Heavy is the Head is the fourteenth episode from Season 8 of Modern Family, it aired on February 22, 2017.

Plot Summary

Despite their lofty hopes, Phil and Jay's property investment might turn out to be a bust, forcing Phil to rethink his original dream. Meanwhile, Cam lands in the hospital due to a head injury and refuses to have an MRI thanks to a traumatic incident with a well when he was a child. Determined to finally impress Claire and keep her from re-gifting her birthday present, Gloria surprises her with a day of luxury at the office. However, after Claire had to implement some rather harsh budget cuts at work, a massage at her desk may not be sending the right message.[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

  • Joe Mande as Ben
  • Jonathan Chase as Jared Cook
  • Jared Gertner as Bobby
  • Timothy Horner as Scott
  • Tory Devon Smith as Mason
  • Cat Alter as Gillian
  • Robert Baker as Pete
  • Kasey Mahaffey as Dom
  • Roy Jenkins as Kenny
  • Rahnuma Panthaky as Josie
  • Artie O’Daly as Joshua
  • Lisa-Marie Long as Mariel


  • Luke and Joe do not appear in this episode.


Cultural References

"Heavy is [lies] the head that wears the crown" is a common misquote from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 ("Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.")

  • Haley learns from Manny about Game of Thrones
  • Cam talks about "that media whore Jessica", referring to Jessica McClure