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Modern Family: The Incident

The fourth episode in Season one

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  • Dec 29, 2010
The horrors of Jays ex wife that is Shelly Long comes to say she can't have sex in Canada till she makes peace after ruining Jay's wedding to Gloria. Awesome.
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review by . February 19, 2010
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Every family has "the incident" in their past, and for our Modern Family the incident was Dede's,  Jay's ex-wife, played by Shelley Long, behavior in Jay's and Gloria's wedding. Feeling bad for her behavior at the wedding, Dede comes for a visit, which triggers a series of dark events, such as a bird crashing into Jay and Gloria's window. Dede asks Mitchell for help in setting up the apoligy, and Mitchell ,who in this episode is revealed as the mama's boy, starts to …
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"The Incident" is the name of the fourth episode of the ABC series Modern Family. It premiered on ABC in the United States on October 14, 2009. The episode was written by Steven Levitan and directed by Jason Winer. Mitchell and Claire's mother visit the family months after she embarrassed Jay in front of his family on his wedding day. Phil and Claire try to judge whether Haley's boyfriend is acceptable to take her to a concert or not. Mitchell goes to his father's house to tell him that they are inviting his ex-wife to a party, but doesn't tell Gloria. At the reunion, Gloria and Jay's ex-wife begin to fight, but Haley's boyfriend stops them.


Dede (Shelley Long), Claire and Mitchell's mother, stops in for a surprise visit and wants to try to make up with everyone that she offended during "the incident" that she caused at Jay and Gloria's wedding. Dede had become progressively drunk during the event, eventually having to be carried out, making a scene. Haley wants to attend a concert with her boyfriend, Dylan (Reid Ewing) but Claire and Phil refuse to let her go.

Later, everything comes into play when the whole family meets at Claire's house for dinner.


The episode was viewed by 9.353 million viewers and got a Nielsen rating of 5.8/9.
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