Tears, laughs and a lot of goodbyes marked the series finale of Modern Family on Wednesday as the family sitcom ended its 10-year run on ABC
Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) got his dream job in Missouri, leading Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and their two kids to move away from the home they'd just bought.
The three Dunphy siblings finally flew the nest, finding places of their own and leaving their parents Claire and Phil (Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell) to plan an RV trip cross-country.
Series finale: Julie Bowen who played Claire Dunphy and Ty Burrell who portrayed her husband Phil Dunphy hugged during the series finale Wednesday of Modern Family on ABC
Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill) made a romantic gesture that had him reconnecting with his wife Gloria (Sophia Vergara), who'd embarked on a promising career of her own.
And in a move sure to please longtime fans, Claire and Mitchell recreated their old skating routine and found out what happened to the trophy they won all those years ago.
As the series finale opened, Claire and Phil were camping in an RV in their driveway to escape the craziness in their home, which they now shared with three kids and a pair of twins.
Their daughter Alex (Ariel Winter) had moved back in after quitting her high-end job 'for something low-paying and ethical,' Phil noted, as Claire grimaced.
New chapter: Sofia Vergara, who played Gloria Delgado, worried about the odd behavior displayed by her husband Jay Pritchett, portrayed by Ed O'Neill
'Things have devolved into total chaos,' Claire complained, as everyone in the house was shown fighting over their lack of space, hot water, cleanliness and quiet.
Claire told the kids one of them had to move out, and they needed to decide by the end of the day.
None of them wanted to go. Alex pointed out she'd just taken a salary cut, Luke (Nolan Gould) was on a leave of absence to spend more time with family, and Haley was grappling with 'two babies and a special-needs husband.'
Crowded house: Dylan Marshall, played by Reid Ewing, stood with sisters Alex [Ariel Winter] and Haley [Sarah Hyland] as their parents said one of their children had to move out
RV living: Claire and Phil were living in an RV in their driveway to get some space
Alex was suddenly called into her new boss' Arven's office, and Haley suggested to her that he might be interested in her romantically, seeking to establish a relationship before she started.
In fact, he wanted to tell her their company was moving to Switzerland, if she wanted to go.
Before he explained, she stammered that she understood they might have a romantic connection, and it turned out they did, awkwardly kissing and exchanging 'sexy' texts.
New job: Alex was suddenly called into her new boss' Arven's office, and Haley suggested to her that he might be interested in her romantically
At his new home, Mitchell raved about the light, the karaoke room and the pediatrician next door.
He and Cam loved it so much they named their baby boy 'Rexford' after their street.
But as they prepared to host a party, Cam got a call from the athletic director of the University of North Central Missouri, who offered him the head coach job he'd already lost.
New home: At his new home, Mitchell Pritchett [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] raved about the light, the karaoke room and the pediatrician next door
Cam said he'd had no hard feelings about missing out on the gig, and had even sent the man who got the job 'a bottle of congratulatory Scotch.'
'Well, he drank it,' the athletic director revealed. 'Then he did a press conference where he used some colorful language to address a female reporter and blamed some things on the Jews.'
Cam was offered the job, and had to decide if he wanted it that day, but he kept it from Mitchell, only telling their friend Ronaldo (Christian Barillas), who spilled it to everyone.
Job offer: Cam [Eric Stonestreet] got a call from the athletic director of the University of North Central Missouri, who offered him the head coach job he'd already lost
Jay gave the couple a hideous gift for their new home: a mannequin of 'an old-time barkeep.'
'Dad, this is exactly what we needed, a little whimsy!' Mitchell exclaimed.
Since the figure was rotund like Cam and redheaded like Mitchell, Jay dubbed it 'Kitsch,' combining the men's names—and Mitchell loved it.
Housewarming gift: Jay gave the couple a hideous gift for their new home: a mannequin of 'an old-time barkeep'
'Great, now Mitchell's even happier,' Cam worried. 'I'm gonna die in this house.'
Mitchell told everyone how happy he was, joking that he only wished he could get Cam to 'give up hogging the covers.'
'Cause I haven't given up enough for you!' Cam blurted.
Candid conversation: Cam finally told Mitchell about getting an offer for his dream job
He told Mitchell about the job, leading his husband to say, 'This is my chance to be there for you. I don't care where we live, as long as you're there by my side.'
Their guests swooned, and Claire told Mitchell his words were beautiful, to which he replied, 'Well, everyone was looking at me. What the f*** was I supposed to say?'
Mitchell later came to terms with the move, as did his daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), who planned to dye her hair blue and get 'an emotional support pig.'
Makeover opportunity: Mitchell later came to terms with the move, as did his daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), who planned to dye her hair blue and get 'an emotional support pig'
The couple sang Diana Ross' and Lionel Richie's Endless Love to commemorate the moment, just as their drunk friend Sal (Elizabeth Banks) poked her head around the corner.
'You guys cook, right?' she cooed. 'Cause my gummy's kickin' in!'
At her house, Gloria told Jay she felt like no one needed her now that she had a new career as a real-estate agent.
Good friend: Cam and Mitchell's drunk friend Sal (Elizabeth Banks) poked her head around the corner as they celebrated their decision to move
Jay swore everyone still needed her, telling her not to feel guilty as it was her time to shine.
Claire and Phil came home to learn that all of their kids were moving out: Alex, to Switzerland, Haley and Dylan to a new apartment, and Luke to school at the University of Oregon.
As the finale moved into its second part,