Do not worry, Stella, the bitch is safe.
That was a big concern last month, when the co-creator of "Modern Family" said in an interview that a "significant" character would die this season, an unusually serious story for the hit comedy ABC. Immediately, the spectators began to speculate on the fate of Stella, known as the beloved French bulldog of Patriarch Jay (Ed O'Neill).
But on Wednesday night, the show made the revelation: At the top of the episode, everyone learned that DeDe (Shelley Long), the ex-wife of Jay and Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell's mother (Jesse Tyler) Ferguson) died.
Long appeared in seven episodes for nine seasons, so "significant" may have been a stretch. Co-creator Steve Levitan told Entertainment Weekly that he was a little concerned that the producers "overpromise" the plot's spin.
"Perhaps [viewers will] be pleasantly surprised that she was not one of our normal people, but I hope we do not disappoint, oddly enough, or that they were preparing for more and said: "Oh, is that all?" "Levitan" But it's important for us. She is a very important character in the lives of many of our characters that is still significant. "
At first, DeDe's death is very mysterious; all the members of the family know is that she was on vacation with her group of women in Greenland. While waiting to hear the details, the characters dealt with their pain, mainly with costumes, since this was the Halloween episode.
- Claire, dressed like a spider, and Mitchell, dressed like Prince Harry, reflected on the relationships they had with their mother. Mitchell was pretty peaceful; Claire's was much more controversial. At first, Claire felt guilty that her last conversation was a fight, after DeDe wrote a crazy post on Facebook that claimed that putting eucalyptus oils on the soles of the feet is a natural contraceptive method. Then, Claire realized that DeDe left her a voice message after their discussion. "Hi darling, I'm a mom," the message began. "I just want to apologize, I should not have lost patience, Shaman Phoenix Feather's family planning advice may not be for everyone … I love you and I always will." When Claire burst into tears, her mother's voice came back. to sound, criticizing her hair, and Claire quickly finished the message.
- Phil (Ty Burrell), dressed like a fly, and Cam (Eric Stonestreet), dressed as Meghan Markle, worried about how to help their respective companions. He ended up with them trapped in the car at the West Hollywood Halloween parade during a failed trip to buy an ice cream, but they shared a nice moment.
- Gloria (Sofia Vergara), as Jay's second wife, was DeDe's nemesis. So she worried that DeDe would chase her from the grave, which was not unreasonable, because that's what DeDe promised at Gloria and Jay's wedding. She kept finding small DeDe statues everywhere, and she was terrified.
- Haley (Sarah Hyland) gave herself to the meal; Luke (Nolan Gould) made inappropriate jokes; Alex (Ariel Winter) invited her boyfriend, and one thing led to the other … and then she got scared by what she said about her pain process.
- Jay spent most of the episode determined to find out who stole his sandwich from the fridge.
- Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), 12, admitted that she stole Jay's sandwich. Y who put the DeDe statues everywhere: "What would Nana want today? She would want me to mess with Gloria."
In the end, they all discovered how DeDe died in Greenland: although he mocked a pack of hungry wolves, that was not how he died. Phil read an email from DeDe's widower: "On the last morning of the trip, they found Dede in her room, apparently she had passed quietly while she slept, while a smile adorned her face and her hands contained 10 pages of suggestions for the hotel staff ".
"That is to say so Mom, "Claire said.
Anyway, Levitan said DeDe's story will continue, especially as all the characters learn what he left before he died. Meanwhile, ABC and the co-creators are reflecting on the future of the popular comedy series, which recently began its 10th season and generates a huge amount of money in syndication. The deadline reported that ABC and the production company, 20th Century Fox TV, are playing with the idea of a reduced season 11 before finishing the program.
"There's definitely interest from the studio and the network, and we're all trying to figure out if that's what we want to do." There is a general desire on almost everyone involved not to say goodbye yet, "Levitan told the Hollywood Reporter, refusing give details "We have to overcome a couple of obstacles, we'll see if everything comes together".
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