Egg Drop

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"Egg Drop"
Modern Family episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 12
Directed by Jason Winer
Written by Paul Corrigan
Brad Walsh
Production code 3ARG12
Original air date January 11, 2012
Guest appearance(s)
  • Zoe Jarman (Lindsay)
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"Egg Drop" is the 12th episode of the third season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 60th episode overall. It was aired on January 11, 2012. The episode was written by Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh and directed by Jason Winer.


Luke (Nolan Gould) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) have a school project where they have to find a way of how to drop an egg from a certain height and it will not break. They both struggle with it and when Manny tells Jay (Ed O'Neill) that Luke is going to nail the project because he is sure Claire (Julie Bowen) will help him, Jay calls Claire to make sure that she will not help Luke because it will be unfair. Claire who was not planning to help, after Jay's call she wants to help because she is sure that Jay is going to help Manny even though he said that he wouldn't.

Phil (Ty Burrell) has a seminar about real estate and he needs Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Claire's help. Claire steps out asking him to find someone else to help because she has to help Luke with his project. Phil calls Gloria (Sofía Vergara) who immediately accepts to help him. They all go to the place where the presentation is going to happen and rehearse Phil's speech and what everyone has to do. After the rehearsal, Gloria and Haley ask Phil to let them go for mani-pedis since they have time till the actual presentation. Things though do not go as they planned and Phil ends up doing the presentation alone, something that leads to a disaster.

Meanwhile, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) welcome at their home a potential birth mother named Lindsay (Zoe Jarman). Lindsay seems impressed with the two of them, especially when she discovers that Cam is a musician and it will be great for her kid to grow up with a musician since its biological father is one. She asks them to sing something for her and the baby and when they do Lindsay makes a comment about Mitch being a better singer than Cam. Cam gets offended by that and later he tries to prove that he is a good singer singing "If You Leave Me Now". He proves what he wants but after the song Lindsay changes her mind about the baby and she wants to keep it.

Manny and Luke, with the help of Jay and Claire respectively, have their projects finished. The competitive spirits of Jay and Claire though, lead them at the school to test them and see which one it the best. Both projects are successful but the two of them want to drop them from higher because one of them has to win.

Manny and Luke worry that leaving them alone will make them realize how they manipulated them to make the projects for them. Claire, seeing the boys nervous, believes that they are nervous because they wanted to do the projects on their own and they took the joy from them. Jay agrees with her and they try to apologize to the kids. Before they get the chance to say anything, Manny tells them about how they manipulated them and instead of apologizing, they tell them that they will do the project from the beginning totally on their own this time.

Cultural references[edit]

  • Cam and Mitch sing Elton John and Kiki Dee's song Don't Go Breaking My Heart when Lindsay asks them to sing something for the baby she is going to give them.
  • Cam feels offended that Lindsay said Mitch is a better singer than him so when Mitch gets out of the room he sings to her a song from Chicago, If You Leave Me Now, to prove he is a good singer.



In its original American broadcast, "Egg Drop" was watched by 12.12 million; down two million from the previous episode.[1]


"Egg Drop" received positive reviews.

Meredith Blake from The A.V. Club gave the episode a B+ rate saying that the episode was mostly very funny with a few brief, problematic moments. "“Egg Drop” is in many ways a showcase example of what Modern Family does best; that is, taking a stale sitcom plot and making it seem fresh again with clever writing and some well-observed family dynamics."[2]

Leigh Raines of TV Fanatic rated the episode with 4/5 saying that it was "a major improvement over last week's installment" and "just another example of how important competition is to the Pritchett crew."[3]

Christine N. Ziemba from Paste Magazine gave a 9/10 to the episode stating that the third season of the show was uneven thus far. "...the show finally cast off the doldrums with this week’s "Egg Drop,” a fast-paced, zany episode that had the Pritchett and Dunphy clans involved in various hi-jinks—and not just for cheap laughs."[4]

JeffEightOne from Ape Donkey didn't find the episode as strong as the previous one but it was a solid episode. "“Egg Drop” is exactly what I mentioned before in that it was a collection of singles, but no home runs to be found. This keeps it from being transcendent, but it’s nonetheless a solid B-level outing for Modern Family."[5]


  • On March 14, 2012, the whole cast along with creator Steven Levitan, were on the Paley Festival where Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen revealed that Claire's fall on the episode was not scripted. Bowen slipped on the egg shells and fell.[6]


  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (January 12, 2012). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle,' 'Whitney,' 'Harry's Law' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. 
  2. ^ Blake, Meredith (January 11, 2012). "Egg Drop". The A.V. Club. 
  3. ^ Raines, Leigh (January 11, 2012). "Modern Family Review: Eggs and Egos". TV Fanatic. 
  4. ^ Ziemba, Christine (January 12, 2012). "Modern Family Review: "Egg Drop" (Episode 3.12)". Paste Magazine. 
  5. ^ JeffEightOne (January 16, 2012). "Modern Family – "Lifetime Supply" and "Egg Drop" Reviews". Ape Donkey. 
  6. ^ Paley Center for Media (September 21, 2012). "Modern Family - Eric Stonestreet Makes Horses Nervous". You Tube. 

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