Dance Dance Revelation

"Dance Dance Revelation"
Modern Family episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 10
Directed by Gail Mancuso
Written by Ilana Wernick
Production code 2ARG08
Original air date December 8, 2010[1]
Guest stars
  • Julie Dretzin as Lisa
  • Artemis Pebdani as Bethenny
  • Danny Trejo as Gus
  • Laci Kay as Girl at School Dance
  • Melody Butiu as Babysitter
  • Steve Kehela as Rob
  • Mo Mandel as Bill
  • Kevin Daniels as Longines
  • Greg Roman as D.J.
  • Caleb Alexander Cohen as Billy
Season 2 episodes
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"Dance Dance Revelation" is the tenth episode of the second season of the sitcom, Modern Family and the 34th overall. It originally aired December 8, 2010 on the ABC. The episode was written by Ilana Wernick and directed by Gail Mancuso.

The episode follows Luke (Nolan Gould) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) having their first school dance, Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Phil (Ty Burrell) taking them to the mall with disastrous results, Claire's happiness turns into jealousy when Gloria (Sofía Vergara) joins the school dance committee. Meanwhile, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) learn about Lily (Jayden and Ella Hiller) biting other kids at the playground.

"Dance Dance Revelation" was watched by 11.075 million viewers in the United States marking a 15% drop among adults between the ages of 18 and 49 from the previous regular original episode. The episode also received mostly positive reviews from critics.



It is the day of Luke and Manny's first school dance, which is being organized by Claire, however the school appointed Gloria as co-chair. Claire has been trying to block Gloria from participating by telling her that there was enough people. Gloria comes anyway and Claire soon gets jealous when Gloria starts taking over and everyone really appreciates it and particularly because she manages to get Gus, the school's janitor, to do everything that she asks right away. Eventually, during the dance, Claire gets upset at her but after talking things out they both apologize for making the dance a competition.

Meanwhile Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Phil (Ty Burrell) take Luke and Manny to the mall which turns disastrous. Manny and Luke get into a fight over a teal tie that Manny needed. After having lost a parking space to a person who cut them off, Phil lets a guy in front of line who takes very long, which leads Jay to get cranky over Phil. Phil pretends to go looking for socks but he ends up attacking the perfume man just for spraying before asking. While still waiting in line to pay, Jay sees the man that cut them off at the parking lot and wants to give him a piece of his mind to demonstrate to Luke and Manny how his tougher approach will work, but it turns out that the man did not notice that he cut them off because he is very depressed over the death of his dog "Spot", crying all over Jay. Eventually Jay sees he has been rough and apologizes to Phil. In the epilogue of the episode it turns out that the perfume man was Longines, a friend of Cameron and Mitchell's, who turns to them for comfort, Mitchell points out that Longines had it coming because he always sprays before asking.

Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) learn from a mom they know that Lily bit her son at the playground.[1] At first they deny this, because they think that they are being blamed for just being gay but they come to realize that it was true after Lily bites Cameron. They decide to look at some ways to discipline her, but Cameron is too soft and proposes to sing a song to Lily about not biting while Mitchell is fond of an idea that he got from the Internet to put pepper in her mouth. After the song they realize that it does not work. This leads Mitchell and Cameron into a fight where Mitchell bites Cameron and tells him to "sing me a song about it". They soon come to accept that their daughter is not perfect, right after that Lily slaps Mitchell and Cameron starts laughing hysterically.


"Dance Dance Revelation" is the second episode written by Iiana Wernick. Iiana had previously written the first season finale, "Family Portrait". The episode was also the first episode directed by Gail Mancuso.[1]

The episode also features Danny Trejo as the school janitor, Gus.[1] On October 7, 2010, William Keck of TV Guide reported that movie star, Danny Trejo was set to guest star as a janitor who befriends Gloria.[2][3] The episode was originally reported by TV Guide to have Claire become friends with Gus while TV Squad reported that she was to face off with the janitor.[2][3]


In its original American broadcast, "Dance Dance Revelation" was viewed by an estimated 11.075 million viewers and received a 4.1 rating/11% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49 dropping 15% from the previous non-special episode, "Manny Get Your Gun" and is the second lowest rated episode this season just behind "Mother Tucker".[4][5] Despite the drop the episode was the highest rated episode of the night.[4][6] The episode became the second highest rated scripted program of the original week it aired after Glee.[7] The episode also became the highest rated show on the ABC network that week.[7]

It’s not unusual for episodes to split the characters up this way among storylines, but the fact that they were kept in these bottles for almost the entire running time created a sense of stasis verging on claustrophobia at times.

Donna Bowman, The A.V. Club[8]

Since airing, the episode has received positive reviews from critics. TV Squad writer Joel Keller praised the episode saying that, unlike the previous Christmas-time episode, this episode had "returned to the classic formula that has made this show be so consistent over the last season and a half: big laughs, great acting, and believable emotional payoffs."[9] The A.V. Club writer Donna Bowman was disappointed with "Dance Dance Revelation", saying that the characters seemed separated commenting that "Most of the problem is not with the plot but with the way the characters were kept in separate silos throughout the episode."[8] Rachel Maddux of New York praised the episode calling it "thoughtful, funny, and well-executed enough to make up for that egregious transgression."[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Chang, Yani (November 22, 2010). "THE SCHOOL DANCE BRINGS ON MORE ANXIETY FOR THE PARENTS THAN FOR THE KIDS, ON ABC'S "MODERN FAMILY". abcmedianet. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b Keck, William (October 7, 2010). "Keck's Exclusives: What Big Screen Villain is Playing a Janitor on Modern Family?". TV Guide. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  3. ^ a b Carreau, Isabella (October 8, 2010). "Spoilers Anonymous: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Modern Family' and More!". TV Squad. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  4. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (December 9, 2010). "TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The Middle,' 'Modern Family,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Human Target' At Lows; As 'Survivor' Leads CBS Win". Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  5. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 9, 2010). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Modern Family,' 'The Sing Off' Adjusted Up; 'The Middle' Adjusted Down". Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  6. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 9, 2010). "Modern Family is Wednesday's #1 TV Show". Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  7. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (December 14, 2010). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: Sunday Night Football,' 'Glee,' 'Two and a Half Men,' 'Modern Family,' '60 Minutes' Top Week 12 Viewing". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  8. ^ a b Bowman, Donna (December 8, 2010). "MODERN FAMILY "Dance Dance Revelation"". The A.V. Club.,48670/. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  9. ^ Keller, Joel (December 9, 2010). "'Modern Family' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap". TV Squad. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  10. ^ Maddux, Rachael (December 9, 2010). "Modern Family Recap: Men! Men! Men!". New York. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 

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