Not in My House

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"Not in My House"
Modern Family episode
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Jay (Ed O'Neill) brings Barkley to Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson)
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 12
Directed by Chris Koch
Written by Caroline Williams
Production code 1ARG08
Original air date January 13, 2010
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"Not in My House" is the 12th episode of the first season of Modern Family. It premiered on ABC on January 13, 2010. The episode was written by Caroline Williams and directed by Chris Koch.[1]

The episode got a Nielsen rating of 3.2/8 in the 18-49 demographic. Ratings fell around 2 million viewers from the previous episode, a drop attributed to heavy competition from the season premiere of American Idol.


Claire (Julie Bowen) discovers a photo on her computer of a topless woman on a tractor, and she assumes that Luke (Nolan Gould) downloaded it since he is the one who used last her computer. Phil (Ty Burrell) does not correct her and tries to hide that he owns the photo because he believes that Claire will be mad at him. He says that it would be better to let him handle it and he will talk to Luke.

Haley (Sarah Hyland) believes Alex (Ariel Winter) has read her journal and they get into a fight. Luke is the one who actually did it and he talks about it to Claire. Claire misunderstands what Luke is trying to confess and she thinks that he is talking about the image with the naked woman she found on her computer. Eventually the truth of whose the picture is, is revealed.

Jay (Ed O'Neill) brought home a statue of a dog dressed as a butler and named it Barkley. Gloria (Sofía Vergara) is spooked by it and she does not want it in the house. She removes it to the guest room so she will not have to see it every time she enters the house. Jay brings it back but he ends up giving it to Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet).

Meanwhile, Cam and Mitchell try to help their gardener who seems sad but their inability to speak Spanish causes much confusion. At the end, Cam finds out that the gardener was just stressed because of his wedding and the whole family ends up in their home for the ceremony.



In its original American broadcast, "Not in My House" was viewed by 7.847 million viewers. The drop in viewership is most likely attributed to airing against the second night of the season premiere of American Idol.[2]


The episode was well received by Robert Canning of IGN who gave it an 8.5/10 saying that "It was smart and subtle and had you smiling joyfully at the goings on, if not laughing out loud for 30 minutes straight. The tag with Cameron speaking for Barkley as the they took him to the pawnshop was silly good fun, and I'll take that over crass shock humor any day of the week".[3]

Jason Hughes of TV Squad said that "this may have been one of the funniest episodes of Modern Family yet".[4]

James Poniewozik of Time Magazine said it wasn't the best but good saying that "Fair's fair; last night's episode, which kept the three storylines largely separate, wasn't as strong, But it wasn't because the families were separate or because the stories weren't thematically connected".[5]

Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B+ with readers giving it a B saying that "Put another way, Modern Family started out with one of the best pilots I've ever seen, and the only comedy this season I'd put above it is Parks and Recreation (though my dearly beloved Party Down has yet to debut). But I'm not entirely sure that the show will be anywhere near my list of favorites by the time, say, season three rolls around. I'd love to be proved wrong, and the way the show has kept up the level of quality this season suggests I will be proved wrong, but at the same time, the show is a solid, out-of-the-box hit with a dedicated audience that loves the shit out of it."[6]


  1. ^ "Modern Family: Not in My House Writers, Directors, and Crew". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  2. ^ Robert Seidman (2010-01-14). "TV Ratings: American Idol Second Night Down; Ugly Betty’s Ratings’ Pants Are On The Ground". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  3. ^ Robert Canning (2010-01-14). "Modern Family: "Not In My House" Review". Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  4. ^ Jason Hughes (2010-01-14). "Review: Modern Family - Not in My House". Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  5. ^ James Poniewozik (2010-01-14). "Modern Family Watch: "You Want Different"". Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  6. ^ ""Not in My House" : Modern Family". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 

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