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Fifteen Percent is the name of the thirteenth episode of the American Broadcasting Company sitcom Modern Family' season 1. In the episode Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) plants the seed in Jay's head (Ed O'Neill) that he thinks one of Jay's old buddies, Shorty (Chazz Palminteri), might be secretly gay. Jay doesn't believe it for a second except for all the questionable signs he now keeps noticing. Meanwhile Gloria (Sofía Vergara) gives Manny's (Rico Rodriguez II) date a makeover. Also, Claire (Julie Bowen) faces off with Phil's (Ty Burrell) universal remote. While golfing it is revealed that Shorty is not gay, but in debt which Jay offerered to help thinking he was gay. Phil teaches Haley how to use the remote and in the night with everybody asleep Haley teaches Claire how to use the remote and Whitney falls in love with Cameron not knowing he's gay.

The episode was written by co-creator Steven Levitan and directed by Jason Winer. The episode aired in the United States on January 24, 2010 on ABC and achieved a Nielsen rating of 4.2/11, attracting 9.828 million viewers. The episode received generally positive reviews from critics.

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The wraparound theme of this episode involves people changing and growing.

The central plotline involves Mitchell planting the seed in Jay's head that he thinks one of Jay's buddies, Shorty, might be secretly gay. Jay and his buddies met Cameron, whom Jay introduced as Mitchell's friend. This incensed Mitchell, who tells Jay ...
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