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Modern Family Fighting

Published: 2.09.2018
Level 4   |   Time: 5:41
Accent: American, Colombian
Source: Modern Family

Manny and Luke get into a fight at school. Then Claire and Gloria deal with their own family tension.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • showing a house [exp] - trying to sell a house (as a real estate agent)
  • knuckle heads [n] - idiots
  • name-calling [exp] - insulting
  • shove [v] - push
  • get the sense [exp] - think
  • work this out [exp] - solve the problem
  • behave [v] - act
  • address [v] - talk about
  • the elephant in the room [exp] - a big problem that everyone knows about but no one wants to talk about
  • bring it in [phv] - come here
  • huddle up [phv] - stand together
  • tension [n] - anger and discomfort
  • It's out there! [exp] - The secret is revealed.
  • That is so Claire! [exp] - That looks exactly like Claire!
  • defensive [adj] - sensitive
  • roustabouts [n] - kids
  • patch (things) up [phv] - fix (things)
  • make fun of [exp] - tease
  • a gold digger [exp] - a woman who marries a man for money

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

picture picture picture
Gloria Jay Phil
picture picture picture
Claire Luke Manny
  • All the characters are related to each other in some way.

triangle Questions

  1. Why does Claire have to go to the school?
    She is taking a class.
    Luke got into a fight.
    She wants to look at a house.

  2. Where is Phil when Claire calls him?
    He is at school.
    He is at work.
    He is playing golf.

  3. Who was fighting?
    Luke and Manny
    Gloria and Claire
    Jay and Phil

  4. Whose father is not at the meeting?
    Luke's father
    Claire's father
    Manny's father

  5. Why was Luke angry at Manny?
    Because Manny punched him.
    Because Manny made fun of his mother.
    Because Manny said he was Luke's uncle.

  6. What does the principal say about Manny and Luke?
    They are good kids.
    They fight too much.
    They are immature students.
    One of them is a little different.

  7. Why did they come to Jay's house?
    To talk about the fight.
    To study together.
    To watch a football game on TV.

  8. What is the "elephant in the room"?
    Manny and Luke had a fight.
    Phil is attracted to Gloria.
    Jay is much older than Gloria.

  9. How does Phil want to fix the problem between Luke and Manny?
    He wants to give them a short lecture.
    He wants to make them talk to each other.
    He wants to punish both of them.

  10. How does Jay want to fix the problem between Luke and Manny?
    He wants to give them a short lecture.
    He wants to make them talk to each other.
    He wants to punish both of them.

  11. What did Claire bring to the house?
    an elephant

  12. Why does Phil want Claire and Gloria to talk to each other?
    There is tension between Claire and Gloria.
    Luke and Manny were fighting at school.
    They both made dessert.

  13. Why does Gloria think that Claire doesn't like her?
    Because Luke fights with Manny.
    Because Phil is always unfriendly.
    Because she makes an unfriendly face when she looks at Gloria.

  14. How does Claire make Gloria feel in the family?

  15. What does Claire want Gloria to do?
    Stop being so defensive.
    Stop coming to their house.
    Stop talking with a strange accent.

  16. Why did Luke make fun of Manny?
    He has the same thing for lunch every day.
    He talks with a strange accent.
    He is from another country.

  17. Why did Manny make fun of Luke?
    He has the same thing for lunch every day.
    He talks with a strange accent.
    He is from another country.

  18. What does Luke think that Claire called Gloria?
    a gold digger
    a coal digger
    a foreigner

  19. What did Claire actually call Gloria?
    a gold digger
    a coal digger
    a foreigner

  20. Why did Claire call her that?
    Gloria married her father.
    Gloria is from Colombia.
    Gloria has a strange accent.

  21. Where did Claire call her that?
    at a Mexican restaurant
    in the car
    at school
    at Jay's and Gloria's wedding

triangle Language Review

Directions: Find the term that best describes the relationship between each pair of people.

  • What is the relationship between Phil and Claire?
    (husband and wife)

  • What is the relationship between Phil and Jay?
    (father-in-law and son-in-law)

  • What is the relationship between Jay and Claire?
    (father and daughter)

  • What is the relationship between Jay and Gloria?
    (husband and wife)

  • What is the relationship between Jay and Luke?
    (grandfather and grandson)

  • What is the relationship between Jay and Manny?
    (stepfather and stepson)

  • What is the relationship between Phil and Luke?
    (father and son)

  • What is the relationship between Gloria and Claire?
    (stepmother and stepdaughter)

  • What is the relationship between Claire and Luke?
    (mother and son)

  • What is the relationship between Claire and Manny?
    (stepsister and stepbrother)

  • What is the relationship between Luke and Manny?
    (uncle and nephew)

triangle Script

Claire: No problem. We'll be right down. Thanks.
Phil: Hey, honey. What's up?
Claire: The school just called. Luke got in a fight.
Phil: Oh, geez. Is he okay?
Claire: Yeah, he's fine, but they want us to come down there. Where are you?
Phil: I'm showing a house.
Claire: What house?
Phil: I'm golfing.

