Cameron Tucker may be the crowd favorite when it comes to Modern Family. He’s hilariously outlandish and tries to hide his flaws like the rest of us. As the husband to Mitchell and the father to Lily, Cameron adds a certain level of humor to the sitcom that is unmatched by any show on TV.
As endearing and charming as Cameron is, it’s his big heart that gets him into trouble. He cares about his friends and family so much that it tends to lead him to hot water. Cameron is also a horrible liar, so why he continues to lie to cover up his tracks is beyond me.
Throughout 11 seasons of Modern Family, we got to know the cast of kooky characters pretty well. We saw them through every high and low possible, and today we’re taking a look at some of Cameron’s lowest moments on the show.
10 HE SPENT HIS INHERITANCE ON FURS (AND LIED ABOUT IT)
In the episode “Grill, Interrupted,” we see the gang over at Jay and Gloria’s house for a barbeque; however, before going over to spend time with family, Cameron learns he had a great uncle who passed away and left all his money to Cameron.
After talking it over with Mitchell, they both decide to spend it on the apartment above them. Unbeknownst to Mitchell, Cameron already started spending the money on lavish things, like matching fur coats for him and Lily. Mitchell, of course, found out (and Mitchell also had some selfish plans for the money) but it was Cameron who began spending and hiding his shopping habits.
9 USED MITCHELL FOR HIS TEAM’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST
When the local news station found out that Cameron was an openly gay football coach (with a winning record), they were dying to do a story on him. The idea of becoming famous for being exactly who he was went right to Cam’s head and he began taking advantage of Mitchell. Cameron promised the team a pancake breakfast and made Mitchell do all the cooking, even though he had his own big case to focus on.
When Cameron realized how much Mitchell was giving (and Cam was taking), he tried to see him in the courtroom during one of his cases but he interrupted the entire trial when his phone went off.
8 PRETENDING TO BE SOMEONE ELSE TO SCOLD A WOMAN
Cam and Mitchell try to get Lily into the performing arts, which she likes doing but isn’t necessarily great at. During one of her recitals, Cameron is having a proud father moment and starts filming his daughter when a rude womn stands up in front of him, blocking his shot.
A few days later, Cameron stops by a cafe where he sees the woman who blocked him. Instead of confronting her honestly, he tries to break into her iPad and then pretends to be her blind date! He acts straight for a while until he can get her to confess that she was the one who stood in the middle of the recital. The woman eventually finds out Cameron isn’t who he said he was and it made him look insane — not her.
7 GETTING UPSET AT HIS SISTER FOR FALLING FOR HIS EX-CRUSH (WHILE HE’S MARRIED TO MITCHELL)
Mitchell and Cameron are very committed to one another but they can’t seem to help themselves when there’s an attractive man in their way. And while a few nice comments are harmless, Cam took it to the extreme when he found out his sister Pam was dating his ex-crush, Beau.
He was so distraught that “the one who got away” was dating his sister, forgetting that his husband was right there. Not to mention Cameron kept pretending to be straight whenever Beau called Pam.
6 WHEN HIS EXTREME DIET RUINED MITCHELL’S BUSINESS PARTY
Cameron has been on a few diets over the past 11 seasons. Mitchell described his different personalities when he goes on a diet, which explained Cameron to a T. In the episode “Phil on Wire,” Cameron decides to do a juice cleanse. Mitchell begged Cam pick another time for the cleanse because of a business gathering with his new boss, but Cam took that as him being unsupportive. The two decided to do the cleanse together, which lead to both men not feeling anything like themselves.
While at Mitchell’s boss’s house, they got locked in the garage and started pressing buttons to find a way out, which led them to damaging Mitchell’s boss’s very expensive car.
5 GOING OVER BUDGET ON THEIR HOUSE RENOVATION
When Cameron and Claire are looking for something to spend their time and energy on, they decide the best way to get their hands dirty is by renovating a house. Mitchell and Phil are both totally (secretly) against the idea but they do it anyway.
The renovation started well enough but over time Cameron began spending more and more to give the house a certain level of style. His over-spending infuriated Claire, which led her to lie to him on more than one occasion. As always with Cameron, he let his imagination and style get the best of him, leading to a financial crisis.
4 CAMERON PRETENDS THEY’RE POOR JUST TO GET A SPECIAL TOY FOR LILY
In the episode “The Old Man & The Tree,” it’s the Christmas season and everyone is trying their best to get all their shopping done. Cameron and Mitchell were feeling pretty good about their list for Lily until she tells them she wants a Puppy Pound. Of course, Puppy Pounds have been sold out for weeks and it’s impossible to get one. Leaving Mitchell to get the rest of the presents, Cameron takes Lily to a local charity event where they’re given free food, drinks, and toys for the kids. The awkward part is Cameron is late to realize the event is for the needy. Cam taking free things from the event is basically admitting he’s a poor, single father. He let it go on for a little before grabbing Lily and getting the heck out of there.
3 PRETENDING TO BE CHEROKEE SO THAT LILY GOT INTO PRESCHOOL
Cameron and Mitchell were both desperate to get Lily into this prestigious preschool. They figured they’d be a shoo-in because they’re both gay fathers raising an Asain baby. But once they’re in the waiting room, they realize they’re not as diverse as they once thought…
In an effort to show even more diversity, Cameron pretends to be Native American and starts speaking in a stereotypical tongue to make a spot for his daughter. And in case you forget, it didn’t work.
2 WHEN HE LEFT THE KITCHEN A MESS ON PURPOSE
In the episode “Door to Door,” Cameron and Mitchell are hoping to adopt another baby. They sent in their application and had all their ducks in a row. All that needed to happen next was a spontaneous home visit from the adoption agency. Mitchell reminded Cameron to keep the house clean in case the agency came by with little notice. And in classic Cameron fashion, he left the kitchen a mess after making breakfast for Lily. While Mitchell is trying to make his point, he puts whipped cream all over Cameron and Lily when the agency ended up showing up exactly at that moment.
1 WHEN HE GAVE LUKE SOY
As a family member that’s around as much as Cameron is, one would suspect he’d be very familiar with what Luke is allergic to; however, when he’s in charge of watching over Alex and Luke, he somehow forgets Luke’s allergy to soy and gives him soy-based bacon. Luke breaks into hives and has an allergic reaction which sends him to the hospital. Had it not been for Alex, who knows if Cameron would have gotten Luke to the hospital in time! He also hid this massive emergency from Phil and Claire as they tried getting Haley out of jail.
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