In heartbreaking scenes, viewers watched as Phil received a call that his dad Frank had been wandering around a supermarket for hours.
Worried he might be experiencing early signs of dementia, Phil rushed to his dad's aid, and the pair shared a heartwarming moment in a barber shop before viewers learned that the Dunphy patriarch had died off screen.
“When I was growing up, he was the cool dad,” Phil said in a straight-to-camera scene. “He was hip. He knew all the dances from Grease. He knew all the expressions. BFF: best friends forever, TMI: too much Information, BJ: blue jeans. We didn’t do much that day, but it might have been one of the best days I’ve ever had with my dad. I just didn’t know it would be the last.”
As Phil reminisced on his final day with his dad, viewers learned that the realtor always felt guilty that he hadn’t followed in his father’s footsteps and taken over the family business.
“Well, you did take over the family business, didn’t you? Keeping life light, making it fun for everybody,” Frank replied. While Phil may not have followed in his father’s footsteps through his career, Frank saw himself in the way his son raised his family.