"Snow Ball"
Season 8
Episode 9
Total Episode Count 175
Written By Stephen Lloyd & Christy Stratton
Directed By Beth McCarthy-Miller
Production Code 8ARG10
Air Date December 14, 2016
Episode Guide
"The Alliance"
"Ringmaster Keifth"

Snow Ball[1] is the ninth episode and mid-season finale from Season 8 of Modern Family, it has aired on December 14, 2016.

Plot Summary

When Manny and Luke put on the school's lavish winter dance and end up over their heads due to a texting error, it is up to them to fix it before the end of the night. Meanwhile, Gloria, Claire, Mitchell and Cam all volunteer at the dance while Jay's thinly veiled guise to get out of it by pretending to want to spend time with Phil backfires. During the dance, Claire and Gloria attempt to set up Marjorie (Vanessa Bayer), an overbearing mom, with the school’s principal. Finally, Mitchell is unnerved to be back in high school and is shocked to see a lot of himself in the school bully and feels he needs a little guidance.[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


HaleyAlexLilly and Joe do not appear in this episode, though Claire mentions Haley.


Cultural References

  • Phil bought a Salt-N-Pepa salt and pepper set. (this could also be a callback to his attraction to black women)
  • Jay imagines being compared to Ernest Borgnine
  • Mitch thinks he would be played by a young Ann-Margret as a woman
  • Luke comes up with an idea identical to the plot of The Music Man


  1. Season 8 Episode 10 title [via spoilertv This may be an episode. spoilertv is the only source to mention this.]