‘Modern Family’: Luke Dunphy Used a Unique Method To Teach Gloria How To Ride a Bike

Gloria from Modern Family is an elegant woman. As a result, she doesn’t participate in activities that she’s not good at. During one episode of this ABC comedy series, fans learned that this character couldn’t ride a bicycle. 

'Modern Family' episode titled 'The Bicycle Thief'
‘Modern Family’ episode titled ‘The Bicycle Thief’ | Eric McCandless/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is one character from the original sitcom, ‘Modern Family’

Fans learned some pretty surprising things about this character from Modern Family. Gloria can speak some Russian, and she used to be a hairstylist. She also never learned how to ride a bicycle. 

When fans first met Jay Pritchett and Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, they had been married for several months. That’s why it was so surprising for Jay to learn that his wife and stepson named Manny could not ride a bike. 

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Manny took up this mode of transportation reasonably quickly. On the other hand, Gloria was afraid to ride. She was told her whole life that “people grab you” while on a bike, and after an impromptu lesson from Jay, she turned to the Dunphy family.

Luke Dunphy, who was bored at home, insisted he taught several friends how to ride a bicycle. That, of course, wasn’t true. Instead of providing instructions, this character just sprayed Gloria with a water gun. To get away from him, she rode the bike. 

Luke Dunphy used his water gun to help other members of this extended family. That includes Haley Dunphy, who was struggling to remember facts for school. Nothing this character did helped her study. 

“Let me try dad, I´m a great teacher,” Luke Dunphy said, sitting across from his older sister. After spraying her with his water gun, Haley got the correct answer to her school assignment. As a result, Phil Dunphy left his son to his unique methods.

“Teacher of the year,” Luke Dunphy stated.


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Phil Dunphy taught Gloria Delgado-Pritchett how to rollerblade 

Biking wouldn’t be the only skill that Gloria learned from the Dunphy family. During the “My Hero” episode of this sitcom, Gloria confided in Phil Dunphy that she could not rollerskate. As a result, Phil took her into the parking lot to give her lessons. He might’ve gotten facial injuries in the process, but it was worth it. 

Gloria returned the favor during another episode of this series, where she gave Haley Dunphy English lessons. Of course, members of this extended family babysat for each other. That is until the children of Modern Family grew into young adults. 

ABC’s award-winning sitcom was broadcast on the television network for over a decade, with Luke Dunphy graduating high school, working, and eventually going off to college. Gloria Delgado-Pritchett eventually became a realtor, partnering with the real estate mogul Phil Dunphy.

Episodes of Modern Family are available for streaming on Hulu.