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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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The families head to Wyoming for some outdoor adventures.