Hit and Run (Modern Family)
|"Hit and Run"|
|Modern Family episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Jason Winer|
|Written by||Elain Ko|
|Original air date||October 12, 2011|
|Season 3 episodes|
"Hit and Run" is the fifth episode of the third season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 53rd episode overall. "Hit and Run" first aired on October 12, 2011, on ABC. The episode was written by Elain Ko and was directed by Jason Winer. It featured guest star David Cross as Councilman Duane Bailey.
In the episode, Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) are both stressed out, Gloria (Sofía Vergara) would like to help but no one seems to want it. Meanwhile, Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) run into Councilman Dwayne Bailey (David Cross), who is out campaigning for his sixth run. Also, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) get into a fender bender and the other car flees.
"Hit and Run" received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics with Michael Arbeiter of Hollywood.com calling it "one of the least funny episode I’ve seen in a long time". According to the Nielsen Media Research, the episode was viewed by 13.65 million viewers and received a 5.9 rating/14% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49 and became the highest-rated scripted series of the week it aired, after Two and a Half Men.
Jay and Manny are both stressed out, Gloria would like to help but no one seems to want it. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire run into Councilman Duane Bailey, who is out campaigning for his sixth run. Also, Mitchell and Cameron get into a fender bender and the other car flees.
"Hit and Run" was written by Elain Ko and was directed by Jason Winer. This episode was Ko's second writing credit for the series after "Princess Party" and Winer's eighteenth credit for the series. The episode marked David Cross's second appearance on the series as a city councilman who becomes enemies with Claire. He previously appeared in "Door to Door" and is set to have a recurring role on the series.
In its original American broadcast, "Hit and Run" was viewed by an estimated 13.65 million households and received a 5.9 rating/14% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49. This means that it was seen by 5.9% of all 18- to 49-year-olds, and 14% of all 18- to 49-year-olds watching television at the time of the broadcast. This marked a slight rise in the ratings from the previous episode, "Door to Door". This helped ABC win the night among adults in the 18 and 49 demographic. "Hit and Run" was the second most-watched scripted show for the week of broadcast among adults aged 18–49 and the eighth most watched show among all viewers.
"Hit and Run" received mixed reviews from critics. Paste writer Christine Ziemba called the episode "forced and disjointed" with the characters falling "into patterns, briefly traveling into cliche territory". She also criticized the ending to the Jay-Gloria subplot, saying it "pandered to the audience for cheap laughs". She ultimately gave the episode a 6.9/10 calling it "respectable". Michael Arbeiter of Hollywood.com called it "one of the least funny episodes I’ve seen in a long time". Despite this, he said that "once all the plots are set up [...] and they merge into a climactic scene involving all of the adult males, things start to pick up on the funny. He continued to say that "Every beat in this scene is perfect, because the comedy and the fun derives from the closeness we feel to the family at this moment—and of course[...]We earned this moment by sticking with the family and learning about the them over the past two years".
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