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Modern Family: Fight or Flight

615. Fight or Flight

Aired February 18, 2015

After a long weekend camping with Phil's old cheerleading buddies, Claire jumps at the chance to snag the only first class seat on the return flight home. Meanwhile, Gloria forces Jay to teach Manny how to stand up for himself against a bully in his cooking class. Mitchell, Cameron, Pepper and Ronaldo throw a baby shower for Sal, who seems like a new woman since the birth of her child.

Quote from Manny

Manny: I'm not fighting anymore. It's not worth it.
Gloria: But you're doing so good. You just have to turn your shoulder first so that you can throw your weight behind your punch. If you want. I already think that you're very tough. This is all Jay's idea.
Jay: All right. Come on, kid. Show 'em who's boss.
Manny: No. I'm more of a lover than a fighter. Well, that's the goal anyway.

Quote from Gloria

Jay: The kid is just not a fighter. He gets squeamish pounding veal.
Gloria: Just do it!
Jay: Fine, but I'm only doing it for the lasagna and the extra food he's been bringing home on Sundays. Makes Mondays easier, you know?
Gloria: Oh, my God, you're the Garfield.

Quote from Pepper

Cameron: Well, you know, she did seem frazzled. Maybe she forgot to say good-bye.
Mitchell: Oh, and forgot all of her presents. [Sammy fusses]
Ronaldo: [gasps] And forgot her baby.
Mitchell: You don't think that there's any way that she would... No. I can't even say it.
Pepper: I can. That gin-soaked tart abandoned the little bastard. What? He's fatherless. Am I wrong?

Quote from Pepper

Pepper: I don't wanna sound like a sentimental softy but does anyone miss the drunken whore she used to be?

Quote from Gloria

Gloria: I know. Enough is enough. You have to teach him how to fight.
Jay: Yeah. That'll work.
Gloria: You're doing this. And don't tell him that this is coming from me. It's bad for a boy to know that his mother thinks he's weak. That's a lifetime of paying women to spank him until he cries.

Quote from Claire

Gate Attendant: Okay. Found you. Oh! I do have an open seat in first class if one of you would like a free upgrade.
Phil: No, thank you. I think we'll sit together. After the amazing weekend we just had-
Claire: I'll take it.
[aside to camera:]
Claire: I deserved that seat. Three days in the woods with Phil's ex-cheerleader buddies the old stories, the spontaneous human pyramids constantly updating their tumbler Tumblr. I smiled through the whole thing.
Problem is I was so convincing Phil thought I was having a great time. What do I want? Some credit. When do I want it? Now.

Quote from Pepper

Mitchell: Hey Everybody, Sal's here.
Cameron: Okay. All right. Is this straight?
Pepper: You're throwing a baby shower with a dozen men in tailored pants sipping Bellinis. Nothing about this is... [groans] I can't even finish.
Mitchell: Really? The last word was too much?

Quote from Cameron

Mitchell: [aside to camera] So we decided to get the gang together to throw our friend Sal a belated baby shower.
Cameron: She's been a little hard to pin down lately but we knew she'd never miss the chance to shower with a bunch of men.
Mitchell: You love that joke, don't you?
Cameron: Well, because it's two different kinds of showers.

Quote from Pepper

Sal: I'm gonna put this in the kitchen. I make all my own baby food. It's all natural, no chemicals.
Mitchell: Who is this woman? She's not drinking. She's making her own baby food.
Sal: Does Lily have any other plates? I don't let Sammy eat off this plastic.
Mitchell: Yeah, the far cabinet.
Sal: Thanks.
Mitchell: Okay, none of this makes sense.
Pepper: I know. How does she breast-feed him if she doesn't let him near plastic?

Quote from Gloria

Manny: Mom, do I have a fever?
Gloria: Ay, let me check.
Jay: You know, we have a thermometer.
Gloria: Do you have to be so white all the time?

Quote from Pepper

Pepper: [groans] Oh, this is a true disaster.
Mitchell: Isn't it?
Pepper: Someone put a Spanish roof on what is clearly a mid-century ranch.

