On Wednesday night, Modern Family finally revealed which character would be killed off: Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Claire’s (Julie Bowen) mom, Dede Pritchett, played by Shelley Long. There was a lot of hype leading into the season after co-creator Christopher Lloyd said it would be a “significant character.”
Fans had mixed reactions upon learning that Dede was the “significant character,” with some evidently thinking she wasn’t so major.
I’m really annoyed that all the #ModernFamily death hype was nothing. Like I did not need all that build up for it to turn out to be nothing.
— Christina Carter (@christinainezc) October 25, 2018
Some were just relieved that it wasn’t somebody else.
— Amanda Leal (@Amanda0417Leal) October 25, 2018
And one fan was disappointed to have missed out on what is normally an epic Modern Family Halloween episode.
— Monica👾 (@theoriginalmon) October 25, 2018
Though Long didn’t appear in the episode, a doll with Dede’s likeness was there to haunt Gloria (Sofia Vergara) in what were some of the funniest scenes. Claire also played a voicemail at the end in which Dede struck a rare conciliatory tone.
“Hey, honey. It’s mom,” Dede said. “I just want to apologize. I should not have lost my temper. Shaman Phoenix Feather’s family-planning advice may not be for everyone, and you just want to keep your daughters safe. I get it. I have a daughter of my own, and I know how much she means to me.”
But the show let Dede go out staying true to her character. She finishes the voicemail by saying, “Also, I saw your new photo on social media. Are you part of some protest where you’re not allowed to wash your hair? Or are you just trying to be …”
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