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Oh no, say it ain’t so: Haley Dunphy gets arrested?

In last night’s episode of ABC’s Modern Family, college-age daughter Haley Dunphy (played by Sarah Jane Hyland) gets arrested for underage drinking, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. Of course, there’s more to the story but this is a good episode to watch with your teens and then discuss after. Click on the photo to link to the full episode 4.07, “Arrested”.


3 comments on “Oh no, say it ain’t so: Haley Dunphy gets arrested?

  1. chris
    March 16, 2013

    I finally saw this episode. Interesting that, except for Phil’s remark about him and his roommates and a case of Zima, none of the other characters had anything to say about their own juvenile exploits–not Jake, the rouhg-and-tumble patriarch, or his wife, who comes from the much more relaxed environment of Colombia. I guess Dr. Orwell has been consulted and no one is supposed to cop to how drunken the older generation was when we were their age. “Sends the wrong message”, etc.
    Commenters on fas sites have remarked on the severity of Haley’s punishment. One said that if they kicked everyone who drank underage out of college, there wouldn’t be anyone left.
    And when she makes the speech about how everyone was drinking and she was just unlucky enough to get caught, it was unfortunate for Phil to pick that moment to show his parental discipline chops. She was right.
    Nice to see that the writers had the gumption and grasp of reality not to change Haley’s character: in a subsequent episode, she sits out New Years Eve, but enjoys a “special” cocktail at home.
    Also of interest to pop culture analysts is an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Phildelphia” called “Underage Drinking: A National Concern.” Definitely not preachy. Check out the speech made by one character in the opening scene on how teens need a safe haven.

  2. mamacravings
    November 9, 2012

    I found your blog through searching parenting blogs. I am so happy to connect with you and to share our parenting journey together ❤

    This is a great one to watch with teens. It gave a very real picture of consequences without being preachy. I thought it was very well done.

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