Sex, Lies & Kickball[1] is the fourth episode from Season 9 of Modern Family, it aired on October 18, 2017.

Plot Summary

Jay's best friend, Shorty, is back from Costa Rica and stays at the house so they can catch up and reconnect. However, Shorty is spending more time with Gloria and seems to be avoiding Jay. Meanwhile, Alex is ready to shed her good-girl image and is going to prove to Claire that her relationship with Ben is definitely a sexual relationship.

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


  • Pepper's 9th appearance
  • Shorty's 5th appearance

Cultural References


  • Mitch and Cam discover Pepper and Ronaldo adopted.
  • Haley does not appear in this episode. Luke only appears in one scene, Manny only appears in the tag.


  • The A.V. Club gave this episode a "C", saying "I have a feeling that the deeply strange story of Claire and Alex going to war over what’s sexually appropriate in the Dunphy household is going to be haunting me for some time.".