The Long Goodbye[1] is the second episode from Season 9 of Modern Family, it aired on October 4, 2017.

Plot Summary

Phil and Claire realize that Alex may be more self-sufficient in college than they give her credit for when they drop in for a quick visit. Meanwhile, Manny is determined to avoid a long tearful goodbye after Gloria and Jay move him into his college dorm. Finally, Mitch may have accidentally accelerated a planned renovation, and Haley gets an unexpected opportunity when she befriends a wealthy female member at the country club.

Episode Description

Alex begins her sophomore year at Caltech and embarrasses herself in front of her parents.

Manny refuses to say goodbye tearfully to his family but a series of mishaps obliges him to do so.

Also, Luke and Haley work together now at Jay's country and Haley must choose between family and work.

Mitchell and Cameron burn their kitchen which gives them an opportunity.

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


  • The firefighter's first appearance.
  • Phil and Claire interact for the first time with Joe.
  • Ruben's last episode.


Cultural references


The A.V. Club gave it a "B-", saying "Modern Family shows it still has room to grow, and challenge its characters."



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