The Future Dunphys

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"The Future Dunphys"
Modern Family episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 19
Directed by Ryan Case
Written by Elaine Ko
Production code 4ARG20
Original air date April 3, 2013
Guest actors
Season 4 episodes
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"The Future Dunphys" is the 19th episode of the fourth season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 91st episode overall. It was aired on April 3, 2013. The episode was written by Elaine Ko and it was directed by Ryan Case.

Plot[edit]

Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil (Ty Burrell) visit the hospital for a check up after Claire's heart episode back on Valentine's Day (see ep. "Heart Broken"). While waiting, they see an older version of their family and they start acting weird, making Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter) and Luke (Nolan Gould) worried that Claire's condition is serious. When the kids arrive at the hospital to see what is going on, they realize that everything is OK, and they scold Phil and Claire for stressing them out.

Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) starts asking "girly" questions to Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) but the two of them are not quite experts on the subject so, they call Gloria (Sofía Vergara) for help. As soon as Gloria leaves the house with Lily, Lily says something that makes her take Lily straight back home. While talking with her, Mitch, Cam, and Gloria realize there was just a misunderstanding caused by a conversation Lily had with a schoolmate. So, they decide to educate her about Vietnam and reconnect Lily with her heritage by taking her out to a Vietnamese restaurant.

Meanwhile, Jay (Ed O'Neill) takes Manny (Rico Rodriguez) to an exclusive private school for an interview. During a prospective students' tour, Jay's secret childhood desire to fit in with the upper class crowd resurfaces, and he realizes he could live vicariously through Manny. Jay puts too much pressure on Manny, which makes him freak out, leading his interview to a catastrophe.

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

In its original American broadcast, "The Future Dunphys" was watched by 10.88 million; up 1.79 from the previous episode.[1]

Reviews[edit]

"The Future Dunphys" received positive reviews.

Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave a B grade to the episode saying that the episode's separate storylines succeeded in crafting big laughs. "Modern Family tends to do best with episodes that limit the number of separate subplots, either by deliberate discipline or by creating storylines that split and merge."[2]

Leigh Raines from TV Fanatic rated the episode with 3/5 saying that this was not one of her favorite episodes but still, there were a lot of hilarious lines.[3]

Zach Dionne from the Vulture, rated the episode with 4/5 saying that it was an exciting episode "dressed up as a cookie-cutter one."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sara Bibel (April 4, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Modern Family', 'American Idol' & 'Survivor' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. 
  2. ^ Donna Bowman (April 3, 2013). "The Future Dunphys". The A.V. Club. 
  3. ^ Leigh Raines (April 4, 2013). "Modern Family Review: Past, Present, Future". TV Fanatic. 
  4. ^ Zach Dionne (April 4, 2013). "Modern Family Recap: Reverse Psychiatry". Vulture.