"The Alliance"
Season 8
Episode 8
Total Episode Count 174
Written By Andy Gordon & Ryan Walls
Directed By James Bagdonas
Production Code 8ARG09
Air Date November 30, 2016
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The Alliance[1] is the eighth episode from Season 8 of Modern Family, it has aired on November 30, 2016.

Plot Summary

Haley's plan for a fun-filled girl's day with Rainer Shine's teen daughter may be a little more angst-filled than expected. Meanwhile, Luke finds himself in a compromising position with a widow at the club (played by Joely Fisher) and unwittingly helps his grandpa, Jay, with his petition. At the Pritchett-Tucker home, Gloria, Phil and Cam have formed a secret alliance to ensure their respective "mistakes" are concealed from their spouses. However, their diabolical plan may be derailed when Mitchell starts suspecting something just isn't right.[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

  • Nathan Fillion as Rainer Shine
  • Joely Fisher as Maggie Braithwaite
  • Brianna Askins as April Shine
  • Kasey Mahaffy as Dom
  • Leonid A. Mandel as Serge
  • David Piggott as Minsk
  • Alex Weber as Kevin
  • Rahnuma Panthaky as Josie



Cultural References

  • Manny wants to go to Edgar Allan Poe's birthplace in Boston, although there isn't anything there except a brass plaque.
  • Luke wears Kicks, and in a fairly blatant piece of product placement the camera even pans down to show them on the screen.


  1. Season 8 Episode 9 title [via spoilertv This may be an episode. spoilertv is the only source to mention this.]