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Modern Family: Spring Break

618. Spring Break

Aired March 25, 2015

Phil worries Luke is starting to eclipse him as the man of the house. Haley takes Alex to a music festival to get her mind off college applications. Meanwhile, Jay is giving up his cigars and Gloria agrees to stop watching her soap opera.

Quote from Phil

Phil: Is that my banjo?
Claire: Mmm?
[aside to camera:]
Phil: When I met this little lady sitting next to me it was love at first sight. Yep, I've been noodling around on the ol' flyswatter for a couple of years now. I was inspired by the greats Scruggs, Kermit. It's hard to practice, though because it gets Claire so hot and bothered.

Quote from Luke

Phil: So, the doctor will see you in a few minutes.
Luke: Nice someone can see.
Phil: Glad to know your good eye can still roll. So still angry, huh?
Luke: Gee, why would I be angry? Because you insulted me, maimed me and belittled my achievements in the banjonic and trampolinic arts?

Quote from Haley

Haley: Alex! Okay, you need to drink this. I'll get a new one.
Alex: Is there vodka in here?
Haley: If there is it's not doing anybody any good until I get it in there.
[aside to camera:]
Haley: Michelangelo talked about chiseling beautiful sculptures out of marble. Well, my chisel is a Long Island Iced Tea and I use it to free the party girl from the block of nerd. Not all my sculptures are masterpieces.

Quote from Haley

Alex: What's the point? Get straight A's for 10 years, spend your summers building houses drag your cello to school every day, write the perfect essay. And for what? "No, thank you, Alex." "We don't want you, Alex."
Haley: Okay, you are drawing more attention to yourself than the guy wearing a ferret as a scarf.
Alex: I don't care anymore. I've spent my entire life trying to be perfect, and where did it get me? I am in a field with 6,000 idiots! [crowd cheers]
Haley: You know what? I think that this is a good thing for you.
Alex: Can you just spare me today?
Haley: No. You're obviously going to get into one of those snooty schools and sometimes you're gonna come in second or fourth or maybe even 10th. But you're gonna dust yourself off maybe put on some lipstick for once and keep going.
Alex: I'm allowed to feel bad about this, okay?
Haley: Look, you are a superstar. I've been saying since you were 10 you're gonna be on the Supreme Court.
Alex: Thanks. But for the record, I'm gonna be a scientist.
Haley: Lab coat, robe. As long as something's covering up your outfit, you're gonna be just fine.

Quote from Luke

Luke: You're still on that thing? What are you constantly looking at on your computer?
Alex: Is that a question you really want people asking around here?
Luke: Indeed, it is not.

Quote from Claire

Phil: Lucky for you, I've got time for a couple verses of "Shortnin' Bread."
Claire: No, no, no, no, no. It's in the box. It's leaving the house. I can never hear that awful thing again.
Phil: But you called me Banjovi.
Claire: I know. I did whatever was necessary to make it stop.
Phil: Wait. Does that mean you also didn't like my bagpiping? Is that why we have Luke? It's not. Is it?

Quote from Mitchell

Mitchell: There's an e-mail from Lily's scout camp. I hope everything's okay.
Cameron: She's fine. Mitchell's nervous because he's not a camper. His idea of roughing it is a hotel stay where the cable doesn't get Bravo.
Mitchell: They should tell you that when you check in.
Cameron: Oh, boy.

Quote from Jay

Mitchell: Okay, here's a photo. Look. She's using the signal.
Jay: What signal?
Mitchell: The kids aren't allowed to call their parents but the camp sends out photos, so we have a code.
Cameron: Yeah, "we."
Mitchell: One finger, she's fine. Two fingers, she's unhappy. Look at this. Two fingers.
Jay: I don't look at pictures on a phone. If it's a good shot get a print, put it in an album.

Quote from Cameron

Senor Kaplan: Oh, look at me. I can't command a stage. You- You have to take my place.
Cameron: We'll wheel you out onto stage.
Senor Kaplan: Oh, come on. We both know this song requires catlike movements.
Cameron: Someone get this man into fur and makeup.

Quote from Phil

Phil: [aside to camera] It was like the banjo was mocking me. [to tune of "Dueling Banjos"] You are not the man you used to be You get up four times at night to pee Ba-da-dum, ba bat da doot doot doo You're super-duper old now

Quote from Haley

Haley: Hi. I'm looking for my sister. She has brown hair, dressed like a nerd, but not ironically.

