Blindsided[1] is the third episode from Season 8 of Modern Family, it aired on October 5, 2016.

Plot Summary

The Dunphys and Pritchett's are going head-to-head when Luke decides his best chance at getting into college is running for senior class president against Manny. The outcome of this election is even more important to Jay, Gloria and Claire, who prove to be dubious campaign managers. Now that Haley has started her own promotion business, Phil insists on introducing her to marketing guru Merv Schechter, who hasn’t seen a stress ball he can’t slap a logo on yet. Meanwhile, Cam finds out his star football player is moving away and makes a rash decision that is going to make home life a little cramped for Mitch and Cam.

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


  • Joe does not appear in this episode.


Cultural references

  • The nickname "Downton Stabby" is a reference to Downton Abbey, while "Charles Mansion" is Charles Manson.
  • Merv doesn't understand Empire.


  1. Season 8 Episode 3 title [via abc, IMDB, spoilertv, wikipedia & tvguide]