Modern Family (2009–…): Season 2, Episode 11 - Slow Down Your Neighbors - full transcript

Claire tries to stop a woman from speeding in the neighborhood, which creates a business conflict for Phil. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron befriend a strange new neighbor, and Gloria and Manny learn how to ride a bicycle.

- Good night, sweet pea.
- Good night, honey.

- Mitchell, there's a stranger in our hot tub.
- Who is it?

You do know what "stranger" means,
don't you?

Oh, my G... Oh, my God!
How long has he been there?

I saw him exactly one second before you.
You know everything I know.

- Okay, I'm calling 911.
- I'm getting my bat.

Maybe we're overreacting.

- He could have a very good reason.
- We should at least say hello.

- It's only polite.
- Okay.

# Hey, hey #

# Hey, hey #

# Hey, hey #

# Hey, hey #

# Hey ##.

So I looked that coyote dead in the eye...

and I let him know,
without saying a word...

"I will not harm you...

but I'm the alpha here."

And he just stared back at me,

- Whoa.
- Yeah.


Turns out Barry just moved
into the apartment upstairs...

and thought the hot tub
was for the whole building.

Anyway, he's a super cool guy...

and he's straight,
so there's no weirdness.

Aside from you turning
into a 16-year-old girl.

- I did not.
- Yeah.

- Cameron, give me your arm.
- Okay.

- What you doing?
- Oh, I'm studying to be a Reiki master.

What I'm doing is I'm transferring
my positive energy into Cameron...

- and I'm taking out all the negative energy.
- Okay.

- Do you feel that?
- I do.

- Does it feel warm?
- It does. It feels warm, Mitchell.

Imagine that, in a hot tub.

What are you gonna do
when he drives by?

I'm gonna tell him to slow down.

I think you should drag him
out of his car...

and we all get turns punching him
in the stomach until he barfs.

Honey, I think I'm just gonna
turn over his license plate to the police.


Order a pizza and call the cops.

We'll see who gets here first.

Ever since they put
those speed bumps on Oakmont...

some lunatic driver in
a crazy sports car...

has been racing down our street,
and it is dangerous.

We've got kids here
and babies in strollers...

and moms who like to jog.

She has to run every day
or she goes crazy.

She's like a border collie.

You're comparing me to a dog?

The smartest dogs in the world.

- What are you guys doing?
- What the cops won't.

We are catching that speeder.

And when we do,
he's gonna get an earful of this.

Slow down, jerk!

- Okay. Easy.
- Oh, my God. Mom, what are you doing?

- Why are you being such a freak?
- I am being a freak for safety.

And I'm doing this for you...

because I don't want
anything bad to happen to you.

Well, it's embarrassing.
Mom, you need a life.

Why can't you just volunteer at the
museum or bring pudding to old people?

Honey, if anybody's being embarrassing
right now, it's you.

Luke, I am your father.

That takes me back to the delivery room.

That's what I said to you when you were
coming out of your mom's lady parts.

Oh, my God, Dad!

Oh, my God. I know those girls.

- What, are you ashamed of us?

- Yes!
Sweet Valley High!

- This is that woman from the house on Seventh Street.
- Ooh, good.

If I sell it by the end of next month...

I dethrone Gil Thorpe
as salesman of the quarter.

- That's awesome, Dad.
- It is awesome.

- Phil Dunphy. Yeah.
- That's it. That's the speeder.

Slow down, jerk! Slow down!

- Yeah, that's great. Okay, fire away.
- 2-U-R-N-8-0...

- Yeah. What's the address?
- 2-U-R-N-8-0-1.

- Yeah. Okay, 1-0...
- A pen.

- I gave it to Dad.
- Okay, 101 North...

- 2-U-R... Oh, God.
- Seventh Street.

Okay. 10-4.

This is gonna be my best year
since 2006.

Let's go, kid. Back to the salt mine.

- That's okay, Jay. I'm biking to school today.
- Good for you.

There's a bunch of cool kids who ride their
bikes every day. Thought I'd join them.

Hey, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.

