At Luke and Manny's first school dance, Jay and Phil take them to the mall which turns disastrous, Claire’s happiness turns into jealousy when Gloria joins the school dance committee. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell learn about Lily biting other kids at the playground.
It's a school dance for Luke and Manny, but he's upset he can't find a teal pocket square for his suit. Gloria's idea doesn't work, because it's turquoise...and her bra. Jay is desperate, but Claire tells him to conference in with Mitchell and Cameron. Cam would have one in every single color, but he loaned out his teal one. So Jay has a trip to the mall in the offing. As does Phil, judging by the suit Luke had...unless the Incredible Hulk look was en vogue again.
Respect is hard to come by in this family. Cameron and Mitchell find it impossible to believe Lily would ever bite another human being, until she does it twice to Cameron. Gloria is supposed to co-chair the dance with Claire, but Claire has been running the dance since Haley was 12 and didn't want to give up her authority. Jay still doesn't respect Phil Dumbphy. Which is how Jay says it...on purpose. But then, Luke didn't know mannequins are built without their genitals, so you can sort of see Jay's point. Manny is beside himself, since the tie Luke had matched the pattern for his pocket square. Manny wants him to put it back, and Luke isn't backing down. But Phil is by letting another customer cut in front of Jay. And now Jay is beside himself.
Mitchell and Cameron try to figure out why Lily is biting. Neither is trying to blame the other, and both think that's exactly what the other is doing. Mitchell thinks it's all that pretend biting Cameron does while taking care of Lily, and Cameron thinks it's Mitchell using his teeth to carry/hold/open just about everything.
At the dance, Gloria comes up with a new arrangement for the tables, meaning Claire tripped over a box that was in the way. Claire wants to put it back to the way it was, but other people like Gloria's idea, for which she happily takes credit. But Claire needs chairs from under the dusty, dirty stage. She sends Gloria, only to have the janitor apologize for it being so dirty.
Nothing has changed at the mall, since the same jerk is still in front of Jay and Phil. Jay is getting upset with Phil and cracking jokes. Phil has had enough and bolts, leaving Luke and Manny with Jay. Jay spots the man who took their parking spot earlier and tells the boys he's going to give the man a piece of his mind. Except the man never knew and his dog died that day. Phil is working on a volcano and decides to take it out on the man spritzing people with cologne (we find out later that he's Longines). Phil grabs the cologne bottle and goes off on the poor man with about a dozen good spritzes to the face, even chasing him around the store. Jay has to pick him up in the security office. Phil didn't know why he snapped, but Jay felt guilty for goading him earlier. Jay's father-in-law did the same thing to him, multiplied by about a thousand. But Jay didn't want Phil to feel that way about him.
JAY: I can't swear that my way is the smart way. I see you smiling, skipping around, and I think...I don't know...maybe the boys would be better off if they were more like you.
PHIL: You know, skipping burns more calories than running...
JAY: We're done here.
Mitchell looks on a website for answers. Cameron rejects the idea of a stranger yelling at Lily, since she probably already has flashbacks. Pepper in the mouth sounds just as bad. Cameron's "People Aren't Food" song won't work, so Mitchell goes for the pepper. Or seasoning, it doesn't matter, because Cameron tries to force it down Mitchell's throat to see if he likes it leading Mitchell to bite Cam on the arm. They soon come to accept that their daughter isn't perfect, right after that Lily slaps Mitchell and Cameron starts laughing hysterically.
Claire makes it to the dance and sees the boys in their suits. Luke even wore cologne. Claire thinks she was too petty about her competitive nature with Gloria...until she sees Gloria in one insanely hot dress and gets a drink spilled all over her. She goes postal when the janitor brings Gloria a paper towel to clean up but walks right past her. Gloria finally confronts her. Claire tells her she's upset for Gloria coming in and taking what she used to do for years. It was her "thing." She even was able to talk to Gus, the janitor where everyone else couldn't. But Gloria had her reasons for volunteering, too. She caught the evil looks other mothers were giving her, thinking she'd steal their husbands away. She wanted to prove she was just one of them. Both admit they were being petty and unreasonable. Although Claire stuffing her bra was a bit more sad.
PHIL: We like to think we're so smart, that we have all the answers. And we want to pass that on to our children. But if you scratch beneath the surface, you won't have to dig deep to find the kid you were, which is why it's kind of crazy that we're raising kids of our own. I guess that's the real circle of life. Your parents faked their way through it. You fake your way through it. And you just hope you didn't raise a serial killer.
(The characters striked out do not appear in this episode)
- Jay Pritchett
- Gloria Pritchett
- Manny Delgado
- Claire Dunphy
- Phil Dunphy
- Luke Dunphy
- Mitchell Pritchett
- Cameron Tucker
- Danny Trejo as Gus
- Mo Mandel as Grieving Dog Owner
- Artemis Pebdani as Bethenny
- Julie Dretzin as Tyler's Mom
- Kevin Daniels as Longines
- Steve Kehela as Shopper
- Melody Butiu as Babysitter
- Greg Roman as D.J. Greg
- This is the first Modern Family episode to be written and directed by women.
- Luke is named after DeDe's father (Lucas).
- Haley and Alex are absent in this episode, although Haley is mentioned by Claire.
- Phil calls Luke wearing his really small suit Incredible Hulk. Ty Burrell previously appeared in the 2008 film of the same name.
- This is the last episode to air in 2010. This is also the first episode in which Longinus appears as well as the first episode to feature a school dance.
- The episode title is a reference to the music video game series Dance Dance Revolution.
- Phil nicknames Luke Incredible Hulk.
- Mitch and Cam say that Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, and Naomi Campbell had straight parents.
- Jay and Manny talk about Driving Miss Daisy.
- Cam compares Lily biting him to Twilight.
- Phil mentions the film Pay It Forward.
- The song "The Search Is Over" by Survivor plays when Gus goes to give Gloria a paper towel.
- The exchange between Phil and Jay involving the latter constantly mispronouncing the surname "Dunphy" as "Dumphy" is possibly a reference to a similarly played exchange between Brian and Stewie in the Family Guy episode "Barely Legal", in which the latter mispronounces "Cool Whip" as "Cool Hwhip".