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"Tree's A Crowd" was the eighth episode from Season 11 of Modern Family, it aired on December 4, 2019.

Plot Summary

The Dunphy house is bursting at the seams when Dylan's hippie mom moves in and Claire's lonely stepdad, Jerry, wants to pay them a visit. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria attempt to help Manny get over his big breakup with Sherry.[1]

Episode Description

At Phil and Claire's house, Phil tries to impress Claire with some magic tricks until Farrah shows up. They explain that she moved in with them, and they just can't bear her anymore. Claire receives then a phone call from Jerry and asks Phil to lie for her, which he can't because he is a terrible liar. But Claire changes her mind when she finally realizes that Farrah could finally leave the house. However, though Jerry and Farrah finally manage to settle their differences, Dede's tree which is now at Claire's backyard is present and prevents Jerry from moving on in his relationship unless Phil helps with some magic.

Meanwhile, as Manny still mopes over Sherry's loss, both Jay and Gloria decide to help him, Jay by introducing him to Brandi a girl he just picked up and Gloria by asking Luke to help her. Luke agrees to talk to Sherry but ends-up kissing her while seeing her at an improv show. Though he honestly confesses his mistake, Manny prepares to punch him but is stopped by Jay who feels sorry for him and admonishes Luke, telling him to leave.

And meanwhile, Mitch and Cam have brunch with Campbell and Molly, a lesbian couple which search a spearm donor. Both agree to give their, but can't decide which one should sacrifice. As they go to Campbell and Molly's house, they learn that they replaced them with Nathan, a youngest male who poses with them in a selfie.

In the post credit tag scene, Claire is seen talking with the tree again, but is it Phil present ?

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

  • Ed Begley Jr. as Jerry
  • Rachel Bay Jones as Farrah
  • Hillary Anne Matthews as Sherry
  • Lauren Adams as Campbell
  • Jen Kirkman as Molly
  • Hanna Basulka as Brandi
  • Cole Gerdes as Nathan


  • Haley, Alex, Lily, Joe and Dylan do not appear in this episode, though Lily, Joe and Dylan are mentioned by Mitchell, Gloria and Claire.
  • This is the first episode to show Farrah without her son. Whether she is a single mom, separated, divorced or widowed remains unknown.
  • Manny becomes the only kid who appears in episode in which Farrah and Sherry appear. Luke is the only kid to appear in episodes featuring Jerry.


Cultural references

  • Mitch references the famous "She's my daughter! She's my sister!" scene in Chinatown.
  • Jay says Canadians have ducks on their money (actually, a loon is not a duck) and sell milk in bags.
  • Jerry follows the monarch butterfly migration.
  • Jerry mentions a sexual escapade in Taos; Taos, New Mexico is a notable cultural and artistic center.


  • The A.V. Club gave it a C+.[1]