Modern Family (2009– )
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Spread Your Wings 

While Phil visits a lonely Alex at CalTech, Claire tries to get rid of the ducks. Gloria and Cam have to steal some peppers to fill their sauce recipe. Jay helps Mitchell with Lily's sleepover.


James R. Bagdonas (as James Bagdonas)


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

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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
Jeremy Maguire ... Joe Pritchett (credit only)
Janet Song ... Mrs. Tran
Michele Panu ... Sarah
Victoria Oscar Victoria Oscar ... Tourist


Sick of having the ducklings around the house, Claire and the kids seize an opportunity to help expedite the ducks leaving the nest while Phil is off visiting Alex at college. Meanwhile, Jay helps Mitch with Lily's sleepover with her friends from her Vietnamese dance troupe; and Gloria and Cam are off on a hot pepper heist carefully orchestrated by Manny in order to meet a big hot sauce delivery deadline. Written by ABC

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

13 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is the first time Alex's college campus (besides from her dorm room) is properly seen it is also the second time it appears in the series overall. See more »


Phil Dunphy: In the end, you gotta let them spread their wings, right?
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References Workout (1982) See more »


Modern Family Theme
Written by Gabriel Mann
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Classic Modern Family
17 January 2016 | by chetasdasSee all my reviews

The season finale makes the most of Modern Family's inimitable screenplay style. Gloria is feisty as always and Phil has played an excellent part in two parallel story lines. The episode did not explore Luke and Haley's parts as much (the Dunphys are my personal favourites). Fortunately though, Alex's storyline more than makes up for it and feels very relatable. Thankfully, Lily doesn't have as big a role to play and her minimized presence is the saving grace of the finale. An increased focus on her character (which with time has become borderline obnoxious) is what made this season slightly disappointing compared to the first few ones. Manny exhibits his cherubic bravado by conducting a recon mission to help Gloria and Cam pick peppers for "their" recipe. The episode starts on a fairly slow note but picks up pace taking you through a checkpoint of emotions. The finale seems to have been created keeping in mind a majority of the audiences' favourites and does not try to be too edgy or ambitious. With all the sweetness and humour shining through the closing moments of the episode, this finale is a must watch for any Modern Family fan.

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