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Suddenly, Last Summer


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Comedy/Romance/, USA, 2013, 22 min.

Synopsis It was a very busy summer around the Pritchett-Dunphy households. Manny (Rico Rodriguez) was heading to Colombia to visit Gloria's (Sofía Vergara) relatives for a month and naturally couldn't keep himself to just one suitcase and one robe despite Jay's (Ed O'Neill) objections. (JAY: If he doesn't go to Colombia, Colombia comes to me. That's happened before.) Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) were trying to juggle the schedules between Haley's (Sarah Hyland) beach trip, Alex (Ariel Winter) working for Habitat for Humanity, and Luke (Nolan Gould) going to camp. (translation: they wanted a week to themselves) But the biggest news affected Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), who were now free to get married when the Supreme Court overturned California's Prop 8.CAMERON: Now a man can marry another man!LILY: Eww, he (Joseph) thew up.JAY: He just needs some time to get used to the idea, honey.Before Manny could go, he needed his birth certificate, which was not in the safe with Gloria's shoes. (She has issues with what can go in the safe.) Jay and Manny head down to the courthouse to get a copy, but Manny sees the long line at the courthouse and starts having second thoughts about going to Colombia.JAY: We didn't drive all way down here for that piece of paper for you to get cold feet at the last second. You've been looking forward to this day for months.MANNY: Maybe we should wait until next year. I'm still kind of young to be doing this.JAY: We're not waiting any longer. Your mother signed off on this. This is happening!(oh, the long line was full of gay couples waiting to get married)Speaking of proposals, both Cameron and Mitchell were thinking of ways they could propose to each other. And naturally, they told their ideas to completely separate people who wouldn't run into each other until the appropriate moment. (this is a sitcom, you know. :-D ) Cameron talks to Gloria about his ideas, and she was feeling a bit jealous because all she got for a proposal story from Jay was him ordering Manny to "hand him the thing" while watching TV. Cam's idea was to book the restaurant from his first date with Mitchell and will do it at sunset (his ideal lighting). First, though, he has to go pick up Mitchell, who forgot his wallet. But when Cam sees a box on the table at the coffee shop Mitchell was stuck at, he thought Mitchell was going to propose first and bails on him. This brings in Claire, who needed a break from the house...if you go by the macabre stories she suggested for Mitch to stall Cam. For Mitchell, his idea was to get a pair of rocking chairs that Cam once said he wished he had someone to grow old with. Claire loved the idea and volunteered to help set it up. But then when Cam and Mitch met for dinner, Mitchell found they went to the restaurant where they had their first date and figured Cam was going to jump the gun on him and tries to get out of it. Cam figures THAT out and calls Gloria to help him with his Plan B, which was a romantic picnic out under the stars. (it makes more sense if you watch it, trust me)Meanwhile, Phil was trying to enact Claire's plan to switch the kids' trips around so they could have some alone time. Alex was actually quite easy. A few "Dad tears" about missing his daughter, and Alex was going to Sacramento instead of Oklahoma. However, Luke was adamant about going to camp to hang out with Carly. And when Phil found out she was a gymnast and offered to leave a tape of Dirty Dancing, Phil couldn't pull the trigger. So he convinced Alex to go to El Salvador instead by saying she could lapse into mediocrity if she didn't push herself. (no, not kidding) Haley, however, was wise to her parents' plans and tried to use that to get her gas, groceries, and summer clothing paid for on her trip. But Phil was way ahead of her.PHIL: You overplayed your hand, and I can pull the plug on this. Then you've blown your last chance to have a good time with your friends and then word gets out you're not cool. Then school starts and you end up with your nose in a book all year. No dates, no friends, not caring how you look. (as Alex walks by)Phil, Claire, Jay, and Gloria head over to Mitch and Cam's to set their respective plans up. And all four discover what's going on. Phil and Gloria think it's cute and romantic. Jay and Claire, not so much.JAY: This is what happens when they let men marry men! (Joseph throws up again) That CAN'T be a coincidence!Jay is not thrilled, and gluing stars to the walls when there was adhesive already on the back didn't help. Gloria was sick of his bellyaching given his proposal to her consisted of ordering Manny to grab the ring and give it to him. But there was more to the story. Manny had jumped the gun by accident when Jay really wanted the remote.JAY: He was supposed to give me the ring at dinner. The waiter was supposed to come by and ask if anybody wanted coffee, and I would say no because it would keep me up and I've been loving my dreams lately and there's one in particular that I hope comes true and then he hands me the ring, and I say Gloria...GLORIA: I LOVE YOU, JAY! I LOVE MY STORY!Phil gets a text from his dad wanting him to visit right in the middle of their free week during the summer. He thinks it's a bad coincidence...until Claire looks at how beautiful Phil set everything up and confesses she wanted some alone time during that week for herself. And the fact that he even kept the speeding ticket he got when he was in such a hurry to get to her and propose back in 1994, she is in tears for doing that to him when he is a born romantic.CLAIRE: I told your dad to call you because I wanted some time for myself. Yeah, a couple of days away from my romantic husband who is too good for this cold-hearted, bloodless, wifebot!PHIL: Hey, hey, hey, you have blood. So I'm a little more sentimental. (as Claire's mom texts ready to suggest a few days away, too)They have plenty of time to set up, however, as Mitch and Cam get a flat tire. (on Mulholland Drive on a starry night, no less) Mitch was actually quite proud of how well he can change a tire these days...and let the flat one fall down the hill and hit someone's house. They go to put on the spare and realize both of them are down on one knee. They look at each other and both say yes.Gloria found the card Manny wanted Jay to give her, but he had decided to wait a few days because she was so emotional about him leaving. Then he reads the card, where Manny tells her to take care of Jay and make sure she called to tell him how his doctor's appointment went. And a tearful Jay was off to send Manny his other robe.


Directed by James R. Bagdonas  

Starring Austin Coleman, Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, more...

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