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There Was a ‘Modern Family’ Proposal Involving Haley Dunphy

Modern Family castMODERN FAMILY - ABC's "Modern Family" stars Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett, Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett and Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

After eight seasons of growing pains and heartbreak galore, the eldest Dunphy daughter finally received a proposal on the Wednesday, March 28, episode of Modern Family, but the moment fell flat both on-screen and off-screen.

On the latest episode, Sarah Hyland’s ditzy-but-adorable character Haley Dunphy and her on-screen boyfriend, local weatherman Rainer Shine, went out for a cozy dinner when he suddenly pulled out a ring and proposed. Stumbling over her words as she considered the prospect of marriage, Haley ultimately rejected Rainer (Nathan Fillion) and even noted that she wasn’t entirely invested in their relationship.

MODERN FAMILY - "Thanksgiving Jamboree" - It's going to be a Thanksgiving jamboree at the Pritchett-Tucker home this year, and Cameron has spared no expense. While Phil tries to get used to Rainer Shine (Nathan Fillion) dating his daughter, Hayley has to break it to her dad that she would rather spend the rest of her holiday with her new boyfriend than staying for the traditional family football game. Meanwhile, Jay has to figure out a way to keep his blood pressure down on one of the most stressful days of the year, as Gloria tries to show Joe that animals are our friends. Finally, Alex and Dwight get to know each other a little better than her Uncle Cam would like, while Mitchell has to stop clowning around and tell Cam the truth, on ABC's "Modern Family," airing on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT). (ABC/Richard Cartwright) ERIC STONESTREET, NATHAN FILLION

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ERIC STONESTREET, NATHAN FILLION

Stunned fans immediately reacted to the moment, many calling for the return of Haley’s ex-boyfriend Andy Bailey (Adam DeVine). Bailey, who started off in season 5 as the nanny and Phil Dunphy’s assistant, eventually fell in love with Haley through season 7. While the on-screen lovebirds are no longer together, Haley previously told Andy that he was the first man she’s ever loved. Hence, the barrage of social media reaction.

Hyland took to Twitter herself to acknowledge the shocking twist, and shared a few thoughts following Rainer’s proposal. “Thank you guys for great responses to tonight’s ep!” she tweeted. “It was a doozy to film. 8 straight pages of dialogue and @NathanFillion killed it!”

While this week’s episode featured a proposal, ABC promises that next week’s Modern Family will include a wedding.

Tune in to Modern Family on Wednesday, April 5, at 9 p.m. ET, on ABC.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.