Claire's family tries to help her prepare for her political debate, Lily begins saying the "F word" right before her appearance as a flower girl at a wedding, and Jay begins to wonder if his dog Stella is suicidal.



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The family helps Claire prepare for her upcoming televised debate with Duane Bailey for the town council seat, but will they do more harm than good? Lily is going to be a precious flower girl for the first time, but the problem is she's just discovered her first expletive and Mitch and Cam don't know how best to deal with this new parenting test. And Jay is very concerned with Stella's recent strange behavior and puts the blame on Gloria. Written by ABC Publicity

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18 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Cameron Tucker: What if she says it at the wedding? She's a ticking time bomb.
Mitchell Pritchett: So we just don't go?
Cameron Tucker: We'll just make an excuse. We could say "We're not going to any more weddings until gays can marry."
Mitchell Pritchett: Oh, now we're political. We leave town on Gay Pride Weekend because we don't like the traffic.
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Bleeping funny
24 January 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

After ignoring Claire running for city council for quite some time, Little Bo Bleep finally gets back to the story. Claire is in a debate up against her opponent played by David Cross of Arrested Development fame. There was never much hope for Claire winning this race; it would change the show and a loss would be funnier. Besides, how often do housewives get elected? We begin to see the humour in defeat here as Claire's campaign unravels; the voters find her "angry and unlikeable" in a poll, and then she is embarrassed in the debate when Phil's near-arrest in Bixby's Back is brought up. That was actually one of the weaker episodes of season 2, but this public shaming was probably the funniest thing to come out of it. Claire may not win the race, but it's not for nothing, because she's won Alex's approval.

As well, this episode benefits from a new talking Lily, as the 3-year-old begins dropping the F-bomb. I thought it was going to be just once, but she actually says it several times (the actress is really saying "fudge"). To a degree it's shock value, but a decent storyline comes out of it as Lily serves as the flower girl in the world's tackiest wedding. Who are the bride and groom? The episode doesn't say. Finally, the third storyline features Jay's new dog repeatedly jumping into the pool without knowing how to swim. Clearly the dog really was swimming, but this storyline works overall. Even if it's not as sexy as feline AIDS.

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