Season 2 for Modern Family premiered on September 22, 2010 with "The Old Wagon" and released it's finale on May 25, 2011 with "The One That Got Away". Season 2 aired Wednesdays 9/8c in the United States and consisted of 24 episodes. The DVD was released on September 20, 2011.

This is the last season to feature Ella & Jaden Hiller as Lily. They are replaced by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as of Season 3.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

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OldWagon1 "The Old Wagon" Bill Wrubel Michael Spiller September 22, 2010 01 25
Phil reluctantly agrees to get rid of the Dunphy station wagon, which prompts a wave of nostalgia for the old car. Meanwhile, Cameron enlists Jay's help when Mitchell tries to build a princess castle for Lily; and Manny asks a girl to come over to study.
2x02-The-Kiss "The Kiss" Abraham Higginbotham Scott Ellis September 29, 2010 02 26
In honor of her late grandmother, Gloria decides to cook more traditional Colombian meals, which is met with some ribbing from Jay -- but see who gets the last laugh. Meanwhile Claire finds herself becoming the overbearing mom when she finds out Alex likes a boy, and Haley's idea of sisterly advice is not helping matters; and Mitchell and Cameron have a tiff over Mitchell's freakish aversion to PDA.
Earthquake "Earthquake" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Michael Spiller October 6, 2010 03 27
An earthquake hits, leaving Claire stuck in the bathroom with the plumber, Manny experiencing an existential crisis while out with Jay, and Mitchell and Cameron digging themselves deeper into a lie when they use the quake to get out of a themed brunch party thrown by their friend, Pepper.
2x04-Strangers-on-a-Treadmill "Strangers on a Treadmill" Danny Zuker Scott Ellis October 13, 2010 04 28
Claire and Mitchell enlist each others help in trying to spare their significant others from embarrassment - Cameron from his unfortunate wardrobe choices, and Phil from his joke-ridden speech for the realtors' banquet. Meanwhile Jay tries to prove a point to Gloria by attending a quincea–era thrown by one of his employees, and Haley gives Alex sisterly advice on how to be cool.
Unplugged-S2E05 "Unplugged" Steven Levitan Michael Spiller October 20, 2010 05 29
Noticing that everyone is too busy on their electronic devices to actually interact with one another, Claire and Phil declare a family challenge to see who can stay unplugged the longest. Meanwhile, it's a race against the clock as Mitchell and Cameron frantically try to get Lily into the best pre-schools, and Jay and Manny are concerned about how far Gloria will go to alleviate their problem with the neighbor's barking dog.
2x06-Hallowen "Halloween" Jeffrey Richman Michael Spiller October 27, 2010 06 30
Claire loves Halloween and is gearing up to spookify the Dunphy residence for the trick or treaters. She gives each family member a role to play, but none of it goes quite right... Cameron can't shake a traumatic childhood experience and hates the holiday, Mitchell has had a terrible day at work, and Gloria is acting weird after Jay and Manny teased her about her accent.
S2E07-Chirp "Chirp" Dan O'Shannon Michael Spiller November 3, 2010 07 31
Claire and Haley have a bit of quality girl time while they're stuck at home sick, and Phil is preoccupied by the taunts of a chirping smoke detector. Gloria and Manny's surprise visit at Jay's work leads to headaches for Jay, and Cameron gets swept up by all the lights and cameras when he goes behind Mitchell's back and takes Lily for a commercial.
2x08-Manny-Get-Your-Gun "Manny Get Your Gun" Christopher Lloyd & Danny Zuker Michael Spiller November 17, 2010 08 32
Everyone is gathering at a restaurant to celebrate Manny’s birthday, though Manny himself is experiencing a mini-life crisis about getting older. Meanwhile, on the way to the restaurant, Phil and Claire decide to engage in a not-so-friendly car race there, and Mitchell and Cameron get sidetracked when they stop at the mall to pick up a gift.
2x09-Mother-Tucker "Mother Tucker" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Michael Spiller November 24, 2010 09 33
Cameron loves his mother, so Mitchell isn't quite sure how to tell Cam that she makes him a little uncomfortable. Meanwhile, when Haley finally breaks up with Dylan, Phil takes it harder than anyone else, and Jay's little stomach ache gets exacerbated when he and Manny start looking things up on a medical website.
2x10-Dance-Dance-Revelation "Dance Dance Revelation" Ilana Wernick Gail Mancuso December 8, 2010 10 34
At Luke and Manny's first school dance, Jay and Phil take them to the mall which turns disastrous, Claire happiness turns into jealousy when Gloria joins the school dance committee. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell learn about Lily biting other kids at the playground.
2x11-Slow-Down-Your-Neighbors "Slow Down Your Neighbors" Ilana Wernick Gail Mancuso January 5, 2011 11 35
Claire becomes a determined neighborhood vigilante hoping to catch and stop a menacing car that speeds though their streets. Meanwhile, Phil is busy trying to land an important listing with a difficult client, Jay teaches Manny how to ride a bike -- only to learn Gloria needs lessons too -- and Mitchell and Cameron stumble upon a mysterious neighbor who is quite the charmer.
