Best Men (Modern Family)

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"Best Men"
Modern Family episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 17
Directed by Steven Levitan
Story by Dan O'Shannon
Abraham Higginbotham
Bianca Douglas
Teleplay by Dan O'Shannon
Abraham Higginbotham
Production code 4ARG15
Original air date February 27, 2013
Guest appearance(s)
  • Elizabeth Banks (Sal)
  • Nosheen Phoenix (Daliya)
  • Janelle Marra (Valerie)
  • Dina Waters (Art teacher)
  • Michael Masini (Tony)
  • Rachel Marie (Gabby)
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"Best Men" is the 17th episode of the fourth season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 89th episode overall. It aired February 27, 2013. The episode was written by Dan O'Shannon & Abraham Higginbotham based on a story by O'Shannon, Higginbotham and Bianca Douglas. It was directed by Steven Levitan.


Sal (Elizabeth Banks), Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam's (Eric Stonestreet) best girlfriend back from their party years, comes to their home unexpected and announces them that she is getting married to someone whom she met three months ago. The wedding is the next day and she asks them to be her best men. Of course they accept but they are not sure if Sal is ready for a wedding since she was always been the party girl. When Sal makes out with the bartender just one hour before the wedding, Cam wants to stop the wedding.

Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) have hired an English nanny named Daliya (Nosheen Phoenix), but Gloria has some trust issues with her. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with Manny's (Rico Rodriguez) art love for nude females. Gloria and Jay believe that this kind of art love becomes from Gloria who is breast-feeding little Joe in front of everyone, but the real reason is the new nanny, who Manny is in love with. To arrange some alone time with Daliya, he convinces Jay and Gloria to go to the movies, and he prepares a romantic dinner for him and Daliya. While Jay and Gloria are out, they find out about Manny's love for Daliya and they rush back home.

Claire (Julie Bowen) and Haley (Sarah Hyland) have one of their rare bonding moments and Claire asks Haley to go out for dinner, just the two of them. While dropping off Alex (Ariel Winter) to the bar she is playing with her band, Haley encounters to a friend of hers and she leaves with her, ditching her plans for dinner with Claire. Later, she comes back and hangs out with Claire because she feels guilty leaving her while they had plans. A nice surprise awaits both of them when Alex's band starts playing.

Meanwhile, Phil (Ty Burrell) tries to help Luke (Nolan Gould) get a date with Simone (Olivia Rose Keegan) through Facebook. When the date is arranged, Phil goes with Luke at the Dinner and sits at the bar to wait for him. Things get awkward when Simone's divorced mom, Valerie (Janelle Marra), comes to the bar to introduce herself and it is revealed that she was the one writing the messages on Facebook on behalf of her daughter.



In its original American broadcast, "Best Men" was watched by 10.53 million; down 0.09 from the previous episode.[1]


"Best Men" received mostly positive reviews.

Eric Adams of The A.V. Club gave a B grade to the episode stating that it was absurdly overstuffed but the show has lots of potential storylines. "The episode is modern TV comedy presented as a Whitman’s Sampler, multiple variations on the same show housed in one convenient package. And when you can please that many segments of an audience in a single half-hour, longevity and syndication are almost a given."[2]

Dalene Rovenstine from Paste Magazine rated the episode with 8.1/10 saying that the season was a roller coaster and she was not expecting much since the moment Elizabeth Banks appeared.[3]

Michael Adams of 411mania gave the episode 8/10 saying that this episode was an improvement from last week's one. "I thought every storyline was strong, and there were some definite character developments that I assume are going to come into play in later episodes, particularly the ones between the Dunphy girls. The only disappointment in this episode was that they teased us early on this season about the wedding. I really thought it was going to be Mitchell and Cam's wedding, but obviously, it wasn't. I'm ok with how it turned out..."[4]

Victoria Leigh Miller from Yahoo! TV said that Micth and Cam are the best best men in TV history.[5]

Leigh Raines from TV Fanatic rated the episode with 4.5/5[6] while Zach Dionne of Vulture rated it with 3/5.[7]


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 28, 2013) "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Chicago Fire', 'American Idol', & 'CSI' Adjusted Up; 'Suburgatory' Adjusted down" TV by the Numbers
  2. ^ Adams, Eric (February 27, 2013) "Best Men" A.V. Club
  3. ^ Rovenstine, Dalene (February 28, 2013) "Modern Family Review: "Best Men"(Episode 4.17)" Paste Magazine
  4. ^ Adams, Michael (February 27, 2013). "Modern Family Review - 4.17 'Best Men'". 411mania. 
  5. ^ Leigh Miller, Victoria (February 28, 2013) "‘Modern Family’ recap, review: Will the best 'Best Men' ever please step forward?" Archived June 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Yahoo! TV
  6. ^ Raines, Leigh (February 27, 2013) "Modern Family Review: A Rocket Ship to the Moon" TV Fanatic
  7. ^ Dionne, Zach (February 28, 2013). "Modern Family Recap: Banks Is Back". Vulture. 

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