- What the hell is that?
- My new bike.

Mom got it for me yesterday.
Pretty sweet, huh?

- It's got training wheels.
- Nice ones. Custom-made.

- They don't usually come on bikes this size.
- Gloria!

- What's wrong?
- You don't know how to ride a bike?

- I know how to ride this bike.
- Stephen Hawking could ride that bike.

- Ay. What happened? Did he fall?
- How could he fall?

You can't send him to school on a bike with
training wheels. They'll make fun of him.

Didn't you teach him how to ride a bike?

How could I?
I don't know how to ride a bike.

Two-thirds of my house
can't do what a billion Chinese do.

My mother thought
that riding a bike was dangerous.

She would say,
"That's how people grab you."

Okay. This is how it's going down.
Today I'm driving you to school.

On the weekend, I'm buying you a bike
and I'm teaching both of you.

I'm nervous, but I'm excited.

You two have fun. I pass.
It makes no sense.

There's no reason
that thing should stay upright.

There's no reason you should
stay upright, but it just works.

- Hey, Phil. Come on in.
- Laura, good day.

Boy, I couldn't love this entry any more.
It's very welcoming.

Yeah, I got a thing in 10 minutes,
so I have to make this quick.

Great. Let me run through my three-pronged
approach to selling this place.

I only need one prong: sell the house.

I don't want to be that yutz who prices her
house too high so it sits around for a year...

while every looky-loo
without something to do on Sundays...

is going through my underwear drawer.

- What's a number?
- There are quite a few factors to take into...

Need a number.

We list at 1.4.
We take anything north of 1.25.



- I got all the paperwork right here.
- Whoa, whoa, whoa.

You gotta buy me a beer before you
could put your hand up my sweater.

Oh, I had no intention...

Put on a great open house this weekend,
the listing's yours.

Bring it, Laura. You wanna test me?
I've been tested my whole life.

They could never find anything.

So, uh, Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00
for the open house?

- That works for you?
- Great.

Great. And if you have any questions
or you need anything, just call.

- When you work with me, you're working with a friend.
- That is so sweet.

I like you.
God, I hope I don't have to fire you.

- Hi. This is Claire. Leave a message.

Hey, honey, it's me. I just finished
the meeting, and she is the perfect client.

- Realistic about the price. She wants to sell fast.

She's a real character.
You gotta meet her.

But she's moving soon,
so what's the point?

- Hey!
- Wow. You worked late.

Yes. Brutal day. I just wanna sit.

Perfect. Lily's asleep.
Barry's meeting us in the hot tub.

- If you're feeling stressed, he can give you a treatment.
- Ah, that's all right.

- I have an appointment with Dr. Bigfoot tomorrow.
- Okay, here comes the judge.

Reiki is a bunch of nonsense, Cam.
That guy's a nut.

You do this every time.
We meet a new friend.

They say one thing you don't like
and you just write 'em off.

- I do not.
- Oh, really? What about "But yet" Rachel?

"I'd love to go,
but yet I don't feel like parking."

It's either "but" or "yet," not both.

You're lucky no one's kicked your butt yet.
What about Thomas?

You wrote him off because he serves
a salad after the meal...

which, by the way,
is very common in Europe.

What part of Europe is he from?

Okay, fine. Keep judging.
Don't let anyone in.

- I could care less.
- I think you mean you couldn't care less...

because if you could care less,
it means you care a little bit.

I'm going to the hot tub. If I stay here one
more minute, my head is literally gonna explode.

I hope not, because if
you mean literally...

I don't feel safe in my own home!

Phil, honey, I need your help.
- With what?

What is the one thing
a speeder can't outrun?

Ooh. Bullets. A laser.

Oh, I know. A falcon.

- Dad, jump in.
- Not a good time.

- A laser-falcon.
- That's awesome.


"Slow down your neighbors"?

No. "Slow down," talking to the speeder.

Who's talking to the speeder?
"Your neighbors."

- It doesn't say that.
- Yeah, it just says, "Slow down your neighbors."

