"Do You Believe in Magic"
Season 8
Episode 12
Total Episode Count 178
Written By Jon Pollack
Directed By Gail Mancuso
Production Code 8ARG15
Air Date February 8, 2017
Episode Guide
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Do You Believe in Magic[1] is the twelfth episode from Season 8 of Modern Family, it has aired on February 8, 2017.

Plot Summary

Fearful that the romance between him and Claire is fizzling, Phil calls upon his alter ego, Clive Bixby, get Valentine's day back on track. Meanwhile, much to Gloria's chagrin, Jay shows a bit of child favoritism when he and Gloria must deal with Joe's inappropriate Valentine gift-giving and Manny's dating indecisiveness. When Cam and Mitch try to empower Lily, Haley and Sal to stand up to the men in their lives, things don't turn out as planned and go overboard. Finally, Alex discovers she has a secret admirer who may be a little too involved with family.[2]

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


  • Sal tries to burn Werner's stuff with vodka, but ordinary vodka generally won't burn anything - it needs to be at least 50-60% by volume (100-120 proof) for a match to ignite it.
  • Luke does not appear in this episode.


Cultural References

  • "Do You Believe in Magic" is a song by The Lovin' Spoonful.
  • Werner has a relic from the Bismarck
  • Ben was addicted to SweeTarts
  • Phil gets Houdini handcuffs
  • On the back of the wooden swing Phil gave to Claire, to the right of "Phil heart Claire" there is "Free Tibet" written on the swing


  1. Season 8 Episode 15 title [via spoilertv This may be an episode. spoilertv is the only source to mention this.]