Mitch and Cam’s big day is finally here and nothing can ruin it, until nothing turns into a whole lot of somethings and puts wedding planner extraordinaire Pepper Saltzman (guest star Nathan Lane) to the test. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria host the Tuckers, Phil squeezes in an eye procedure before the festivities and Claire embraces her role as “best woman.”
Jay, Gloria and Manny challenge each other to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. Mitch and Cam’s wedding is getting too big and costly so they resort to selling a couple of their prized possessions, and the kids play a joke on Phil and Claire.
Phil fails at his one task to stay home and wait for the repairman, forcing him to tell an elaborate lie to hide the truth from Claire but the stress is more than he can physically handle. Meanwhile, Gloria is obsessing over the family portrait she is responsible for organizing this year; Claire accuses Cam of being too snobby to use her girls’ hand-me-downs; and Jay secretly enters Stella in a dog show.
Mitch struggles to hide his true feelings about the unflattering wedding topper Cam’s father whittled out of soap for them; Phil tries to help Gloria sell her pre-Jay apartment but they get sidetracked at the neighborhood salon; and Claire and the kids head over to Jay’s early to help him prep for the special night with the family he’s hosting but they end up just butting heads.
The adults are Vegas-bound when Jay hooks them up with Excelsior Level hotel accommodations courtesy of one of his big clients, but after learning there’s an even higher level Jay becomes obsessed with upgrading. Meanwhile, everyone’s sneaking around when Claire secretly hits the tables to win back money she lost years ago, Phil goes underground auditioning for a secret society of magicians, Cam ducks out of a spa day with Mitch to join their friend’s bachelor party shenanigans, and Gloria is determined to hide a female version of dog butler Barkley from Jay.
CHILDREN: Haley, Alex and Luke
Phil Dunphy’s goal in life is to be the cool dad. Unfortunately, sometimes he’s the dorky, embarrassing dad. As goofy as he may seem, Phil always has his heart in the right place. His patience is boundless. He dotes on his never easygoing wife Claire and is constantly trying to bond with his three kids. He desperately wants to be closer to his father-in-law Jay, who has no such desire, while harboring a not-so-secret crush on Jay’s wife Gloria, with whom he shares positivity and a passion for life.