Original air date: 09/21/2011 Runtime: 21:35 min. Our favorite family decide to don their cowboy boots and hats and head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for some fun and adventure in the great outdoors. While vacationing on Lost Creek Ranch, they try their hands at a little cattle herding, skeet shooting and horseback riding; there are also some big firsts, a huge surprise and an actual face off between Jay and a foe - a cowboy named Hank!
Original air date: 09/21/2011 Runtime: 21:16 min. Mitch and Cam are ready to adopt another baby, but Lily is perfectly happy being an only child. Feeling responsible for having coddled her too much, Cam allows her to have more independence, hoping it will ease the transition. Meanwhile, Gloria is faced with task of humbling herself in front of the Principal who she charged with having a bias against Columbians when he accused Manny of stealing a classmate’s necklace; and Haley and Alex devise a plan to get their own rooms.
Original air date: 09/28/2011 Runtime: 21:20 min. The growing bond between man, Jay, and dog, Stella, is grating on Gloria's nerves; Phil and Luke embark on a new adventure involving a tightrope, but it's Claire with the missteps, as she tries to teach the girls a life lesson; and Cameron chooses the most inopportune time to start a juice fast.
Original air date: 10/05/2011 Runtime: 22:42 min. Everyone sets their eyes on a goal: Jay is determined to help Manny sell wrapping paper for a school fundraiser; Claire petitions the city for a stop sign to be installed at a high-traffic intersection; Mitchell is hell-bent on proving a point with Cameron, and neither one of them will back down; Phil and Luke will stop at nothing to create a viral video sensation; and Gloria is desperate to find Stella after losing her.
Original air date: 10/19/2011 Runtime: 21:35 min. Jay is frustrated at work, Manny is stressed out about school work, and Gloria would like to help but no one seems to want it. Phil and Claire run into Councilman Duane Bailey again, who is out campaigning for his second run, and he's just as irritating as they remembered… so much so that Claire may give him a run for his money. Mitch and Cam get into a fender bender, and the other car flees. This becomes the tipping point for all the men in the family, who decide to take out their frustrations on the kid giving Haley problems.
Original air date: 11/02/2011 Runtime: 21:32 min. It’s father-daughter time, as Phil takes Haley on a college tour of his old alma mater. Claire, having a rare night alone, forces Mitchell and Cameron to take her for a fun night out with the boys… but ends up alone with one particular man-candy who is anything but gay. Meanwhile, Gloria and Jay deal with a potential situation at home that may require having "the talk" with Manny.
Original air date: 11/02/2011 Runtime: 21:29 min. Hanging out with Shorty and his girlfriend Darlene makes Gloria envious of how much those two do as a couple, so she gives Jay an ultimatum to step it up for a night of salsa dancing, or else… Meanwhile, Cameron takes a bet a little too far when Mitchell and Crispin challenge him to get a hot girl's number at the bar; and Phil builds a tree house for Luke, but Phil ends up being the one to make a new friend.
Original air date: 11/16/2011 Runtime: 21:19 min. After a neighbor's home burns down, the whole family rallies, and organizes a community drive to help do some good. It's not all good, however: Jay throws out his back; Cameron does some posturing with a huge moving truck; Claire discovers that Mitchell and Gloria have been spending a lot of time together; and Luke and Manny get their hands on some of the donated toys.
Original air date: 11/23/2011 Runtime: 21:32 min. When an old neighborhood kid returns to town as a hugely successful billionaire, it gets Phil thinking of what could have been. Jay feels Manny could use a little dose of constructive criticism, and Cam is offended when Mitchell questions the authenticity of his colorful childhood stories. It all comes to a head at Thanksgiving with the family divided between the "Dreamers" and the "Pritchetts." Nothing settles the score like a “punkin chunkin” challenge.
Original air date: 12/07/2011 Runtime: 21:18 min. The family is gathered at Jay and Gloria's pool on a sunny December day, and that's where they realize that everyone will be scattered this coming Christmas: if they want to celebrate together, it will have to be today! Everyone sets off with their respective duties for Express Christmas: Mitchell, Alex, and Lily get the tree; Jay and Cameron are in charge of gift wrapping; Phil and Manny get the groceries; Gloria and Luke go retrieve the ornaments; and Claire and Haley shop for all the gifts. When they all return in the evening, it's quite a sight.
Original air date: 01/04/2012 Runtime: 21:32 min. After having a doctor's visit but then missing the call with the test results, Phil automatically jumps to conclusions and starts saying his goodbyes. Meanwhile, Javier pops up unannounced again and takes Manny to the horse races for a belated birthday celebration, and a subtle competition ensues when Mitchell brings home an environmental law award and it becomes a game of who has the bigger trophy.
