A health scare for Phil (Ty Burrell) leads the clan to fret about their own mortality.
Hey, Modern Family, you’re looking quite healthy for 200. Fortysomething Phil Dunphy? Well, we’re not as certain.
That’s 200 episodes, not years, for the popular comedy, which is now in its ninth season and is guaranteed a tenth.
ABC’s acclaimed sitcom, which won five consecutive Emmy Awards for best comedy series from 2010 to 2014, celebrates the milestone Wednesday (9 ET/PT) with an epidemic of mortality fears in the extended clan after Phil (Ty Burrell) is rushed to the hospital with stomach pains.
In the process, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) asks whom Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) would end up with if he were gone, and his husband blurts out, “Caleb,” a masseuse.
Not leaving bad enough alone — a Cam trademark — he invites Caleb (Fred Savage) over to give Mitchell a massage, but what he really wants is to assess the competition.
In this exclusive clip, Caleb massages Mitchell, as Cameron alternately tries to one-up and knock down the accomplished masseuse, who happens to have owned a restaurant and played in a successful band.
With each interruption, Caleb can measure Mitchell’s state of relaxation (or not) by his muscle tightness.
When Cameron brings tea and cookies, Caleb says, ‘I’m suddenly feeling some tension in your shoulders, Mitchell.”
After Mitchell insists Cam leave, Caleb says, ‘The knots are melting away.’
When he just as quickly returns to compare musical abilities, Caleb feels a new knot: “Big one coming back here now.”
After Mitchell asks Caleb to leave, Cameron, influenced by Phil’s ailment, says his own health issues have made him need to evaluate “the man who might become Lily’s stepfather some day,” proving he’s at least suffering the effects of a bite…