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Season 5 for Modern Family premiered on September 25, 2013, with "Suddenly, Last Summer" and released it's finale on May 21, 2014, with "The Wedding (Part 2)". Season 5 aired Wednesdays 9/8c in the United States and consisted of 23 episodes. The DVD was released on September 23, 2014.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

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Image Title Writers Director Airdate No. in
No. in
Modern-Family-5x1.jpg "Suddenly, Last Summer" Jeffrey Richman James Bagdonas September 25, 2013 01 97
Mitchell and Cameron go behind each other's backs to set up the perfect marriage proposal, Gloria is sad about sending Manny to Colombia, and Phil and Claire try to arrange the kids' vacations to maximize their "alone time".
FirstDays.jpg "First Days" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Steven Levitan September 25, 2013 02 98
Luke and Manny have their first day at high school, which proves to be harder for Phil and Gloroia than for the boys. Elsewhere, Claire makes her big return to the workforce at Jay's closet company and is a little rusty on her first day, and Cam starts a new substituting gig at the high school, leaving Mitch to try to juggle Lily's first day of pre-school and a very important meeting at work.
5x03-Larry's Wife.jpg "Larry's Wife" Bill Wrubel Jeffrey Walker October 2, 2013 03 99
Phil seems to have found his wheelhouse in real estate: recently divorced women. But it's taking up a lot of his time. Meanwhile, Luke invites his buddies over for a high-stakes poker game in the basement; Gloria thinks Joe might be cursed; and Cam holds an elaborate pet funeral for Larry's (their cat) made-up wife, all for Lily's sake.
FarmStrong.jpg "Farm Strong" Elaine Ko Alisa Statman October 9, 2013 04 100
Cameron's older, single sister Pam is coming for a visit, and Cam is in a panic to hide the engagement until he can delicately break the news to her, but it turns out she has news of her own. Phil and Claire make a joint, guilt-ridden decision to miss one of Luke's soccer games - that is - until one of them goes behind the other's back, and Gloria is in denial that she might need reading glasses.
TheLateShow10.jpg "The Late Show" Abraham Higginbotham Beth McCarthy-Miller October 16, 2013 05 101
Jay has made reservations for the whole family at a new restaurant that he has waited to go to for months. However, everyone seems to be running late: Gloria takes forever to get ready, Claire becomes paranoid about letting Luke stay home alone and Cam and Mitch fight after they both wear the same outfit. Elsewhere, Alex babysits Lily; and Haley spends the night with Manny and Joe.
TheHelp.jpg "The Help" Danny Zuker Jim Hensz October 23, 2013 06 102
When Gloria hires a too-good-to-be-true male nanny, Jay and Manny are pretty much dead set against it. Frank is in town and feeling a bit lonely recently, so Phil and Jay take him out to help get his groove back. And Mitch and Cam commission Pepper to plan their dream wedding, but Pepper might be dreaming a little too big.
5x07-A-Fair-to-Remember.jpg "A Fair to Remember" Emily Spivey Beth McCarthy-Miller November 13, 2013 07 103
The whole family, except for Haley, who has an awkward first encounter with Andy, heads to the school fair where everyone gets something to do: Phil and Claire celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, Gloria signs Jay up to be a fair cop, Manny participates in the cake-baking competition, Alex and Luke fight for the same girl and Cam worries about his work as a football coach.
Closetcon '13 2.jpg "ClosetCon '13" Ben Karlin Fred Savage November 20, 2013 08 104
With some urging from Claire, Jay begrudgingly agrees to return to ClosetCon this year, and things get interesting when Jay is reunited with some old colleagues. Cam takes Mitch and Lily to the Tucker family farm for the first time and is excited to fold them into country life, that is until Grams pays an unexpected visit. And back at home, Phil, Gloria and the kids get into some mischief involving Jay's very delicate Apollo 13 spacecraft model.
TheBigGame19.jpg "The Big Game" Megan Ganz Beth McCarthy-Miller December 4, 2013 09 105
With a big football game coming up and a record to break, Cam is intensely focused and showing no mercy even when the opposing team is playing with an unexpected disadvantage. Elsewhere, Claire is determined to prove to the staff that she is more than just the boss' daughter, and Phil tries to teach his kids a lesson about optimism, but the universe just isn't cooperating.
5x10-The-Old-Man-&-the-Tree.jpg "The Old Man & the Tree" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Bryan Cranston December 11, 2013 10 106
Jay takes Manny out to cut down their own Christmas tree, but things get a little out of hand. Gloria is on edge with her mom in town, not aided in the least by her immediate close-knit bond with Claire. Cameron takes Lily to a charity event where they experience the true meaning of Christmas; Haley and Alex get jobs as Elf and Mrs. Claus at the mall, but run into trouble when Santa takes a break on the job; and Phil attempts to meet his goal of traveling the length of home to Canada on a stairmaster, while Luke does everything he can to keep his dad out of the basement.
AndOnetoGrowOn.jpg "And One to Grow On" Jeffrey Richman Gail Mancuso January 8, 2014 11 107
Phil tricks Luke into taking a dance class, but the joke is on him when the white lie indirectly lands him in the slammer. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria throw a birthday party for Manny and Joe but are worried that Manny might be hitting on girls who are way out of his league. And Mitch and Cam are having more problems with planning their wedding when they get a rude awakening in the cut-throat world of booking a wedding venue.
S5E12-Under-Pressure.jpg "Under Pressure" Elaine Ko James Bagdonas January 15, 2014 12 108
The high school open house puts the parents in a bit of a time warp when Claire finds herself stressed out by all the pressure, Gloria encounters a "mean girl" Mom and Jay teaches Phil how to play a little hookie. Elsewhere, Mitchell gets defensive when he encounters his judgmental, environmentalist neighbor and Alex goes to see a therapist.
