Alex’s principal allows her to compete in the one a one mile run with her co-valedictorian and longtime rival Sanjay Patel to establish one of them as the sole head of the student body after their final grades result in a tie to the thousandth decimal.
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Claire refuses to let Phil buy a vintage, fully restored Miss Pac-Man video game cabinet so Phil turns to Jay for advice, but his father-in-law’s abrupt solution to the problem results in Phil having to assert himself with Claire, garnering unexpected results.
Jay – who’s more than feeling his age thanks to a terrible picture on his bulk warehouse store membership card – agrees to fill in for Cam on his bowling team for a crucial championship game, not realizing the league is for LGBTQ members only.
Jay’s birthday arrives, and the family tries to decide how to best surprise him and show their appreciation for his existence.
This week, the Pritchetts, Pritchett-Tuckers and Dunphys learn a little bit about living in the past. Claire and Jay frantically try to compete with a fellow closet company by shooting a TV ad.
Claire is en route home. Stuck in O’Haire International airport, she connects to the family through her Macbook, and the entire episode is conducted through the tasks and social media that’s extant on her computer. A quick catch-up session with Alex brings about her concern that Haley’s gone missing, and so Claire partakes in a session of virtual snooping via cloud on the family while trying to locate her missing daughter.
Phil has a LeGrande time in coach with the magician he idolizes when Claire takes the only available extra first class seat on their flight home from a camping reunion with his college cheerleading buddies. Phil’s stuck alone in the seeming disaster zone that is coach but ends up seated between the magician and a massage therapist.
Romance – and madness – are in the air this week. Though they have a rough start of it, Claire and Phil manage to resume their Valentine’s Day identities as Juliana and Clive Bixby, but after a wild night at a hotel Claire’s left worrying that Phil’s more attracted to Juliana than to her; Gloria’s seemingly prim, servile and modest – and constantly jealous – sister Sonia visits from Columbia.
It’s partner against partner this week – Phil and Claire’s argument with the LaFontaines rages back to life when they drop an eyesore of a boat on their front lawn, which is parked way to close to the Dunphy’s property line.
The whole Dunphy clan, plus Manny, have near-death death experience when Phill almost rams their van into a sanitation truck while riding out to get breakfast.