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Did the Chicken Cross the Road? is the seventh episode from Season 10 of Modern Family, it aired on November 7, 2018.

Plot Summary

When Cam forgets the words to his favorite country song, he blames Mitch and decides he needs to reconnect with his roots and get a chicken. Meanwhile, when Alex is up for a prestigious government job that requires a family interview, it causes everyone to overcompensate and jeopardize her chances; and Haley and Dylan think it might be time they grew up a little.[1]

Episode Description

For Thanksgiving, Cameron forgets his favorite song and tells Mitchell that he will adopt a chicken. But the joke is on the other side, when he finally realizes he has enough of it, while Mitchell truly enjoys it.

Also, Luke now follows psychology classes which allows him to give personnality to Haley, Phil and Claire's behaviors. Alex has an interview for a job, which she obtains. Alex thanks Phil, who, throughout the episode, believed he was a Russian spy, but also is the only one to believe in her each time she does not.

And as Jay and Gloria disagree over Joe's education and are humiliated by him when he refuses to eat his beet. 

Haley and Dylan have fun at bumper cars until Dylan's stupidity sends Haley to the hospital with a piece of lipstick up her nose. Although she is not injured, the couple find out that Haley is pregnant.

Main Cast

(The characters striked out do not appear in this episode)

  • Jay Pritchett
  • Gloria Pritchett
  • Manny Delgado
  • Joe Pritchett
  • Claire Dunphy
  • Phil Dunphy
  • Haley Dunphy
  • Alex Dunphy
  • Luke Dunphy
  • Mitchell Pritchett
  • Cameron Tucker
  • Lily Tucker-Pritchett

Guest Starring

  • Reid Ewing as Dylan
  • Rosa Blasi as Florence
  • Cullen McCarthy as Bobby
  • Nalini Sharma as Nurse
  • Mike Beaver as Sailer
  • Jackson Duryea Carter as Soccer Player (uncredited)


  • Manny and Lily do not appear in this episode, making this episode the first Thanksgiving episode without Manny.
  • This is also the third episode in a row not to feature Manny.
  • The Russian headline reads известны тумблер осуждает Запад, which does indeed mean "Famous tumbler denounces the West".
  • Reid Ewing turned 30 when this episode aired. Adam Devine turned 35 though he does not appear in this episode.
  • Phil's grandfather was hairdresser.
  • Florence's name is never revealed at any moment, by any character though this is her character's name.
  • Luke is the only Dunphy whose portrait is never psychologically dressed and the only character who never interacts with Florence.
  • Mitch speaks about  possibly moving to Missouri, two episodes after this


Cultural References

  • Chicken names:
    • Egg Ryan (Meg Ryan)
    • Chicky Minaj (Nicki Minaj)
    • Princess Layer (Princess Leia)
    • Hennifer (Jennifer)
    • the toys are Lionardo DiCaprio and Squirrelly Temple (Leonardo DiCaprio and Shirley Temple)
  • Phil is pictured in front of St Basil's Cathedral.
  • Personalities:
    • INFP "Dreamer" - Phil
    • ENTJ "Commandant" - Claire
    • ENFP "Peter Pan" - Haley
  • Dylan and Haley go to The Iceman Cometh
  • Phil is hoarding episodes of Hoarders


  • The A.V. Club gave it "B": When Alex gets the job, and Phil responds with “I knew you could do it,” she thanks him for always saying that, for always being the one to believe in her even when she doesn’t believe in herself. It’s a touching moment, and one that gives “Did The Chicken Cross The Road?” just enough heart.
  • TV Fanatic gave it 3.5 / 5.0: Overall, it was one of the better episodes in recent memory.