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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. Mitch may have accidentally accelerated a planned renovation, and Haley gets an unexpected opportunity when she befriends a wealthy lady member at the country club.

Episode Description

Alex begins her sophomore year at Caltech where her parents discover an unexpected change in their “scatterbrained” daughter of theirs, and they resolve to uncover its cause.

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

Luke and Haley are now working together at Jay's country club, where Haley must choose between her obligations to family and the promise of a glamorous life at work.

Mitchell and Cameron accidentally burn their kitchen which gives them an opportunity at remodelling, but not before a series of finger-pointing as to who started the fire ensues.

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 firefighters’ 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."