Original air date: 01/11/2012 Runtime: 20:43 min. Luke and Manny have a big school project to design the best capsule that would protect an egg in a two-story drop, but when Claire and Jay catch wind of it, their own competitive drives kick in and eventually take over. Meanwhile, Phil solicits the help of Haley and Gloria to sit as plants in the audience during a huge real estate presentation he has put together, and Mitch and Cam meet with prospective birth mothers and must try their very best to be charming and likeable.
Original air date: 02/08/2012 Runtime: 21:14 min. The family helps Claire prepare for her upcoming televised debate with Duane Bailey for the town council seat, but will they do more harm than good? Lily is going to be a precious flower girl for the first time, but the problem is she's just discovered her first expletive and Mitch and Cam don't know how best to deal with this new parenting test. And Jay is very concerned with Stella's recent strange behavior and puts the blame on Gloria.
Original air date: 01/18/2012 Runtime: 21:16 min. Phil is so preoccupied with impressing a prospective new client, Tad, that he doesn't notice what Claire believes is Tad being overtly inappropriate with her. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria let Mitchell and Cameron stay over while their house is fumigated, and it turns out four is a crowd.
Original air date: 02/15/2012 Runtime: 21:36 min. After closing on the sale of a house to Mitch and Cam's friends, Phil and Claire take the two of them out for a celebratory dinner where they proceed to over-indulge in drinks, which leads to some over-sharing, and finally results in waking up the next morning hung over and raising the question - if you'll do anything for family, shouldn't there still be a line drawn somewhere?
Original air date: 02/29/2012 Runtime: 21:36 min. It’s a day of disturbing realizations when Mitchell manages to ruin one of Jay’s proudest golf moments, Phil overhears something that may forever change how he sees his little girl, and Gloria stumbles upon Claire’s dangerous little secret.
Original air date: 04/11/2012 Runtime: 21:32 min. Cameron's birthday falls on Leap Day, and with opportunities to celebrate so few and far between, the pressure for Mitchell to get it right is exceptional. Meanwhile, Jay's machismo is in question, and Phil's plans to observe the Leap Day holiday are thwarted by the girls.
Original air date: 02/22/2012 Runtime: 21:30 min. The funeral service for a beloved clown mentor reunites Cameron with his estranged ex-clown partner, Lewis; Phil is serious about landing a very important listing, only to get trumped by a notorious bulldozer of an agent, Verna Roth; and Manny has a cool new friend, which makes both Jay and Gloria suspicious.
Original air date: 04/18/2012 Runtime: 21:35 min. The all important election day has arrived and the whole family rallies for some last minute campaigning: Mitch and Cam ride around in a "Vote for Claire" mobile, the Dunphy house is campaign central with everyone manning phones and soliciting votes, and Claire does some last minute interviews - with a few technical difficulties
Original air date: 05/02/2012 Runtime: 21:35 min. Claire delicately helps Luke cope with the fact that his friend and their old neighbor, Walt, has passed. Phil takes Alex for some father-daughter bonding time, and Haley throws an unauthorized party. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria go over to Mitch and Cam's to have dinner with Cam's father, Merle, who is in town visiting - and awkwardness and tension seem to be the rule of the night.
Original air date: 03/14/2012 Runtime: 20:49 min. The Dunphys are in the market for a new car and Phil makes a spontaneous purchase without Claire. Will he have buyer's remorse? Meanwhile, Jay is determined to get to his high school reunion with Gloria and Manny in tow, and Lily loses her favorite stuffed animal on a public metro train, leaving Mitch and Cam with an inconsolable toddler.
Original air date: 05/09/2012 Runtime: 21:29 min. Nothing is more quintessential to good ol' family fun than a trip to Disneyland - but not without a side of motion sickness, achy feet and a wayward toddler - when the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan hits the park! Phil tries to keep up with Luke, Claire's shocked when they run into Dylan, Jay and Gloria disagree about what are sensible shoes for the day, and Mitch and Cam must contain Lily's new affinity for running.
Original air date: 05/16/2012 Runtime: 21:32 min. It seems everyone has a bone to pick: Jay and Gloria get on each other's nerves while trying to simply order lunch at their local diner, Phil is put in the position of having to fire Mitchell, Cam and Claire have opposing theories on how to discipline children, and Manny is upset with Luke for accepting an award under false pretenses - all of which spells trouble for Alex, who is counting on them to all work together for a "living art" school project display.
Original air date: 05/23/2012 Runtime: 21:31 min. It's been an up-and-down emotional roller coaster for Mitch and Cam in their quest to adopt another child. Their latest ride has them bringing Gloria in tow as a translator, leaving Jay and Manny to look after Lily, who has a big dance recital coming up. Meanwhile, Claire and Phil have a proud parenting moment when they send Alex off to her first prom... but it's quickly marred by Haley's shocking news of her future plans