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Modern Family: When a Tree Falls

After some prodding from Cam, Mitch joins the effort to save an old tree in their local park, but soon comes to regret the decision. Jay and Manny both end up stepping outside of their comfort zones at a kid's birthday party. Gloria and Claire go on a disastrous shopping trip.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x9
Production Number: 4ARG09
Airdate: Wednesday November 28th, 2012

Director: Steven Levitan
Writer: Ben Karlin

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Nov 30, 2012

  • Currently 7.3/10
7.3/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Paul Scheer
As Store Manager
Drew Powell
As Terry
Larry Herron
As Terry's Partner
Alex Fernandez
As Park Worker

Co-Guest Stars
Nicholas Furu
As Doug
Michael C. Alexander
As Store Security
Bob Wiltfong
As Jerry
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 Haley is off to do community service for her assault on a cop. She isn't much for picking up garbage, but she loves what the orange safety vest does for her. Alex may be enjoying this, but Luke's got Haley's back. In the meantime, Cameron comes home to tell Mitchell they were cutting down the tree at the park where they always picnic. Even Lily thought it was a nightmare. Cam goes to give the tree one final hug goodbye, and the next thing you know, he's climbed up it. And Lily thinks that’s a nightmare. Cam thinks he needs to show Lily the value of what's important. ..

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Warning: Modern Family season 4 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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