Plot Summary

The family is determined to make Alex celebrate her senior ditch day and Phil, Haley, and Luke forcefully take her out but end up at an unexpected detour. Claire is torn when she gets a job offer from a big hotel chain but feeling torn quickly gets replaced with feelings of confusion when she can't tell whether or not Jay really cares if she stays or goes. Cam and Mitch think that Lilly isn't sensible and with Manny groggy from pain killers after his wisdom teeth procedure, Gloria seizes the moment to put a sabotage plan into effect to break Manny and his new girlfriend up.

Episode Description

It is Alex's (Ariel Winter) Senior Ditch Day, but she has no desire to make plans for the special day. Phil (Ty Burrell), Luke (Nolan Gould) and Haley (Sarah Hyland) ask her to join them in the car, before revealing that they tricked her into celebrating the day. On their way out, Phil drives past an old theatre that he helped build many years ago. Upon entering, Phil finds a slab of cement with Haley and Alex's footprints. Phil and Luke attempt to take the cement home with them, while Haley and Alex argue. Haley and Alex then watch Phil and Luke humorously repeatedly fail to remove the cement, and Haley reveals that she is worried Alex won't contact her after she leaves for College. Alex then implies that she has learnt a lot about life from Haley over the years, and tells her she'd never forget to stay in touch with her sister.

Gloria (Sofía Vergara) is unimpressed with Manny's (Rico Rodriguez) new girlfriend and uses his sudden memory loss after an operation to trick him into believing his girlfriend never showed up to be by his side. However, after seeing Manny upset by the situation, Gloria reconsiders and Manny then reveals that his new girlfriend is a lot like Gloria. This tempts Gloria into understanding that Manny will eventually grow up and find a woman of his own and that she shouldn't be so overly protective of him.

Claire (Julie Bowen) is offered a new job by a hotel chain which she is unsure whether to accept. Whilst she wants the job, she is worried about upsetting her father Jay (Ed O'Neill) by leaving his company. After a brief misunderstanding when she overhears Jay discussing something to a fellow employee whilst using a photo of Claire to pluck his nose hairs. After discussing the situation with Jay, and changing her mind repeatedly, Jay ultimately reveals he doesn't want her to leave and calls her by her childhood nick name, causing Claire to emotionally agree to stay at Jay's firm where she feels she belongs.

Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) are worried about Lily's inability to show feelings. Mitchell, believing it was because he doesn't show emotion often, watches 'The Bridges of Madison County' and plans to be crying when Lily arrives home. After telling Cameron about his plan, Cameron gets emotional that a movie about being trapped in a loveless marriage is the only thing that makes Mitchell cry. This causes Cameron started crying just as Lily gets home from school. Mitchell realizes that Lily was desensitized because Cam cries too frequently, so they talk to Lily and she proves to them she had feelings when the thought of her daddies being sick and not getting better consumed her.

Guest Starring



  • Joe is absent in this episode.
  • Phil used to work in construction before he became a Realtor.

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