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Modern Family: Tableau Vivant

It's a day of familial bickering about the Pritchetts and Dunphys. Jay and Gloria completely disagree on a simple lunch order. Phil is tasked with firing Mitchell from his temp job at the real estate agency. Claire and Cam have opposing ideas about how to discipline children. Manny is upset after Luke accepts an award for something he didn't do. Alex is frazzled in general, since she needs them all to work together as part of her art project.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x23
Production Number: 3ARG23
Airdate: Wednesday May 16th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) May 18, 2012
AU (ten) Jun 03, 2012

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (7 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Beth GrantBeth Grant
As Maxine
Matt RothMatt Roth
As Skip Woosnum
John VienerJohn Viener
As Matt Keneally

Co-Guest Stars
Angela OhAngela Oh
As Realtor #1
Lisa LongLisa Long
As Realtor #2
Laird MacIntoshLaird MacIntosh
As Realtor #3
Mike MadrigalMike Madrigal
As Luke's Teacher
Main Cast
Ed O'Neill
As Jay Pritchett
Sofía Vergara
As Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Julie Bowen
As Claire Dunphy
Ty Burrell
As Phil Dunphy
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
As Mitchell Pritchett
Eric Stonestreet
As Cameron Tucker
Sarah Hyland
As Haley Dunphy
Ariel Winter
As Alex Dunphy
Nolan Gould
As Luke Dunphy
Rico Rodriguez
As Manny Delgado
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
As Lily Tucker-Pritchett


The episode begins with Phil wondering how he should tell Mitch that he is fired. Clair tells him to be direct. Phil feels Mitch was being lazy with his work, as he was doing Phil’s work practically free of cost. Meanwhile, Alex is worried about not being able to impress her art teacher. Luke on the other hand is receiving a medal for extinguishing a fire that he himself started in the school lab, and then lied not knowing anything about. Just as Phil goes back to mulling over the letter he is going to write to fire Mitch, Haley sneaks in through the backdoor. She hears Phil talk to himself, about how hurt he is, and assumes he is talking to her. She immediately apologizes to him for being late. ..

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