|A woman is never okay with this. We wait, and when you least expect it, we make you pay.|
Gloria Marie Delgado-Pritchett (neé Ramirez), known as Gloria Pritchett, is the feisty, fun-loving Colombian wife of Jay and the mother of Manny and Joe who later becomes an American citizen in Patriot Games.
She was born and raised in a small village she claims is famous for all the murders. She is much younger than Jay, but it doesn't matter to her, being a loving wife and mother. She is also known to say whatever is on her mind, even if it hurts another's feelings. One of her most distinctive traits is her trouble with the English language although her son, Manny, seems to have adjusted well to his new life in America. She is well known for her many mispronunciations, and using phrases incorrectly. She often supports Manny when Jay tries to tell him to be less sensitive or hide his Colombian background. She wears many fashionable outfits and is considered very beautiful by almost every person she talks with. In "Baby on Board" it was revealed she was pregnant. She gave birth in "Party Crasher" to Fulgencio Joseph Pritchett.
Before the show
Gloria was born in Colombia to Pilar and Fulgencio Ramirez. She has other siblings, including Sonia and two unnamed brothers. Living in a poor village, she is evidently used to doing manual labor and frequently implies violence as a solution to problems. She states that she had her own machete when she was young ("Fizbo"), and has considerable comfort in killing animals due to relatives who are butchers ("Unplugged"). Crazy traditional, Gloria firmly believes in superstitions and that her family is cursed because her great-great-grandfather made a deal with the devil, causing many of her relatives to end up in jail ("Larry's Wife"). Gloria also frequently mentions that she used to join (and win) beauty pageants where she showcased her ventriloquist dummy Uncle Grumpy, later seen to be strikingly similar to Jay ("Yard Sale").
When she was younger, she received a letter addressed to her sister Sonia with an opportunity to leave for the US. She used the letter and ends up leaving instead of her sister. This would later cause friction between the two ("Fulgencio"). Jay mentions that she had been deported twice ("Open House of Horrors").
She also stayed in Texas and Florida for some time, both of which she became wanted by the police. Until the events in "Goodnight Gracie", she was wanted in Florida for subletting an apartment which her roommate turned into a brothel after she left. It is also in Florida where she gave birth to Manny in 1999.
She used to be a cab driver and a hairdresser at a salon near her apartment in the slums. Jay said he used to sweat a lot while visiting her apartment, having to climb three flights of stairs. ("Two Monkeys and a Panda")
Gloria met her future husband Jay at a diner while she was with Sonia. Jay (who could only see Sonia as Gloria's back is turned to him) sent a pie over to Sonia but she missed it as she went to the bathroom. Gloria later comes over to thank Jay thinking it was for her ("Fulgencio").
Gloria is often characterized by her loud, outspoken attitude noticeable even from a distance that one neighbor once thought they own a parrot ("Unplugged"). She is shown to be very expressive in her speech; often imitating the sounds of things when she does not know what to call it, and shouting loudly when she is upset. Due to her fiery nature, she often times clashes with Claire, another strong female.
She is shown to enjoy the limelight, as she makes effort to be noticeable especially when it comes to her appearance and tends to get jealous when other women get more attention than her, as seen when she fires attractive female babysitters from her house so they don't outrank her ("The Help"). Gloria also states that all friends of Jay has hit on her, except Shorty ("Fifteen Percent"). She frequently uses her good looks and sexy features to her advantage, which is why she becomes frustrated when she tries to help Claire's campaign for office using the telephone, as people do not see her and respond as she wants ("Election Day").
She is shown to be very proud of her Colombian roots and insists on carrying on several of her Colombian traditions. A devout Catholic, Gloria is shown to value strong family ties and religion above all else. Jay says that Gloria likes to celebrate even little events he would consider insignificant ("Two Monkeys and a Panda").
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(formely) Taxi Driver
(currently) Stay-at-Home Mom/Housewife
Claire is Gloria's step-daughter. Gloria started with a strained relationship with Claire. Which got gradually better, after the fight in "Coal Digger", They now completely trust each other although Claire can sometimes get jealous of her, in the late Season 3 and the early Season 4 it is shown in "Bringing Up Baby", that Claire is jealous of her figure, as when she and Jay find out that Gloria is pregnant with Joe, she is the first to say "She's gonna get fat", and when she is pregnant, in her late trimesters, Claire is the first to ask Jay how much weight she has gained, and then starts to state numbers that seem to be too much weight.
