The Cover-Up (Modern Family)

"The Cover-Up"
Modern Family episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 16
Directed by Jim Hensz
Written by Chuck Tatham
Production code 7ARG15
Original air date March 16, 2016[1]
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"The Cover-Up" is the sixteenth episode of the seventh season and the 160th episode overall of the American sitcom Modern Family. It aired on March 16, 2016 on American Broadcasting Company (ABC). The episode is directed by Jim Hensz and written by Chuck Tatham.[1]


While searching for coffee, Phil (Ty Burrell) meets a black woman whose name is Angie (Mekia Cox) and who is looking for a house. He doesn't want Claire (Julie Bowen) to view him as an unfaithful husband and chooses to lie to her about Angie’s description by telling her that his new friendship is with an obese 75 year old Irish woman. However, since a house is available facing the Dunphy’s, Claire and Angie separately urge Phil to convince Angie to buy this home. When Phil tries to explains the situation to Angie, she mistakenly believes that he is racist and does not want a black neighbor, prompting her to drive away from him, disgusted.

At the same time, Gloria (Sofía Vergara) encourages Claire to take yoga class with her but the two women notice that the instructor (Charles Justo) seems to hit on Claire. Claire manages to resist to the temptation by telling him that she is married, and thanks to Gloria’s help, Phil manages to understand that his wife was also in an innocent flirtation. Claire convinces Angie to accept’s Phil apology and does not seems to be indifferent when Angie’s husband shows up.

Alex (Ariel Winter) refuses to write Luke’s (Nolan Gould) essay about Nixon, she is able to help, however, Jay (Ed O'Neill) to discover who is the troll who sabotages his web show. Manny (Rico Rodriguez), who is with Jay at this time, discovers that Jay’s old nemesis Earl Chambers is the responsible. After a brief fight, Chambers suggests that he and Jay could make their collective show, which Jay refuses. Chambers decides to make his own show instead, and desactivate commentaries much to Jay’s wrath, so Jay won’t have to troll him back.

Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is very confused when Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) decides to teach Lilly (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) how to bike. Lilly is afraid of riding, especially when Cameron falls and breaks his arm. Instead of rushing to the hospital, he decides to pretend that he does not suffer from an injury and while wanting to pretend he fell and broke his arm as he took a bath, he really has a head concussion, which makes Lilly also afraid of showers. At the end of this episode, Cameron reveals to Mitchell that he actually is afraid because Lilly grows up too fast and Lilly finally learns how to ride a bike, after being dared by her friends.


  1. ^ a b "(#715) "The Cover-Up"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 

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