Julie Bowen Skips Benchwarmer Son's Soccer Game on Modern Family

Entertainment Oct. 8, 2013 AT 11:15AM

Like most parents, Modern Family's Claire and Phil Dunphy [Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell] strive to maintain a united front as they raise their two children, and on the Oct. 9 episode of ABC's comedy, the parents concoct a plan to both beg out of their son Luke's soccer game on the same day.

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Claire launches into her plan -- mildly struggling with mom guilt at first -- as Luke suits up for his game, in his team jersey and a neck pillow. ("My neck gets pretty tired watching all those games," benchwarmer Luke admits in the preview video clip above.)

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"We were talking about you maybe wanting to go to the game without us today," Claire [Bowen] tells Luke [Nolan Gould]. "You can either ride with some of your teammates -- like the L.A. Kings -- or you can ride with us, like Gloria [Sofia Vergara] and Grandpa [Ed O'Neill] take Joe to play dates. Professional athletes, little poopy baby: Your call!"

Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) and her husband Phil (Ty Burrell, center) consider skipping son Luke's (Nolan Gould) soccer game on the Oct. 9 episode of ABC's Modern Family. Watch a preview video now!
Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) and her husband Phil (Ty Burrell, center) consider skipping son Luke's (Nolan Gould) soccer game on the Oct. 9 episode of ABC's Modern Family. Watch a preview video now!
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That does it for Luke, who decides to ride with a pal and leave mom and dad scot-free. Beams Claire, high-fiving Phil once they're off cheering duty for the day: "Yes! I love that kid!"

"Can you imagine how easy it'd be if it were just him? I mean . . . " replies Phil, as their daughter Alex [Ariel Winter] walks by. Deadpans a bored Alex: "I know what you mean!"

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Watch more of the Dunphy family's antics in the video above before Modern Family airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. (EST) on ABC.

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