Quote from Cameron

Cameron: [aside to camera] I don't wanna talk about it. I had killed with that song at three amateur productions two gay weddings and a two-hour gate hold on a 747 but I could tell the audience thought that I had sabotaged Kaplan to grab the spotlight and my confidence caught in my throat like a three-day furball. I couldn't have stunk up the place worse if I'd performed in a litter box.

Quote from Phil

Claire: Oh. I thought you were Alex. She didn't get in.
Phil: Oh, no.
Claire: Stupid Harvard.
Phil: "Stupid Harvard"? She didn't get into Princeton either?
Claire: No, just Harvard.

Quote from Claire

Claire: Do we have to keep every remote we have ever owned? Somewhere in a landfill, a laser disc just ejected.

Quote from Phil

Phil: Good morning.
Alex: Hey, Dad. I hate to shame you but Haley woke up before you.
Phil: Well, Haley didn't run a 10K yesterday to raise awareness for alopecia.
Luke: What's alopecia?
Phil: That is why I run.

Quote from Phil

Claire: Honey, I could really use your help with spring cleaning today. I got to get all these boxes down to the donation center.
Phil: Wish I could, but I've got work. Then Luke and I have got some important trampolining to do.
Claire: I just love how equally we divide our responsibilities.
Phil: Figured we'd do a little father-son bonding since your school trip was canceled.
Luke: Oh. You can teach me the Dunphy tuck.
Phil: [chuckles] I love your enthusiasm, Son but it's way too dangerous. One wrong move, and you're eating springs.

Quote from Gloria

Gloria: Ay, Cam, no dessert for you?
Cameron: No, none for me. I have to fit into a skintight cat costume tonight because I'm gonna-
Gloria: Whatever you do behind closed doors is your own business.

Quote from Jay

Gloria: Ay, maybe I come see you. I need to find something to watch since I had to give up my soap operas.
Cameron: Oh, because you've been neglecting Joe?
Gloria: No. It's because I asked Jay to stop smoking cigars and he said that he would quit if I stopped watching the soap operas. But it's very hard.
Jay: What's so damn hard? It's the same thing every week: amnesia, evil twins, two ladies end up fighting in a fountain. I mean, what is it? Is it some sort of an escape?

Quote from Cameron

Gloria: But she looks like she's just doing the bunny ears behind her girlfriend.
Mitchell: Which is exactly what she would do to get a secret signal past the authorities.
Cameron: Okay, it's a scout camp, not Leavenworth.

Quote from Haley

Haley: Based off the walk I just took side-boob is the new butt crack.

Quote from Phil

Phil: So, what's this, a surprise for old Dad? You've been secretly taking lessons for months, probably longer?
Luke: Nope. I just started messing around with it today.
Phil: And you learned a whole song.
Claire: Actually, he learned two. Play him the other one.
Phil: I'm good. Thanks. Are those my shoes?
Luke: I found them in the box of donations.
Claire: They fit him perfectly. If anything, they're a little snug.
Phil: Well, he can kick 'em off, 'cause we are about to do some trampolining. Time to learn the Dunphy tuck.
Claire: I thought you said he could get hurt doing that.
Phil: It's impossible to be safe all the time. You can get hurt just walking into your own house.

Quote from Cameron

Cameron: Okay, I'm gonna go hang my costume up in my dressing room and start warming up my voice.
Gloria: Dressing room? Ay, show me.
Cameron: I can't. It's the handicapped stall in the men's room.

Quote from Gloria

Senor Kaplan: [to Cameron] You would do that for me? This is literally the nicest gesture I have ever witnessed and I'm from Canada.
Gloria: I don't like this. This is just like when Rosalba and Marisol found out that they were married to the same man. Marisol backed down but she was found dead two days later.
Cameron: Okay, Gloria, I think there's a chance you're trying to turn a very normal situation into one of your soap operas.

Quote from Phil

Phil: The move you're about to see was first developed by my great-great-great-grandfather Razvan Dunphy. But really, it's as old as man's quest to fly.

