Modern Family episode guide
Modern Family stars the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan, a wonderfully large and blended family. Together these three families give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.
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Phil finally agrees to sell the old station wagon, but only after a family trip down memory lane; Cameron asks Jay for help when Mitchell decides to build a life-size princess castle for Lily.
Gloria decides to honor her late grandmother by cooking more traditional Colombian meals; Claire finds out Alex is interested in a boy; Mitchell's aversion to public displays of affection causes an argument.
When an earthquake hits, Claire gets stuck in the bathroom with the plumber; Manny experiences an existential crisis while out with Jay; Mitchell and Cameron use the quake as an excuse to get out of a party thrown by a friend (Nathan Lane).
Claire and Mitchell try to spare their significant others from embarrassment; Haley tries to teach Alex how to be cool.
Phil and Claire announce a family challenge after noticing how busy everyone is with electronic devices; Cameron and Mitchell try to get Lily into a good preschool.
Claire prepares to make the Dunphy house spooky for Halloween; Cameron does not like the holiday because of a traumatic childhood experience; Jay and Manny tease Gloria about her accent.
Claire and Haley are stuck at home sick; the taunting of a chirping smoke detector has Phil preoccupied; Gloria and Manny's surprise visit at Jay's work leads to headaches for him; Cameron takes Lily for a commercial.
Manny experiences a mini-life crisis over getting older; Phil and Claire engage in a not-so-friendly car race on the way to a restaurant; Mitch and Cam go to the mall to pick up a gift for Manny's birthday.
Cameron's mother (Celia Weston) makes Mitchell uncomfortable; Haley breaks up with Dylan.
Luke and Manny have their first school dance; Jay and Phil take Luke and Manny on a mall run that becomes quite stressful; Mitch and Cam learn that Lily is biting other kids on the playground.
Claire intends to stop a car that speeds through the neighborhood; Phil deals with a difficult client; Jay teaches Manny to ride a bike; Mitchell and Cameron meet a charming neighbor.
Alex's dedication to learning makes Claire and Phil question themselves; Gloria tries to make new friends; Mitch runs into an ex-girlfriend while out with Cam.
Claire and Phil are caught in a compromising position when the kids try to surprise them with breakfast in bed; Jay and Gloria's Vegas vacation is hindered by an email; Mitch and Cam try to get a hook-up at a hot new restaurant.
Claire and Phil decide to reprise their role-playing adventure from the previous year; Jay's elaborate Valentine's surprise for Gloria keeps getting held up; an admirer comes between Cameron and Mitchell.
Fizbo is disinvited from Lily's birthday party; Mitchell and Clarie's mother DeDe (Shelley Long) comes to the party with Claire's ex-boyfriend (Matt Dillon).
Gloria and Jay try to help when Phil and Claire get into a huge argument; Cameron asks Mitchell and Luke to help prepare for a big fundraising event.
Claire wears herself out trying to make peace between Alex and Haley; Phil sneaks off for a day at the spa; Cameron decides to write a book.
Claire and Phil are worried when they learn Luke has befriended their cantankerous old neighbor; Jay tries to avoid attending a symphony concert with Gloria and Manny; Haley baby-sits Lily.
Cameron is overzealous in his planning of the spring musical performance at Luke and Manny's school; Jay's brother visits; Phil convinces the family to be in his new ad.
Mitchell and Cameron try to choose who would best take care of Lily should anything happen to them.
Gloria and Claire plan a Mother's Day hike with the kids; things becomes awkward when Phil catches Jay in a moment of weakness.
Phil and Claire shock the kids by switching parenting roles for a day; Jay gives advice to an entrepreneur about his dog-training business; Cameron has the flu, leaving Mitchell to decide what to do with their Lady Gaga tickets.
As the family prepares for Alex's middle-school graduation, Jay tries to hide a cosmetic-procedure mishap, Cameron is upset about Mitchell laughing at his expense, and Phil antagonizes Claire.
The family scrambles to plan a big celebration for Jay's birthday; Phil runs into his college nemesis; Cameron gets into hot water at a bakery.