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Modern Family: Moon Landing

The fourteenth episode in Season 1

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Moon Landing delievers many laughs as expected

  • Feb 22, 2010
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. Mitchell is saying how he feels good that his dad would ask him to be Sophias’ lawyer in the accident case. Cameron comments how he is a wonderful lawyer and says that my dream for him one day is that he will be on the Supreme Court, so at parties I can tell everyone my partner is one of the Supremes.

One of the best parts of the whole episodes is when Cameron and Jay go to gym and play racquetball and while changing they bend over and touched their bare rear ends and Jay is mortified. Cameron says he can’t believe in all the time in a locker room this can’t be your first moon landing…you better be lucky it wasn’t a splash down (after a shower).

Claire meets up with an old friend who she used to work with and thinks she is jealous of her, but then realizes later that she pities her and it upsets her. Claire brings her friend over and ciaos ensues when the children are cleaning up the mess from the bottles and chasing a rat around. Claire wonders why Luke is holding a bottle of Jagermeister and he says that dad told him it makes girls easier to kiss.

Cameron beats Jay in the first match of racquetball and is upset saying he is still thinking of what happened in the locker room. Jay says that for me it’s unnatural but for you it was like rocket fuel. Cameron disagrees and says so gays just walk around giving butt bumps…if you are a guy you give a high five but since I am gay it’s a low two. Then after Jay wins their second match he doesn’t realize Cameron is still in the shower and ends up having a “splashdown” with another man and runs out.

Toward the end of the show ends with Claire wondering why her friend couldn’t have seen her family calm and talking to each other normally…something I am sure a lot of mothers/parents wonder about their real family.

While credits are rolling there is a “Say Anything” reference between Phil and Haleys boyfriend Dylan….good stuff.


Funniest lines/parts of episode:

·         Alex and Luke are recycling and find a bottle of Jagermeister and ask their dad what it is, “You know how in a fairy tale there's always a potion that makes the princess fall asleep and then the guys start kissing her? Well, this is like that except you don't wake up in a castle — you wake up in a frat house with a bad reputation.

·         Cameron comments how he is a wonderful lawyer and says that my dream for him one day is that he will be on the Supreme Court, so at parties I can tell everyone my partner is one of the Supremes.

·         Cameron: Oh sure, when you're gay you just walk around giving butt bumps to everybody. It's like a high-five — it's a low two.

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February 22, 2010
Hahaha, awesome quotes!  I love the terms "moonlanding" and "splashdown".  I totally cracked up when I heard them for the first time.  Great review, John! :)
February 22, 2010
Thanks...I love the show and looking forward to doing this.
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Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
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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.
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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.

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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 ...
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