2x12-Our-Children-Ourselves "Our Children, Ourselves" Dan O'Shannon & Bill Wrubel Adam Shankman January 12, 2011 12 36
Claire and Phil want Alex to relax a little about her studies, but then they start questioning their own intellectual drives. Meanwhile, Gloria tries to befriend another nice couple, much to Jay's chagrin, and Mitch and Cam run into and old female flame of Mitchell's, only to make a disturbing discovery.
2x13-Caught-in-the-Act "Caught in the Act" Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman Michael Spiller January 19, 2011 13 37
It's Phil and Claire anniversary, and when the kids go to surprise them with breakfast in bed, they get a surprise of their own. Jay and Gloria plans for a Vegas vacation are ruined because of a brutally honest email accidentally sent to Claire, and Mitchell and Cam try to get into a new restaurant owned by a mom at Lily preschool.
MF S2E14 "Bixby's Back" Danny Zuker Chris Koch February 9, 2011 14 37
Claire and Phil decide to reprise their role-playing adventure from last year's Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, Jay's surprise plans for Gloria keeps getting interrupted, and a secret admirer comes between Cameron and Mitchell.
2x15-Princess-Party "Princess Party" Elaine Ko Michael Spiller February 16, 2011 15 38
It's Lily's birthday and Mitchell decides to invite his mom, much to Claire's dismay, and dis-invite Fizbo, much to Cameron's dismay. Things get even more out of hand when DeDe shows up with Claire's old high school boyfriend, and Jay and Gloria each turn to their own unique methods of dealing with this gathering of misfits.
2x16-Regrets-Only "Regrets Only" Abraham Higginbotham Dean Parisot February 23, 2011 16 39
Phil and Claire have a huge fight and Phil hasn't a clue as to what it was over, so Gloria steps in to counsel Phil while Jay counsels Claire. Meanwhile, Jay has some regret in buying Gloria a karaoke machine, and Cameron is in full prep mode for a huge fundraising event and asks Mitchell and Luke for help.
Modfam217 "Two Monkeys and a Panda" Carol Leifer Beth McCarthy-Miller March 2, 2011 17 40
While Claire runs herself ragged trying to play peacemaker with Haley and Alex, Phil sneaks off for a nice relaxing day at the spa. Meanwhile, Gloria is horrified by Jay's morbid plans to purchase two primo side-by-side crypts in preparation of the inevitable future, and Cameron decides he wants to write a book that celebrates the fact that Lily is adopted -- however, during the process he unearths artifacts that are quite disturbing.
BoysNight "Boys' Night" Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman Chris Koch March 23, 2011 18 41
Phil and Claire have some trepidation when they find out that Luke has befriended their crotchety old neighbor, Mr. Kleezak; Jay's attempt to avoid sitting through a symphony concert with Gloria and Manny lands him in the middle of Mitchell and Cameron's "boys' night out"; and Haley has her own adventures in babysitting with Lily.
MusicalMan "The Musical Man" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Michael Spiller April 13, 2011 19 42
Cameron is relishing his role as interim music director at Luke and Manny's school, and he's taking on the upcoming spring musical performance with a little too much zest and fervor. Meanwhile, Jay's brother, Donnie, is in town for a visit, and their relentless brotherly ribbing goes a little too far; and Phil convinces the family to be in his new realty ad, but when he goes as far as to wrap the family minivan in the ad, the results are unexpected.
2x20-Someone-to-Watch-Over-Lily4 "Someone to Watch Over Lily" Bill Wrubel Michael Spiller April 20, 2011 20 43
Mitchell and Cameron try to determine Lily's guardian in case something happens to them, Claire is scared that Luke will turn out like Phil, and Haley bonds with Alex after she is forced to take Alex to cello practice.
2x21 "Mother's Day" Dan O'Shannon & Ilana Wernick Michael Spiller May 4, 2011 21 44
Gloria and Claire take the kids on a hike for Mother's Day where Gloria upsets Manny. Phil and Jay spend the day cooking. Meanwhile, Cam is upset that everyone (and Mitchell) sees him as the 'wife' and their partnership.
2x22-Good-Cop-Bad-Dog "Good Cop Bad Dog" Abraham Higginbotham & Jeffrey Richman Fred Savage May 11, 2011 22 45
Jay advises a dog trainer, while Phil and Claire switch parenting duties to the kids' chagrin. Mitchell has an extra Lady Gaga concert ticket when Cameron ends up getting sick.
S2E23 "See You Next Fall" Danny Zuker Steven Levitan May 18, 2011 23 46
Alex is graduating middle school and is the Valedictorian of the class. Phil knows that Claire bottles up her emotions on adolescence until next day after the event is over, but he doesn't have the time to hear her complain the next day. He tries to hint to her that she can let her feelings out now, but she doesn't catch on.
TheOneThatGotAway "The One That Got Away" Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh & Dan O'Shannon James Bagdonas May 25, 2011 24 47
Jay desires to have a quiet birthday while fishing on the lake, but the family misinterpret him as wanting a big celebration, and in their frantic scramble to put everything together, Claire and Mitchell wind up trapped in the yard of their childhood home; Phil runs into his old college nemesis while at the mall with Gloria and Lily; Cameron gets himself into trouble at the bakery, and the kids do some creative editing on grandpa's birthday video, all of which leaves Jay with a headache.

