"The Day Alex Left for College"
Season 7
Episode 2
Total Episode Count 146
Written By Danny Zuker
Directed By Jeffrey Walker
Production Code 7ARG02
Air Date September 30, 2015
Episode Guide
"Summer Lovin"
"The Closet Case"

"The Day Alex Left for College" is the second episode from Season 7 of Modern Family, it aired on September 30, 2015.

Plot Summary

Phil and Claire are feeling a little snubbed by their kids when Alex intentionally gives them the wrong college move in date to avoid making it a big deal, and Luke seems less than eager to spend the day with Phil at his open house and would rather go hang out with some guys from school. Elsewhere, the rest of the family concoct an elaborate story to get out of going to Lily's soccer game which only adds to the stress Mitchell and Cam are feeling now that they’ve added landlords to their resume after deciding to rent out the top unit for temporary stays.

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

  • Chloe Csengery as Maisie
  • Kendall Ryan Sanders as Will
  • William C. McMullen as Referee
  • Jennifer Williams as Widow
  • Neyssan Falahi as French Man
  • Carole Weyers as French Woman
  • Guin Dill as Dog Lady
  • Hilary Ward as Pregnant Homebuyer
  • Elizabeth Bergstone as Elderly Homebuyer
  • Deji LaRay as Trapped Homebuyer


  • This is the second episode in which a character goes to college, after Haley in "Schooled" which also happened to be a second episode (actually, the second episode of the fourth season).
  • This is the third episode to revolve around a first day of school, after "Schooled" and "First Days".
  • Phil previously asked Luke and Andy both to be his assistant in "En Garde" and "Rash Decisions".
  • This episode will be set exactly six years after "The Bicycle Thief".
  • In "Crying Out Loud", Alex's roomate was Helena and came for North Carolina, but in this episode it's been said that her original roomate came from Norway.
  • This is the second episode to contain the word "The Day" in the title, after "The Day We Almost Died"

Cultural References