Quote from Cameron

Mitchell: Oh, this is unreal. We always knew Sal was unstable, but how could she do this?
Cameron: We don't know that she's done anything.
Mitchell: Okay, let's just suppose for a second that she's on a plane to Cabo. What then?
Cameron: Maybe this is part of a bigger plan. You know, maybe the reason we didn't adopt another baby after Lily was because God wanted us available for Sammy.
Mitchell: Who is this God that denies us a baby then gets a party girl pregnant only to have her desert the baby so that we can finally get one?
Cameron: The same God that impregnated a virgin sent Moses down the river in a basket and commanded Abraham to stab his own son. God only does weird baby stuff.

Quote from Mitchell

Mitchell: Okay, yes, I'll admit, there is part of me that would love to keep this little guy and raise him the way Sal was pretending to.
Cameron: Exactly. Lily could have a baby brother.
Mitchell: But there are systems in place here. You can't just keep him like a bunny you found in the yard. That's crazy.

Quote from Jay

Jay: All right. I'll be back. Pick you up at 6:00. Now remember, what did I teach you?
Manny: Violence solves everything, and don't wind my fist up like Popeye.
Jay: It's not violence.It's self-defense. You cannot let this kid keep pushing you around. Now you walk in there like a badass and you make the best damn lasagna anybody's ever seen.
Manny: I appreciate the speech, Jay, but I'll handle things my way.
Jay: Kid, one more thing. Don't forget the garlic bread.

Quote from Cameron

Pepper: Ronaldo, you grab the roller thingy, and, uh... Oh, I'll grab that big mesh cage.
Mitchell: All right. Everybody, stop.
Cameron: You can't just keep a baby like it's some rabbit you found in the yard. There are systems in place.
Mitchell: Wow.

Quote from Pepper

Ronaldo: He has to stay somewhere tonight, no?
Cameron: Yeah, how about right here, because we know how to raise a child?
Pepper: Oh, please. We'll dress him and feed him and Conchetta can handle the poopy stuff. I gave her Obamacare. It's the least she can do.

Quote from Pepper

Mitchell: We all want what's best for the baby. You're very nice people, but we've done this before.
Pepper: So? It's our turn. I've wanted a child for some time now. My biological clock is ticking.
Cameron: That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
Pepper: Is it? I'm 44.
Mitchell: Or that is.
Pepper: You are one mean lady.

Quote from Gloria

Gloria: Manny, why are you home so early? Did you let him skip school?
Manny: No, Mom. I was kicked out for punching a really misunderstood kid, thanks to you.
Gloria: Thanks to me? What did-
Jay: I told him everything. And you know what we realized? There is a bully in our life, and it's you. You make the rules, you boss us around and we're not gonna take it anymore.
Manny: Yeah.
Gloria: Ay, look at you two, standing up to the big, scary bully that loves you and protects you and wants you to be safe in this world. You're just tiny, little men to me right now and you need to leave this house and come back with more respect! And a pizza. Oh, what? You need to go first and check on your mascara?

Quote from Pepper

Pepper: Give me one reason why Sammy should stay here tonight instead of with us.
Cameron: Because we're experienced parents. We have a crib.
Mitchell: We have a pediatrician. Our house is baby-proofed.
Ronaldo: Our house was in Architectural Digest.
Pepper: Ronaldo, please, you're not helping. They don't know what that is. How can you even fit another child in this shoe box? You're poor. We have a beautiful house with a big yard where he could throw the ball with the gardener.

Quote from Claire

Claire: I'm sorry if I smell like a campfire. I've been in the woods for three days.
Dana: I hate camping. If I'm ever in the woods for three days it means I've been dead for two of them.
Claire: [laughs] Oh! It feels good to laugh for real.
Dana: You look like you need a drink. Hon? Two Chardonnays and a hot towel for my friend.
Stewardess: Right away.
Claire: I love you, beautiful stranger.

Quote from Sal

Sal: This is little Sammy.
Cameron: Aw! This is as long as you've ever been in our house without a cocktail.
Sal: No, thank you. Just a water, please. [all gasp] Okay, everybody, drop your pearls. I'm still breast-feeding. All the books say do it at least a year.

Quote from Pepper

Cameron: Jotham, drink this.
Jotham: I can't. I'm leaving early to go to a hockey game. Kings versus Blackhawks.
Pepper: Wow. They can call a team that?
Jotham: Black hawks.

Quote from Jay

Gloria: Oh, baby, go lay down. You're such a brave little boy! [to Jay] He's faking it. He's pretending to be sick so he doesn't have go to his cooking class.
Jay: He has to go. Today's lasagna. I've been starving myself all day for that.
Gloria: He doesn't want to go because a boy there is picking on him.
Jay: Cooking class? You know, we're running out of places to send him where he can be cool.

