#5. Manny's Online Date

Published: 3.01.2018
Level 4   |   Time: 3:50
Accent: American, Colombian
Source: Modern Family [S1 E13]

Manny makes a date with a woman from his online book club.


triangle Directions

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

triangle Vocabulary

  • aftershave [n] - perfume for men
  • eternal life [n] - living forever
  • stick around [phv] - stay
  • humiliating [adj] - embarrassing
  • an old soul [exp] - wiser and more mature than people of the same age
  • is just around the corner [exp] - is coming soon
  • prostitutes [n] - a person who has sex for money
  • put out [phv] - have sex easily
  • a makeover [n] - a complete transformation of a person's hairstyle, makeup, and clothes
  • turn out [phv] - happen
  • give it a shot [exp] - try
  • disturbing [adj] - strange or weird
  • fight men off with a stick [exp] - be very popular with men
  • a popover [n] - visiting someone's house without an invitation
  • spectacular [adj] - beautiful
  • obsessed [adj] - always thinking about one thing
  • the one [exp] - the perfect romantic partner

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

triangle Background

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Manny Gloria Jay Cameron
  • Gloria is Manny's mother.
  • Jay is Manny's stepfather.
  • Cameron, a friend of the family, is gay.

triangle Questions

  1. Why does Manny have a strong smell?
    He is wearing perfume.
    He is wearing aftershave.
    He didn't take a shower.

  2. How many times has Manny met Whitney face-to-face before?

  3. How did Manny find Whitney?
    They met at a book store.
    They met on a dating website.
    They met on an online book club.

  4. What interests do Manny and Whitney have in common?
    They both like Spanish poetry.
    They both like vampire novels.
    They both like ice-cream.
    They both like books about eternal life.

  5. What has Manny planned for his date with Whitney?
    Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup
    Watching a vampire movie
    Trying on new clothes
    Putting on make-up

  6. Why did Manny choose tomato soup for lunch?
    It is Whitney's favorite food.
    It looks like blood.
    It is easy to make.

  7. Why is Whitney crying?
    Because Manny is younger than she expected.
    Because Manny is uglier than she expected.
    Because she didn't expect Manny's mother to be home.

  8. How old is Manny?

  9. What characteristics make Manny seem more mature?
    The way he talks
    The way he looks
    The clothes he wears

  10. What does Whitney think Gloria is suggesting she do in order to attract more men?
    She should try to look nicer.
    She should find older men.
    She should sleep with more men.

  11. What is Gloria actually suggesting she do in order to attract more men?
    She should try to look nicer.
    She should find older men.
    She should sleep with more men.

  12. How does Jay react to finding out that Manny has a date with a much older woman?
    He is angry.
    He is surprised.
    He doesn't care.

  13. What does Manny suggest that he and Whitney do 10 years in the future?
    They could get married and have children.
    They could start dating if they are both single.
    They could start working together.

  14. How does Whitney react to his suggestion?
    She thinks it is a little weird.
    She thinks it might be a good idea.
    She get very angry.
    She starts crying again.

  15. Why does Cameron bring flowers?
    He brought the flowers for Whitney.
    He wants to thank Gloria for babysitting his daughter.
    It is Gloria's birthday.

  16. What does Cameron compliment Whitney on?
    Her hair
    Her smile
    Her body
    Her dress

  17. What interests do Cameron and Whitney have in common?
    They both like Spanish poetry.
    They both like vampire novels.
    They both like ice-cream.
    They both like Barbra Streisand movies.

  18. What does Whitney think of Cameron?
    She realizes he is gay.
    She thinks he is rude.
    She thinks he is her perfect match.

triangle Vocabulary Review icon

Directions: Choose the expression that best completes the sentence

  • Manny doesn't want his mother to (stick around) if the date goes well.

  • Whitney doesn't want to (put out) to get more attention from men.

  • The date didn't (turn out) how either Manny or Whitney expected.

  • It seems like Whitney wants to (give it a shot) with Cameron.

  • Whitney thinks that Gloria must have to (fight men off with a stick) because she is so beautiful.

  • Gloria tells Whitney not to worry because love could (be just around the corner) .

  • Whitney thinks the situation is (humiliating) because Manny is so young.

  • Whitney says that Manny's idea to meet again after ten years is (disturbing) .

  • Cameron says that Whitney's dress is (spectacular) .

  • Whitney is very attracted to Cameron and hopes he can be (the one) .

  • Gloria want to give Whitney (a makeover) to make her look better.

  • Cameron apologizes for (the popover) because he didn't tell Gloria he would visit her home.

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Directions: Choose the expression that best completes the sentence.

