The latest in snow removal is revealed, gear and clothing needed for bird watching is discussed, an easy DIY and an alternative to spaghetti and meatballs are demonstrated and an easy method for a happy, clutter-free home is featured.
Jay is determined to help Manny sell wrapping paper for a school fundraiser. Claire petitions the city for a stop sign to be installed at a high-traffic intersection, and Mitchell is hell-bent on proving a point to Cameron.
When Jay becomes frustrated at work and Manny stresses about schoolwork, neither one seems to want Gloria's help. Phil and Claire run into Councilman Duane Bailey again, who is campaigning for his second run.
Mitchell plants the seed in Jay's head that he thinks one of Jay's old buddies, Shorty, might be secretly gay. Meanwhile, Gloria gives Manny's date a makeover, and Claire faces off with Phil's universal remote.
JJ convinces his parents to take him on a college visit but hides an ulterior motive. As his plan unravels, JJ enlists the help of new friend Tyson, an actor, who gives the performance of his life to keep JJ out of hot water.
Phil has a new client who happens to be 'his type.' Knowing that might get him in trouble with Claire, he tells some seemingly innocent lies, which then lead to more, and soon enough he's in a full spiral.