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Jay and his new younger wife, Gloria, are growing accustomed to their new life together, complete with Manny, Gloria's pre-teen son. However, when Manny develops a crush on a 16 year-old girl, Jay begins to realize the cultural differences he has with his new wife and stepson. Jay's daughter Claire has a family of her own, three kids and a husband who acts more like a fourth child than an adult. Mitchell, Jay's grown son, is adopting a baby girl from Vietnam with his partner, Cameron.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1ARG79
Airdate: Wednesday September 23rd, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Oct 15, 2009
Russia Jun 14, 2010
NL (RTL 5) Oct 05, 2010


Guest Stars
Reid EwingReid Ewing
As Dylan
Hayley ErinHayley Erin
As Brenda Feldman

Co-Guest Stars
Jenica BergereJenica Bergere
As Soccer Mom
Duane R. Shepard, Sr.Duane R. Shepard, Sr.
As Passenger #2
Heather LeeHeather Lee
As Passenger #3
Lillian AdamsLillian Adams
As Passenger #1
Marcus BrownMarcus Brown
As Security Guard
Main Cast
Ed OEd O'Neill
As Jay Pritchett
Sofía VergaraSofía Vergara
As Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Julie BowenJulie Bowen
As Claire Dunphy
Ty BurrellTy Burrell
As Phil Dunphy
Jesse Tyler FergusonJesse Tyler Ferguson
As Mitchell Pritchett
Eric StonestreetEric Stonestreet
As Cameron Tucker
Sarah HylandSarah Hyland
As Haley Dunphy
Ariel WinterAriel Winter
As Alex Dunphy
Nolan GouldNolan Gould
As Luke Dunphy
Rico RodriguezRico Rodriguez
As Manny Delgado
Episode Notes
Ratings: 12.60 Million Viewers

Awards and Nominations: The 'Pilot' episode of 'Modern Family' won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Single or Multi-Camera).

Trivia: The title of the series was originally "My American Family."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Elton JohnCircle of LifeCameron presents Lily to the family.
High School MusicalWe're All In This Together (Graduation Mix)Phil dances to the film soundtrack for his kids.

Episode Quotes
Phil: I'm cool dad, that's my thang. I'm hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL, laugh out loud; OMG, oh my god; WTF, why the face.

Gloria: We're very different. Jay's from the city. He has big business. I come from a small village, very poor but very very beautiful. It's the number one village in all Colombia for all the (to Jay) what's the word?
Jay: Murders.
Gloria: Yes, the murders.

Claire: I was out of control growing up. There. You know, I said it. I just don't want my kids to make the same bad mistakes I made. If ... if Haley never wakes up on a beach in Florida half-naked, I've done my job.
Phil: Our job.
Claire: Right. I've done our job.

Claire: What did I tell you would happen if you got him a gun? Deal with this.
Phil: Buddy, uncool.
Claire: That's it? No. The agreement was that if he shoots someone, you shoot him.
Phil: We were serious about that?
Claire: Yes, we were, and now you have to follow through.
Luke: I'm so sorry!
Claire: Liar. Go.
Phil: He's got a birthday party.
Alex: What's more important here, Dad?
Claire: You can shoot him afterward. He'll be home at 2:00.
Phil: I can't shoot him at 2:00. I'm showing a house at 2:00.
Alex: What about 3:00?
Claire: No, he's got a soccer game at 3:00, and then-- Oh, we got to leave for that dinner thing at 5:00. 4:15. We could shoot him at 4:15.
Phil: Yeah, I guess that works for me. (Luke groans) Sorry, dude. It's on the calendar.

Episode Goofs

When Claire is talking to Haley's friend Dylan on the stairs one of the crew members can be seen reflected in the mirror on the wall.

Cultural References
The Lion King: Cameron raising Lily up while "The Circle of Life" plays in the background.

This is a reference to the Disney film 'The Lion King,' in which a similar scene happens with Rafiki raising Simba into the light.

Excalibur: When Phil gets Luke's head out of the bannister, he says to him, "Be free, Excalibur."

'Excalibur' is the title of a film from 1981 starring Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren, set in medieval times.

High School Musical: When Phil is talking about being cool, he says that he knows all of the dances to 'High School Musical.'

'High School Musical' is the title of a teen film from 2006 starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.

Falcon Crest: Claire tells her daughter that she once got in trouble with a boyfriend while she was watching 'Falcon Crest' as a teenager.

'Falcon Crest' is the title of a film from 1981 starring Jane Wyman and Lorenzo Lamas.

Other Episode Crew

Associate ProducerChris Smirnoff
Production DesignerRichard Berg
EditorRyan Case
CastingJeff Greenberg
Unit Production ManagerHoward Griffith
First Assistant DirectorAlisa Statman
Second Assistant DirectorHelena Lamb
MusicGabriel Mann (2)
Costume DesignerMarissa Borsetto
Key GripCharles Bukey
Camera OperatorGary Camp
Set DecoratorChristopher Carlson
Location ManagerMatthew B. Chamberlin
Transportation CoordinatorMike Paventi
Property MasterMelody Miller
Construction CoordinatorGreg Hamlin
Production Sound MixerSteve Morantz
Script SupervisorIwona Kanclerz
Production CoordinatorTina Tholke
Assistant EditorKen Woodburn
Supervising Sound EditorLisa Varetakis
Re-Recording MixerTamara Johnson  |  Dean Okrand
Director of PhotographyDavid Hennings
Makeup Department Head Stephanie Coffey
Production AccountantTom Chung
Chief Lighting TechnicianDavid Morton
Casting AssociateAllen Hooper
Hair Department HeadMary Ann Hennings
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