Quote from Phil

Phil: Um... Uh... Just adjust these springs.
Luke: They feel fine to me.
Phil: I'm sure they do. You don't have the foot sensitivity of a tramp champ. If I ever had to read Braille, I'd-
Luke: Oh, my God. I think I did it.

Quote from Phil

Claire: Oh, honey. You look exhausted.
Phil: Well, I'm not. I'm as strong as ever. Certainly the strongest person in the house.
Claire: [gasps] Is Luke doing the Dunphy tuck?
Phil: Sort of a poor man's version of it.
Claire: Wow. He added a whole new twist.
Phil: It's called over-rotation. Look into it.

Quote from Claire

Claire: [aside to camera] I was so caught up in my spring cleaning it took me a while to see that Phil was feeling inadequate. I knew what I needed to do.
[flashback:]
Claire: When you guys are done out there do you think you could give Luke my list? I have some chores on here that require some muscle.
Phil: Maybe I should take care of that.
Claire: Nah.
Phil: No, no. I-I can handle it. Luke's pretty busy out there not pointing his toes.

Quote from Phil

Claire: What are you doing?
Phil: Last item on the list move the table.
Claire: No. You should not be doing that alone.
Phil: Really? 'Cause I got the fridge out to the curb.
Claire: How?
Phil: Drug it. Stand back. I'm turtling her.

Quote from Phil

Phil: What's that?
Luke: Uh, nothing.
Phil: Is that a bra? You're not supposed to have girls up here.
Luke: I can explain.
Phil: You don't have to. You think you're an adult, but you're not. You're a kid living under my roof and you have to obey my rules. [grabs banjo, a string snaps]
Luke: Ow! The "G" string snapped.
Phil: Probably not the first time that's happened in here.

Quote from Haley

Claire: [on the phone] Haley, are you with Alex? She's not answering her phone.
Haley: Uh, yeah, yeah. We're just a tiny bit separated right now. But, uh, she's been acting a little strange.
Claire: Oh, no. What do you mean?
Haley: Um, I... Well, I'd say she's been, um, a bit distant.
Claire: Oh, no.
Haley: Mom, don't freak out.
Claire: No, I was worried about this when you two left this morning.
Haley: Oh, okay, so she was being a little uptight.
Claire: Come on. Open up, you stupid thing.
Haley: Okay, fine. She was a total buzzkill, okay? I just wanted to relax her.
Claire: Damn it.
Haley: I know. I know. It was a mistake. But it's not like I poured it down her throat.
Claire: She didn't get into Harvard.
Haley: Oh, thank God. That's why she's been acting so weird.
Claire: Wait. What do you mean, you didn't pour it down her throat? Did you get her drunk?
Haley: Hey, you hacked her computer.

Quote from Jay

Mitchell: Lily's camp is just through those trees. I'll be back soon.
Jay: Take your time. I got a couple of Robustos to keep me company.
Mitchell: Um, what's up with the outfit?
Jay: It's to keep the smoke off me so Gloria won't smell it.
Mitchell: That's insane.
Jay: Yep, I've lost my mind. Have fun breaking your daughter out of sleepaway camp.

Quote from Mitchell

Mitchell: I was nine years old, at camp. There were mosquitoes, compost toilets, mean kids.
Jay: It was theater camp, wasn't it?
Mitchell: Naturally, you remember that part. The point is, I hated it. I was I was cold, and I was scared especially after this kid told this terrifying ghost story. So I snuck away to a pay phone. I called you, crying. And, in a performance even more predictable than Todd Jansen's Artful Dodger you refused to pick me up.
Jay: For your own good. Learning to fend for yourself is an important part of becoming a man.
Mitchell: Before you claim that all my professional success stems from your very, very brave decision to stay at home on the couch watching The Bionic Woman, I am going to go get Lily so that she knows she can always count on me. [coat trapped in car trunk] It's fine.
Jay: If that's your idea of a dramatic exit it's no wonder Todd Jansen got that part.

