"Clean For a Day"
Season 7
Episode 12
Total Episode Count 156
Written By Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh
Directed By Beth McCarthy-Miller
Production Code 7ARG13
Air Date February 10, 2016
Episode Guide
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"Clean for a Day" is the twelfth episode from Season 7 of Modern Family, it aired on February 10, 2016.

Plot Summary

Before Claire officially takes over Jay's closet business, she decides she must get the house in order and make the family clean out the clutter; unfortunately, Phil and Luke can't bear to part with anything, and Alex digs up old feelings when she finds Sanjay's sweatshirt. Newly into retirement, Jay decides to get a new hobby - piloting a plane - but the danger puts Cameron into a tailspin of worry. And elsewhere, Gloria wants to connect with Jay more and decides to pick up his favorite game of golf, and ropes Mitchell into teaching her.

Episode Description


Main Cast

(The characters striked out do not appear in this episode)

  • Jay Pritchett
  • Gloria Pritchett
  • Manny Delgado
  • Joe Pritchett
  • Claire Dunphy
  • Phil Dunphy
  • Haley Dunphy
  • Alex Dunphy
  • Luke Dunphy
  • Mitchell Pritchett
  • Cameron Tucker
  • Lily Tucker-Pritchett

Guest Starring


  • This episode has similarities with "The Day We Almost Died" because both are the thirteenth in production order and only feature three guest stars.
  • This episode also has similarities with a Step by Step episode in which Frank accidentally knocks out a pilot during a piloting lesson.


Cultural References

  • Mrs Clutterworth is named after Mrs. Butterworth and has Mary Poppins' accent.
  • Phil has a Flowbee.
  • Haley says that those who forget the past are doomed to rewear it, a reference to George Santayana's "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."