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Modern Family: Coal Digger

The fifth episode in season 1

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A Quick Tip by TheJohn

  • Dec 29, 2010
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.
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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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"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.


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...
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