Tough Love[1] is the ninth episode from Season 9 of Modern Family, it will air on December 6, 2017.

Plot Summary

After leaving his real estate firm to strike out on his own, Phil decides a solo camping trip in the wild will be just what he needs to boost his confidence. Meanwhile, Mitchell's plan to teach Cam a lesson in gullibility and Lily a lesson in responsibility backfires.

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

  • Dana Powell as Pam Tucker
  • Olivia Sandoval as Karen Fisk
  • Dillon Lane as Shane
  • Marsha Kramer as Margaret
  • Megan Suri as Tardy Student
  • Robyn Okrant as Woman in Park
  • Xavier Shelton as Football Player
  • Nolan Pugh as Stoner #1
  • Sonny Golden as Stone #2


  • Haley only appears in a interview scene. Alex is absent, though Claire phones her. Luke only appears in two scenes, and has one line.
  • It is not explained how Claire was able to drive the truck; she would need a commercial driver's license to do so.


Cultural References

  • Mitch mentions 21 Jump Street
  • Cam mentions Miami Vice


  • The A.V. Club gave it a "B"