While it has been a little over a year since Modern Family aired its series finale, the show is still making waves, with the entire series available on both Hulu and Peacock. From Gloria’s broken English to Cam’s outbursts when under pressure, each character is known for their distinctive lines and none is more quotable than “King of Dad Jokes” himself, Phil Dunphy.
Throughout the show’s 11 seasons, Phil often tries to be cool and funny in front of his family. You constantly use modern jargon or use the latest trends, such as Dylan’s line of V-neck shirts. But one constant is Phil’s cheesy way of answering the phone, often responding with words that rhyme with the more traditional “Hello”, such as “Yellow” or “Aloe.”
10 What is the most dangerous type of uranium cake? Yellow!”
In season 7, episode 11 of “Spread Your Wings”, Phil visits Alex at CalTech for the first time. In the episode, Phil embarrasses Alex by accidentally activating all the robots in his lab. Later, he goes to Alex’s bedroom to apologize, knocks on the door and asks, “What is the most dangerous type of uranium cake?” Before she can respond, he opens the door and proclaims, “Yellow!”
Yellowcake or Urania is a type of concentrated uranium powder that is obtained in the processing of uranium after its extraction. Uranium has a number of uses, including nuclear fuel used to generate electricity in nuclear power plants, power nuclear submarines, and nuclear weapons.
9 What is the best first person shooter game about genetically modified space marines? Aura!”
Season 6 Episode 16’s “Connection Lost” takes place entirely on Claire’s laptop as she waits for her flight at O’Hare Airport. The episode uses FaceTime and iMessage to get you to interact with the other characters. Claire calls Phil to ask if he’s seen Haley and while wearing his headphones, Phil responds to the FaceTime by asking, “What’s the best first person shooter game about genetically modified space marines?” and respond quickly “Aura!“
Phil is seen often throughout the series enjoying the latest gadgets and games. It’s no wonder that while Claire was away, Phil enjoyed playing video games for a bit. Halo is one of the top Xbox exclusive titles in the many evolutions of Microsoft’s console, spawning a total of 14 games.
8 “Who sang ‘Evil Woman’? ELO! “
Season 1, Episode 22, “Airport 2010” has the whole family at an airport heading to Hawaii for Jay’s birthday. Mitchell forgets his wallet at home, prompting him and Phil to return home. While in the car, Phil receives a call from Claire and before answering he asks his brother-in-law: “Who sang” Evil Woman? “Phil answers the phone exclaiming,” ELO! “
ELO or Electric Light Orchestra is a British rock band that was active during the 70s and 80s. The original members of the band included Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan, adding Richard Tandy in 1972. Their biggest hits were ” Evil Woman “,” Livin ‘Thing “and” Can’t Get It Out Of My Head “. In 2017, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and currently exists under the name Jeff Lynne’s ELO with the original members, Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy.
7 “Wait, what is my favorite hospital food? Jelly! “
Season 3 Episode 9 “Punkin Chunkin” is Modern FamilyThanksgiving first episode. The episode features Kenneth, played by Josh Gad (Frozen, beauty and the beast), an old family friend who comes to town.
When Kenneth calls Phil to tell him what’s going to happen, Phil asks Luke “What’s my favorite hospital food?” Phil proceeds to answer Kenneth’s call and yells “Jelly!”
6 Hey Luke, what instrument does Yo-Yo Ma play? Cello!”
When Kenneth is introduced, he is depicted as very similar to Phil and the two even share a long and complicated “manshake”. Throughout the episode, Phil wonders why Kenneth is so much more successful than him, since they are essentially the same person. This comes to a head when Kenneth excuses himself to take a call from his Tokyo assistant named Paris.
In Phil’s style, before answering the phone, Kenneth asks Luke, “What instrument does Yo-Yo Ma play?” As he leaves the room, Kenneth answers the phone yelling “Cello!” Yo-Yo Ma is a world-renowned cellist who graduated from both The Juilliard School and Harvard University. He has recorded more than 90 albums and won a total of 18 Grammy Awards.
5 “Quick, girls, the famous Danny from ‘Moonstruck’, Aiello?”
“Aunt Mommy” from Season 3, Episode 15, centers on Claire’s decision to donate her eggs to Mitchell and Cam. Meanwhile, Phil gets a call from Mitchell while talking to his daughters, and before picking up the phone, he asks them who the famous Danny from the movie is. Lunatic it is. Before the two have a chance to respond, Phil answers the phone saying “Aiello!”
Danny Aiello was an actor known for his roles in The Godfather II (1974), Léon: the professional (1994) and Spike Lee Do the right thing (1989), where he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. In 1987, he starred in the Oscar-winning film, Lunatic, alongside Cher, who played an Italian-American woman who falls in love with her fiancé’s younger brother, played by Nicolas Cage.
4 “Quick, Nature’s Safe Sunburn Remedy? Aloe!”
In season 4, episode 16, “Bad Hair Day”, Claire attends her college reunion. When Phil’s bowling game is canceled, he surprises Claire at the reunion, only to find that she didn’t want him there in the first place.
When Phil gets Jay’s call about the game being canceled, he answers the phone and asks Luke, “Quick, nature’s safe remedy for sunburn? ” and responds “Aloe!” Aloe vera is used in many consumer products, from beverages and cosmetics to ointments for sunburn.
3 “Phil, where were the nationals from last year? Cleveland, oh … hi! “
In season 8, episode 17, “Pig Moon Rising”, Claire and Phil learn that Luke has been rejected at every college he applied to. To rectify the situation, they arranged a meeting with an old friend / fellow cheerleader who is also the dean of the university. The dean makes a deal with Phil, saying that if Phil shows him some of the secrets of his magic tricks, he will secure a place for Luke.
While in the dean’s office, he gets a call and, in Phil’s style, asks, “Where were the Nationals in the last year?” Quickly replying “Cleveland, Oh … Hi!” This angers Phil, prompting him to ask Claire if she could “imagine putting up with this for years and years.” Of course, he rolls his eyes, as Phil has literally done it many times throughout the series.
two “What is the ring around the head of an angel? Aura!”
In season 5, episode 21, “Sleeper”, the family is preparing for another family portrait. Phil ends up at Jay’s house to ask him for a favor when Jay gets a call.
After years of being around Phil, Jay is inspired and asks Gloria and Manny, “What is the ring around an angel’s head?” and responds to Phil’s call with a “Halo!” Phil tells Jay that while he would normally be delighted to hear him use the “angel”, he specifies that this will not be a fun talk.
1 What nickname did Jennifer Lopez steal from Jon Lovitz? J-Lo. “
In season 8, episode 19 of “Frank’s Wedding”, Phil gives his last signature salute of the series, or at least he tries. The episode focuses on Phil’s father Frank’s wedding, in which Phil plans to have his family show up in disguise. This prompts the family to have an intervention, talking to Phil about his obsession with all things funny.
In the middle of the episode, Phil receives a call and begins to respond in the usual way, with the question, “What nickname did Jennifer Lopez steal from Jon Lovitz?” With his family’s words echoing through him, Phil turns and answers the phone with a simple “hello.” Luke comments, saying that he couldn’t believe his father hadn’t said “J-Lo”. This joke comments that Jennifer Lopez’s nickname, J-Lo, also applies to actor Jon Lovitz, known for his roles in Rat race (2001) and Your own league (1992).
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