Flip Flop (Modern Family)

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"Flip Flop"
Modern Family episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 20
Directed byGail Mancuso
Written byJeffrey Richman
Bill Wrubel
Production code4ARG19
Original air dateApril 10, 2013
Guest appearance(s)
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"Flip Flop" is the 20th episode of the fourth season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 92nd episode overall. It was aired on April 10, 2013. The episode was written by Jeffrey Richman & Bill Wrubel and it was directed by Gail Mancuso.


The house that Claire (Julie Bowen) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) were preparing for a flip is ready and they are also ready to start searching for a buyer. After turning down an offer from Gil (Rob Riggle), another real estator, they struggle to find a buyer. Luke (Nolan Gould) tells them that he has a friend, Zach (Anders Holm), who is looking for a house and Haley (Sarah Hyland) uses her social network skills to research about him and learn what he likes. After learning what they wanted, they all make the house perfect for him.

They arrange a date with Zach but during the house inspection, Cam mentions Zach's dog name, something that makes Zach wondering how Cam knew something like that. When a little bit later Haley mentions his birthday too, he freaks out and leaves. Gil comes to gloat, but Phil (Ty Burrell) pretends that Cam and Mitchell are potential clients who are interested in the house. After seeing that, Gil is willing to renegotiate the price for his buyer and offers them a higher price.

Meanwhile, Gloria's (Sofía Vergara) ex-husband, Javier (Benjamin Bratt), introduces to Gloria, Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) his new fiancée, Trish (Paget Brewster). Gloria is worried about being replaced by Trish when she sees how close Manny and Trish get due to their many common interests. When Javier proposes to Trish, Trish runs upstairs and locks herself in Manny's room. Gloria tries to talk to her and convince her to come out. During their discussion, Gloria finds out that the reason Trish does not want to get married to Javier is because she feels like she can not live up to Gloria as a mother and as a wife. Hearing that, Gloria abandons her plan to scare her away and welcomes her to the family.



In its original American broadcast, "Flip Flop" was watched by 10.38 million; down 0.5 from the previous episode.[1]


"Flip Flop" received generally positive reviews.

Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave an A- grade to the episode saying that the episode was made only to make you laugh. "“Flip Flop” seems like the kind of episode that gets made when the creative team doesn't think they can fail. It's full of broad gags and muttered asides and old-fashioned farce. It isn't concerned with appealing to desirable demographics or pushing envelopes. It's the kind of episode that gets made when the only thing the creative team wants to do is make each other laugh."[2]

Victoria Leigh Miller from Yahoo! TV said that the episode was hilarious and truly memorable. "It was guest stars galore on Wednesday night's "Modern Family" when the family flipped out over a flipped house and a new female friend. The episode, titled "Flip Flop", featured family teamwork at its best and the return of Benjamin Bratt as Javier."[3]

Michael Adams of 411mania gave the episode 8.5/10 saying that it was a fantastic episode. "Two main plot points, no wacky, craziness, just great writing and acting. [...] Everything about it was just so on point and hysterical, not to mention Rob Riggle was a guest star."[4]

Wyner C of Two Cents TV gave a good review to the episode saying it was "cute" and it ended the house flipping story arc. "Families support each other through it all – they are our walking sticks. We need to move forward but they make the walk smoother, easier. Unfortunately, with their help, we are exposed to their opinions – wanted or not."[5]

Leigh Raines from TV Fanatic rated the episode with 4/5[6] and Zach Dionne from the Vulture, rated the episode with 3/5.[7]


  1. ^ Amanda Kondolojy (April 11, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor' & 'Suburgatory' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers.
  2. ^ Donna Bowman (April 10, 2013). "Flip Flop". A.V. Club.
  3. ^ Victoria Leigh Miller (April 11, 2013). "'Modern Family' Recap, Review: 'Flip Flop' is No Flop". Yahoo! TV.
  4. ^ Adams, Michael (April 10, 2013). "Modern Family Review - 4.20 'Flip Flop'". 411mania.
  5. ^ Wyner C (April 11, 2013). "Modern Family – Recap & Review – Flip Flop". Two Cents TV.
  6. ^ Leigh Rainer (April 11, 2013). "Modern Family Review: Flattery". TV Fanatic.
  7. ^ Zach Dionne (April 11, 2013). "Modern Family Recap: Clameron". Vulture.

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