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"Coal Digger" is the name of the fifth episode of the ABC series Modern Family. It premièred on ABC in the United States on October 21, 2009. The episode was written by Series Creator Christopher Lloyd and directed by Jason Winer. The whole family is invited to Jay and Gloria's for a barbecue and football. However an earlier incident at school between Manny and Luke makes things very awkward for Gloria and Claire, and then things escalate when a not-so-flattering label is uttered.

Plot

The whole family is invited for some barbecue and football at Gloria and Jay's house. At school, however, there is an incident between Manny and Luke after Manny called Luke his nephew, making things very awkward for Claire and Gloria.

Cameron is a former college football player and is comfortable with Jay's attitude towards the game, however Mitchell does not care for football; in order to be more comfortable, Mitchell decides to learn more about the two teams so he can try to enjoy the evening.

After the family gathers at Jay's house, Phil and Jay talk to the boys in order to have them settle their differences. Phil begins to explain the situation, but Jay takes over and simply tells the boys that they are family, and instead of fighting, they should love each other. The boys then go outside and play. While they are outside, Phil convinces Gloria and Claire to address their annoyances with each other. Later, when the boys have had some fun, Manny brings up that Luke constantly insults Gloria, calling her a "coal digger". Phil corrects Luke's pronunciation saying he meant "gold digger". This makes the situation worse: Gloria leaves the gathering and stays in her room, refusing to join the group. Phil then tries to reason with her, resulting in an awkward situation. Eventually Claire comes to apologize, but Gloria won't accept it unless she can get even.

Cultural references

Cameron is a former Illinois football player and dresses as a fan, painting his face in the team colors. Jay references Dick Butkus, a former standout Fighting Illini player when Cameron visits.

Reception

The episode was viewed by 8.661 million viewers and got a Nielsen rating of 5.4/8.
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Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
posted in Modern Family Fans
Manny and Luke are fighting over being family members, Gloria and Claire are fighting over being family members, but thats not the important thing....theres a football game on tonight.
Quick Tip by . April 03, 2010
LMAO til the last scene. It's so much punch packing into a 20+ mins show.
Quick Tip by . February 25, 2010
Finding out that Cam was an Illini Center made my day.
Quick Tip by . February 24, 2010
Go Illini! This episode made me a little more proud of my alma mater.
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