In the Dunphy household, Alex (Ariel Winter) and Haley (Sarah Hyland) are furious at Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and Luke (Nolan Gould) for barging into their room while they were changing. This leads to their mother, Claire (Julie Bowen) to yell at them, while their dad, Phil (Ty Burrell) attempts to push himself away from Claire's anger behind her back. Annoyed, Claire confronts Phil about how he always makes her play the 'bad cop' role in their family and keeps the 'good cop' role for himself. He reluctantly agrees to switch roles with her. Claire takes Manny and Luke go-karting (although Phil had been quite keen to go), while Phil has to stay and make the girls clean their bathroom. The go-karting goes horribly as Claire, whilst trying to be fun, crashes her kart into the boys, and pushes them into ordering large quantities of food. While driving home, Luke gets sick from drinking a milkshake he hadn't even wanted. At home, Phil goes berserk when the girls lie to him about cleaning the bathroom and jumps on their car to stop them from leaving. He then forces them to clean both their bathroom and his, under his direct supervision, whilst duct-taping their laptops shut. That evening, Phil and Claire admit that they cannot handle each other's natural parent roles, and agree to go back to normal.
Still, it could be worse. Mitch could be refereeing the fight Claire is right now between her kids...and Phil undermining her didn't help. Apparently, Luke and Manny barged into Alex and Haley's room while they were changing, and Luke offered to even it up by letting them see him in his underwear, making Haley and Alex squeal in panic. Manny protests that it would be normal in Europe. Claire goes ballistic when everybody starts yelling again, threatening no TV or Internet, while Phil tries to distance himself from her (and thus undermining her even worse). And now it's Phil who is in her cross-hairs. Phil thinks the dynamic is good as is, allowing Claire to be the bad cop while Phil gets to be the loving dad. Naturally, that does not work for Claire, who demands Phil go yell at Alex and Haley for not cleaning their bathroom. But Phil wants to take Manny and Luke go-karting for their report card...well, at least the fact that Luke didn't lose his. But Claire decided to take Manny and Luke go-karting, which freaks them out. And Phil ordering the girls to clean the bathroom is even more freaky. Phil, wanting to blame it all on Claire but can't, is really hating the role reversal already. Of course, Claire loved standing behind him and reminding the girls they still loved them. But Phil's strategy worked and he let the girls go. Of course, checking to see if the girls actually cleaned the bathroom first before letting them go would have been a good idea. They simply shoved all the junk into a cabinet. Phil recommends Spy Kids to Claire (If you want intense family drama, rent Spy Kids. They saved their parents' lives. You think they would've done that if they got yelled at all the time?) Phil goes off the deep end, even leaping on Haley's car to stop them.
Mitchell did everything Claire suggested: making soup, rubbing Cam's feet, everything. It was time for the 'I love you, but I'm going to the concert' line. Only Cam fell asleep, but Mitchell whispered the whole line and took off. However, Cam caught him and wasn't happy. Mitch agreed it was a cop-out to go when Cam is always good at taking care of him. And Mitch stayed right there with him...except for the couple of hours he spent at the concert and still had the neon necklace to prove it.
Meanwhile, Gloria talked to Guillermo, who decided to go back to school and get his business degree. However, he had to get rid of the dog, which meant Gloria just HAD to keep it. Jay refused, but Manny got home and wanted to say goodbye to the dog...whom he just met. Jay takes him to the pound, but the puppy worked its magic on him and Manny has a new pet.
Phil and Claire swap parenting roles for the day - Claire will be the fun loving good cop and Phil the disciplinarian bad cop - and it's literally a shock to each kid's system. Meanwhile Gloria is at it again, taking in every sob story and stray she comes across, Jay finds himself dispensing business advice to an overzealous entrepreneur about his dog training business scheme, and Cameron is bedridden with the flu -- leaving Mitchell torn about the Lady Gaga concert tickets they have for later that night.
Phil and Claire swap their good cop/bad cop parenting roles for the day. Gloria wants Jay to help a down-on-his-luck entrepreneur. Meanwhile, Mitchell isn't sure whether to attend a Lady Gaga concert or care for a sick Cam.
Claire: Oh, my God. This bathroom is disgusting. The girls told me they would clean it days ago. I can't yell at them about it one more time. You handle it.Phil: I would, but I promised Luke and Manny I'd take them go-karting for their good report cards.Claire: What was good about Luke's report card?Phil: He didn't lose it.
Guillermo: Watch and be amazed. Stella here is being a bad doggy. Stella, let go! Bad dog! Bad dog! Bad dog. And what does a bad dog get? A bad-doggy treat.Jay: You give her a treat for doing something bad?Guillermo: A bad-doggy treat. When she is good, she gets the good-doggy treat.Gloria: Brilliant! We're going to be rich!Jay: Whoa, whoa, whoa. What is the difference between a bad-doggy treat and the good-doggy treat?Guillermo: Bacon. The bad-doggy treat is very bland.Jay: But she seems like she likes it.Guillermo: Wait till you see the good-doggy treat. Stella, sit. Now a good-doggy treat. [offers treat] Stella. She still full from the bad-doggy treat. But there you have it. The Good Doggy-Bad Doggy Training System! Welcome to the ground floor.Jay: Actually, she's peeing on the ground floor.Gloria: Quick! Quick! Give her a bad-doggy treat!
Gloria: Why were you so tough with him? He's very sensitive.Jay: Did you think that was a good idea?Gloria: Of course not, but I'm nice and I put on the sugar jacket.Jay: Sugarcoating is not gonna help him. 59ce067264