Jay wants to make a good impression on a family moving in across the street; Manny tries to attract a radical thinker; the Pritchett family uses Alex's bout of mono to their advantage; Cam and Mitchell try to teach a message of acceptance.
The Dunphys and Pritchetts are competing when Luke decided his best shot at getting into college is to win the senior class president election against Manny. The election seems much more important to Jay, Gloria, and Claire, though. Now that Haley has started her own promotion business, Phil introduces her to Merv Schechter, a marketing guru. When Cam finds out his star football player is moving, he does everything in his power to keep him, which means a crowded situation at home.
Phil is excited when he's invited to appear in a real estate segment for the local news; Phil meets his weatherman hero, Rainer Shine; Jay tries to improve Manny's video interview for a college application.
Manny and Luke's efforts to put on the school's winter dance get complicated due to a texting error; Gloria, Claire, Mitchell and Cam volunteer at the dance while Jay tries to get out of it by pretending he wants to spend time with Phil.
Cam wants to throw a New Year's Day feast for the family. Phil's father arrives with his new girlfriend, who happens to be Phil's childhood babysitter. Gloria and Jay must decide who will look after little Joe if something should happen to them.
After seeing an online video of his Fizbo costume being desecrated, Cam sets out to restore the character's good name; Phil meets his soon-to-be stepbrother; Manny enlists Gloria, Claire and Haley to do a read-through of his newest play.