Moon Landing is the name of the fourteenth episode of the series Modern Family' season 1. It premiered on American Broadcasting Company. The air date was originally supposed to be January 27, 2010, but will be preempted by the State of the Union and pushed back a week to February 3, 2010. In the episode, Claire (Julie Bowen) feels slightly inadequate when her old friend, Valerie (guest star Minnie Driver), visits and is nothing like Claire remembered. Meanwhile Jay (Ed O'Neill) has an unsettling locker room moment when he and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) go play racquetball, and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) tries to help Gloria (Sofía Vergara) with some legal problems.
The episode was written by Bill Wruber and directed by Jason Winer. The episode aired in the United States on February 3, 2010 on ABC and achieved a Nielsen Rating of 3.9/10, attracting 9.07 million viewers. The episode received positive reviews from critics.
Claire calls Phil Mario while he's wearing the mustache.
The episode surprisingly survived against American Idol with 9.194 million viewers and a Nielsen Rating of 3.9/11. The episode ranked 14 in the 18-49 rating, but coudn't break the top 20 in total viewership. The episode got favorable reviews. Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode an 8 saying that it was "Impressive" and "If any one of these story lines had been given more time within the episode, their comic potential could have been better fulfilled. It's possible Valerie could have become more of a character than a cutout. Jay could have had more time to deal with, and more politically incorrect things to say about, his butt bump. But as it were, though the stories were less than fulfilling, Modern Family still delivered a decent amount of laughs." Jason Hughes of TV Squad gave it a positive review saying that " Sometimes I wonder if I could just write up a review of 'Modern Family' by listing all of the great quotes that come out of this show. Line for line, this has to be one of the cleverest series on television today. Even the episode title, 'Moon Landing,' recalls a great moment". Donna Brownan of The A.V. Club gave it a B+ saying fans of the ABC hit Lost would be satisfied by the episode. Lesley Savage of Entertainment Weekly gave it a positive review saying that "Could last night’s episode of Modern Family been any funnier? I mean, I may as well have transcribed the entire episode, because every line had me practically running to my own Porta-Potty. While the whole clan had their side-splitting moments — hello Cam and Jay’s moon landing, which is apparently not as bad as a splashdown — the Dunphy family stole the evening".
This episode, while not one of my favorites of the season so far, it still had many memorable moments. It started with Claire telling the family she is going to see a friend she used to work with. Luke then says he can’t imaging her working and Phil chimes in and says that was very offensive to women and that your mom works very hard, but now she works for us. Some of the funniest parts of the show are when the characters are talking to the faux-documentary camera. … more
Claire wants to prove to an old friend that her family means more to her then a career, so naturally the family acts bat sh** insane during this time. Meanwhile Mitchell investigates Glorias car accident and is the last to realize that Gloria is a terrible driver and Jay and Cameron touch butts....each others.