Sarge & Pea[1] is the eleventh episode from Season 8 of Modern Family, it has aired on January 11, 2017.

Plot Summary

Cam is incensed that an anonymous and rude parent robbed him of a precious Lily moment during her recent dance recital. While he and Haley visit Alex at her coffee shop the next day, he thinks he recognizes the culprit and goes to extremes to uncover her identity, and give her a peace of his mind. Meanwhile, Jay, Claire and Mitch attend a family wedding and unexpectedly run into DeDe at the reception. Afraid their parents are going to once again make a scene, Mitch and Claire devise a plan to keep them apart. Finally, Phil and Gloria are on a college tour with Luke and Manny, and have very different ways of getting the boys ready to head out on this new adventure and also learning to let go.[2]

Episode Description

A parent at a school recital prevents Cam to see Lilly's turn. In revenge, Cam and his nieces decide to trap the parent by having Cam posing has her date while the real date seduces Haley. However, Cameron manages to expose the truth.

Claire, Jay and Mitchell go to a wedding where they meet Dede. Since she knows nobody, she sits at their table and both she and Jay surprise their kids by behaving nice to one another. Mitchell and Claire make them understand that if they had been kind to them and incited them to open their hearts and minds, they would have been different today.

And, Manny, Gloria, Phil and Luke go to visit College Tour. Both boys have terrible days as Gloria can't stop to make pranks to Manny and Phil can't stop to idealize Luke. They admit that the only reason they chose this university was that they could attend it together.

Main Cast

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

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

Guest Starring

  • Shelley Long as DeDe Pritchett
  • Lauren Bowles as Ana
  • David Hoffman as Richard
  • Dave Hill as Gary
  • Alex Marshall-Brown as Kayla
  • Gino Marconi as Waiter
  • Aaron LaPlante as Parent
  • Marissa Cuevas as Steffi


  • Joe does not appear in this episode. Lilly appears but has no dialogue.
  • This episode was broadcasted exactly five years after Egg Drop.


Cultural References

  • Gloria takes inspiration from Animal House and Old School.
  • Manny references Famous Amos cookies
  • DeDe and Jay discuss Hands Across America (1986).
  • Mitch listened to Pat Benatar as a kid
  • Jay and DeDe dance to "At Last"
  • Gloria won a season of Star Search, a TV talent show from 1983–95.


  1. Season 8 Episode 7 title [via spoilertv This is an episode. spoilertv is the only source to mention this.]