Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) are hosting a garage sale this Wednesday on a new episode of ABC’s “Modern Family.” Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and Luke (Nolan Gould) come up with the idea to raise money for a school charity, but like most Dunphy-Prichard family events, things quickly spiral out of control. Chicago TV Examiner has your first look at, “Yard Sale.”
The episode begins with Jay and Gloria setting up for the sale and Jay is clearly not happy about the idea of “shady strangers” coming to pick through his old belongings. He asks Gloria why he can’t just write a check, but she reminds him that it’s what Manny and Luke want. Jay points out that one thing leads to another and people will be asking to use the phone or the bathroom or if elderly mothers can just lie down for awhile. Gloria is not amused by his complaining.
Meanwhile, Claire (Julie Bowen), Luke and Alex (Ariel Winter) are loading their sale items into the van and Phil (Ty Burrell) rides out on his “street strider,” which looks like an antique exercise bike. Alex and Luke are both horrified by how nerdy the bike is and Claire suggests that he leave it at home, but Phil is proud of it and points out to his family that it will help him get a good workout and that will mean he’ll live longer. Claire quips that he’ll be living longer by himself.
Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) arrive at the sale and Cam has brought several pairs of jeans to sell as he proudly shows off his 25-pound weight loss. Mitch suggests that he might want to hang onto some of the jeans, just in case and Cam is offended that Mitch thinks he’ll put the weight back on. Mitch quickly covers his tracks, saying that maybe there are projects he can use them for. Cam considers it, but then insists that he wants to purge. He clarifies to everyone that purging was not how he lost weight.
Claire is worried that Alex will be hurt when she realizes her boyfriend is gay. Cam and Mitch point out that guys are not as masculine these days and maybe she’s wrong. But after meeting the boyfriend for two seconds, they agree with Claire’s assessment and Cam tells her that, “they stand corrected.”
As the sale continues, Jay tells Phil that he might need to sell his motorcycle and suggests that his son-in-law buy it. Phil balks and tries to blame Claire for turning down the offer, but Claire says she would be fine with it because she thinks motorcycles are sexy. Gloria chimes in and agrees that it would be sexier than the bike he arrived on and asks if Phil’s doctor made him ride that. Gloria then freaks out when she sees a box of hers from Colombia out in the driveway and when Manny questions her about it, she takes it away and orders him not to ask questions. What’s in the box?
“Modern Family” airs Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. CST on ABC.
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