The Alliance[1] is the eighth episode from Season 8 of Modern Family, it has aired on November 30, 2016.

Plot Summary

Haley's plan for a fun-filled girl's day with Rainer Shine's teen daughter may be a little more angst-filled than expected. Meanwhile, Luke finds himself in a compromising position with a widow at the club (played by Joely Fisher) and unwittingly helps his grandpa, Jay, with his petition. At the Pritchett-Tucker home, Gloria, Phil and Cam have formed a secret alliance to ensure their respective "mistakes" are concealed from their spouses. However, their diabolical plan may be derailed when Mitchell starts suspecting something just isn't right.[2]

Episode Description

Haley has to chaperone Rainer's daughter but she finally learns a lesson about parenting.

Jay creates a petition in which smoking the cigare is allowed again. Luke, meanwhile, still works for him and wins some tips. He befriends a widow who try but fail to seduce him and Jay sees this as an opportunity to help him to sign the petition.

Meanwhile, Phil, Gloria and Cameron form an alliance against their spouses by hiding toys Phil bought for Christmas, getting ride off Russian brothers who don't want to live Cam's upstairs and finding Stella's electric collar that Gloria wanted to put on her.

But Mitchell discovers the truth when Manny says that Gloria bought some orange juice, something that Phil and Cameron bought too the same day.

As Jay, Claire and Mitchell are disappointed to discover their spouses betrayed them, they vote without them -as the adults are the only who can vote for the annual family travel-, and choose to spend their vacation on Italy.

Phil, Gloria and Cam pretend to be sad as they're actually the ones who decided where they would go by manipulating the others.

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

  • Nathan Fillion as Rainer Shine
  • Joely Fisher as Maggie Braithwaite
  • Brianna Askins as April Shine
  • Kasey Mahaffy as Dom
  • Leonid A. Mandel as Serge
  • David Piggott as Minsk
  • Alex Weber as Kevin
  • Rahnuma Panthaky as Josie


  • Lily does not appear in this episode.
  • This marks Josie's first appearance.


Cultural References

  • Manny wants to go to Edgar Allan Poe's birthplace in Boston, although there isn't anything there except a brass plaque.
  • Luke wears Kicks, and in a fairly blatant piece of product placement the camera even pans down to show them on the screen.


  1. Season 8 Episode 9 title [via spoilertv This may be an episode. spoilertv is the only source to mention this.]