Quote from Phil

Phil: I'm sorry. I'm not proud of my behavior today. It probably started with the 5K I ran yesterday.
Luke: 10K.
Phil: For everyone else. It's the first time in 15 years I couldn't finish. Then today, it's everything I can do, you can do better.
Luke: No, I can't.
Phil: Yes, you can. It's okay. It's not your fault. Every dad goes through it the day he starts seeing his son as a man and not a boy. It's a shock. Like when we first got high-def TV and I realized Ed Bradley had an earring.
Luke: I'm not as much of a man as you think, Dad.
Phil: Oh, really? How come an hour ago, I had a 16-year-old girl's bra in my hand?
[A horrified mother and her daughter back away from Phil]

Quote from Phil

Luke: The bra belongs to me.
Phil: Oh. 'Kay. That's not the conversation I thought we'd be having but... If that's what you need on the outside to feel like the Luke you are on the inside-
Luke: No. It's to practice on. I stink at unhooking them. Last week, I tried to take one off a girl at a party. I fumbled for so long, she started to laugh. It still haunts me. [a little girl giggles] That's why I didn't go away this week. My trip wasn't canceled. Everyone found out, and...
Phil: I get it. You couldn't face them. Listen. I know this part of your life may not be moving fast enough for you but enjoy it while it lasts. Someday your life's gonna be moving faster than you want and you could wind up doing something dumb, like blinding your son.
Luke: I'm blind?
Phil: Probably not.

Quote from Haley

Haley: Alex! Alex, stop. I have been chasing you for, like, an hour. Where are you going?
Alex: Uh, this guy Weasel said he knows of some hot springs in the hills. We were just gonna go try and find them.
Haley: Oh, okay. So we'll see you in, like, what, 10 years when you spoon-tunnel your way out of Weasel's basement.

Quote from Gloria

Gloria: So now everybody hates Cameron.
Senor Kaplan: Okay, look, I can't sing "Memory." It's too much song for me. So when I found out that Coach Tucker wanted to sing it as well I had my out, until he nobly stepped aside. Luckily, the sandbag fell, everyone blamed him, and I just saw my opening. I put the paint cans on the floor and pretended that the tea scalded me. But to see him crash and burn on stage, that... [snickers] It doesn't get better than that.
Gloria: Oh, it's about to, because I turned your microphone on and everybody there is listening to everything that you just said!
Senor Kaplan: No. No. No, no, no, no, no.
Cameron: You monster!
Senor Kaplan: Now, hold on.
Cameron: Ooh! Ooh-hoo!
Gloria: [eating popcorn] Amazing. And with no commercials!

Quote from Mitchell

Mitchell: [aside to camera] The worst thing about the woods is you never know what you're gonna run into- a bear, a hunter who doesn't take kindly to city folk or worse... Your daughter, as happy as you've ever seen her. The only thing to do was to sneak back to the car and think of a lie to tell my dad along the way.

Quote from Lily

Lily: Um, what are you doing here?
Mitchell: Okay, I thought you gave me the signal.
Lily: No. Go away. You're embarrassing me in front of eight-year-olds.

Quote from Mitchell

Mitchell: Um, well, it takes place at a camp a lot like this one where just beyond the woods there was a black lake. And just beyond the lake, there was a prison.
Sydney: This isn't scary.
Mitchell: Okay, it was a haunted pr- It was a haunted prison. Now on this one night, the night of the full moon what they call the "blood moon"... Ooh! Okay, what was at this prison was a ghost the ghost of an old man with glowing red eyes who breathed fire!
Sydney: I'm bored. Can we go to sleep early?
Mitchell: I think you're forgetting about the blood moon.
Girl: What's that?
Lily: Glowing eyes!
Girl: It's the ghost!
Mitchell: It's the ghost!

Quote from Jay

Mitchell: Well, I guess you finally rescued me at camp. Better late than never.
Jay: By the way, I should've come by and picked you up from camp. That "tough it out" stuff, that was my dad talking. He threw me in a lake once I was afraid of. Did I ever tell you about that story?
Mitchell: We've all heard that story. No, don't feel too bad. I was completely wrong about Lily. I almost rescued her from having the time of her life.
Jay: Oh, that's the way of things. Things work out. Someday, you'll be able to see her be completely wrong about her kids. It's fun.

Quote from Mitchell

Jay: Cigar?
Mitchell: No. No, thank you. You know, I once stole one of those when I was a kid. Made me completely dizzy. I don't remember the rest of the night.
Jay: Aren't you going to that Faculty Follies after this?
Mitchell: Yeah. Give me one of those.


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