- Phil.
- I know what you were going for...

but now all I can see is
"Slow down your neighbors."

Well, you're all wrong, 'cause this is incredibly clear.
And it's really important.

We need to put these signs up
all over the neighborhood.

- I don't know. It seems kind of cowardly.
- Mm-mmm.

Why don't you just make
an anonymous call to the police?

I called the police,
and they were totally unhelpful.

Surprise, surprise.

- Phil, come on. You with me or not?
- Of course I'm with you.

Who else would I be with? This guy?
I have no connection to this guy.

- Good.
- No!


Before you judge me,
I have come in second to Gil Thorpe...

for salesman of the quarter
seven quarters in a row.


Nobody remembers second best.

Oh, yeah, everybody loves Michael Jordan,
but nobody thinks of Scottie Pippen.

The only reason I remember him is because
he's named after my favorite musical.

Oh. Hey, Mitch.

- Hey, it's Barry.
- I just wanna let you guys know...

you got a sprinkler head
that's leaking out there.

Thanks, Barry. I'll let the gardener know.

All right. Or maybe I can just wave
my hands over it and heal it that way.

I'm joking.


- Oh, God! That was a good one.
- Look, don't worry about it.

As soon as I started talking about Reiki...

I could tell you thought
I might be a little nutty.

Ah. Was I that obvious?

- You roll your eyes a lot.

- I know. It's true. It's true though.

I once saw a picture of myself
at a friend's poetry slam...

and all you could see
were the whites of my eyes.

Yeah, I looked like Little Orphan Annie.

The cartoon.

I'm sorry if I offended you.

No, don't apologize. Look, I...

Only thing that offends me
is a man who doesn't live in his own truth.

And I appreciate how hard you're trying
not to roll your eyes right now.

- 'Cause I'm about to pass out.
- I see it.

Okay, I'm ready!

What the hell is he wearing?

Protection pads. He needs more?

We're riding bikes.
We're not training police dogs.

All right, kid, come on. Get on.

On board.

That-a-boy. All right, we ready?


- Be careful, papi.
- Ignore her.

I've seen the kid fall down
on that moving sidewalk at the airport...

so I didn't have high hopes.

- Whoa.

But what do you know,
the kid was a natural.

Mom, it's so easy.

- Bravo, Manny!
- I told you.

Be careful with the bump.

Hey, wait a minute. Who's that guy?

Jay, he's gonna grab him!

Ah, no one's grabbing anyone.
It's a neighbor.

Gloria, on the other hand,
was a natural disaster.

There are three things you wanna do
before you ride. Manny.

Check your shoelaces,
adjust your mirror and test your bell.

Okay, shoelaces tied. The mirror is good.

- The bell is ringing.

- Okay, now what?
- Ride.

Ay, no, no, no, Jay.
Don't push me. I don't want to get hurt.

Trust me, I'm not gonna hurt you.
You're a work of art.

If you get scratched,
the value goes down.

- I'm making a joke to lighten the mood.
- It's not working.

Let's just do this.



Jay, slowly.

Relax. You're not gonna fall. I got ya.

Put your feet on the pedals.
Now look where you're going.

- Look where you're going.
- No, I'm falling.

Look straight ahead. Go, go, go. Pedal!

- No, Jay!

- What are you ringing the bell for?
- ?Ay!

- Why you let me go, Jay?
- No, no! Pedal!

No, look where you're going!
Look where you're going!

I'm gonna kill you, Jay!

Okay. Good day's work.

What do you say we hit the jewelry store?

- Phil?
- Laura.

What are you doing?

Taking this... sign down.

I recognized your license plate.

- This is ridiculous.
- I know. They're all over the neighborhood.

- What kind of lunatic does something like this?
- Who knows?

It's probably some bored housewife...

who hates her husband
and hates her life...

so she takes it out on the rest of us!

Or things are so good at home,
she's out looking for problems.

Trust me. This woman needs to get laid.

I don't think that's the issue.

Here. Stick this up.

Send her a message from me.


- Hey!
- Hey!