Claire: What are you doing here?
Jay: These two knuckleheads were fighting.
Claire: What?!
Phil: Could have been worse. I was not ready to face Durkas today.
Claire: So, what happened?
Principal: Well. Apparently, there was some name-calling and shoving on the playground. By the time a teacher separated them, Luke was sitting on Manny's chest.
Jay: Luke, that's not like you.
Principal: Wait a minute. You're Luke's father?
Jay: Grandfather.
Principal: So Manny's father is...
Gloria: Javier. Crazy guy. That's where he gets his fire.
Principal: Okay, you're...
Claire: He's our son.
Jay: And my grandson.
Claire: I'm his daughter.
Principal: So, you're...
Manny: His uncle.
Luke: Stop saying that, or I'll sit on your chest again!
Claire: Wait a second. Is that what this was all about?
Luke: He keeps calling me his nephew.
Manny: You are my nephew!
Luke: Shut up!
Principal: I'm getting the sense that you're all related... somehow. It's best if you work this out at home so the boys can go back to class, okay? But we're not happy about this, boys. This is not how mature young men behave. Here's your note for Miss Passwater. Look. I wouldn't worry. They're good kids. It's just tough when one kid's a little different.

Phil: How you doing? Hi, beautiful. Good to see you.
Claire: Let me guess. Game's on?
Phil: Just started.
Phil: For you. It's nice to see you, Gloria.
Gloria: Two times today.
Claire: She means we've seen them two times today.
Jay: Everybody, the food's in there, the drinks are in there, I'll be in here.
Phil: Hold on, Jay. I think we should address the elephant in the room. Luke. Manny. Bring it in. Come on. Huddle up. Football. Now, in light of what happened at school today, if you have any feelings you’d like to express, I think this is the proper forum.
Phil: For God's sake. All right, both of you. Now, in this family, do we kick and punch each other, or do we love each other?
Boys: Love each other.
Phil: That's right. I'll be in the den.
Claire: I brought dessert.
Gloria: Ok. Thank you. I make pie, too.
Claire: You can never have too many pies, right?
Phil: Ok. Whoa! Whoa! Everybody, take a deep breath. Let's think about getting real.
Claire: Phil, no.
Gloria: Why "Phil, no"? What is Phil doing?
Phil: I'm just gonna say it... there's tension between you two. Bam! It's out there.
Claire: I'm gonna kill you.
Gloria: I think he's right. And I think we should talk about it.
Phil: That's what I'm talkin' 'bout... you two talking... 'bout it.
Gloria: Okay, the truth? I sometimes feel like you don't like me.
Phil: Wow! Powerful, powerful stuff. Claire, tell us how that makes you feel.
Claire: Right now, I'm feeling a lot of anger.
Phil: No no no. Don't tell me, tell her.
Claire: Gloria, Right now I'm really angry at Phil.
Phil: Let's respect the process.
Claire: Gloria, I don't know why you think I don't like you.
Gloria: Well, sometimes when you see me, you make that face.
Claire: What face?
Gloria: Like this.
Claire: I do not make a face like that.
Mitchell: Oh my god! That is so Claire.
Claire: Mitchell!
Phil: See? She does that with everyone. It's just her face.
Gloria: No, it's not just the face. From the beginning, I feel like Manny and I are not welcome in this family.
Claire: That is so crazy!
Gloria: No, it's not so crazy. It's how I feel.
Claire: I am sorry if you feel that way. I really am. Because from the moment I met you, I have tried to make you feel comfortable with us.
Gloria: You think it's all in my head?
Claire: Kind... I don't know. I mean... we really love having you and Manny in our family.
Gloria: Really?
Claire: Really. So... you don't have to be so defensive.
Gloria: I do that, don't I?
Phil: I'm feeling a hug. I was thinking group hug.
Phil: There's our little roustabouts! You look like you patched things up pretty good, huh? We can learn so much from the children. I bet it seems kind of silly now what you were even fighting about, huh?
Luke: I made fun of his accent.
Gloria: What accent?
Manny: I made fun of him for having the same thing for lunch every day.
Luke: I made fun of him because his mom used to dig coal.
Gloria: What?
Manny: He said you were a coal digger.
Phil: Okay, I think we can move on!
Gloria: Who said I was a coal digger?
Luke: That's what my mom told me.
Alex: What's a coal digger?
Phil: Sweetheart. He heard it wrong. It's gold digger.
Hailey: I'm gonna have to call you back.
Claire: I really do not think that I remember ever saying that.
Luke: Well, you said it in the car, you said it at Christmas, you said it in the Mexican restaurant...
Claire: Okay, Mr. "Leaves his sweatshirts at school every day" suddenly remembers everything. Thank you.
Gloria: And it was all in my head, huh?
Claire: Listen, Gloria, it was like a year ago before I knew you...
Luke: Nice going. Now my mom and my sister are fighting.


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