Written in the Stars[1] is the fourteenth episode from Season 9 of Modern Family, it aired on February 28, 2018.

Plot Summary

Phil thinks that Gloria is upset at Jay for dropping the ball on Valentine's Day, so he convinces Jay to spice things up with a little role playing that doesn't go off as planned. Meanwhile, Mitch and Cam may have unwittingly ruined Luke's Valentine's Day date and are forced to make things right.

Episode Description

For Valentine's day Phil and Claire convince Jay and Gloria to play roles but their evening is ruined when Gloria is mistaken for a prostitute before being released. At the same time, Phil and Claire has to watch Joe who has a crush on Claire and tries to get ride off Phil until he gives them seduction's advice.

Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron go to the restaurant and are forced to dine with Luke whom they accidentally spoiles Valentine's Day date by treating him like a womanizer without knowing that his girlfriend was actually behind them during the line. They apologize but Luke prefers take a cab rather than spend time with her.

And, Alex tries to make her best for Prof Finnerman only to be sad when she discovers that he prefers Haley instead of her while Manny makes a Valentine's Day Card for Gloria.

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

  • Chris Geere as Arvin
  • Ava Allan as Amanda
  • Lily Berlina as Hostess
  • Andrea Nelson as Bartender


  • Professor Fennerman says it's a new moon, which is correct: February 14, 2018 was a new moon.
  • Lily does not appear in this episode.


Cultural References

  • Jay thinks General Eisenhower is the sexiest man in history.
  • Arvin Fennerman is compared by Alex to a Jane Austen character.
  • Mitch looked at a Rob Lowe poster when he was with a girl
  • Haley claims to have sat beside Killers bassist Mark Stoermer on a plane.
  • Luke's hair is compared to Sheena Easton.
  • Phil mentions The Breakfast Club.
  • Jay mentions Telly Savalas and Lyle Waggoner, and channels Andy Garcia in Ocean's Eleven.


  • The AV Club gave it an "A-", saying "What the episode does successfully is find that balance that’s needed to make both the emotional and comedic moments land," but calling Joe's storyline "creepy." [did the writers forget that Joe and Claire are half-siblings?]



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