In the Season 8 finale, Javier shows up for Manny’s high-school graduation and takes him out for a wild night of celebration, but Jay must step in to pick up the pieces. Meanwhile, the rest of the Pritchett clan get ready for Luke and Manny’s big day.
A desire for time alone sends Mitch and Jay on separate retreats to the same resort, where they realize how much they actually have in common. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire find that life as empty nesters doesn’t suit them; and Cam drops in on Gloria when he doesn’t know what to do without Mitch.
Support for gender equality and the women’s movement is displayed by various members of the Pritchett clan, but each has vastly different ways of showing their commitment. Meanwhile, Jay and Phil can’t agree on their parking-lot attendant’s duties; and Cam is shocked when Pam prefers Mitch’s help raising her baby.
Frank Dunphy’s wedding has a Roaring ’20s theme, so Phil gets his clan to show up in costume, but Claire and the kids realize it’s time for an intervention with Phil when they’re the only ones who dressed up. Meanwhile, Jay comes to regret mastering the art of saying “no”; and Cam finally gets the courage to stand up to his sister Pam.
A look at 300 seconds in the lives of the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan includes Mitch and Cam hurrying to catch a flight for which they prematurely took sleeping pills; Haley and Rainer reevaluating their relationship at dinner before his birthday cake arrives; Phil and Claire meeting Alex’s new boyfriend; and Manny trying to find a parking spot at the movies while Jay and Gloria argue.
Mitchell knocks over an urn filled with the ashes of Cameron’s beloved pet pig Lilly while exercising in the garage, but Cameron suspects his cover-up is a load of hogwash.
Phil tries to rebound from a disastrous turn in last year’s charity basketball game by practicing day and night, but the pressure is on when renowned hoopsters Charles Barkley and DeAndre Jordan show up this time and start making bets. Meanwhile, Gloria’s nemesis calls out her lack of support at Manny’s school; Claire tries to keep Jay from finding out about a work mistake; and Jay worries that Joe just isn’t afraid of him at all.
Frank’s bachelor party gives Phil a chance to meet his new stepbrother. Meanwhile, Cam is outraged that someone is dragging Fizbo’s name through the mud; and Gloria, Claire and Haley have their own reasons for being unnerved by a play Manny wrote for a young playwright festival.
Cam goes to the hospital with a head injury, but is leery of having an MRI due to a childhood incident in a well on the family farm. Meanwhile, Phil and Jay’s real-estate investment may not turn out to be the dream scenario Phil hoped it would be; and Gloria’s birthday gift for Claire rubs her employees the wrong way after budget cuts at the closet company.
Phil eyes a property he’s always had a desire to develop and wants Jay to be a coinvestor. Meanwhile, Claire’s fondness for a TV chef leads to a new love of cooking Sunday dinners; Mitch and Cam try to teach Lily the value of hard work; and Jay feels left out when Gloria hires a coach for Joe who doubles as a handyman.