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After having a doctor's visit but then missing the call with the test results, Phil automatically jumps to conclusions and starts saying his goodbyes. Meanwhile Javier pops up unannounced again and takes Manny to the horse races for a belated birthday celebration, and a subtle competition ensues when Mitchell brings home an environmental law award and it becomes a game of who has the bigger trophy. Written by ABC Publicity

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Phil says while on the game show that he has a daughter and his friend Ling will be flying his home made helicopter that day. Season 5 "Message Received" when the Dunphy kids find Phil's old answering machine you hear the messages and on the day Ling is going to fly is the day Claire is going to tell Phil she is pregnant with Haley. See more »

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Gloria Delgado-Pritchett: When Manny was six, Javier took him to the petting zoo. I learned later that Petting Zoo was the name of the strip club. A real petting zoo would have been cleaner.
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A day at the races
22 January 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Phil's visit to his doctor for a physical turns the subject of anxiety throughout the show. Dr. Sendroff touches Phil's arm and he feels pain. The doctor decides to run a couple of tests on the man. Not to worry, Sendroff assures him, if there is anything wrong, he will notify his patient right away. The following morning as Phil prepares to leave, is told by Luke the doctor called, but left no message. Phil begins to get scared.

Mitchell arrives home with his trophy for his work on environmental law. Cam puts it on their mantel right away. He is proud of the achievement. Later on, Cam adds a trophy he won in a fishing competition back in Missouri. Mitchell notices with surprise as Cam's trophy grows with different objects that are placed on it to make it seem taller. Later on Mitchell discovers a box full of trophies his partner won for different things, but he discovers a mouse on the box, so he drops the whole thing on the floor.

Manny's father, Javier, is coming for a visit. The boy has dressed in an outfit worn by Matt Damon in a film. The outfit has to go, Javier does not appreciate his son go out dressed like that. Gloria insists Jay accompany Manny and Javier to the racetrack. Javier is a gambler with a skill that according to Jay is nothing but based on gut feelings rather on facts. While Jay sticks to his method and keeps losing, Manny and Javier are picking a lot of winners. When Jay tries to proves a point and wins big, his horse is disqualified, which makes Javier seem smarter in Manny's eyes.

Gloria has had a bad dream. A black mouse figures in it, a bad omen, as far as she is concerned. Hearing Mitchell tell his tale about finding the mouse gives her an indication something bad is about to happen. Phil in his anxiety, has tried in vein to get Dr. Sendroff. Finally the doctor calls him. He is fine, the physician only wanted Phil to sell his house!

Chris Koch directed the episode. Jeffrey Richman and Bill Wrubell wrote the screenplay. The guest star is Benjamin Bratt who appears as Javier.


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