Bad Hair Day

Series 4 - Episode 16 Bad Hair Day



It’s the oldest and simplest joke of all: the pratfall. If in doubt, fall on your face. But not everyone can deliver the pratfall like Ty Burrell.

This week, Phil buys new bowling shoes to compete on Jay’s team at a crunch game, but finds that the soles require some breaking in before he can move around safely. It’s not sophisticated comedy, but it works.

Young Manny, meanwhile, is coping with rejection: the world has yet to recognise his singing talent: “My life is a music-less grey hellscape,” he sighs, with all the sense of proportion of 14-year-olds the world over. Elsewhere, Claire goes to a college reunion and we get more glimpses of her party-girl past.


Phil gatecrashes Claire's college reunion, where he is bitten by jealousy after meeting the professor she once dated. Jay tries to encourage Manny he can still have a singing career after a string of rejections, while Cam is inspired by the Oscars for his most elaborate photoshoot to date, dressing Lily as a variety of Hollywood starlets - but when her interest begins to wane, he ropes in Joe instead.

Cast & Crew

Phil Dunphy Ty Burrell
Claire Dunphy Julie Bowen
Jay Pritchett Ed O'Neill
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Sofia Vergara
Manny Delgado Rico Rodriguez
Cameron Eric Stonestreet
Mitchell Pritchett Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Lily Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
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