Season 8
Episode 16
Total Episode Count 182
Written By Elaine Ko
Directed By Jim Hensz
Production Code 8ARG13
Air Date March 8, 2017
Episode Guide
"Finding Fizbo"
"Pig Moon Rising"

Basketball is the sixteenth episode from Season 8 of Modern Family, it will air on March 8, 2017.

Plot Summary

After choking at last year's charity basketball game, Phil has been training all year to redeem himself. However, when NBA stars Charles Barkley and DeAndre Jordan attend the game and start making bets, Phil tries to not buckle under the pressure. Meanwhile, Gloria has to step-up at Manny's school when her nemesis, Donna Duncan, tries to shame her for her lack of support at the school. Finally, Claire does whatever it takes to keep a work mistake secret from Jay, while Jay's concerned that Joe doesn't have a healthy fear of him at all.[1]

Episode Description

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
  • Jane Krakowski as Donna Duncan
  • Charles Barkley as Himself
  • DeAndre Jordan as Himself
  • Joe Mande as Ben
  • Sarah Baker as Shirl Chambers
  • Joseph Lim Kim as Reporter
  • Barry Saltzman as Sick Man
  • Kenny Johnston as Larry
  • Lou Saliba as Referee
  • Sharon Gardner as Wife
  • Jeremy Saville as Husband
  • Cyrus Deboo as Spectator


  • Lilly does not appear in this episode, though Mitchell mentions her.


Cultural References