Quote from Luke

Luke: This is a new girl Sarah. I'm done with Rose. She crazy.
Haley: Easy, Macklemore. What do you mean, "crazy"?
Alex: I'll tell you what he means. Any time a woman challenges a man in any way, suddenly, she's crazy. So what did she do that was so crazy, Luke, give you her opinion?
Haley: Yeah, or what, did she dare to talk about her feelings?
Luke: The words sound like you get it, but your tone is throwing me.

Quote from Haley

Luke: I haven't broken up with her.
Both: What?
Luke: It just seems weird to call someone up and give them bad news. She'll find out somehow.
Haley: [scoffs] When did you become a guy? It's gross.
Alex: You need to stand up and face her.
Luke: In person?
Haley: What are we, 30? Send her a text.

Quote from Claire

Dana: Trashy magazines.
Claire: Oh, you're the best.
Dana: Caramel truffles. I even brought an extra fluffy neck pillow.
Claire: Oh! Oh, this must be what a mother's hug feels like.
Stewardess: Well, it looks like she's taking good care of you.
Claire: Well, she is my best friend.
Dana: [on the phone] Listen to me, Julio. I want the gutters cleaned today, not manana.If everyone thought my people were lazy I would do whatever it took to not seem lazy. Comprende?
Stewardess: Actually, we're gonna take off soon so we're gonna need you to turn off your phone.
Dana: I'm actually not done talking, and two more. Well, if I were you, I'd put down the burrito and get up that ladder. [phone turns off] What are you doing standing there and not getting drinks for me and my good friend Claire?
Claire: Actually, we just met.

Quote from Ronaldo

Pepper: Oh, guys, guys, I can't let you do the cleanup all by yourselves. Ronaldo will help you.
Ronaldo: Of course. Where is Sal? I need her keys to start loading the gifts in her car.
Pepper: I think she's changing Sammy in our room.
Ronaldo: I hope she's also changing those drapes.

Quote from Cameron

Cameron: Oh, I like the new Sal. Turns out all she needed to bring out her maternal instinct was a little baby.
Mitchell: I don't buy it. No, something's up. You do remember her suggesting we chuck Lily into the ocean.
Cameron: Oh, Mitchell, calm down. Babies change people. Like you used to be a judgmental cynic, and then Lily... Oh, wait.

Quote from Pepper

Ronaldo: You guys, Sal's not back there.
Cameron: Sal!
Ronaldo: The drapes still are.
Mitchell: Well, that's weird. Her car's gone.
Cameron: What?
Pepper: Well, let's not jump to conclusions. In this neighborhood, her car could have been stolen.

Quote from Cameron

Mitchell: Okay, I've called Sal five times, and she still hasn't picked up. I knew this whole "Earth mother" thing was an act.
Cameron: [singsongy] Oh, maybe we should use our happy voices when we're accusing a mommy of abandoning her little baby boy.

Quote from Claire

Dana: Hey. What are you staring at? It's French cheese. Costs more than you make in a week.
Claire: Okay, you might wanna keep your voice down.
Dana: Claire.
Claire: Yeah.
Dana: That guy over there is checking you out.
Claire: I don't think he is.
Dana: My friend Claire would like to meet you in the bathroom.
Claire: No. I I did not say that.
Dana: Claire, why do you do that to yourself? You are so pretty.

Quote from Phil

Edward: Hey, Phil, what time is it? What's wrong?
Phil: My watch is go- Edward, what did you do?
Edward: Jillian, what's your, uh, middle initial?
Jillian: "C," for Catherine.
Edward: And, Phil, what age were you when you first kissed a girl?
Phil: Twelve, cousin. Fourteen, non-cousin.
Edward: Let's stick with non-cousin. I think if you go to 14C, the seat right over there you'll wind up with what you're looking for.
Phil: It works on battery, but, oh, my God, I'm excited!

