/ UPDATE: TV Guide shares more spoilers about the Modern Family trip to Australia this season, including why they even go in the first place!
It turns out that Phil was conceived Down Under, and his mother's will earmarked some money for Phil to visit his quasi-native land. Naturally, the rest of family tags along. Mitch and Cam reunite with an old acquaintance whom they don't really like — until they realize he's kind of a big deal. "We're at lunch with him and people are taking pictures...and we realize that he's famous in Australia," Eric Stonestreet says. "We find ourselves...in his entourage and people are paparazzi-ing us. We really get sucked in and seduced by fame."
TV Guide has reported that Modern Family's "family vacation" this season is going to be...Australia!
Thanks to a partnership with Qantas airlines, the ABC comedy will film an upcoming family vacation in Australia, TVGuide.com has learned. Qantas will fly the cast and crew out in February for a two-week shoot. The Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker clan previously traveled to Wyoming, Hawaii and Disneyland.
Show co-creator Steve Levitan promises us a family vacay episode with
"down under" jokes a kangaroo, koala, boomerang, and more! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie....
"We are so excited about our trip down under and we promise not to do any 'down under' jokes," said creator Steve Levitan, who will join the cast in Australia. "We look forward to a fantastic shoot in many exotic locations. We loved the family vacation episodes we shot in Hawaii and Wyoming — this one is certainly our most ambitious yet. We promise to feature a kangaroo, a koala and a boomerang. I'm sure there will be lots more, but so far that's all we know about Australia — our American school system is a disaster. So we thank Qantas for this amazing opportunity to broaden our horizons. Plus it'll be nice to go to a place where everyone looks like Hugh Jackman and Miranda Kerr. Aussie, Aussie Aussie!"
As revealed in these spoilers, the purpose behind the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker family traveling to Australia will have to do with a "personal reason" of Phil's. Any ideas what it might be?