Modern Family Season 1 Episode 14

14th episode of the 1st season of Modern Family

Moon Landing
Mod Family

Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) at the gym’south locker-room

Season 1
Episode 14
Directed by Jason Winer
Written past Bill Wrubel
Production code 1ARG13
Original air engagement February 3, 2010 (2010-02-03)
Guest appearances
  • Minnie Driver as Valerie
  • Reid Ewing every bit Dylan
Episode chronology

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Moon Landing” is the fourteenth episode of the first season of
Modern Family
and the fourteenth episode of the serial overall. It was originally scheduled to premiere on ABC on January 27, 2010, only information technology was preempted by the State of the Union address and pushed back a week to Feb iii, 2010.[1]
The episode was written by Bill Wrubel and directed by Jason Winer.

In the episode, Mitchell tries to offer his legal advice to Gloria afterward a car crash she was involved, assertive that information technology was not her fault. Claire meets an onetime friend from work, Valerie, and thinks that Valerie pities her for leaving her job years back to raise her family unit. Claire wants to show to her that she made the correct conclusion. Jay and Cameron go to the gym to play racquetball but an incident in the locker room does non allow Jay to concentrate on the game.

The episode achieved a Nielsen rating of 3.9/10, attracting 9.07 1000000 viewers and received positive reviews from critics.



Jay (Ed O’Neill) asks Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) for legal communication for Gloria (Sofía Vergara) who had been involved in a motorcar crash. While Mitchell thinks that it is not Gloria’s error, Manny (Rico Rodriguez) informs him that it was his mom’s fault since she is a terrible driver.

Mitchell tries to bring upwards the possibility that information technology was her fault but Gloria gets mad accusing him of being stereotypical. She leaves saying that she does not need him equally a lawyer anymore. A footling chip afterward, she comes back to apologize and to ask for Mitchell’s assistance again for a second motorcar crash. This time she crashed into a eating house while she was attempting to leave.

Claire (Julie Bowen) is going to meet with an quondam friend from piece of work, Valerie (Minnie Driver). While they are talking, Claire realizes that Valerie pities her for quitting her task to heighten a family. Claire wants to show to her that this was not a bad conclusion and she brings her home to meet her family. Things at the house though are not as perfect as Claire was hoping.

In the concurrently, Jay goes to the gym with Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) to play racquetball. A disturbing moment at the locker room though, that Cameron names “moon landing”, is plenty to make Jay not be able to concentrate at the game. Also, Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Dylan (Reid Ewing) suspension up and Dylan tries to win her back by standing outside her window playing music on his iPod.





The episode surprisingly survived against
American Idol
with 9.194 million viewers and a Nielsen rating of iii.ix/11.[2]
The episode ranked 14 in the 18–49 rating, simply couldn’t break the meridian 20 in total viewership.[three]



The episode got positive reviews.

Robert Canning of
gave the episode an eight, saying that it was “Impressive” and “If whatever i of these story lines had been given more time inside the episode, their comic potential could take been better fulfilled. It’s possible Valerie could have become more of a character than a cutout. Jay could have had more time to deal with, and more politically incorrect things to say virtually, his butt crash-land. But as it were, though the stories were less than fulfilling,
Modern Family
nonetheless delivered a decent amount of laughs.”[4]

Jason Hughes of
TV Squad
gave information technology a positive review saying that “Sometimes I wonder if I could just write up a review of ‘Mod Family’ past listing all of the groovy quotes that come out of this show. Line for line, this has to exist one of the cleverest series on television today. Even the episode title, ‘Moon Landing,’ recalls a swell moment”.[5]

Donna Bowman of
The A.V. Club
gave it a B+, saying fans of the ABC hit
would exist satisfied past the episode.[6]

Lesley Barbarous of Entertainment Weekly gave it a positive review proverb that “Could last night’s episode of Modernistic Family unit been any funnier? I mean, I may likewise accept transcribed the entire episode, because every line had me practically running to my own Porta-Potty. While the whole clan had their side-splitting moments — hello Cam and Jay’s moon landing, which is plain not as bad as a splashdown — the Dunphy family unit stole the evening”.[7]



  1. ^

    Seidman, Robert (January eighteen, 2010). “4-Featured, Broadcast Television: State of the Union Scheduled For January 27; Look For Human Target To Get Bumped”. TV By the Numbers. Archived from the original on January 22, 2010. Retrieved
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  2. ^

    Gorman, Bill (Feb 4, 2010). “Tv set Ratings: Wednesday Circulate Final Ratings; Idol Ticks Up, Ugly Betty Ticks Down”. Goggle box By the Numbers. Archived from the original on Feb 7, 2010. Retrieved
    March xi,

  3. ^

    Seidman, Robert (Feb 9, 2010). “TV Ratings: Super Basin XLIV, Post Game and Undercover Boss Dominate Weekly Viewing”. Goggle box By the Numbers. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved
    March eleven,

  4. ^

    Canning, Robert (February 4, 2010). “Modern Family: “Moon Landing” Review”. IGN. Retrieved
    March 11,

  5. ^

    Hughes, Jason (Feb four, 2010). “Review: Modern Family – Moon Landing”. TVSquad. Retrieved
    March 11,

  6. ^

    Bowman, Donna (February 3, 2010). ““Moon Landing” : Mod Family”. The A.5. Order. Retrieved
    March eleven,

  7. ^

    Savage, Lesley (Feb iv, 2010). “‘Modern Family unit’ recap: The low two”. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved
    March 11,

External links


  • “Moon Landing” at
  • “Moon Landing” at IMDb