'Modern Family' premiere: Jay gets an unexpected birthday surprise

Modern Family returned for season 4 tonight and it brought many laughs as usual. In this episode Gloria Delgado Pritchett (Sofia Vergara) struggles to tell hubby Jay (Ed O'Neill) that she is pregnant as his next birthday approaches. Jay warned the family that he didn't want any surprises this year which worries her that he won't be happy with the baby news.

Meanwhile, in the Dunphy household, Phil (Ty Burrell) decides to arrange a surprise fishing trip for Jay with his friends. But as most Phil Dunphy schemes go, it didn't turn out as planned.



Phil's daughters Hayley (Sarah Hyland) and Alex (Ariel Winter) had their prom the night before when a hungover Hayley reveals to her mom that she'd been drinking and had her boyfriend Dylan stay over. Super strict mom, Claire (Julie Bowen) was not happy with this and Hayley even had the nerve to ask her if he could stay with them for a couple of weeks.

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My favorite couple, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) are still struggling to accept that they were denied adoption of a second child. Their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) doesn't understand that she won't have a sibling and asks them for a kitten instead. Frustration overcomes them when they find themselves unable to adopt a kitten due to strict policies. Despite the rejection, the couple decides to still try and adopt a furball.

Eventually Gloria confides in her son Manny (Rico Rodriguez) that she is pregnant to which he responds that Jay won't be happy to hear this. Again, Gloria worries that her husband won't receive her surprise very well and tries to get his daughter, Claire's advice and tells her the big news. Claire, who has always been jealous of her Latina stepmom, is quite pleased with the pregnancy because as she puts it, Gloria is going to get fat (haha!). But she agrees that her father is going to be unhappy and forewarns him to react kindly to BIG upcoming news during his birthday get together.

Manny lets the cat out of the bag and reveals that Gloria is pregnant. Much to the family's surprise, Jay takes the news very well and heartwarmingly says, "It felt like my life was ending, but I get a new start with the woman of my dreams." Aw! I can't wait to see how the new baby is going to change the family and the crazy antics they'll get into this season!

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