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Tough Love[1] is the ninth episode from Season 9 of Modern Family. It aired on December 6, 2017.

Plot Summary

After leaving his real estate firm to strike out on his own, Phil decides a solo camping trip in the wild will be just what he needs to boost his confidence. Meanwhile, Mitchell's plan to teach Cam a lesson in gullibility and Lily a lesson in responsibility backfires.

Episode Description

Phil wants to be his own boss and decides to prove his masculinity by camping in the woods during a week. At the same time, Claire decides to learn how to drive a truck. Phil's trip goes wrong and Claire finally shows up at his hotel , surprising him.

Elsewhere, Pam still lives with Mitch and Cam and Mitch can't stand Cam's naïveté and Lilly's irresponsibility. He charges Lilly to take Calhoun for an outdoor walk but he actually mistakes Lilly's doll for Calhoun while Cameron refuses to believe that a new student in his high school could actually be an covered cop, which it turns out , was true.

And Jay and Gloria have troubles accept that Manny's girlfriend could also be his teacher while Joe refuses once again to listens to them.

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

  • Dana Powell as Pam Tucker
  • Olivia Sandoval as Karen Fisk
  • Dillon Lane as Shane
  • Marsha Kramer as Margaret
  • Megan Suri as Tardy Student
  • Robyn Okrant as Woman in Park
  • Xavier Shelton as Football Player
  • Nolan Pugh as Stoner #1
  • Sonny Golden as Stone #2


  • Haley only appears in a interview scene. Alex is absent, though Claire phones her. Luke only appears in two scenes, and has one line.
  • It is not explained how Claire was able to drive the truck; she would need a commercial driver's license to do so.
  • This is the last episode with the black footballer.


Cultural References

  • Mitch mentions 21 Jump Street
  • Cam mentions Miami Vice
  • This episode shares a title with a Powerpuff Girl episode.


  • The A.V. Club gave it a "B"