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"My Funky Valentine" is the fifteenth episode of first season of Modern Family and the fifteenth episode of the series overall. It premiered on ABC on February 10, 2010. The episode was written by Jerry Collins and directed by Michael Spiller.

"My Funky Valentine"
Modern Family episode
My Funky Valentine (Modern Family).jpg
Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil (Ty Burrell) as their alter-egos, Julianna and Clive
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 15
Directed by Michael Spiller
Written by Jerry Collins
Production code 1ARG16
Original air date February 10, 2010
Guest appearance(s)
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In the episode, Claire and Phil meet up at a bar to celebrate Valentine's Day, and they indulge in role playing. Claire decides to take off her clothes and put on only her coat to seduce Phil but things get bad when her coat gets stuck in the escalator and everyone, including Gloria and Jay who run into them, suggest to take off her coat. Before that, Gloria and Jay were at a comedy club to watch David Brenner perform. Mitchell and Cameron try to help out Manny with a girl he likes.

"My Funky Valentine" received positive reviews from television critics.



Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) arrange their Valentine's date at their usual restaurant, but after being shocked by Dylan's (Reid Ewing) present for Haley (Sarah Hyland), they decide to spend the night at a hotel and indulge in role playing instead. Phil poses as Clive Bixby, a visiting businessman and Claire as Julianna, a local housewife. The two meet at a bar and he "picks her up", she goes to the bathroom and comes back wearing her coat with no clothes underneath. As they prepare to go upstairs her coat - which she cannot take off - becomes stuck in the escalator. The situation turns worse when several acquaintances from work and school turn up, all of whom suggest that she take the coat off.

Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) break their Valentine date, because Mitchell has a case that he has been working on for weeks. When his client decides to settle before Mitchell had the chance at giving one of his best speeches, he comes back home with no Valentine's spirit.

Manny (Rico Rodriguez) arrives at Mitchell and Cameron's home, since Cameron agreed to look after him. That seems to lift Mitchell a bit but it soon goes south when they see that Manny is terribly depressed because he wrote a Valentine for a girl, but someone else took the credit. They go to the restaurant where Manny had arranged for his date and confronts her about the true authorship of the poem. Mitchell then defends Manny by using the speech he was going to use from the case which makes Cameron happy. Unfortunately, the girl still likes the other boy, because he says he had the feelings, but did not know how to express them.

Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria (Sofía Vergara) go to a comedy club where David Brenner is performing. They initially enjoy it, until David catches sight of them and starts making fun of Jay's age, and after getting angry, Jay excuses himself. Gloria comes to comfort him and as they leave to go salsa dancing, which was Gloria's first choice for the Valentines, they find Phil and Claire with Claire still stuck in the escalator. Gloria helps Claire out (because it has happened to her before, as she states) and then Jay and Gloria leave and Phil and Claire go upstairs into their hotel room.

The next morning it turns out that Phil still managed to make a disaster of Clive and Julianna's rendezvous by spilling oil all over the place, which he confesses during a phone conversation with Claire which is heard by their children on the van's hands-free system.



In its original American broadcast, "My Funky Valentine" was viewed by 10.11 million viewers with a Nielsen rating of 4.2/11 matching with the previous rating high from Fifteen Percent and The Pilot and helping it come second in its timeslot after American Idol, and making it the most viewed episode on ABC Comedy Wednesday helping ABC come third for the night after CBS and FOX.[1] The episode ranked 13th in the 18-49 rating with 5,438 million viewers from that rating watching and ranked 23rd in the total viewership for the week.[2]


The episode received positive reviews.

Robert Canning from IGN gave the episode an 8.6 saying it was "Great" and "the three storylines from "My Funky Valentine" had a lot of laughs. The episode continued to prove Modern Family is the best new comedy of the season."[3]

Jason Hughes of TV Squad gave the episode a positive review saying that "Again, it's those genuine little moments that help the audience believe in these characters, and believing in them makes the situations they find themselves in that much funnier."[4]

Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave the episode an A- saying that "It may not be the freshest idea in the world, but I haven't laughed this hard at a sitcom in a long time." and that "Nothing new about these storylines. But it's not about the situation -- it's about the comedy. And what we have here are comic actors playing characters -- especially Mitchell, Cam, and Phil -- that can make everything old new again."[5]

Lesley Savage of Entertainment Weekly gave the episode a positive review saying that "How is it possible that this show gets funnier every week? I mean, you would think that it would have to plateau at some point, but the last few episodes have just gotten better and better. While I thought that last week was ultra-quote worthy, this week’s Valentine’s Day-themed episode may have just topped it.[6]


  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 11, 2010). "TV Ratings: American Idol Still Strong, The Middle, Modern Family Rise". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 17, 2010). "TV Ratings Top 25: Olympics and American Idol Battle For Weekly Supremacy". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Canning, Robert (February 11, 2010). "Modern Family: "My Funky Valentine" Review". IGN. Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Jason (February 11, 2010). "Review: Modern Family - My Funky Valentine". TVSquad. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Bowman, Donna (February 10, 2010). ""My Funky Valentine" : Modern Family". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Savage, Lesley (February 11, 2010). "'Modern Family' recap: Caught in the act". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 

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