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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.