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Modern Family: Bringing Up Baby

Jay prepares to celebrate his 65th birthday, and wants nothing more than a nice, quiet day. As you might imagine, this doesn't happen. Phil takes Jay out fishing with his buddies, but the catch of the day may be awkwardness. Dylan moves into the Dunphy house temporarily. Mitch and Cam consider adopting a pet. As for Gloria, she has no idea how to explain to Jay that she's pregnant.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x1
Production Number: 4ARG01
Airdate: Wednesday September 26th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Oct 05, 2012
AU (ten) Oct 14, 2012

  • Currently 6.3/10
6.3/10 (11 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Chazz Palminteri
As Shorty

Guest Stars
Reid Ewing
As Dylan
Ernie Hudson
As Miles

Co-Guest Stars
Emily Happe
As Cat Lady
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 and it's Jay's 65th birthday, all he wants is a quiet day with no surprises. Gloria hasn't told him yet she is pregnant. Manny won't stop with all of the 'old man' jokes he learned from the internet, seeing Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, and Phil has a plan to take Jay fishing. In the meantime, Cameron and Mitchell talk about the elephant in the room. Basically they talk about the giant stuffed elephant Pepper got them because they were supposed to have a second child now. They convince themselves that not getting that second child will work out better in the long run. ..

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Episode Goofs
When Jay is lead to the dock, his head is covered and his hands are zip-tied. Without the removal of the zip, he accidentally falls into the water. It is evident his hands are NOT zip-tied because of the flailing, but he doesn't pull the cover off his head until the waterboarding joke is complete. At this point, he uses his hands which have been free all along.

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