Modern Family: Season 1, Episode 4

The Incident (14 Oct. 2009)

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



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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

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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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Jay's ex-wife stops in for a surprise visit and wants to try to make up for "the incident" that she caused at Jay and Gloria's wedding.
12 August 2010 | by (Iraq) – See all my reviews

I think this episode is the best and most hilarious episode of the series so far I mean come on , watch it then you will agree with me more because the moment this episode begins the more funny things will begin too and go download this episode by torrent or by whatever just download it because I guarantee you won't be regretted and also for those who have watched Cheers in the 80s will like this episode even more because Shelley Long have guest starred in it as DeDe Pritchett and her performance was praised by critics and in my opinion this episode should be nominated for Emmy for outstanding directing episode because it was unbelievably incredible and the song that Dylan was singing with his guitar was good and funny too . I'd give the episode 9.8/10 .

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