"Express Yourself" is the seventeenth episode from Season 7 of Modern Family, it aired on March 23, 2016.

Plot Summary

Phil has the crazy idea of going on a spontaneous trip to Paris with Claire; the only problem is that they are both so ridiculously tired but try to push through it. Meanwhile, Jay has taken over their bathroom remodel, which proves to be pretty hazardous for Gloria, Manny and Joe. Cameron’s sister Pam is staying at the house after her husband has left her, but her emotional outbursts are driving Mitchell crazy, and he’s afraid it’s setting a bad example for Lily. And Haley and Andy go on a wild night bender.

Episode Description

Phil and Claire want to go to Paris but because of the time zone, they try to stay awake all the night. Meanwhile, Haley finds Andy too nice so he decides to be a jerk.

The night goes wrong for both couples as Haley pleads Andy to revert back to his good side and Claire finally falls asleep and is carried unconscious over the shoulder by Phil.

In the meantime, Jay rebuilds the bathroom but his efforts only manage to make Joe stuck on the floor and Manny and Gloria have to free him while Pam's temporary status as a houseguest at Mitch and Cam's home could have severe repercussion on Lilly.

Main Cast

(The characters striked out do not appear in this episode)

  • Jay Pritchett
  • Gloria Pritchett
  • Manny Delgado
  • Joe Pritchett
  • Claire Dunphy
  • Phil Dunphy
  • Haley Dunphy
  • Alex Dunphy
  • Luke Dunphy
  • Mitchell Pritchett
  • Cameron Tucker
  • Lily Tucker-Pritchett

Guest Starring

  • Adam DeVine as Andy Bailey
  • Dana Powell as Pam Tucker
  • Ellen Ratner as Kelly aka Waitress
  • Michael Tauzin as Clint
  • Jeff Adler as Tom
  • Brigitte Valdez as Bianca
  • Christopher Chen as Karaoke Host
  • Michael E. Sanders as Croupier


  • Andy uses the new $100 bills, first issued in 2013.
  • Luke does not appear in this episode, as Phil says that he is on ski trip.
  • Andy's 20th appearance
  • This episode broadcasted exactly five years after Boys' Night.


  • Pam Tucker makes her fourth appearance, and her first since the season 5 finale.

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