The second season of the comedy television series, Modern Family premiered September 22, 2010 and ended on May 25, 2011 on the American Broadcasting Company in the United States. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Lloyd-Levitan Productions with creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd as show runners. On January 12, 2010, Modern Family was renewed for a second season by ABC. Season two of Modern Family aired Wednesdays in the United States at 9 p.m. and consisted of 24 episodes.
The season received positive reviews from most critics, with many naming it the among the best series of 2010. Despite this, the season received criticism for a sophomore slump, most notably from Alan Sepinwall. Despite the criticism, the ratings for the series rose from the previous season due to the series winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The series became the highest rated scripted program in the 18-49 demographic and the twenty-fourth most viewed program among all viewers; it was tied for being the highest rated ABC program. The series has also been nominated and won several awards including a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, the second year in a row.
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.
In honor of her late grandmother, Gloria decides to cook more traditional Colombian meals, which is met with some ribbing from Jay -- but see who gets the last laugh. Meanwhile Claire finds herself becoming the overbearing mom when she finds out Alex likes a boy, and Haley's idea of sisterly advice is not helping matters; and Mitchell and Cameron have a tiff over Mitchell's freakish aversion to PDA.
Cameron and Mitchell have been looking for a way to get out of yet another theme party thrown by their friend Pepper (guest star Nathan Lane). This next one is his first annual Oscar Wilde & Crazy Brunch. Too bad our boys still haven't recovered from his Studio 54th of July Barbecue.
Claire and Mitchell try to spare their significant others from embarrassment; Haley tries to teach Alex how to be cool.
Noticing that everyone is too busy on their electronic devices to actually interact with one another, Claire and Phil declare a family challenge to see who can stay unplugged the longest. Meanwhile, it's a race against the clock as Mitchell and Cameron frantically try to get Lily into the best pre-schools, and Jay and Manny are concerned about how far Gloria will go to alleviate their problem with the neighbor's barking dog.
Claire loves Halloween and is gearing up to spookify the Dunphy house for the trick or treaters. She gives each family member a role to play, but none of it goes quite right... Cameron can't shake a traumatic childhood experience and hates the holiday, Mitchell has had a terrible day at work, and Gloria is acting weird after Jay and Manny teased her about her accent.
Claire and Haley are stuck at home sick; the taunting of a chirping smoke detector has Phil preoccupied; Gloria and Manny's surprise visit at Jay's work.
Everyone is gathering at a restaurant to celebrate Manny's birthday, though Manny himself is experiencing a mini-life crisis about getting older. Meanwhile, on the way to the restaurant, Phil and Claire decide to engage in a not-so-friendly car race there, and Mitch and Cam get sidetracked when they stop at the mall to pick up a gift.
Cameron loves his mom, so Mitchell isn't quite sure how to tell Cam that she makes him a little uncomfortable. Meanwhile, when Haley finally breaks up with Dylan, Phil takes it harder than anyone else, and Jay's little stomach ache gets exacerbated when he and Manny start looking things up on a medical website.
It's Luke & Manny's first school dance and everyone gets in on the "fun" -- Jay and Phil have to take the boys on a mall run which becomes quite stressful; and Claire revels in the school dance committee duties, but gets a little jealous when Gloria shows up to help. Meanwhile, Mitch and Cam are horrified to learn that Lily is biting other kids on the playground.
Claire intends to stop a car that speeds through the neighborhood; Phil deals with a difficult client; Jay teaches Manny to ride a bike; Mitchell and Cameron meet a charming neighbor.
Alex's dedication to learning makes Claire and Phil question themselves; Gloria tries to make new friends; Mitch runs into an ex-girlfriend while out with Cam.
Claire and Phil are caught in a compromising position when the kids try to surprise them with breakfast in bed; Jay and Gloria's Vegas vacation is hindered by an email; Mitch and Cam try to get a hook-up at a hot new restaurant.
Claire and Phil decide to reprise their role-playing adventure from the previous year; Jay's elaborate Valentine's surprise for Gloria keeps getting held up; an admirer comes between Cameron and Mitchell.
Fizbo is disinvited from Lily's birthday party; Mitchell and Clarie's mother DeDe (Shelley Long) comes to the party with Claire's ex-boyfriend (Matt Dillon).
Gloria and Jay try to help when Phil and Claire get into a huge argument; Cameron asks Mitchell and Luke to help prepare for a big fundraising event.
Claire wears herself out trying to make peace between Alex and Haley; Phil sneaks off for a day at the spa; Cameron decides to write a book.
Claire and Phil are worried when they learn Luke has befriended their cantankerous old neighbor; Jay tries to avoid attending a symphony concert with Gloria and Manny; Haley baby-sits Lily.
Cameron is overzealous in his planning of the spring musical performance at Luke and Manny's school; Jay's brother visits; Phil convinces the family to be in his new ad.
Mitchell and Cameron try to choose who would best take care of Lily should anything happen to them.
Gloria and Claire plan a Mother's Day hike with the kids; things becomes awkward when Phil catches Jay in a moment of weakness.
Phil and Claire shock the kids by switching parenting roles for a day; Jay gives advice to an entrepreneur about his dog-training business; Cameron has the flu, leaving Mitchell to decide what to do with their Lady Gaga tickets.
As the family prepares for Alex's middle-school graduation, Jay tries to hide a cosmetic-procedure mishap, Cameron is upset about Mitchell.
The family scrambles to plan a big celebration for Jay's birthday; Phil runs into his college nemesis; Cameron gets into hot water at a bakery.