Jay has a sleepover for his grandkids, but Haley is looking for a way out. Claire tries to get a perfect anniversary gift for Phil, and Mitchell and Cameron discover that their ladyfriend is crazy and jealous of their daughter.



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With a history of giving bad gifts, Claire is determined to surprise Phil with an amazing anniversary present - a private performance by one of their favorite musicians, Izzy LaFontaine! However, it turns out to be a surprise in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron call up their party-girl bestie, Sal, for a long overdue night out on the town. Written by ABC Publicity

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18 November 2009 (USA)  »

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"Great Expectations" marks the third time Ty Burrell has worked opposite Edward Norton. The two had previously worked together on The Incredible Hulk and the off-Broadway play Burn This. See more »


When Hayley tries to sneak out the back door only to be caught by Jay, she places her hand on the window of the door as she opens it. The window appears to waver as she touches it. The window appears to not be glass. See more »

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Dedicated to the memory of David Lloyd, the father of creator Christopher Lloyd with the quote: A little song, a little dance, a shot of seltzer down your pants. See more »


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Written by Gary Kemp
Performed by Spandau Ballet
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The One With The Anniversary...
25 July 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy this episode. It is very funny, and is a really nice way to spend twenty minutes.

In this episode, Jay has a sleepover for all of his grandchildren, but Haley is looking for a way to "escape" and go to a party. She constantly tries to leave, and Jay is constantly catching her. He's not dumb, he's had a teenage daughter before. Meanwhile, it's Claire and Phil's anniversary, and since he is determined to give her an amazing gift, that she'd never see coming, he gets one of their favorite musicians to play for them. However, Claire doesn't really know who they are. And Mitch and Cam call up Sal, their favorite party girl, to hang out, but the night it a lot longer than they were expecting.

First appearance of: Sal.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Awesome.

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