Manny's dad shows up bearing extravagant gifts, Mitchell and Cameron fight over how to care for their daughter when she cries at night, and Claire tries to impress the firefighters who responded to Phil's kidney stone 911 call.


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Gloria is less than pleased with Jay's reaction to the arrival of Javier, Manny's infamously unreliable dad. Meanwhile, Phil is suffering from kidney stones and his dramatics leave Claire no other choice but to call for the hot firemen to rush him to the hospital, and Mitchell and Cameron have a harder time than Lily as they attempt to sleep train her. Written by ABC Publicity

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Comedy | Romance






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6 January 2010 (USA)  »

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According to Ed O'Neill, the role of Manny's father was going to be played by Alfred Molina. See more »


While Jay and Javier are talking about baseball, Javier racks up the balls for a new game. As the conversation progresses, Jay prepares to break, but never does. Then when they leave the table as Javier is going to take them to Dodger Stadium, the balls are no longer in the racked formation and have been slightly scattered. See more »


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All night long
28 January 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Phil, the eternal big kid, is seen in action playing with his children. Something goes wrong; he feels a stabbing pain in his lower back, which does not even let him move. Claire wants to take him to the hospital so he can be checked out, but he does not want to go, until she prevails. It all points out to be a kidney stone that is causing the problem.

Manny is surprised when his father, Javier, arrives to get him, a day late. Attached to his car there is a shining boat which impresses the boy. Jay is obviously not glad to see the younger man. Javier decides to spend the night with Jay and Gloria. Jay is awakened by the sound of someone playing pool in the family room. Javier who cannot sleep decided to play for a little bit.

In spite of having been Gloria's former husband, Jay is not hostile toward the guy. Javier who is into sports big time, suggests Jay go take a ride in his motorcycle. Jay confesses he to play baseball but he never could hit a curve pitch. Javier has the solution for that problem. He takes Jay and Manny to practice at the Dodger stadium late that night.

Mitchell has been trying to get Lily to go to sleep by herself, even when she is crying for attention. Cam, on the other hand, wants to spoil the toddler by going to her when she starts to cry. Late at night, as the two are in bed, cries from Lily can be heard on the monitoring device. Cam's reaction is to go and get the girl, but Mitchell is adamant to let her go to sleep when she gets tired of crying.

Michael Spiller directed this episode which Christopher LLoyd, one of the creators of the series wrote for it. Benjamin Bratt showed up as Javier, the suave man that seems to be a happy-go-lucky sort of guy, totally irresponsible toward the son who would like to see more of him.

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