- Oh, my gosh. What happened to my sign?
- I don't know.

I put it up. I went away. I came back.

It was in pieces.

- This is so crazy.
- Crazy!

Claire, this whole thing is crazy.

Maybe we should back off a little bit.

You know what, Phil? No.
I am not gonna back off.

Okay? I am doing this
for the safety of our neighborhood.

Oh! Well, what's going on here?

Hey, Cam.
Just getting rid of some negative energy.

Oh. Well, in that case,
we'll be back Tuesday.

You're all set, Mitch.

- Oh, Barry.
- Hmm.

- Oh, man, that was... that was great.
- Yeah?

Namaste, man.

- Namaste.
- Namaste.

All right. I'm gonna get out of your hair.

I'm gonna grab a quick tub
and see if I can rustle up some food.

Oh, no. Hey, don't rustle.
We're making dinner tonight. You're coming.

- Yeah, come down.
- Yeah?

- Yes. Yes.
- Thank you, Mitch.

- See? It's working already.
- Oh!

- Namaste.

- What?
- You know what I'm looking for.

- He's a very nice guy.
- That's not it.

- I'm sorry I made a snap judgment.
- Still not it.

- You were right.
- There she is.

Hello, Mitchell.

Oh, Mrs. Ko.
I'm Cameron. Mitchell's the other one.

- What are you doing here?
- I just finish showing the apartment upstairs.

What do you mean? What about Barry?

- Who's Barry?
- The new tenant.

- Nobody living up there. It's empty.

- But...
- You see anybody up there, you call me.

- Oh! My husband.

I'm coming!

You two so lucky
they don't let you get married.

The problem wasn't me. It was Jay.

He's a very bad teacher. Very bossy.

I don't respond to that.

I need somebody gentle, nurturing...
like a woman.

Hey, Gloria. What's up?

Can you teach me how to ride a bike?

You can't ride a bike?
I love that about you.

I was beginning to think
you didn't have any flaws.

Listen, I wish I could,
but I'm late for an open house.

- Oh.
- Yeah.

- I could teach you.

- Really?
- Sure.

I'm a great bike rider.
I've taught a bunch of my friends.

I never taught anyone anything.

But my playdate canceled,
so I was wide open.

- Barry?
- Yep.

Oh. Hey, Cameron.

What are you doing in there?

I'm just tidying up a little bit.
What's up?

Are you living
in our daughter's princess castle?

What? No. Don't be ridiculous.

I'm living in here, man.

I'm sleeping in there.

You said you had just moved in upstairs.

No, I said I just moved in. I'm...
I'm sorry. I thought it was implied...

That you're living in a dollhouse?

- Let's not do this outside, all right?

You wanna go inside
and talk about this like two adults?

- Yes, let's do that.
- Great.

- No. No.
- It's okay. I just cleaned up.

Come on in.

Oh, my God. You are living in here!

Shh, shh, shh, shh. Inside voices.

All right.

- Barry.
- Uh-huh?

Are you homeless?


Are you insane? Look at this place.

I mean...

Okay, I can't even believe
I'm having to say this...

- but you can't... you can't stay here.
- Oh, boy.

This is about the bodywork
I did with Mitchell, isn't it?

- I would understand if that was...
- No.

You are living in a little girl's toy,
and you have to move out.

- Well, this is gonna make dinner really awkward.
- There's no dinner.

Dinner is off, okay?
Now come on. Let's go.

No, no. Don't-Don't touch me.
I don't like to be touched.

You're a massage therapist.

I'm a Reiki master. Very little touching.

Okay. Barry, listen to me.

- Okay.
- You're a very nice man.

- Mitchell and I like you very much.
- Thank you.

But I'm... You're welcome.
I'm going to take your hand.

Yes, I am.

Don't give me the coyote look.
I'm not a canine.

- We're gonna walk out of here together.
- Mmm.

Nobody's gonna hurt you.

- This is not gonna end very well.
- Let... Give me your hand.

- Barry! Give me your...
- Oh.

- Mitchell, call 911.