ThreeDinners.jpg "Three Dinners" Abraham Higginbotham, Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman Steven Levitan January 22, 2014 13 109
Phil and Claire take Haley out to dinner to discuss her future, but Haley manages to turn the tables. Elsewhere, Jay's friend Shorty and wife Darlene are back visiting, and they have some news that doesn't sit well with Jay. And, Mitch and Cam decide to have a nice, romantic dinner date where they don't talk about the wedding or about Lily, which then leads to a lot of awkward silences.
MF-5x14-iSpy.jpg "iSpy" Abraham Higginbotham Jason Winer February 5, 2014 14 110
Claire and Phil decide to spy on Luke and Manny as they're hanging out with one of their more questionable friends. Meanwhile, Gloria is furious with Jay because she thinks he had a dream about another woman and Cam secretly uses Mitch as a scapegoat to get out of attending a party, while Haley tries to keep her photography exhibit a secret from her family.
TheFeud.jpg "The Feud" Christopher Lloyd & Dan O'Shannon Ryan Case February 26, 2014 15 111
Phil is upset to have lost his elected office of social chair to his nemesis Gil Thorpe, so when he finds out Luke is competing against Gil's kid in a wrestling match (and Jay finds out his nemesis is Gil's father), they make it their own personal battle. Gloria accompanies Manny on his school field trip, but runs into trouble with the other moms. Claire has a meeting with an important client, which occurs after she catches Lice from Lily. Cam tries to avoid Lily himself, while Mitch deals with his sister at the meeting. Alex and Haley hide from a possum in the basement.
5x16-Spring-a-Ding-Fling.jpg "Spring-a-Ding-Fling" Ben Karlin Gail Mancuso March 5, 2014 16 112
Cameron is in charge of the school's big spring dance, but when a popular teacher returns from sabbatical, a bit of not-so-friendly competition blooms. And with Claire on chaperone duty at the dance, Phil gets Haley to accompany him to his annual realtor's banquet and is looking forward to impressing his little girl. Elsewhere, Mitch starts a new job and can't seem to get a good read on the new boss or the work environment. Jay and Gloria babysit Lily and an accident with Gloria's purse ignites a case of whodunit and it's Lily's word against baby Joe's.
OtherPeople'sChildren.jpg "Other People's Children" Megan Ganz Jim Hensz March 12, 2014 17 113
It's male-bonding day when Jay takes Luke into the garage to show him the way around tools and impart some manly wisdom, and Gloria goes with Claire and Lily to shop for Lily's flower girl dress. Elsewhere, Mitch, Cam, Alex and Manny go for a cultured day at the museum but it eventually becomes survival of the smartest, and Phil enthusiastically offers to help Andy with his anniversary gift to his girlfriend, which is an elaborate video expression of his love.
LasVegas.jpg "Las Vegas" Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh & Bill Wrubel Gail Mancuso March 26, 2014 18 114
The adults are Vegas-bound when Jay hooks them up with Excelsior Level hotel accommodations courtesy of one of his big clients, but after learning there's an even higher level, Jay becomes obsessed with upgrading. Meanwhile, everyone's sneaking around when Claire secretly hits the tables to win back money she lost years ago, Phil goes underground auditioning for a secret society of magicians, Cam ducks out of a spa day with Mitch to join their friend's bachelor party shenanigans, and Gloria is determined to hide a female version of dog butler Barkley from Jay.
AHardJay'sNight.jpg "A Hard Jay's Night" Megan Ganz & Ben Karlin Beth McCarthy-Miller April 2, 2014 19 115
Mitchell is upset by the wedding-cake topper that Cam's father whittled out of soap. Phil tries to help Gloria sell her old apartment. Claire feels backstabbed by Jay, who won't acknowledge all she's done for the company while he's been out. Luke plans to sneak out to a party with Manny, but gets an unexpected surprise upon his arrival and all this comes to a head at the weekly Jay's Night.
Australia.jpg "Australia" Elaine Ko & Danny Zuker Steven Levitan April 23, 2014 20 116
The entire family go to Australia when Phil hopes to fulfill his mother's wish to visit the country where he was conceived, but the locals aren't quite ready to welcome him as a native son. Meanwhile, Jay and Claire find it hard to leave work at home and Mitchell and Cameron run into an old acquaintance whom they don't really like but is now a well-known celebrity in Australia.
S5E21-Sleeper.jpg "Sleeper" Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh & Bill Wrubel Ryan Case April 30. 2014 21 117
Phil fails at his one task to stay home and wait for the repairman, forcing him to tell an elaborate lie to hide the truth from Claire, but the stress is more than he can physically handle. Meanwhile, Gloria is obsessing over the family portrait she is responsible for organizing this year. Claire accuses Cam of being too snobby to use her girls' hand-me-downs and Jay secretly enters Stella in a dog show.
MessageReceived.jpg "Message Received" Steven Levitan Jeffrey Walker May 7, 2014 22 118
Jay, Gloria and Manny challenge each other to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. Mitch and Cam's wedding is getting too big and costly so they resort to selling a couple of their prized possessions, and Haley, Alex and Luke play a joke on Phil and Claire.
TheWeddingP1.jpg "The Wedding (Part 1)" Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin & Jeffrey Richman Steven Levitan May 14, 2014 23 119
Mitch and Cam's long-awaited wedding is finally here and nothing can ruin it, until nothing turns into a whole lot of somethings and puts wedding planner extraordinaire Pepper Saltzman to the test. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria host the Tuckers, Phil squeezes in an eye procedure before the festivities and Claire embraces her role as "best woman".
TheWeddingP2.jpg "The Wedding (Part 2)" Megan Ganz, Christopher Lloyd & Dan O'Shannon Alisa Statman May 21, 2014 24 120
In the conclusion of the wedding extravaganza, Pepper orchestrates a change of wedding venues, while Jay and Gloria try to mend the broken relationship between Merle and Barb. Meanwhile, Phil tries to incorporate a magic trick into his new role in the wedding, Luke and Manny act like an old married couple, much to Alex's delight, and Haley contemplates her true feelings for Andy.

