This week's episode of Modern Family begins with Alex discovering she had been accepted by Caltech, but with much less enthusiasm than her family would have expected. Claire blames herself because she has high expectations and doesn't show much enthusiasm herself, so she endeavours to show how impressive it is, but that does not please Alex either. As it turns out, it has nothing to do with Claire; Alex is terrified that at such a prestigious college, she will struggle and be the worst student there. But Jay gives her the pep talk she needed and she realises she has to go to Caltech.
Cam's Uncle Cyrus died and left Cam and Mitch a 'handsome sum', which means that the pair could put a down payment on the upstairs apartment. Mitch is proud that Cam told him about the check and did not impulse buy, but he did buy Lily a faux mink coat, which he tells her he has to return. The store would not offer a refund though, so Cam has to find a way of stalling Mitchell on the upstairs apartment.
Jay's birthday is approaching, and he has rented a car for the weekend, despite knowing that it is a business ploy to make him fall in love with the car and buy it. As a gesture, Mitch and Claire offer to pay Jay back for money he gave them years ago with the assumption he wouldn't accept it, however it backfired when Jay took Mitch's cheque without so much as a complaint. Claire on the other hand ran away so she would not lose money, but Phil overheard that he has owed Jay money for 20 years and believes that this is the reason that Jay has never warmed up to him.
Andy was seeing Haley for the first time since he was in hospital, and was ready to talk to her about how he now realises he feels about her, but in typical sitcom style, Haley has already found someone else who is much more successful than Andy is. Andy helped her new boyfriend write a cute card for Haley, but Haley thought it was too romantic for an early relationship and loses interest in him.
Gloria noticed Luke eyeing up a bottle of tequila, so decided to catch him out. Manny managed to swipe the bottle, but Gloria had already filled the bottle up with water. Manny and Luke thought they were drunk, but then saw Gloria complaining about the quality of that particular bottle, and manages to scare them in to an ice bath where the pair are caught and photographed in a tearful embrace, which Gloria uses as blackmail if they ever steal drink from her again.
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