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Claire accompanies Jay on a business trip, but finds out he may be hiding a big secret. Cam takes Mitchell and Lily to visit his family's farm, but they run into trouble with his conservative grandmother. Phil, Luke and Manny accidentally break Jay's rare Apollo 13 model, and attempt to rebuild it. Haley and Alex compete for a guy's attention.moreless
Phil lands in jail after a ruse to get Luke to sign up for a dance class backfires while planning birthday parties for their two sons, Jay & Gloria worry Manny has unrealistic expectations when it comes to girls. Mitch and Cam get in a heated debate in the midst of booking a wedding venue. Haley lets secrets spill during a driving lesson with Alex.moreless
Jay, Gloria and Manny challenge each other to try something they've never done before; Mitchell and Cameron may have to part with some prized possessions to help pay for their wedding; Phil and Claire's kids play a joke on their parents.
Tempers flare when Mitch doubts Cam's Punkin Chunkin story is true, Phil accuses Claire of holding him back, and Jay tries to get Gloria to be honest with Manny. Elsewhere, Haley and Alex dent Claire's car and will stop at nothing to hide it from her.
After Proposition 8 is overturned, Cam and Mitch enlist certain family members to help them with their own separate, special proposal. Gloria fears separation anxiety when Manny is off to Columbia for the summer. Phil and Claire attempt to align the three kids' summer plans so that they will have a week of kid-free time for themselves.moreless
Jay makes a reservation at a trendy restaurant for the adults in the family. Claire and Phil argue about letting Luke stay home alone. Mitchell and Cameron put on the same outfit. Meanwhile, while babysitting for Lily, Alex insists on reading Little Women, but Lily's got other plans.
After seeing how much Jay's friend, Shorty, and his wife do together, Gloria yearns for Jay to take her salsa dancing. Meanwhile, Cameron takes a bet to pick up a woman in a bar a bit too far. Elsewhere, Phil meets a new friend, while building a treehouse for Luke.
Claire petitions the city to put a stop sign at a high traffic intersection, while Jay and Manny team up to sell wrapping paper for a school fundraiser.
With everyone departing for different destinations over Christmas, the Dunphy-Pritchetts plan an "Express Christmas" to be set up in less than 24 hours, and things get a little out of hand. Phil and Manny purchase the turkey, Claire and Haley shop for gifts, Gloria and Luke retrieve the angel from the attic, Mitch, Lily and Alex are assigned to tree duty, while Jay and Cam wrap the gifts already bought.moreless
Mitch and Cam plan to announce that they want to adopt another baby, but realize that Lily might not want another baby in the house. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria disagree on how to deal with Manny's theft of a girl's necklace, and Claire deals with her need to always be in the right.moreless
Phil and Luke want to learn how to walk a tightrope, while Claire tries to teach Alex and Haley some life lessons. Meanwhile, Cam starts a juice fast, and Gloria gets annoyed by Jay's attention to their dog.
Claire and Phil have Alex spy on Haley when she doesn't want her family to know about her photography exhibit, while they spy on Luke and Manny, who are both out spending time with a suspicious friend. Gloria thinks Jay had a dream about another woman, but he thinks she's mad about something else he did, and tries to keep it a secret. Mitchell has to hide a secret of his own from Cam, who, if he knew, would surely blab to everyone, which Cam does when he eventually finds out the secret.moreless
While Claire considers running for city councilwoman, Cameron and Mitchell are in a hit-and-run accident, and Gloria tries to help Manny and Jay resolve their issues.
Shorty and his wife, Darlene, visit the Pritchetts, but Jay isn't thrilled with the news they've come to share. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire's dinner with Haley takes a surprising turn. Mitchell and Cameron attempt to have a romantic dinner alone without talking about their wedding or Lily, but their evening is filled with lots of awkward silence.moreless
The families head to Wyoming for some outdoor adventures.
Phil takes Haley on a college visit, and a lonely Claire goes out with Mitchell and Cameron. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria consider having "the talk" with Manny.