Quote from Manny

Jay: All right, really let one go this time. Think about how mad this guy makes you. What's his name?
Manny: Gideon.
Jay: Oh, geez. All right, think about what he did to you.
Manny: I'd rather not talk about it.
[flashback:]
Gideon: I don't know why you're smiling. Your fennel's burnt. Whereas I made a perfect butternut squash.
Manny: That's just butter.
Gideon: Oh, yeah. I totally forgot the nut squash! [punches Manny below the belt]
Manny: [groans]

Quote from Haley

Luke: Oh, my God. Check it out. Rose got your breakup text and wrote back. She mad.
Alex: What? Give me that. "Thanks for the dumbest breakup text ever. Don't call a girl awesome, then break up with her. If I'm so great, why'd you dump me? Get over yourself, you insensitive troll"?
Haley: What is her problem? She can't talk to you like that.
Luke: [chuckles] She's not. She's talking to you.
Alex: I can't believe I ever liked this girl. Our text was compassionate and respectful. There was nothing dumb about it.
Haley: A million percent.
Alex: What are you doing?
Haley: Oh. This crazy bitch just messed with the wrong crazy bitch.

Quote from Pepper

Pepper: Aw. Listen, we discussed it, and we think we should take the kid.
Ronaldo: What should we call him?
Pepper: Not sure, but definitely not Sammy. "Sammy Saltzman" sounds so silly.

Quote from Claire

Phil: Oh, uh, Jillian is a masseuse and this, of course, is Edward Legrand.
Edward: Pleasure to meet you. Now, if you could just give me my ace of spades back. It's in your pocket.
Claire: This is why you had to race back to your hellish seat for back rubs and card tricks? Do you have any idea what I'm going through up there? She clipped her toenails because her "Oriental girl" didn't do it right.

Quote from Claire

Phil: Don't be mad at me. You're the one who grabbed that seat. That was a pretty selfish move.
Claire: Yeah, I did grab that seat, because I spent the entire weekend being selfless and you didn't even thank me once.
Phil: Why would I thank you for giving you an awesome weekend?
Claire: Awesome? You spent the whole weekend rehashing stories about Itchy, Rusty and Loveboat. How is that fun for me?
Phil: They were always getting into stuff!
Claire: I came back here for some compassion and all you did was lie to me and blow me off so you could keep having your fun while I suffer up there in first class.
Edward: Oh, my heart goes out to you.
Claire: Oh, stick it, Kreskin. I'm sitting next to a cheese-eating racist.

Quote from Jay

Jay: Good shot, kid! That'll teach you who to pick on, you punk. Not my boy. He learned how to punch from the best.
Manny: His parents are getting divorced and he made me that dessert as an apology.
Jay: This whole thing was your mother's idea.

Quote from Ronaldo

Ronaldo: We're not leaving without Felipe.
Cameron: Well, then, you're not leaving.
Pepper: Fine! [to Ronaldo] Did we settle on "Felipe"?

Quote from Phil

Dana: So I have 20 fur coats in my closet but I'm the only one of my friends who even wears them anymore so you tell me who's endangered.
Phil: Jillian's waiting for you in my seat to give you a little back rub.
Claire: You don't have to do this.
Phil: You didn't have to be so great this weekend but you were, so thank you. And I should have said that earlier. Mwah! Go enjoy the rest of your flight. I'll deal with this.
Dana: "Deal with this"? I'm a state senator's mistress.
Claire: You're my hero.

Quote from Jay

Jay: We do need to eat.
Manny: Yeah. I wouldn't mind some pizza.
Jay: We're not getting any pineapple.
Gloria: You are getting pineapple!
Jay: We're taking it off our slices.
Gloria: Don't waste any food, Jay!
Jay: I think we made our point.
Manny: Totally.
Jay: We'll get our own pizza, eat it in the car.

Quote from Sal

Cameron: Sal! Oh, well, you're back.
Sal: What the hell are you four doing?
Mitchell: You walked out and left your baby without saying a word so maybe we'll be asking the questions.
Sal: I told John-John where I was going.
Mitchell: The drunkest guy at the party.
Sal: Excuse me for not wanting to interrupt your fierce debate "Who's hotter, Mr. Clean or the Brawny paper towel man?"

Quote from Pepper

Sal: This little dude he's the one thing in my life that I cannot mess up. I just wish I could give him a dad.
Cameron: Well, what about us?
Ronaldo: We could be Sammy's dad.
Pepper: All of us.
Sal: Sal, we love you and we're always here for you whatever you need.
Pepper: Except we'll be in Capri all of July.
Cameron: Seriously, Sal, you and Sammy will never be alone.
Sal: You guys are so sweet.
Pepper: Wait. June's no good either. I'm getting my neck done.


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