Forget the medium side-plots of Jay wanting to go fishing, everybody preparing presents, Phil facing an old frenemy and Manny having girl troubles, this episode was a tribute to a wonderful season. Nostalgic, funny and characteristic.
Seeing video fragments all filmed during crucial, memorable moments in the season was a smart way to revisit former highlights. But the best part comes from how all of these characters have grown. Manny now thinks of Jay instantly when he needs a dad, Jay only remembers becoming cranky when things go south and Phil finally lets go of his preference for Gloria. It all happened in such fashion that it doesn't feel rushed or forced, instead it's extremely normal and realistic. There's no greater pay off for fans than to see progress characters make become normal. Aside from that the episode featured lovely pairings of Claire and Mitchell, Jay and Cam, the Dunphy kids and of course Phil and Gloria. But most of all a welcome and natural development of Mitchell and Cam wanting another kid. A lovely way to remember the season and a wonderful series.