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

Plot Summary

When DeDe drops in 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 when to do it, the tiny window of time after her monthly spa day when she's her most relaxed.

Episode Description

Dede drops at Mitch and Cam's place revealing that she and Cam are friend and making a shock revelation to them.

And Phil and the kids try to deliver bad news to Claire because she is in an exceptionally good mood, only to disappoint her. Phil also has a role in Jay and Manny's movie but he is terrible and on the other side, Gloria sounds like the monster they created for the movie.

But Phil is the only one who saves the day by delivering a good speech about mothers.

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+",



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