After summer vacations take the Dunphys to New York; Mitch, Cam and Lily to the Midwest; and Jay, Gloria, Manny and Joe to Juarez, Mexico; the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan reunites in its eighth season premiere with all of the families converging at home for Father’s Day. In subsequent episodes, as Claire struggles to keep order at the company with Jay back in the fold at Pritchett’s Closets, Phil starts to enjoy more hobbies. Gloria’s hot sauce business starts to pick up steam, while Mitch and Cam continue to see a parade of interesting guests in their upstairs rental unit, and also deal with their maturing tween, Lily. Meanwhile, Haley changes jobs and starts down a new entrepreneurial path, focusing on her career in attempt to balance out her wobbly romantic life, and Alex learns to keep her life balanced at Caltech, including dealing with a considerable bout of mononucleosis. Manny and Luke fumble through their freedom-filled senior year of high school but feel the pressure of college approaching, complete with a joint college visit. Halloween and New Year’s Eve episodes will punctuate a season that continues to watch this wonderfully large and blended family evolve, giving us an honest and often hilarious look into the warm and sometimes twisted embrace of the modern family.
Nicole Gonzales Nicole.J.Gonzales@abc.com