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Modern Family: Fifteen Percent

the thirteenth episode in Season 1

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  • Dec 29, 2010
Jay gets called on his gay views when one of his friends is picked up on gaydar by Mitchell, Claire rebels against Phils creature comfort remote and Glora and Manny dress up a frumpy spinster who thinks she found the right man in Cameron. I love the ending to this one.
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review by . February 21, 2010
posted in Modern Family Fans
“People can change” is the theme of the 13th episode. It opens with Claire trying to use the new entertainment system that Phil setup in the living room and having problems. Phil uses a crazy analogy when trying to help her saying she has to think of the remote as the human body, the receiver as the brain and the television as the face. Claire then quips saying I know what part you would play, referencing to Phil being the ass. This scene is one of the things that makes this show …
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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.


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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