A mockumentary-style sitcom chronicling the unusual kinship of the extended Pritchett clan, a brood that includes patriarch Jay; his younger Latina wife, Gloria, and her son; Jay's daughter, Claire, and her family; and Jay's son, Mitchell, who lives with his partner, Cameron.
In the Season 7 premiere, Haley tries to stop Andy from proposing to Beth, but the attempt does a number on their emotions. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria look at preschools for Joe, and are shocked by how competitive the process can be; and Cameron remains supportive of Mitchell's midlife career crisis, though he hatches a plan to get his husband's old job back when they start to run out of money.
Alex leaves for college, but gives her parents false information about her move-in day so they can't make a big production out of it. Meanwhile, Luke tries to get out of helping Phil at his open house; and Mitch and Cam feel the stress of being landlords after deciding to rent out their upstairs unit, and the family's excuses for missing Lily's soccer game don't make their lives any easier.
Haley convinces her mom to let Dylan move in, on a temporary basis, with her dad's help, but Phil has second thoughts when he sees just what living together means. Meanwhile, Mitchell gets a consulting job with Jay's biggest rival; and Manny has a girl problem at school, but Gloria and Cameron are at odds over how he should handle it.
Claire has ideas for closets, but is apprehensive about pitching them to Jay and his creative team. Meanwhile, Phil creates a habitat for ducks while waiting for his eggs to hatch, though no one else shares his enthusiasm; Gloria and Manny help out with each other's crushes; and Cameron becomes overly friendly with the fraternity guys who are renting their upstairs unit.
Gloria's picked for jury duty and can't wait to practice her U.S. citizenship, but Jay isn't too happy to be helping out at Joe's preschool by himself. Meanwhile, Claire's plans for "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day" hit a snag; Phil participates in community service with Luke and Manny's class; and Mitchell and Cameron can't agree on a guest list for their party.
Luke gets arrested for driving without a license; Alex is caught sneaking out of a liquor store; Cameron urges Gloria to market her family's hot sauce; Mitchell helps Jay with a video to go with his Titans of Industry award; Haley and Dylan run into Andy and Beth at the movies.
A conversation over a brunch of post-Thanksgiving leftovers at Jay and Gloria's turns to a fantastic house that Phil is helping to sell, but mayhem ensues when everyone decides to sneak in and have some fun on the same day. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria plan a surprise getaway to Miami for the entire Pritchett clan.
A group therapy session with the famous author of a self-help book about uncluttering one's emotional life draws different reactions from the Pritchetts, including Jay, who wants no part of it; while Mitch and Cam try to appear stable by not digging too deep; and Phil and Claire turn it into a competition. Elsewhere, Haley and Alex discuss their problems with the opposite sex.
Gloria rents a cabin for the whole family to spend Christmas together, but the holiday is marred by bad weather and another guest who's already staying there. Meanwhile, Mitch and Cam hope to atone for their poor caroling performance the previous year; Claire is surprised by Jay's announcement; and Haley and Andy can't hide their feelings for each other.
Claire and Phil make dinner plans with a couple they met on vacation whose only flaw is never offering to pay the bill. Meanwhile, Jay's irked by Gloria's idea to get together with a family with whom they seemingly have a lot in common; and Mitchell surprises Haley, Alex and Luke by cashing in a birthday coupon for a belated celebration, which turns into a tour of celebrity homes.
Phil visits Alex at college, which gives Claire a chance to coax the ducks into leaving the nest. Meanwhile, Jay helps Mitchell when Lily has a sleepover with her dance troupe; and Gloria and Cameron are under pressure to meet a deadline for a hot-sauce delivery, and rely on Manny's meticulous planning to pull it off.
Claire wages war on clutter when she decides to get her house in order before taking over Jay's closet business, but Phil and Luke are afraid to throw anything out, and Alex gets emotional after finding Sanjay's sweatshirt. Meanwhile, Jay embraces his retirement with a high-flying hobby; and Gloria convinces Mitchell to teach her how to play golf so she can spend more time with Jay.
Jay gets jealous when a life-size cutout of Gloria is used to market her hot sauce in grocery stores. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Cameron go the extra mile for good reviews of their rental property, but their new tenants' behavior makes them suspicious; and Phil adjusts to Claire's role as the breadwinner while she runs her closet business.
A powerful storm hits Los Angeles and causes widespread power outages, so the entire Pritchett clan hunkers down at Jay and Gloria's house to use their generator. Meanwhile, Phil tries to make amends for an embarrassing moment; Mitchell and Cameron desperately try to save Lily's birthday party; and Haley turns on her charm for Andy.
Joe's fussy phase prevents Jay and Gloria from getting any sleep, so they both bend their parental rules to devise secret ways of napping. Meanwhile, Claire's balance of life and work is so flawless and easy that her family is getting suspicious; and Mitchell and Cameron are poorly treated at their friends' wedding and wonder what they did to deserve it.
Phil has a new client whom he tries to hide from his wife because she's attractive, while Claire would rather keep her hot yoga instructor a secret. Elsewhere, Jay becomes preoccupied making a Web show, but is tormented by an Internet troll; and Lily is nervous about learning to ride a bicycle, and her parents aren't exactly the best teachers.
Phil and Claire take an impulsive trip to Paris even though they're both suffering from extreme fatigue. Meanwhile, Mitchell tries to maintain his sanity during a visit from Cameron's sister, whose husband just left her; Jay's bathroom renovation doesn't make life any easier for Gloria, Manny and Joe; and Haley and Andy go on a bender.
Manny and Luke babysit Lily so the adults in the family can have some fun, which includes Phil and Mitchell seeing a movie, Claire and Gloria going to a spa, and Jay and Cameron hitting a sports bar to watch a big fight, but Claire suspects the boys are going to throw a party.
Claire finds a stray dog and tries to hide it from Phil while she searches for its owner, but he misreads her evasiveness and pays more attention to her than ever before. Meanwhile, Jay can't admit he was wrong about a new couple; and Cameron finds new tenants for the upstairs apartment in a Christian rock band.
Claire preps for Closet-Con but has a strong suspicion there's a spy in the company. Meanwhile, Jay tries to show Joe how to work with his hands; Phil and Gloria are certain that Auntie Alice stole her hot sauce recipe; and Luke and Manny get advice on finding prom dates from Mitchell and Cameron, respectively.
Dede's getting remarried, and Manny persuades everyone to take the train to the wedding. During the trip, Claire and Mitchell try to come up with a toast; Phil and Cameron are beyond thrilled that a beloved writer is also a passenger; Luke and Manny look for pretty girls; and Alex gets lost in the romance of riding the rails.
In the Season 7 finale, Claire needs to fire an employee but has a hard time finding the right moment to do it. Meanwhile, Phil believes he caught Luke in a compromising position; Jay mulls going back to work; Cameron's summer job in Kansas City complicates spending time with Lily; and Alex is home for the summer, though no one seems to notice.