Modern Family: 10 Best Quotes That Perfectly Sum Up Haley & Dylan’s Relationship


Sarah Hyland has starred in several romantic films in the past few years, from 2019’s The Wedding Year to 2022’s My Fake Boyfriend, and also played Allie in the podcast series Bone, Marry, Bury. Fans will never forget Hyland’s years on Modern Family portraying Haley Dunphy, particularly Haley’s charming relationship with Dylan Marshall.

Haley and Dylan meet in high school and their story is a whirlwind of splitting up, declaring their love for each other, and finally, having twin babies and getting married. These characters always find a way back to each other and some of their most memorable quotes explain why they have such a special bond.

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“Most of Dylan’s money is tied up in Dave & Buster’s gift cards.”

Haley describes Dylan’s finances in season 10

Haley and Dylan’s Modern Family relationship becomes more adult and mature in the final season when they become parents and move into Cam and Mitch’s home. Haley explains that Dylan doesn’t manage his finances in a typical way and Dylan says that he feels that having gift cards is safe.

This quote says so much about this sitcom couple and how well they understand each other. Haley doesn’t think that it’s strange that Dylan doesn’t use a bank and Dylan feels like he can tell Haley anything. This is a contrast to Haley’s other relationships as with Rainer Shiner, Andy Bailey, and Arvin Fennerman, she can’t be fully herself.

“Picture us walking down the aisle, a breathtaking vision in virginal white…”

Dylan proposes to Haley in the season 10 episode “Kids These Days”

When Dylan wants to marry Haley in season 10, he makes viewers laugh by suggesting that he’ll be dressed in white as he adds “and you wearing whatever you want.” Dylan never does things in a traditional manner, and it definitely makes sense that he wants to switch things up.

Dylan’s ditzy nature is beloved and it would feel like Modern Family was missing something without it, as he brings so much comedic relief to his scenes. It doesn’t occur to Dylan that Haley would wear a white wedding dress, and it’s sweet that he’s able to be exactly himself with her. Neither character worries that the other person will judge them or think that they’ve made a silly comment.

“Haley’s fine. She was so brave. And the babies are great!”

Dylan is thrilled to be a father

While Claire is nervous about Haley and Dylan becoming parents at a young age, Haley’s entire family is happy and emotional to meet the babies at the hospital and see how well Haley and Dylan are adjusting. Dylan shares that he is so proud of Haley and his statement that “the babies are great” is adorable, speaking to how passionate he feels about this big life change.

While Dylan might not be the traditional person who Claire envisioned for her daughter, Dylan is kind and looks out for Haley at every turn, making sure that she’s happy and doing well. Haley and Dylan are very caring toward each other and Dylan’s words at the hospital prove that.

“Well, now we know it’s either Hayden or Dyley.”

Dylan wants to come up with a great baby name

Dylan says some of the best Modern Family side character quotes, including when he brainstorms what to call the twins. When he asks if Haley is angry at him, she says that she’s scared to be expecting and that he’s focused on “combining our names into the perfect baby name.” Before helping Haley through her worry, Dylan says, in all seriousness, that he likes “Hayden” and “Dyley.”

Haley appreciates Dylan for who he is and knows that he doesn’t always see situations the same way that she does. His ideas might not be the best, but Haley can tell that Dylan is devoted to her and the family that they’re creating.

“I had a feeling it was gonna be you.” “You buzzed me in the gate.”

The couple gets back together in season 10

This funny exchange between Haley and Dylan shows that while they work so well together and are both a bit ditzy, Haley is more practical, which helps them balance each other out. Dylan is surprised to see Haley, as he has already forgotten that he just let her in.

While Dylan lives in the moment and has as much fun as he possibly can, Haley gets caught up in concern and worry. While Haley always notices when Dylan says something silly, she loves hearing what he has to say and never makes fun of him.

“That’s the sound she makes when she wants me to fast-forward.”

Haley has just told Dylan “bloop-bloop!”

Dylan knows that Haley thinks that he tells long-winded stories that don’t seem to go anywhere, and he realizes that he should speed things up so he doesn’t bore anyone. Dylan loves and respects Haley and instead of getting upset when she mentions some of his flaws, he wants to improve as a person and takes it in stride.

This funny moment shows how kind Haley and Dylan are to each other. Instead of making him feel bad about his tendency to ramble, Haley comes up with a silly and quirky way to let him know, and Dylan doesn’t mind at all.

“You’re a high school student and I’m a ranch hand.”

Dylan thinks that he and Haley should stay broken up

One of the most memorable Modern Family vacations is when the characters go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Dylan is working at a ranch. Dylan realizes that he and Haley are better off apart, at least at this point in their lives, and mentions that she’s still in high school and now he’s at a different life stage.

While Dylan’s words are funny, they prove that Dylan listens to his gut instincts and can tell when something is right or wrong. Dylan knows that he cares about Haley, but he doesn’t feel that they’re meant to be together right now. The characters are always in sync as they both agree that the timing is off here.

“There’s music and laughing and I know I can always be myself.”

Haley realizes that she is meant to be with Dylan

It takes Haley a while to realize that she’s meant to be with Dylan, as she dates other people, gets in trouble while attending college, and searches for what she should be doing with her life. She admits that he’s her future and shares that they won’t have money or material things but that doesn’t matter to her.

This quote is important, as Haley realizes that she may be settling down young, but she isn’t afraid as she knows that Dylan will always make her feel safe, comfortable, and loved. She doesn’t have to be embarrassed about her flaws or worry about anything, as Dylan accepts her and thinks that she’s interesting, cool, and exactly the person who he wants to spend his life with.

“I meant after she graduates.”

Dylan proposes to Haley in season 3

Haley could date other Modern Family characters, but Dylan is always in the background, even in season 3 when he asks her to marry him. Claire is understandably upset and scared at the idea and says that they’re way too young.

Dylan looks out for Haley and wants to do things the right way. While he wants them to be technically engaged, he knows that she should graduate from high school and figure out the path that she wants to be on. It’s important to see that Dylan has always dreamed of marrying Haley.

“You were wearing that cool, beat-up Army jacket, and I was completely jealous of your eyelashes.”

Haley reflects on meeting Dylan for the first time

Haley and Dylan have a heartwarming conversation about when they met back in high school and Haley shares how attractive she thought Dylan was. Dylan tugs on Haley’s heartstrings when he says that he has always worked on “making myself better until I deserve you.”

While Haley knows that Dylan has always cared about her, it’s especially special when he shares how he wants her to be impressed with him and think that he’s someone worthy of her time and love. While Haley was interested in Dylan’s look, he has never been too cool to share why he is so taken by Haley, and that is truly sweet.

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