Sneak Peek: 'Modern Family' Says Goodbye
By CONCETTA DELUCO
May 21, 2013
Modern Family comes to an end for the mockumentary comedy's season four, but that isn't the only goodbye the show is dealing with. In this episode, Phil's mother Gracie dies. The entire family gathers together in Florida to pay their condolences and keep Phil company as he mourns his loss.
"Gracie was such a kind and whimsical soul. The different animals she put antlers on for Christmas cards inspired me," Cam tells Phil upon first greeting him in Florida.
"And not one of them was photo-shopped," quips a saddened Phil.
"Not even the alligator?"
"Cost her the tip of her pinky but she had no regrets,' Phil says of his recently deceased mother.
Phil's mother was more of an anomaly on Modern Family, rarely seen but often talked about, unlike Phil's father Frank, played by Best In Show's Fred Willard. Frank is essentially a joking, irresponsible older version of Phil and has been seen periodically throughout the series.
Claire, Phil's faithful wife of 20 years played by Julie Bowen, is happy to be emotionally supportive of her husband and can not wait to bring him his favorite travel pillow down to Florida. Claire assumes that Phil misses her terribly as well and needs a shoulder to cry on, but as shown in the hilarious clip above, the only thing Phil really misses is his foam pillow.
Also in this episode, Gloria, played by Sofia Vergara, is faced with an outstanding arrest warrant and Jay runs into a blast from the past.
For a sneak peek of this episode titled "Goodnight Gracie" check out the clip above.
The full episode airs Wednesday May 22 at 9 p.m. on ABC.