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Modern Family: Princess Party

Mitchell decides to invite his mom to Lily's birthday party, much to Claire's chagrin. He also decides to ban Cameron's clown character Fizbo from attending, disappointing Cam. Things really get odd when mom Dede eventually shows up with Claire's ex-boyfriend. Caught in the middle of all this craziness are a nonplussed Jay and Gloria.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x15
Production Number: 2ARG17
Airdate: Wednesday February 16th, 2011

Director: Michael Spiller
Writer: Elaine Ko

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Apr 01, 2011
NL (RTL 5) Apr 26, 2011
IE (3e) Jun 15, 2013

Special Guest Stars
Shelley LongShelley Long
As Dede Pritchett
Matt DillonMatt Dillon
As Robbie Sullivan

Guest Stars
Kate ReindersKate Reinders
As Princess
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


The scene opens with Hailey yelling at Claire that she doesn’t want to do her homework because she has a learning disability. Claire tells that they had her tested already and she doesn’t have one. Phil covers Hailey’s mouth and leads her to the room where Alex and Luke are there too. Phil tells that Claire’s mother, Dede, is coming and that Claire is going to be on edge. He tells them to be on their best behavior and they agree. Meanwhile, Cameron asks which shoes to go with and Mitchell tells that he won’t let Cam dress up like Fizbo the Clown for Lily’s birthday because it is a Princess party. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 10.57 Million Viewers

Episode Quotes
Haley: It's so unfair. You told me I could go.
Claire: I told you you could go if you got a B on your History exam, which you didn't.
Haley: I have a learning disability. The letters jump around on the page and appear backwards.
Claire: Honey, we had you tested like six times. Trust me, I was praying for dyslexia.

Cultural References
Alex is playing the theme to Jaws while practicing her cello just as Phil arrives with Claire's mother.

Robbie: Yeah, well, I better get going. I've got an early morning run, celebrity client. Don't ask me who, let's just say that if I'm late I'll be in jeopardy.
Alex:(gasps) Who is Alex Trebek?
Robbie: Ahh. He's a game show host. Why?
Alex: No reason.

Jeopardy is an American trivia game show. It was created by Merv Griffin and debuted in 1964. Alex Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy since 1984.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChristopher Lloyd (2)  |  Steven Levitan
Executive ProducerChristopher Lloyd (2)  |  Steven Levitan
Co-Executive ProducerAbraham Higginbotham  |  Jeffrey Richman  |  Ilana Wernick  |  Danny Zuker  |  Bill Wrubel  |  Brad Walsh  |  Paul Corrigan  |  Dan O'Shannon  |  Jeff Morton
Co-ProducerChris Smirnoff
Production DesignerRichard Berg
EditorRyan Case
CastingJeff Greenberg
Unit Production ManagerSally Young (1)
First Assistant DirectorAlisa Statman
Second Assistant DirectorHelena Lamb
Staff WriterElaine Ko
Costume DesignerAlix Friedberg
Key GripJeff Hinz
Camera OperatorBrandon Mastrippolito  |  Trey Clinesmith
Set DecoratorAmber Elkins
Location ManagerMatthew B. Chamberlin
Transportation CoordinatorMike Paventi
Property MasterRick Ladomade
Production Sound MixerStephen A. Tibbo
Script SupervisorIwona Kanclerz
Production CoordinatorCurt M. Pratt
Script CoordinatorClint McCray
Assistant EditorKen Woodburn
Post Production SupervisorKyle Weber
Supervising Sound EditorLisa Varetakis
Re-Recording MixerDean Okrand
Director of PhotographyJames Bagdonas
Stunt CoordinatorTim Trella
Makeup Department Head Anne Sweeting
Main Title ThemeGabriel Mann (2)
Production AccountantTom Chung
Extras CastingCarla Lewis
Chief Lighting TechnicianHugo Cortina
Casting AssociateAllen Hooper
Music ConsultantAndrea von Foerster
Assistant To The Executive ProducerBrian Resnick  |  Craig Losben
Hair Department HeadMary Ann Hennings
Second 2nd Assistant DirectorMatthew W. Heffernan
Writers' AssistantBianca Douglas
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