  • "Stupid" is not (following your heart) and taking a chance on love.
    → be brave and do what you really want to do
  • I mean what kind of (11-years-old) talks like that?
    → ("Year" is acting like an adjective, so it cannot be plural.)
  • Manny is (an old soul) .
    → wise and mature for your age (postive connotation)
  • Love is (just around the corner) .
    → will come to you very soon
  • Men (must throw themselves at you) every day.
    → fall in love with and chase you
  • This is Whitney. We're (giving) her a makeover.
    → changing a person's total style and image - clothing, hair, makeup
  • I'm sorry this didn't (turn out) like you wanted.
    → happen
  • I just met a sweet guy named Cameron. I think he might be (the one) .
    → the person you will fall in love with

triangle Grammar (past tenses)icon

Directions: Choose the verb tense that best completes each sentence.

Gloria (was preparing) lunch when Manny (walked) into the kitchen. Gloria (noticed) that Manny (had put on) aftershave. He (was waiting) for his date to arrive. He (had met) her in an online book club.

The doorbell (rang) and Manny (went) to the door. When he (opened) the door, he (was) surprised to see that his date (was) much older than he (expected/had expected) .

When Whitney (realized) that Manny (was) only 11 years old, she (strated crying) . She (explained) that Manny (had seemed) very mature during their conversations online.

Manny (apologized) to Whitney for the mistake. He (asked) her if she (would consider) meeting him agian in 10 years if they were both still single.

triangle Discussion icon

  1. Whitney stays and hangs out with Manny and his mom after she finds out Manny is only 11 years old. What would you have done if you had been in Whitney's situation?
  2. Why do you think Whitney stayed and had lunch with Manny and Gloria?
  3. How does Manny seem mature for his age? Think of four examples from the video.
  4. Do you think Whitney looks better before or after the makeover? Why?
  5. What is largest age difference that you think is acceptable for dating?
  6. What is largest age difference that you have had on a date?
  7. What age should boys start wearing aftershave (or cologne)? What age should girls start wearing perfume and makeup? Why?

triangle Scripticon

So handsome!
Thank you.
Manny, are you wearing aftershave?
Yes, for my date. This will be the first time she will ever smell me.

Her name is Whitney. I met her in an online book club. We both like vampire fiction and the romance of eternal life.

I think it's adorable that Manny has a date. He even picked out the lunch menu: grilled-cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Tomato soup because, you know, the tomato soup is like the blood. And the vampires like to eat the blood. And then he wants me to take them out for ice cream, well, because Manny likes ice cream.

Oh, that must be her. If this goes well, you don't need to stick around. Hi. I'm Whitney. I'm here for Manny.

This is so humiliating. I am sorry.
It's okay.
He just seemed so mature online. How could I be so stupid?
You're not stupid. "Stupid" is not following your heart and taking a chance on love.
I mean what kind of 11 -year-old talks like that?
Manny's an old soul.
Here. Use my handkerchief.
You see what I mean?
I'll just be alone for the rest of my life. And that's okay.
No, don't say that. In my country, there's a saying that means "Love is just around the corner."
I come from a neighborhood with a lot of prostitutes.
Maybe for you. I mean, men must throw themselves at you every day.
They'll do the same for you if you just…
Just what? Put out?
No. Just like, the lipstick, the hair, push-up bra. You know.
What does it matter? I'm never gonna be as pretty as you.
Ay, believe me, this takes a lot of work. You just need to find your inner beauty.
It's hiding beneath a mask of insecurity.
Okay, he's starting to freak me out.
Manny, go play.

I'm home!
We're here. This is Whitney. We're giving her a makeover.
Hi. You have such a nice family and a really beautiful house.
Thanks. You two know each other how?
She's my date.
Of course she is. I'll be in here. I'll be right back.
I'm sorry this didn't turn out like you wanted.
That's okay. It probably didn't turn out how you wanted it either.
I'll tell you what. If neither of us is with anybody in 10 years, how about you and me give it a shot?
That's disturbing. But maybe.

I'm a little nervous.
Don't be.
I'm sure you look beautiful. Whoa!
What do you think?
Look at you!
You're gonna be fighting men off with a stick.
I don't know about that.
Hi. Sorry for the pop over, but I just wanted to bring you these to thank you for babysitting Lily again last night.
Oh! Gracias. You didn't need to do that. You know I love Lily. Come in. Say hello.
Hey, Cam.
Cameron, this is my new friend, Whitney. Whitney, this is Cameron.
Hello. It's nice to meet you. That is a spectacular dress.
This old thing?
What about her hair?
Oh, my gosh. It's like Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were. One of my favorites.
Me too.
Okay, who is reading The Forevers?
I am.
I am so obsessed with this whole vampire thing right now.
Me too.
I just met the sweetest guy named Cameron. I think he might be the one.

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