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"Truth Be Told" is the seventeenth episode of the first season  of Modern Family. It premiered on American Broadcasting Company on March 10, 2010. During the course of the episode, Phil meets an old girlfriend he's been talking to on Facebook, while Jay accidentally kills Manny's turtle and Mitchell tells his boss the truth.


Plot

The theme of this episode was facing or owning up to the truth.

In the Dunphy family plotline, the family has a notion to go see a movie, but Phil opts out due to conflicting plans on meeting an ex-girlfriend. Claire discovers that he's been talking to her via Facebook for a year, and suspects Denise's plans even if Phil doesn't. Phil believes it to be merely friendship, but shortly after Denise pays a visit, he discovers that Claire has been correct.

In the Pritchett family plotline, Jay tries to urge Manny that failure doesn't necessarily make a person weak. He gives Manny a Successories poster but Manny doesn't really accept it. Jay decides to place the poster on Manny's wall to help reinforce his idea. Unfortunately, the poster falls into Manny's terrarium, killing the pet turtle Shel Turtlestein. Jay creates an elaborate alibi by faking a break-in by a raccoon. Gloria sees through the falsehood and urges Jay to confess. Jay spends the day justifying the deception by relating a similar incident where he owned up to the truth when he accidentally killed Mitchell's pet bird and it wounded their relationship. Ultimately, Jay's conscience wins and he confesses - Manny tells him he had it figured out the entire time.

In the Pritchett-Tucker family plotline, Mitchell has been missing significant moments in Lily's development and is increasingly agitated about it. Cameron urges Mitchell to review his priorities and Mitchell subsequently decides that on his days off, his priorities are his family and that he hates his job. He tells his boss he's not going to work on the weekend; his boss tells him if he goes home to consider himself fired. Mitchell leaves for home and initially is ecstatic that he stood up for himself but starts having anxiety attacks once he's home regarding the future of the family. Later, Jay tells Mitchell that he will help out while Mitchell looks for a new job.


Production

The episode was written by Joe Lawson and directed by Jason Winer. This was the second episode for Lawson after "Great Expectations" and the eleventh episode Winer directed.

Reception


In its original American broadcast, "Truth Be Told" earned a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49. The episode rebounded 9% over the previous week's drop. The episode got mostly positive reviews. Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode an 8.6/10. He noted the "combo of Jay and Manny continued to establish itself as a great comedy duo". He praised the Dunphy plotline, stating "I could have watched an entire half-hour of Phil dealing with the situation created by a visiting ex-girlfriend." Jason Hughes of TV Squad gave it a positive review saying that "episode was absolutely brilliant". Additionally, "...the trueness and heart of these characters is what makes the buffoonery we often see so much more palatable. It takes it from broad comedy to character studies we can appreciate and care about." Lesley Savage of Entertainment Weekly gave it a positive review saying that the episode was "pure genius". Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave it an A with readers giving it a B+. She rated Ty Burrell's performance of Phil dealing with his situation with his ex-girlfriend and his wife "a thing of beauty, and a virtuoso high point of of the season." The other two subplots were "just as sitcom-standard, and frequently as funny".

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Quick Tip by . January 05, 2011
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Theres ex girlfriends, lawyers and stories of dead pets and how they supposedly died and they're great names in this episode of Modern Family.
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