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Fight or Flight (Modern Family)

"Fight or Flight" is the fifteenth episode of the sixth season of the American sitcom Modern Family, and the series' 135th episode overall. It originally aired on February 18, 2015. The episode was written by Steven Levitan and directed by Abraham Higginbotham.

"Fight or Flight"
Modern Family episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 15
Directed by Abraham Higginbotham
Written by Steven Levitan
Production code 6ARG18
Original air date February 18, 2015
Guest appearance(s)
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In the episode, Mitchell and Cameron organize a baby shower for Sal, who then seems to abandon her son with them. Mitchell and Cameron compete with Pepper and Ronaldo over adopting a child. Manny deals with a bully at cooking class, and Gloria insists that Jay teach Manny how to fight back. Claire has a bad experience with Phil at his college cheerleaders reunion weekend, so she dumps him to move to the single First Class seat offered on their flight home. When Alex and Haley find out that Luke likes a new girl, they totally takeover his text message break up with the girl he was already seeing, confident they can spare the girl's feelings.

"Fight or Flight" received mixed reviews from the critics.



Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) organize a baby shower for Sal (Elizabeth Banks) with Pepper (Nathan Lane) and Ronaldo's (Christian Barrillas) help. However, they are surprised when they discover that Sal is now a teetotaler who actually cares about her son, Sammy. Though they enjoy it at first, Sal leaves the baby shower leaving Sammy behind and the two couples believe that Sal abandoned her son. Mitchell and Cameron start arguing with Pepper and Ronaldo over Sammy since both couples want to adopt him. Sal finally returns to let them know that she would never abandon her son and informs them that she went to see Sammy's dad who is actually a hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks and was unaware of Sammy's existence.

Claire (Julie Bowen) reluctantly agrees to attend Phil's (Ty Burrell) cheerleader friends reunion during a weekend. On their flight home, she takes the only first class seat while Phil lands in economy class. Things take an unexpected turn as Claire realizes that Dana (Natasha Leggero), the woman she is sitting with is actually a loud and obnoxious bigot, while Phil enjoys his time with a magician (Penn Jillette) and a masseuse. Claire asks Phil to switch seats but Phil avoids it by lying that he is having a terrible time himself with the people who sit next to him. Claire discovers the truth and the two of them end up fighting with Claire confessing how terrible was the weekend for her and the sacrifice she made for Phil. After Claire's confession, Phil accepts to switch his seat and let Claire have some peace and quiet.

In the meantime, Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) finally let Manny (Rico Rodriguez) join cooking classes. However, a fellow student named Gideon (Garrett Boyd) always plays pranks on him, which gets on his nerves. Gloria forces Jay to teach Manny some self-defense notions in order to stand up for himself. As Manny manages to attack Gideon, it turns out that Gideon's bad attitude is actually due to his parents' divorce and that he was trying to apologize and be nice to Manny the moment Manny attacked him. Manny feels bad about it but he is expelled from the cooking lessons even though he apologizes. Manny and Jay realize that Gloria is the actual tyrant in their lives as she obliged them to practice violence without understanding someone's real motivations and they decide to face her when they get back home.

Luke (Nolan Gould) decides to ask Alex (Ariel Winter) and Haley's (Sarah Hyland) advice since he is attracted to a girl. When they ask him about the girl he is in relationship with, he says that he never broke up with her because he is unable to find a way to tell her without hurting her and that she will finally realize it on her own. Alex and Haley disagree with his decision and using his phone, they text the girl a polite way of breaking up only to get a rude answer back. The girls take it personally and they start texting with the girl while Luke enjoys the fact that they are the ones who look mean and not him, since they are the ones who are sending the texts.



In its original American broadcast, "Fight or Flight" was watched by 8.80; down by 0.93 from the previous episode.[1]


"Fight or Flight" received mixed reviews.

Gwen Ihnat from The A.V. Club awarded the episode with a B- rating. "The show’s last really good episode, "The Day We Almost Died," integrated all three families, and this combustible energy has been missing lately with these Cam-Mitch/Gloria-Jay/Phil-Claire set ups." Ihnat closes her review saying that most of the episode's four plotlines reach emotionally satisfying conclusions and these solid separations still chop up the episodic flow overall.[2]

Lisa Fernandes of Next Projection rated the episode with 7.5/10 stating that the show decided for the last episodes to give each couple a plot and not having the whole family together. "This new decision has resulted in typically four spotlight stories in an episode, and thus has resulted in tales that come off as unevenly thought-out, with one segment usually standing head and shoulders above the others in terms of quality."[3]

Award nominationsEdit

Elizabeth Banks was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in the episode.[4]


  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 19, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Empire', 'Arrow', 'American Idol' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up; 'The 100' & 'Stalker' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Ihnat, Gwen (February 19, 2015). "Modern Family: "Fight Or Flight"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ Fernandes, Lisa (February 20, 2015). "Modern Family, "Fight or Flight," (6.15) – TV Review". Next Projection. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Emmy Award Nominations: Full List of 2015 Emmy Nominees". July 16, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 

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