When Manny makes it to a fencing tournament, the whole family comes out to support him. He makes it to the finals where he has to go up against a girl. After not wanting to fight a girl and instead retire, Gloria and Jay convince him he needs to compete. Too bad just as he's about to defeat her they find out the girl is a diabetic orphan whose dad died in Afghanistan and know considers her nurse and fellow sick friends her only family. Woo, but at least he took home a trophy :)
Manny's excellence and Jay's pride in it causes Claire and Mitchell to re-evaluate things themselves. Phil and Claire looks to each of her kids to figure out what they can be the best at. They determine Alex is good at everything and will find her niche and Haley is pretty enough to meet someone whose the best. Then there's Luke. After Phil fails to teach Luke to play baseball he ends up taking him to an open house where he thinks Luke is a natural salesman, until he screw that up too. At the end of the episode Luke manages to throw a decent pitch and Phil just about dies of happiness.
Mitchell, meanwhile, dewlls on his old crushed childhood career as a figure skater. He still harbors some resentment towards Claire for quitting their brother-sister team just before a big match. He never got the praise that Manny is getting for his fencing. At the end, Mitchell and Claire have a heart to heart and he reveals he never even liked figure skating, just the fact that he got to bond with his sister as they grew apart with the divorce. Claire gets up from the bench and the two of them perform their routine and the whole family exits Manny's tournament to see them and they all watch.
Alex: Did you know fencing goes back to the 12th century?
Haley: You know what's even nerdier than fencing? knowing when it began
Luke: I don't think you're a nerd, Alex
Alex: Shut up dork
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Gloria [about Manny]: It's in his blood. His father was a master swordsman. He was an artist with his sword! I mean, the way he throws the sword, I mean, he was legendary
Jay: You know it's a nice moment I'm having with your son, you're kind of wrecking it
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