The family heads to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for some western action and adventure in the great outdoors. Lost Creek Ranch offers many activities, including cattle driving, skeet shooting, and horseback riding. Jay also has to protect his woman from an ornery outlaw named Hank, Dylan shows up, and Alex gets her first kiss.
Mitchell and Cameron prepare to tell the rest of the family that they plan to adopt another baby, only to receive a very negative reaction to the news from Lily. Elsewhere, Manny feels pressure to come clean about a theft, and Haley and Alex try to trick Luke into giving up his room.
The growing bond between Jay and Stella the dog perturbs Gloria. Phil and Luke set out to do something awesome involving a tightrope. Claire makes a big mistake while trying to teach the girls a lesson. Cameron goes on a juice fast, creating tension between him and Mitchell.
The family sets their sights on accomplishing various goals. Jay helps Manny sell wrapping paper for a school fundraiser. Claire petitions the city to install a stop sign at a nearby intersection. Mitchell and Cameron come to an impasse over a disagreement. Phil and Luke try to create a viral video sensation. Gloria loses Stella, and goes on the hunt for Jay's beloved pooch.
Special Guest Stars: David Cross
as Duane Bailey (Councilman Duane Bailey) |
Phil and Claire have another negative encounter with an egotistical city councilman, leading Claire to think about throwing her name into the race. Jay is having problems at work, while Manny has issues at school. Neither wants Gloria's help. Mitch and Cam get into a fender bender.
Special Guest Stars: David Cross
as Duane Bailey (Councilman Duane Bailey) |
Phil takes Haley on a college tour of his alma mater, leaving Claire to head out on the town with Mitch and Cam. Unfortunately, Claire gets flirty with a man she assumes to be gay, but who is very much interested in her. Elsewhere, Jay and Gloria debate having "the talk" with Manny.
Gloria becomes jealous of how much time Shorty and his girlfriend spend together, so he pressures Jay into taking her out for a night of salsa dancing. Meanwhile, Cameron goes all out to win a bar bet, and Phil makes a new friend while building Luke a tree house.
After a neighbor's house tragically burns down, the Pritchett/Dunphy clan rallies together to raise funds so that the now homeless family can get back on their feet. Of course, things don't go entirely as planned. Jay injures his back. Cameron is involved in shenanigans with a moving truck. Claire goes jealous of Mitchell spending time with Gloria. Luke and Manny take some of the donated toys for themselves.
An old neighborhood acquaintance returns to town as a hugely successful billionaire, causing Phil to question what he's doing with his own life. Jay thinks Manny needs some constructive criticism, while Cameron gets offended that Mitchell would dare question the validity of his wild childhood memories. There's only one solution: a good old fashioned Punkin Chunkin contest.
During a family gathering, the group realizes that they'll all be scattered apart come Christmas day. Not wanting to forgo a holiday get together, everyone is sent off to perform a different task. Mitchell, Alex and Lily procure the tree. Jay and Cameron are in charge of gift wrapping. Phil and Manny go grocery shopping. Gloria and Luke pick up the ornaments, and Claire and Haley buy the gifts. Can everything come together in time?
Phil is wracked with worry after missing a call from his doctor. He was waiting on test results, and automatically jumps to the worst conclusions. Meanwhile, Manny's dad Javier shows up unexpectedly, and Mitchell's new trophy creates jealousy between he and Cameron.
Luke and Manny have a big school project coming up, involving each student seeing who can build the best protective capsule for a dropped egg. Claire and Jay find out, and can't resist during the assignment into a personal competition. Meanwhile, Phil asks Gloria and Haley to be audience plants during a work presentation, and Mitch and Cam meet with prospective mothers to be.
The family helps Claire prepare for her upcoming debate with her opponent for city council, but their suggestions do more harm than good. Mitch and Cam are stunned when Lily starts dropping f-bombs around the house. Jay blames Gloria for Stella's odd behavior.
Phil is so worried about impressing a new business partner that he fails to notice the man being overtly sexual with Claire. Meanwhile, Mitch and Cam stay with Jay and Gloria while their own home is fumigated, leading to a battle over space and control.
After closing a sale to Mitch and Cam's friends, Phil and Claire take the two men out for a celebration dinner. Unfortunately, some over-indulgence in alcohol leads to secrets being revealed and proposals being made, and an awkward next morning for everyone involved.
Jay is crushed when Mitchell manages to ruin one of his proudest moments on the golf course. Phil overhears something that may forever alter his view of Haley. Gloria discovers a big secret of Claire's. Luke and Manny grow tired of Lily's unrelenting cuteness, and conspire to get her in big trouble.
Cameron's birthday falls on Leap Day, putting the pressure on Mitchell to throw him the perfect celebration. Meanwhile, Jay's masculinity comes into questione, and Phil's plan to spend the holiday with the boys is thwarted by Claire and the girls.
The funeral service for his clown mentor reunites Cameron with his estranged ex-partner. Phil faces stiff competition from a notoriously tough rival agent. Manny's new friend creates suspicion in the minds of Jay and Gloria.
Election day has arrived, and the whole family comes together for some last minute campaigning. Mitch and Cam hit the town in a 'Vote for Claire' van, with the Dunphy house turning into a giant phone bank for soliciting votes. For her part, Claire does some TV and radio interviews, only to fall victim to technical problems.
Claire comforts Luke after his friend and neighbor Walt passes away. Phil takes Alex out for some father-daughter time, leaving Haley to throw a house party. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria have an awkward dinner with Mitch, Cam, and Cam's dad Merle.
Phil buys a new car without Claire's approval, landing him in the marital doghouse. Meanwhile, Jay drags Gloria and Manny to his high school reunion, and Lily loses her favorite stuffed animal on the metro train, sending Mitch and Cam into panic mode.
The family heads to the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland! A day at the park isn't all it's cracked up to be though, with Phil struggling to keep up with Luke, a surprise appearance from Haley's ex Dylan, Jay and Gloria dealing with the agony of "defeet", and Lily constantly running away from Mitch and Cam.
It's a day of familial bickering about the Pritchetts and Dunphys. Jay and Gloria completely disagree on a simple lunch order. Phil is tasked with firing Mitchell from his temp job at the real estate agency. Claire and Cam have opposing ideas about how to discipline children. Manny is upset after Luke accepts an award for something he didn't do. Alex is frazzled in general, since she needs them all to work together as part of her art project.
Mitch and Cam continue on their quest to adopt another baby, this time needing Gloria to come along and translate to the mother. This leaves Jay and Manny watching Lily, who has a dance recital coming up. Phil and Claire are proud of Alex going to her first prom, then horrified by an announcement from Haley.