- What's happening?
- Barry's a nut!

He's been living in Lily's castle! Ouch!

- Hey, Mitchell.
- Oh, my God. I thought he was living upstairs.

Just call the police. You want me to stop
and give you the whole story?

I never... I never said upstairs.

Mitchell, call 911!

- Stop pinching me!
- Okay, just for the record, I was right.

I still don't think you
should judge people!

I said get off me!

Okay, Gloria,
what scares you about riding a bike?

Okay, Gloria,
what scares you about riding a bike?

Losing control and falling down.

Great. What else?

Somebody grabbing me.

That's weird. What else?

- Looking foolish.
- Okay.

See, all these bad thoughts
are holding you back.

- Hmm.
- So how do we get rid of these bad thoughts?

- We shoot 'em out.
- No, don't you dare.

- Ride!
- Don't you dare!

- Luke, stop it!
- Ride!

- No! No, no!
- I said ride! Ride!

- I'm gonna tell your mother!
- What, that you're riding a bike?

No, that you're...

Yes, I'm driving the bike!


It was the
greatest feeling in the world.

Luke was right.
There was nothing to be afraid of.


- Get off the bike!
- ?Ay! Don't grab me!

- Give it to me.
- No, no. Don't grab me.

Go, go, go, go, go, go!

Laces, mirror, bell.

- Slow down, jerk!

Thanks so much for coming.
It was great to meet you both.

- Have a good one. Wow!

- See you later.

- How's it going?
- Hey. Great. Lots of people.

- Listen, I was thinking about those signs.
- "Slow down your neighbors."

Actually, I think they meant "Slow down,"
talking to you.

- Who's talking? "Your neighbors."
- Anyway.

Yeah, you think maybe it's possible
that you do drive a little too fast...

in a residential neighborhood
with children present?

Oh, Phil, I appreciate your concern,
but I'm not the problem.

It's the crazy sign lady
who can't put a sentence together.

That's your problem.


- Honey?
- Claire?

Oh, God. I gotta get some water.

I was chasing that crazy maniac.

I got so close.

- And you just gave up?
- Mmm.

That's not the Claire that I know.
Get back out there.

- Really?
- Yeah.

Phil, I left my phone at the drugstore.
I'll be right back.

- Okay, bye.
- Hey, hi. I'm Claire Dunphy.

- I'm Phil's wife.
- Let's not talk her ear off. She's gotta go.

- I'm Laura. Nice to meet you.
- Oh, beautiful house.


- Hey, are you going by Greenleaf?
- Mmm.

- Actually, yeah.
- I just overdid it on my bike. I cannot get back on there.

- No problem. I'll give you a ride.
- That's a terrible idea.


I wish I were one of those people...

who thrives on the danger
of leading a double life.

You know, Bruce Wayne,
Peter Parker, Hannah Montana.

That's a terrible idea...

because your bike is here.

What are you gonna do?
You leave it? That's rude.

- Oh, just pick it up whenever.
- Whenever? What's whenever?

- That's so open-ended.
- Oh, stop it.

- Come on, Claire. Let's fly.
- I love her energy.

I'm coming.

So, why do you wanna move?

Eh. I want a high-rise with a doorman.


Besides, this neighborhood's
getting a little crazy.

- Oh, tell me about it.
- There's this one wackjob.

Don't say another word.
I bet I know exactly who you're thinking of.

- Yeah.

Claire was furious.
She said I betrayed her on every level.

So, I called the florist...

and I have ordered
one dozen Mylar balloons.

Good luck staying mad, honey.

- Which civilization invented the alphabet?
- I don't know.

- Which civilization invented the alphabet?
- I don't know.

Yes, you do.
We've been over this a hundred times.

Allow me, Dad. I'm a great teacher.

Who invented the alphabet?

I... don't... know.

- Luke!

- I got soaked! What are you doing?
- Say it!

- Luke, that's enough.
- Oh, my God!

I don't know! I don't know!
The Phoenicians! The Phoenicians!

That's... right.

Teacher of the year.

She's all yours, buddy.

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