Aaaaaand we're back! Last week the Country Music Awards displaced our Modern Family,but this week they've returned to their rightful Wednesday night home. This episode focuses on the lead up to Manny's birthday dinner that finds Claire and Phil in a road race, Cam and Mitchell in a race against the clock, Gloria and Jay searching for lost keys, and Manny searching for his lost childhood. Sounds like your typical sitcom summary but Modern Family always manages to outdo themselves with perfect pacing, hilarious performances, and laugh out loud moments. We join the Prichett/Dunphy/Delgado/Tucker clan gathered around a restaurant table listening to Manny looking and talking like he is giving a speech at one of Phil's real estate conferences. Everyone looks pretty miserable as Manny explains that he almost didn't make the party when he realized he let his childhood slip away. Flash back to 30 minutes earlier and we're on our way to learning why everyone looks so downtrodden. At the Dunphys', Claire is rushing her kids out to the door to get to Manny's birthday. Luke claims to be completely ready until Claire directs his attention to his shoeless feet. "Aww come on Luke!" he chides himself — is Luke becoming too stupid even for Luke? Think about it. Mitchell is rushing Cam through a shopping mall, the nice outdoor kind they have in California, and Cam wants to stop and smell the free lotion. He tells Mitchell he is "such a Pritchett."
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