"Modern Family" Baby on Board (TV Episode 2012) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Jay and Manny are left to accompany Lily at her recital as Mitchell and Cameron bring Gloria along as translator as they adopt a Mexican child. Meanwhile, Haley has a surprise announcement about her plans after high school.


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  • Mitchell (Ty Burrell) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) receive some wonderful news: a woman in Calexico was going into early labor and told the adoption agency she wanted to give her baby to them. Mitch and Cam were, to say the least, beyond thrilled. However, it would require them to drive down to the hospital on the California-Mexico border and meet them. They had to bring Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) over to be babysat by Jay (Ed O'Neill), Gloria (Sofía Vergara), and Manny (Rico Rodriguez), who would take her to her dance recital. Jay and Manny weren't thrilled, but Gloria was there. But then Mitch and Cam had trouble talking to the woman's family because they only spoke Spanish. Despite Cam's 'expertise' at Spanish by watching soap operas, Gloria has to accompany them while Jay and Manny have to take Lily to her recital.

    Alex (Ariel Winter) was heading to her school prom (they have those in 8th grade?) and she was worried about the dress she had. She didn't like that Claire (Julie Bowen) thought she was adorable in it, and Phil (Ty Burrell) thought she looked "super sexy". (Eww...) None of them were worried about Alex getting out of control, and she was quite offended by it. So she tried to hide her date on purpose to make it seem like he was a bad boy. Turns out he was a bad boy. He thought Jud Fry in always got a raw deal. Yup, even Alex knew he was gay. Meanwhile, Haley (Sarah Hyland) was planning to take a "gap year" like her school counselor recommended. She would take community classes, get out in the world, and work at The Gap. She got the job and offered to cook dinner for her parents and invite Dylan over. Yes, she has ulterior motives. She decided she was going to move in with Dylan, who was starting up his own t-shirt business. (DYLAN: They're going to be huge...and medium and small because they come in those sizes, too.) Haley wanted to spring it on them gradually. Which of course meant Dylan accidentally let it slip.

    As Phil and Claire painted quite a vivid picture of how Haley's and Dylan's lives would be (and somehow Phil's version included nuclear launch codes), Gloria was getting carsick from Cam's driving. However, it wouldn't get better. The family priest told them the grandmother feared a curse over the entire family. And then Juanita, the mom's sister, gets mad at the nurse for telling the grandmother about the baby and the nurse is mad at Juanita for stealing her lover. Yes, Gloria, Cameron, and Mitchell were stuck in the middle of a Spanish soap opera. By the time the long-lost lover, Eduardo, confessed to telling the grandmother about the baby because he swore to his lover, their mother, he'd protect the family, Cam, Mitch, and Gloria pretty much gave up. Cameron lost it a bit, and then Mitchell REALLY lost it. He couldn't handle being so close so many times only to have the rug pulled out from under him and missing Lily growing up at the same time. Cam and Mitch decide to put adopting another baby on hold.

    Lily refused to go on stage, and Jay found out she wasn't happy about having a little brother. Jay told her Mitch and Cam would love her just as much as her new brother.

    JAY: I had your Aunt Claire and when your dad came along, and I loved them just the same, no matter what he tells you.

    Lily still refused to do her recital, but Jay dancing with her on stage was just the trick.

    Haley was tired of being ganged up on by her parents about moving in with Dylan (although good call threatening that she'll wear Alex's hand-me-downs because she couldn't afford clothes). But it turns out Luke (Nolan Gould) had their back. He had been hiding some of the mail, like jury duty the day they went to Disney Land, the bill for the birdhouse he broke at the dude ranch, the ticket they got when he drove their car. But he was also hiding Haley's acceptance letter into college because he didn't want to see her go. He showed that letter to Dylan, who brought it down to Haley and said going to college was the best plan of all. Phil and Claire were ecstatic, to say the least. And all Dylan wants in return is to go to prom. Claire will let her borrow the purple dress she said Claire was too old for, and Phil had a tuxedo Dylan could wear. Double-breasted. (DYLAN: Perfect. So am I.)

    GLORIA: There's certain moments in life you never forget. Like when I held Manny in my arms for the very first time. I was nervous. I didn't know what I was doing. I was so excited to see him grow up, and the more he becomes the little man I know today, the more I know I'd do it all over again.

    And Gloria will. She wasn't carsick; she was pregnant.

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