Phil got a huge shock to the system with no advanced warning on "Modern Family" (Wed., 9 p.m. EST on ABC), when Alex mistook his reference to "Haley's aversion." Alex thought he said, "Haley's a virgin," and started to giggle incredulously. Until, that is, she realized what he really said, and what she'd just revealed.
It was a difficult realization for Phil, and he struggled to process the fact that his oldest daughter is growing up. It's a struggle all too common to fathers of daughters in particular, as protectiveness is a natural state, as is the naive belief that their baby girl will stay their baby girl forever.
Haley tried to gingerly tell him, via talking about Lily's broken doll, that she's still the same girl she ever was, just more mature. It took Phil a while, but he did manage to handle it and realize that it's just a normal part of growing up.
Perhaps most unexpectedly, he also discovered that Claire had known already for the past three months. When he confronted her about it, Claire began to muster up a defense, but all Phil did was hug her and thank her. Instead of being angry that she hadn't clued him in, he was grateful to have been left in the dark.
"Modern Family" anchors ABC's comedy block on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST.
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