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The family joins Phil in Australia as he fulfills his late mother's wishes to discover where his parents had their honeymoon.

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Steven Levitan

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Steven Levitan (created by), Christopher Lloyd (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ed O'Neill ... Jay Pritchett
Sofía Vergara ... Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Julie Bowen ... Claire Dunphy
Ty Burrell ... Phil Dunphy
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ... Mitchell Pritchett
Eric Stonestreet ... Cameron Tucker
Sarah Hyland ... Haley Dunphy
Ariel Winter ... Alex Dunphy
Nolan Gould ... Luke Dunphy
Rico Rodriguez ... Manny Delgado
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons ... Lily Tucker-Pritchett
Rhys Darby ... Fergus
Mark Coles Smith ... Guide
Peter Phelps ... Wise Australian
Ray Blackett Ray Blackett ... Biker
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Storyline

The entire family tags along as Phil fulfills his mom's wish for him to return to his roots and visit the country where he was conceived, Australia. Unfortunately, Phil's attempts to embrace his native land are met by a lot of rejection, while Jay and Claire let work eat into vacation time, and Mitch and Cam get reacquainted with an old friend they can't stand but is now a big-time celebrity in Australia. Written by ABC Publicity

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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23 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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The "dingo took my baby" joke is based on an actual event that happened in Australia while a family was couple with a baby were camping. This true story is the basis of the film, A Cry in the Dark (1988), starring Meryl Streep. See more »

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During one of the scenes where they are lounging on the beach in Australia, the flag in the background is an American flag. See more »

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Spoofs A Cry in the Dark (1988) See more »

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To Have And To Hold
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Performed by Colin Hay
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The Fifth Season's Other Successful Travel Episode
30 July 2018 | by kaisanikkanenSee all my reviews

Phil takes the family to Australia, in attempt to connect with his late mother, whereas the others have plans to explore the country in their own ways.

The fifth season had two travel episodes, called "Las Vegas" and "Australia". Although the former received better feedback and higher ratings, the latter managed to have an entertaining script with fun comments during its intervals.

"Australia" introduces more family troubles and atrocities. Jay and Claire want to work instead of enjoying their trip; Mitchell and Cameron find out that their friend is a famous talk show host; Luke and Manny attempt to seek topless women at Bondi Beach; Haley try to teach Lily a lesson about buying a souvenir; whereas Gloria barely keeps Phil alive after his attempts of being a real "Aussie".

Phil's attempts to belong in the Australian society, Mitchell and Cameron's moments of fame, Alex' attempts to sound professional in a traveling review, and "Crocodile Dunphy" are merely a few notable moments in the episode.

Is it the best episode in terms of story? No. Is it worth re-watching tens of times? Certainly.


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