WHEN LAST WE SAW THE PRITCHETTS: Phil’s mom, Gracie, had passed away, and the entire family gathered in Florida to find a way to memorialize her. The Dunphy kids all received tokens of their grandmother’s esteem to mixed results, Claire and Phil tried to follow Gracie’s last request – to have Phil’s dad hook up with another woman posthaste, Cam bonded with the Dunphy’s gossipy neighbors, Jay encountered a woman whose name he could not recall (and who couldn’t recall him), and a day in court defending Gloria on a (false) morals charge ignited Mitch’s old passion for law and order. United for a memorial fireworks display, the family finally had a peaceful moment and were able to say goodbye to grandma Gracie.
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Phil tricks Luke into carrying on a tradition among the Dunphy males: ballroom dance classes. Disappointed that he’s not being sent off to “autopsy camp”, Luke castigates his father for dragging him out, and then both Dunphy men end up going to jail, where Phil deals with the fact that his son isn’t a cardboard copy of him. Meanwhile, Claire is forced to decipher a long-ago riddle she made up to help her better remember where the family’s emergency money stash is and bail Phil and Luke out of jail; Jay and Gloria plan a joint birthday for Manny and Joe, and the teenaged Delgado might end up going dateless, as he keeps trying to date girls who’re far out of his league; Joe attaches himself to Andy the Manny, leaving Jay to try desperate measures when his son recognizes Andy instead of him as dada; Hayley tries to teach Alex how to drive and must deal with her sister’s extremely cautious style, something Hayley only wishes she had when she commits a parking violation that leads to her father’s arrest; and Mitch and Cam try to arrange for a reception venue for their wedding only to have the perfect place swept out from underneath them mid-booking, force Cam to apply some underhanded moves – most of them involving one of his old students, who has booked the joint for her sweet sixteen party after plans for a joint one fell through. Now Cam and Mitch have to convince the two girls to start speaking again, go through with their original sweet sixteen plans and abandon the inn to the two of them.