felt like generic TV sit-com which floods the stream-waves these days.

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Release Date:

21 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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