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Mother![1] is the twentieth episode from Season 9 of Modern Family, it aired on May 2, 2018.

Plot Summary

When DeDe drops by unexpectedly, Mitchell and Cam come to a realization about her effect on their lives. Phil, Luke, Alex and Haley all have different bad news to break to Claire and compete about who to go first in the tiny window of time after her monthly spa day, when she's at her most relaxed. Gloria organises a premiere for Jay and Manny’s horror movie at the Pritchett home for the whole family.

Episode Description

DeDe drops by at Mitch and Cam's place, revealing that she and Cam have maintained an acquaintance behind Mitch’s back, to his sheer horror. Cam, as always, annoyingly justifies his selfish act by manipulating the situation to make it seem that Mitchell is the selfish one for freaking out over their friendship, until he realises that Mitch is right: DeDe is using him to control her son’s life.

Phil and the kids try to deliver different bad news to Claire when she is in an exceptionally good mood, but fail when they panic and mess up the order in which they are supposed to go.

Jay is helping Manny edit his debut movie, a horror movie in which Phil has a small role. While Gloria busies herself with setting up the house for the premiere, the two discover that the sounds of the monster they created resembles angry noises made by Gloria. They scramble to hide this knowledge from her.

After the movie screening, tensions boil over as the family confronts DeDe, but Claire surprisingly comes to her rescue, while Gloria, who has found out what Jay and Manny have been trying to hide from her, comes to Claire’s rescue. They accuse their family of “transforming mothers into monsters”, at which point Phil steps in to deliver a few touching lines about the monster/mother parallel that closely resemble his lines in the film that had been cut.

As the family reconciles with their mother figures, Jay and Manny muse that if Phil had understood his script the way he delivered the lines just now, they would not have cut out his scene.

Main Cast

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

  • Jay Pritchett
  • Gloria Pritchett
  • Manny Delgado
  • Joe Pritchett
  • Claire Dunphy
  • Phil Dunphy
  • Haley Dunphy
  • Alex Dunphy
  • Luke Dunphy
  • Mitchell Pritchett
  • Cameron Tucker
  • Lily Tucker-Pritchett

Guest Starring


  • In the US, Mother's Day took place on 13 May 2018. This is the second episode that takes place during Mother's Day.
  • This episode broadcasted exactly six years after Planes, Trains and Cars.
  • Pam and Lily only appear in the teaser of this episode.


  • Dede's sixth appearance. She is also in every house in this episode.

Cultural References

  • The episode is named after the 2017 film Mother!
  • Donna Summer, Eartha Kitt, ZZ Top are all mentioned.
  • Alex's previous boyfriend watched Driving Miss Daisy on Mother's Day.
  • Mitch says that Cam was "Incepted"


  • The AV Club gave it a "B+",