The Dunphys get nostalgic when Phil has to get rid of their station wagon. Cameron begs Jay to intervene when Mitchell wants to build Lily a castle, and Manny invites a girl over to study.


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Claire finally gets Phil to agree to sell their old station wagon, but not before everyone has to take it on one last ride down memory lane. Meanwhile, when a haphazard hammer-wielding Mitchell decides to build a life-size princess castle for Lily, Cameron calls Jay in for reinforcement, and Manny invites a cute girl over for a study date -- which makes Gloria a little uncomfortable. Written by ABC Publicity

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22 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Features the first use of the line: "What's the plan, Phil?" See more »


Claire Dunphy: What's the plan, Phil?
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References The Matchmaker (1958) See more »


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Composed and Performed by Gabriel Mann
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The station wagon
13 February 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The old car in the garage is taking too much space. Even Phil, who has fond memories of the car, is having doubts as to whether to keep it, or not. Claire is all for getting rid of it, but Phil reminds her of the fun times they shared in the car.

Mitch and Cam are building a doll house for Lily. Mitch, who is not too mechanically inclined, decides to finish the house. Jay, who happens to come by their house, takes a look and thinks the project is hopeless.

Manny is waiting for Kelly, a friend who is coming to work with him in the silk worm life cycle project. The girl is bright and seems to get along with the boy. When Kelly invites Manny to go to a movie and dinner, he accepts, not before donning his tuxedo.

Michael Spiller directed the episode which was written by Bill Wrubel and Elaine Ko. Nostalgia plays a big role for Phil because he cannot let go of a car that is impractical to keep. Trying to hold to the vehicle proves to be more than what he bargained for. Mitch is stubborn trying to tackle the job of putting together a playhouse from scratch. Gloria feels rejected when Manny decides to copy Kelly in her tastes.

This installment was fun to watch, as it is always the case. Mr. Spiller keeps things well paced and the writing is great.

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