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‘Benched’ Quotes

Modern Family: Benched

120. Benched

Aired April 14, 2010

After Luke and Manny's basketball coach quits, Phil and Jay tussle over who should take the job. Jay arranges a job interview for Mitchell. Meanwhile, Claire and Gloria bond after Alex and Manny make it clear they're embarrassed by their mothers.

Quote from Phil

Phil: [aside to camera] Father-in-laws are tough, because you can't let 'em push you around and you also have to show them respect. It's like walking a tightrope. Which, by the way, I can do, because I went to trapeze school. Did Jay? I doubt it.

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Quote from Claire

Alex: Mom, I am so, so sorry. I know it's no excuse, but I've been feeling a lot of pressure at school. You know, with friends. And I love you so much, and I appreciate everything you do for me. I'm still your little girl.
Claire: Oh, honey! That was so sweet.
Alex: Can I get $20? A bunch of us are going to a movie, and we're gonna get something to eat afterwards. Jenna's brother's gonna take us home.
Claire: Okay. Of course. Sweetie, you know what? Take 40.
Alex: Oh, my gosh.
Claire: Yeah. That's right.
Alex: Thanks, Mom.
Claire: Go on. Have a great time. [loudly] Oh, Alex, honey? When you're out shopping, you might wanna pick yourself up a training bra. I know you don't need one now, but your little boobies are gonna come in soon. Mommy loves you, kitten! Mwah! Mwah! [to herself] Teach her to screw with me.

Quote from Phil

Phil: [v.o.] What's my coaching philosophy? Give a kid a bird and he becomes one of those weird dudes who walks around with a bird on his shoulder. But give him a pair of wings, he can fly. Unless he has absolutely no hand-eye coordination.

Quote from Mitchell

Cameron: So, you gonna- you gonna call him?
Mitchell: I don't know. I mean, you know, I sort of promised myself and you that I'd take a little time off, and-
Cameron: And you are loving your time off.
Mitchell: Totally.
[aside to camera:]
Mitchell: I am losing my mind. As much as I love Lily- which is, you know, more than life itself- I am- whoo- not cut out to be a stay-at-home dad. No, but it's Cameron's turn. It's Cameron's turn to be out in the world interacting with other grown-ups while I get to stay at home and-and plot the death of Dora the Explorer. Like to fill her backpack with bricks and throw her into Candy Cane River.

Quote from Gloria

Gloria: Ay, Dios mio, that coach.
Claire: Oh, I hate that guy.
Jay: He seems to have the kids motivated.
Claire: Oh, Dad, you haven't seen him. He taunts the kids. He's abusive.
Gloria: Listen, if this was a Colombian soccer league, long time ago, one of the kids would have taken that guy out and- [cutting sound]

Quote from Phil

Jay: Those steaks have been done for five minutes. I'm taking 'em off the grill.
Mitchell: I'm sorry. I know how it feels to have him stick his nose where it doesn't belong.
Phil: No biggie. It's just Jay being Jay. But one day I'm gonna be a grandfather, and then everybody better hide their meat.

Quote from Cameron

Cameron: Maybe just to get your dad off your back.
Mitchell: Yeah. Yeah.
Cameron: I mean, because the last thing I want for you is to take a job right now. Mmm. I am loving our life.
[aside to camera:]
Cameron: I am in a really dark space. Being away from my Lily is literally torture. [weeping] And I can't pressure Mitchell, but I really, really, really just want him to get a job so I can go back to being a stay-at-home dad/trophy wife!

Quote from Phil

Alex: Why do I always have to come to these things?
Phil: Because you love your brother.
Alex: Why don't you make him come to my orchestra concerts?
Phil: Because we love your brother.

Quote from Phil

Claire: How come you're not coaching?
Phil: 'Cause your dad coached football.
Claire: I'm sorry. And I am going to make it up to you tonight.
Phil: And I'll be thinking of your dad while you do.
Claire: Mmm. Disturbing.

Quote from Cameron

Charlie: Okay. Everybody, Mitchell Pritchett and his partner, Cameron.
Cameron: Business partners. Mergers and acquisitions. [chuckles] I'm kidding. We're gay.
Mitchell: Stop talking.
[aside to camera:]
Cameron: When things are relaxed, I'm great in social situations. I would have fit in at the Algonquin Round Table. But when the stakes are high, I get a little tense. I'd be the guy that would knock over the round table. Then Dorothy Parker would make a quip, James Thurber would laugh, and then I would end up leaving, crying.

Quote from Mitchell

Charlie: Look, I've made a fortune. I want to use it for some good. I need a lawyer to help me navigate. I like you.
You get me. So, in or out?
Mitchell: Wow. I just-
Cameron: [clattering] I'm very sorry.
Charlie: It's okay.
Mitchell: Um, that's a very big question. You know, I'm obviously gonna have to go talk to my- [clattering] Bull in a china shop. I'll be right back.

Quote from Jay

Jay: Listen. I don't blame you for being angry. All right? I'm used to taking charge. That's all. I should have let you coach from the get-go.
Phil: And?
Jay: I love you.
Phil: No. The barbecue.
Jay: Oh, for God's sake. I'm sure your steaks would have been delicious and not chewy.

Quote from Gloria

Manny: I set a pick and then rolled towards the basket. Luke passed to me. I shot the ball and almost made it.
Gloria: Ay. I bought Lily the cutest little dress today.
Manny: And then I stole the ball from the other team, did a 360 and almost dunked it.
Gloria: That's nice. Ay. I just had the best day today with Lily. That girl's so sweet.
Manny: I have a game next Saturday. You could come.
Gloria: No, it's okay. I wouldn't want to embarrass you. I'll probably take Lily out for cupcakes. Mm-hmm.
Manny: Okay. [to Jay] Any suggestions?
Jay: I usually go with earrings.


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