Character Appearances

= Present | X = Absent


Episodes (This Season)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Total
Jay Pritchett 24
Gloria Pritchett 24
Manny Delgado X X 23
Joe Pritchett X X X X X X X X X X 14
Phil Dunphy 24
Claire Dunphy 24
Haley Dunphy X 23
Alex Dunphy X X 22
Luke Dunphy X X 22
Mitchell Pritchett 24
Cameron Tucker 24
Lily Tucker-Pritchett X X 22

Viewing Rates

# Title Views
01 "Suddenly, Last Summer" 11.68 million
02 "First Days" 11.68 million
03 "Larry's Wife" 11.12 million
04 "Farm Strong" 10.64 million
05 "The Late Show" 10.94 million
06 "The Help" 10.32 million
07 "A Fair to Remember" 10.75 million
08 "ClosetCon '13" 10.19 million
09 "The Big Game" 9.47 million
10 "The Old Man & the Tree" 10.61 million
11 "And One to Grow On" 9.51 million
12 "Under Pressure" 9.14 million
13 "Three Dinners" 9.59 million
14 "iSpy" 9.87 million
15 "The Feud" 8.52 million
16 "Spring-a-Ding-Fling" 9.22 million
17 "Other People's Children" 9.39 million
18 "Las Vegas" 10.09 million
19 "A Hard Jay's Night" 9.00 million
20 "Australia" 9.59 million
21 "Sleeper" 8.39 million
22 "Message Received" 8.55 million
23 "The Wedding (Part 1)" 9.08 million
24 "The Wedding (Part 2)" 10.45 million

Character Storylines

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The Dunphy Family






The Tucker-Pritchett Family