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A Game of Chicken is the sixth episode from Season 11 of Modern Family, it aired on November 6, 2019.

Plot Summary

Gloria is using her alone time with the twins as an opportunity to secretly baptize them before Haley and Dylan get home. Meanwhile, Claire is still dealing with the fallout from the smart closet fiasco, and Cam is at war with his school's mascot who is threatening his chance at securing a new college coaching job.[1]

Episode Description

Gloria receives Poppy and George, but once Jay, Haley and Dylan leave, she wants secretely them to be baptized and calls a retired Spanish priest. Once Haley, Dylan and Jay return, they have a discussion in which Haley finally tells them she does not want any baptism. At the Dunphy's, Claire is so exhausted because she has to work even if it's saturday. Margaret comes and Claire can't really take a break or even a nap. Meanwhile, Phil is relieved he made an another invention and just tries to support her. Luke arrives and talks about a application that he wants to create, even if it means that he has to skip school. Phil is on his side, but Claire does not approve. That's when they meet Scooter, Luke's partner who is the same age as them, that their opinion slowly shift. Claire is impressed by Luke's medical app, but now, it's Phil's turn to remain sceptical. Even if Phil's opinion bothers him, Luke finally admits that he wanted to know if it was a good idea, because Phil always says yes when they practice any invention together, but that is business. Luke wins Phil's respect and so does Claire when she proudly announces that she quits.

Also, Mitch and Lilly always make fun of Cam because each time he entertains the Dolphins, he is mocked by the mascot who copies every of his gesture. When Cam's tentative of persuasion fails, Mitch talks with Mrs Pasternak and decides to follow her advice, by suddenly arriving disguised as a Chicken's mascot and fights with the Dolphin winning . Finally, Cam picks up his husband, but it seems that Mitch is now used to be a mascot.

Main Cast

(The characters struck out do not appear in this episode)

  • Jay Pritchett
  • Gloria Pritchett
  • Manny Delgado
  • Joe Pritchett
  • Claire Dunphy
  • Phil Dunphy
  • Haley Dunphy (Haley Marshall)
  • Alex Dunphy
  • Luke Dunphy
  • Mitchell Pritchett
  • Cameron Tucker
  • Lily Tucker-Pritchett
  • Dylan Marshall

Guest Starring

  • Jaime Moyer as Mrs. Pasternak
  • Marsha Kramer as Margaret
  • Tenzing Norgay Trainor as David Tashi
  • Hector Elias as Father Ramirez
  • Landon Klotz as Pitkowski
  • Mather Zickel as Scooter


  • Alex, Manny and Joe do not appear in this episode, although Luke mentions Alex.
  • The Father walks with a cane which is almost the same cane that Martin Crane used in Frasier, another Levitan show.


Cultural References

  • Vin Diesel, Telly Savalas, Steve Jobs, Cindy Crawford and Mark Zuckerberg are mentionned in this episode.
  • Luke's partner is nicknamed Scooter, which also was Frank's childhood friend in Step By Step, another family show from ABC. Also, actress Christine who guest starred in "Playdates" also appears as a main character in the latter show except in the episode “Talking Trash”.
  • Phil calls his pancake shooter Hey Batter Batter, a reference to the baseball chant.
  • Gloria wears a mantilla at the christening.


The A.V. Club gave it a "B".