Character Appearances


Episode (This Season)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101112131415161718192021222324Total
Jay Pritchett 24
Gloria Pritchett 24
Manny Delgado X 23
Joe Pritchett X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 0
Phil Dunphy 24
Claire Dunphy 24
Haley Dunphy X X 22
Alex Dunphy X 23
Luke Dunphy X X 22
Mitchell Pritchett 24
Cameron Tucker 24
Lily Tucker-Pritchett X X 22

Viewing Rates

# Title Views
01 "The Old Wagon" 12.67 million
02 "The Kiss" 11.92 million
03 "Earthquake" 11.44 million
04 "Strangers on a Treadmill" 11.45 million
05 "Unplugged" 11.97 million
06 "Halloween" 13.14 million
07 "Chirp" 12.24 million
08 "Manny Get Your Gun" 12.09 million
09 "Mother Tucker" 10.57 million
10 "Dance Dance Revelation" 11.07 million
11 "Slow Down Your Neighbors" 11.83 million
12 "Our Children, Ourselves" 11.12 million
13 "Caught in the Act" 10.94 million
14 "Bixby's Back" 13.16 million
15 "Princess Party" 10.57 million
16 "Regrets Only" 10.17 million
17 "Two Monkeys and a Panda" 10.11 million
18 "Boys' Night" 10.90 million
19 "The Muscial Man" 9.61 million
20 "Someone to Watch Over Lily" 9.95 million
21 "Mother's Day" 9.90 million
22 "Good Cop Bad Dog" 10.15 million
23 "See You Next Fall" 10.30 million
24 "The One That Got Away" 10.31 million

Character Storylines

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The Tucker-Pritchett Family