Claire's started with a strained relationship which is fully first shown when Luke gets into a fight with Manny, in "Coal Digger". Gloria opens up that from the start she never felt welcomed by Claire into the family and Luke unknowingly states that Claire thinks Gloria is a "coal digger" (mishearing "gold-digger"). Gloria later states that she won't forgive Claire until she jumps in the backyard swimming pool fully-clothed to prove she is sorry, at first Claire says "no" but, then begins to go through with it, as she is standing beside the pool, she asks her stepmother whether she really wants her to do it and moans when she knows that Gloria actually wants her to jump in. Claire wants forgiveness and jumps in fully clothed. Everyone including Claire laughs and everyone else jumps in, in groups, accept for Haley.
Claire is shown to have a tendency to feel jealous and insecure towards Gloria. When they serve as co-presidents at a dance at Luke's and Manny's school, Claire says Gloria is stealing her only "thing" by always being the center of attention.
In "After the Fire", it is revealed that Claire and Mitchell still occasionally laugh behind Gloria's back at her mispronunciations, and Claire is annoyed that the two are actually becoming closer. Gloria states that she indeed likes Mitchell more, but is also willing get closer to Claire if given the chance.
Manny is Gloria's son with Javier. Gloria is shown to have a strong and loving relationship with Manny (much to Jay's dismay), being that she raised him on her own. She is very supportive of Manny's interests and always encourages him to show affection to girls he likes and treat them with chivalry. As a mother, she is shown to stand up to anyone who insults or hurts Manny and is concerned if people are gonna make fun of him. In some episodes, Manny expresses his uneasiness in her mother's affections and calling him cutesy names in public.
It is shown that Gloria has always wanted a daughter, and at the end of "Come Fly with Me", she reveals that she used to dress Manny up as a girl when he was young and told him it was his baby sister who died when he saw the pictures.
She tends to get jealous when a girl grows too close to Manny which she claims comes from her Colombian roots, this shows in "The Old Wagon", when we see that Manny wants to bring over a girl to study. When Gloria sees Manny and Kelly, the study partner. She gets very jealous stating that "In my culture, mothers are very clingy to their sons. In fact, the leading cause of death among Colombian women is when their sons get married. But I'm not like that. I just want Manny to be happy." But then also says that "I AM a Colombian mother! I'm not going to let him make a mistake that's going to affect him for the rest of my life! HIS life!" when she sees that Kelly is starting to change Manny.
Although Gloria and Manny seem to love everything about each other, she shares that she does not particularly like his poetry and him being persnickety (pernickety).
She also shares her disappointment when she thinks Manny is growing up too honest unlike her but is later relieved when she finds out that Manny had lied to her to avoid being punished.
Jay is Gloria's husband. Gloria loves him although the two can occasionally bicker over the life of her son, Manny, nonetheless, like Phil & Claire, they always work it out at the end. In "Halloween", Jay states that she fell in love with Gloria's voice even before seeing her face. Manny states that Gloria fell in love with Jay on their first fight, saying that she finally met her match.
It is stated that in "Two Monkeys and a Panda", they had their first kiss at the pier.
Phil is Gloria's step son-in-law. He has a crush on Gloria, which became a running gag throughout the each series due to Phil's clumsy nature. Claire does not seem to be seriously bothered by this and Jay says nothing of it because Phil knows not to cross the line, saying he would never stray away from Claire. He takes any and all chances to hug or touch her, except once when he realizes that Claire is the most important thing that ever happened to him, in "The One That Got Away".
Cam is Gloria's step son-in-law. Gloria is shown to have a very friendly relationship with Cam as a so called "girlfriend". When Cam and Mitchell's house is being fumigated, Gloria and Cam are shown screaming with delight over 72 hours with each other. Cam and Gloria have many chats and are shown to have quite a few things in common.
Lily is her adoptive step-granddaughter. Gloria loves Lily and is extremely affectionate of her referring to her as her "Little Princess". Gloria has always wanted a daughter as revealed in "Come Fly With Me".
In "Someone to Watch Over Lily" Gloria is delighted to be chosen as Lily's godparent, when Mitchell says that he is looking for someone to watch over Lily when Cam and Mitch die. They look at everyone in their family and decide that maybe Gloria is the best person for the job. Gloria states that she's happy to be the new parent of her, Mitchell looks at her weirdly when he realizes that she subconsciously hopes Mitch and Cam die soon so that she has Lily all to herself although she would obviously not want Mitch and cam to die. But just wants to be Lily's guardian/parent.
Coming from a traditional Colombian family, Gloria is extremely close to her biological family, some of which have appeared throughout the series. Gloria states that she has 29 cousins and she remembers all their names ("The Musical Man"), including Armando (who appears in "American Skyper"), Rosa Marina, Gloria Maria, Veronica Maria and Jose Vicente.
Gloria says she has 29 cousins although we don't see all of them, of course, we see at least 5 of them, but the four that we do see don't have that much of a relationship with her.
He first appears in "American Skyper".
We don't get to see much of her, or her relationship with Gloria.
We don't get to see much of her, or her relationship with Gloria.
