Modern Family (2009– )
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The Incident 

Jay's ex-wife shows up for the first time following a nasty incident at Gloria and Jay's wedding.


Jason Winer


Christopher Lloyd (created by), Steven Levitan (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Ed O'Neill ... Jay Pritchett
Sofía Vergara ... Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Julie Bowen ... Claire Dunphy
Ty Burrell ... Phil Dunphy
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ... Mitchell Pritchett
Eric Stonestreet ... Cameron Tucker
Sarah Hyland ... Haley Dunphy
Nolan Gould ... Luke Dunphy
Rico Rodriguez ... Manny Delgado
Shelley Long ... DeDe Pritchett
Reid Ewing ... Dylan Marshall


Claire and Mitchell's mother, Dede, drops in for a surprise visit and is determined to make amends with everyone she offended during what has been deemed "the incident" at Jay and Gloria's wedding. Needless to say, no one is thrilled to see her and everything comes to a head when the whole family shows up to dinner at Claire's house. Written by - courtesy of ABC Press

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

14 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


First appearance of Jay's ex-wife DeDe Pritchett, played by Shelly Long. See more »


Claire's mother mentions her ex-boyfriend as "Ricky", but in the 2nd season, when her mother visit's again and brings her ex-boyfriend (Matt Dillon) he is referred to as "Robbie". See more »


Mitchell Pritchett: You know, Mom's in town.
Jay Pritchett: Your mom?
Mitchell Pritchett: No. No, your mom. She's back from the grave. Yes. Yes, my mom, Dad.
Jay Pritchett: My mom would be less scary.
Mitchell Pritchett: Listen, she's a wreck about what happened at the wedding, and she wants to come to dinner tonight to apologize to everyone.
Jay Pritchett: Still her little errand boy, I see.
Mitchell Pritchett: No... why does everyone keep saying... No! I... I'm just trying to piece this family back together. So, you'll talk to Gloria about Mom coming to dinner?
Jay Pritchett: Oh, Gloria would never go for that in a million years....
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The Best Episode Ever.
28 June 2010 | by TVGuy3See all my reviews

There is nothing about this episode that wasn't hilarious.

Summary: Mitchell answers the door one day to find his mom standing there. She mentions an "incident" which turns out to be her getting drunk at Jay & Gloria's wedding and ruining the whole thing. She uses Mitchell to help apologize.

This is the first episode of Modern Family I ever saw. And I still think it's the funniest ever. It's a great introduction to Dylan, and this is one episode where I actually could put up with Haley. The way this episode plays out is the best, especially the song at the end (if you've seen this, you know what I'm talking about). If you like this show but haven't seen "The Incident", then go onto, and GO SEE THIS EPISODE RIGHT NOW! You will love it. That's a guarantee. 10/10

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