Finale Part 1/Finale Part 2 is the seventeenth and the eighteenth episode from Season 11 of Modern Family, it aired on April 8, 2020. It is the series finale.

Plot Summary

Mitchell and Cam settle in on their new normal, and Phil and Claire decide that one of the kids needs to move out in order to take control of the house again. Meanwhile, as Gloria becomes more successful at work, she notices Jay, Manny and Joe don't seem to need her as much.[1]

Episode Description

Since the house is overcrowded with Alex, Luke, Haley, Dylan and their twins, Phil and Claire reluctantly and temporarily move in Frank's winnebago. They decide that the best option fo them is to regain their home by forcing one of the kids to move out.

Meanwhile, Cam finally agrees to work in Missouri, and after the couple saw a street sign, they decide to name their adoptive son Rexford. The parents go to the farewell party in Cam and Mitch's honor before they leave, but Renaldo accidentally spills the bean and when Cam announces the news, Mitch pretends he is ok with hit, but then confides Claire that he lied.

Jay offers the couple a hideous statue, while Manny is coached by Joe because he will work in a boat during one year in France.

Meanwhile, Phil and Claire finally want to tell their kids that they can stay as long as they want, but then learn that they're all reach new chapters of their lives. As Gloria believes Jay turns insane, Phil finally understands that his father in law wants to learn Spanish because he will take both Gloria and Joe in Columbia to meet her relatives.

Also, Haley and Alex manage to trick Luke by making him believe that he destroyed a video they made as kids, in order to convince their parents to have a puppy and they recreate it with Luke as the dog.

Claire and Mitch, who, during their youth, fought over a ice skate figurine that both Jay and Dede gave to a charity aunction steal it, and decide who will keep it this time.

As Luke and Manny share a final hug moment, Mitch and Cam flight is repeatedly delayed over and over. Dylan, meanwhile, believes that everyone remembered his birthday, which the family pretends to know that they organized a surprise party for him.

The family reunite for a finale hug as the future of the characters is finally revealed. Alex takes a job in Switzerland and maybe starts a romance with Arvin, Luke goes to Oregon in order to pursue his studies, Mitch and Cam rent their house to Haley and Dylan who settle in with their twins. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire finally have the opportunity to take a trip with the Winnebago, Jay and Gloria are now both struck in their chairs while watching Joe playing football and Mitchell and Cameron flight with Lilly and Rexford to Missouri.

As Jay finishes the voice over, we see porchlights in front of every house. They're all turned off except the Dunphies who one second later is turned on again.

As the episode concludes, we see every members family portraits in all houses, the last being the family portrait pictured in the first season finale.

Main Cast

(The characters struck out do not appear in this episode)

Guest Starring

*Baby's name is not listed

Trivia

  • This episode marked the finale appearance of all of the characters, including Sal, Jotham, Ptolemy, Arvin, Ronaldo and Stefan.
  • The parents in each family—Jay, Gloria, Claire, Phil, Mitchell and Cameron—appeared in every episode, even if they had a few scenes. With the exception of Lily and Joe, every other character appeared in both the first and the last episode, and in every season, at least.
  • Dylan and Joe are the only characters not to have starred in at least in 100 episodes.
  • Alex's room is 533 square feet.

Continuity

  • Last episode of the show.
  • Mitchell asks Cameron "Do you love it?" in regards to the mural he's painting in Rexford's room. Cam asked the same question of Mitchell when he first saw the mural that had been painted in Lily's room in Pilot.
    • Eric Stonestreet stated on Instagram that he asked Jesse Tyler Ferguson to say the line as a callback, as he felt the original line had helped him shape his take on Cameron's personality.

Cultural references

Reviews

  • The A.V. Club gave it a "B+": "There’s a lot of predictable comedy in here, but there’s also something that’s satisfying in just how low-key it is. The finale doesn’t necessarily shoot for outsized emotions. Instead, it makes things personal. We watch as Haley, Alex, and Luke reckon with what it means to be finally all living on their own. We see Mitchell step up to support Cam and take on a big move. We feel the conflicted emotions of Phil and Claire as they move from wanting one of their kids to move out, to lamenting their empty nest. None of this is remarkable, but I think that’s okay. It’s a finale that suits Modern Family as it is in 2020; a show that’s settled into old age."
  • IndieWire gave it "C+": "What the “Modern Family” finale ultimately proves is what we’ve all known for years: The show should’ve ended years ago, when it was better equipped to tie together all these subplots, characters, and themes. Now, we’re left with an ending that doesn’t really want to be an ending. Maybe that’s enough the casual family audience, but I have to believe modern viewers demand more."

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