We don't get to see much of him, or his relationship with Gloria.
Pilar is Gloria's mother who seems to have considerable influence over Gloria. She seemingly wants things done her way like naming her grandson Fulgencio Umberto after her late husband and late father without considering American names.
In "The Old Man & the Tree", Pilar treats Claire like a daughter more than Gloria, which reignites the competition between Claire & Gloria.
In "Fulgencio", Pilar reveals that she really doesn't like Gloria's husband, Jay.
Sonia is Gloria's sister, when Sonia is first introduced, Gloria seems apologetic and generous to her. She later reveals that this is because she still feels guilty because she used a letter addressed to Sonia as her opportunity to get out of their life in the village.
Jay reveals that when he met the sisters at a diner, he originally liked Sonia because Gloria's back was turned to him, but fell for Gloria after she came up to him. After finding this out, Sonia states that Gloria stole her life and demanded support from her sister.
In "Valentine's Day 4: Twisted Sister", Sonia and Gloria seem to be closer and have resolved their fighting. Sonia, however tries to make a move on Jay, Jay tells Gloria this, but she doesn't believe him, although secretly she is on Sonia's case without anyone else knowing. When Gloria finds out information about it, from sneaking around, they resumed fighting.
Two Unnamed Brothers
In Caught in the Act, Gloria has to cover for herself and tell Claire that she was trying to sending a letter to one of them in Colombia, when she is actually trying to delete an accidental message to Claire from her laptop, as she realises that deleting from Claire's laptop is the only way Claire won't see that message as she was only trying to vent out her anger for Claire.
Fulgencio is Gloria's father, a handsome man, died at an unknown period before Season 4, most likely before the show began. As Jay is much older than Gloria, people mistake him to be her father.
In "Strangers on a Treadmill", Gloria says she remembers her father holding her hand when they danced together on what seems to have been her 15th birthday and there wasn't a dry eye in the cartel.
Ana-Maria Rosa de la Immaculada Jimenez Morales is Gloria's grandmother. It is unknown which parental side she's on.
Gloria made chunchullo in memory of her in "The Kiss".
Umberto was Gloria's maternal grandfather.
Armando is Gloria's cousin, who does not speak English.
He is first introduced in "American Skyper", when he stays with them. Jay complains that he thinks Armando is stealing his cigars, Gloria puts this idea to rest but then she later discovers that Armando has been stealing Jay's cigars from their house, so she forced him to leave without telling Jay. Gloria intentionally incorrectly translates Armando's Spanish to Jay's English as she tries to get Armando to leave the house, without admitting anything to Jay.
Gloria mentions in "Larry's Wife" that she has an uncle called Carlos who fixed soccer games.
- She along with Jay, Phil, Claire, Mitch, and Cam are the only characters who have appeared in every episode.
- She is 14 months younger than Claire ("After the Fire").
- Gloria has excellent aim in using guns, as demonstrated when she shoots the lid Jay was holding in Manny Get Your Gun, at the shooting range in Virgin Territory, and when she shoots the drone to pieces in Closet? You'll Love It!. This habit seems to be shared with her biological family as it was shown that they have a gun as an heirloom ("Fulgencio").
- Gloria reveals that she only walks Stella so she can smoke her cigars in peace ("iSpy").
- She has a penchant for luxury cars, as she states she has been in love with the classic Rolls Corniche all her life ("New Year's Eve").
| Jay: Why does everybody always assume I'm having a stroke? |
Gloria: You forgot to bring my bread.
— From "See You Next Fall"
| Gloria: You have a problem with the way Manny is being raised, you talk to me! |
Jay: I am.
Gloria: [storming out] I don't want to hear it!
— From "Aunt Mommy"
| Gloria: You can't go around telling people what they can and can't do. |
Jay: So you're in favor of this?
Gloria: No, it's a freakshow! But, it's their freakshow.
— From "Aunt Mommy"
| Gloria: There is no way that thing should stay upright. |
Jay: There's no way you should stay upright, but it works.
— From "Slow Down Your Neighbors"
| Gloria: You didn't do one thing wrong, you did everything wrong! I wonder how she still talks to you. |
Phil: She said she was okay.
Gloria: A woman is never okay with this. We wait, and when you least expect it, we make you pay.
— From "Regrets Only"
| Jay: Gloria, is Stella up there? |
Gloria: No, but I am. Why don't you say hello to your wife when you come home?
Jay: Why don't you greet me at the door wagging your tail?
— From "Little Bo Bleep"
| Jay: A little early for tequila, isn't it? |
Gloria: It's for Luke.
Jay: I'm sure that makes it all better.
Gloria: I see the way he looks at this bottle. He looks at it the way you look at me in that strapless dress.
Jay: I do love that dress.
— From "Grill, Interrupted"
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