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The Last Halloween is the fifth episode from Season 11 of Modern Family, it aired on October 30, 2019.

Plot Summary

Phil is determined to finally scare Claire on Halloween. Meanwhile, for the first time, Gloria is feeling self-conscious about her age when someone correctly assumes she is Jay's wife; and Mitch and Cam head to the WeHo Halloween Carnival after Lily decides to go to her first Halloween party alone.[1]

Episode Description

Halloween has rolled around again, and Phil is determined to scare Claire. However his axe in the chest fails to work. The two decide to see a movie, but Phil is scared as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre re-release was sold out so they end up going to a new Japanese movie and he doesn't know where the jump scares are. On their way home from the cinema the two pass a house that Phil has been scared of for the past year due to the mysterious occupant. Claire wants to prove to Phil that there is no reason to be scared of an haunted house. But because Phil considers himself as a wuss, Claire goes alone and and approaches the occupant... who turns out to be a skeleton. She turns around to find an old woman holding an axe behind her, leaving her terrified. It's then revealed the whole thing was a long-standing set-up by Phil who used an empty house to finally scare his wife. Claire is very impressed.

Alex and Luke meet with their partners in a restaurant, but it turns out that when in Antartica Alex accidentally send naked pictures of herself to Bill's creepy colleague due to a phone number mix-up and Bill breaks up with her. As for Luke, he reveals that several years ago, he pranked a house which turned out to be Janice's and she also breaks-up with him, leaving both sister and brother for advice time.

As for Mitch and Cam, they feel that it's the good time for judging a festival, but they realize that Lily was at a party without an adult. When they fail to find her at the house, they come home and learn that she actually came home before them because of a boy who used her as a way to seduce one of her friends. They talk it out with her and comfort her.

And, Jay wanted to show to Joe some artisanal chocolate bars, but Manny accidentally gave it to children who were trick and treat. So, they spend the night to search it but find it empty, leaving time for a discussion between two men.

They finally manage to find Gloria, who during the whole episode, was concerned because of fear of ageing and accidentally won the Drag Queen Contest.

Main Cast

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

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

Guest Starring

  • Jimmy Tatro as Bill
  • Amy Pietz as Janice
  • Andy Walken as Deadpool
  • Kelly Mantle as Drag Queen
  • Kelly Hawthorne as Denise
  • Michael Marc Friedman as Norm
  • Clint McRay as Boy Scout
  • Johnno Wilson as zombie
  • Alex Perez as waiter
  • Allen Hooper as Joseph
  • Jeff Greenberg as Bernard

Trivia/Goofs

  • Haley, Dylan and Joe do not appear in this episode, making it the second halloween episode without Haley after Open House of Horrors, the second halloween episode without Joe since his introduction played by Maguire after Good Grief and the second episode on a row not to feature Dylan since Reid joined the main cast.
  • However, Joe is mentioned by Manny and Jay.
  • Lily should not have an Instagram account as you have to be 13 to have one.
  • Both Gloria and Lily have Instagram.
  • Alex and Luke are the only children to appear in every Halloween episode, counting also Halloween which was an episode made before Aubrey's arrival. And Luke is the only child to appear in every episode in which his parents run.
  • Alex and Luke break-up with their boyfriend/girlfriend. 

Continuity

Cultural References

  • Gloria is dressed as Elsa from Frozen.
  • Mitch, Cam and Lily are dressed as witches.
  • Cam dresses as a judge with Dorothy's (Judy Garland) ruby slippers, a reference to Judge Judy.
  • Manny is dressed as Sigmund Freud
  • Phil is dressed as Norm's mother from Psycho.
  • When Phil and Claire go to the house, "The Entertainer" from Scott Joplin is played at piano.
  • Cam owns a lot of Anita Baker records.
  • Judith Light is at the party, as are several Martha Stewarts and Dog the Bounty Hunters.
  • THe Japanese baby horror movie could be based on Ju-On: The Grudge.

Reviews

  • The A.V. Club gave it a "B+"

References

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