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Modern Family: Brushes with Celebrity

908. Brushes with Celebrity

Aired November 29, 2017

The family recount their encounters with celebrities: Phil keels over in agony as he shows a house to his musical hero, Chris Martin of Coldplay; Jay's aversion to public service disappears when football legend Terry Bradshaw is selected for the jury; Gloria is angry after Manny's favorite playwright insults him; and Mitchell and Cameron run into the host of a garden renovation program at the garden center.

Quote from Jay

Jay: [aside to camera] Being in the closet business, I met a lot of famous people. I can't name names, but let's just say it's someone who's the boss.
Gloria: [gasps] You met Bruce Springsteen?
Jay: No, Tony Danza.
Gloria: Oh, from the TV show? Nah, she was the boss.
Jay: It's open to interpretation.

Quote from Luke

Claire: I've read the same chapter eight times still don't get it.
Luke: Just say, "It holds a mirror up to society." You'll get your "C" and get out of there.

Quote from Luke

Luke: Never been a big Coldplay guy. I'm more into hip-hop, death metal, "Little Mermaid." That one really imprinted on me back in the day.

Quote from Jay

Lawyer: Do you have any experience with law enforcement?
Jay: Big time. I-I don't trust, uh, cops. Also, I despise robbery victims. They're the real criminals for clogging up our court system.
Judge: Nice try, Juror 3.
Jay: What about economic hardship? The last time I missed work, the California closet market collapsed. Some people think that caused the L.A. Riots.

Quote from Phil

Phil: [aside to camera] This was a nightmare. I was about to meet my hero, and I was experiencing this bizarre pain in in my nether region. Wait, I'm a grown man. I should be able to say it my left bean bag did it again. My tersticle- That's as close as I think I'm gonna get.

Quote from Cameron

Cameron: [aside to camera] One time I saw Jack Nicholson at the car wash.
Mitchell: I can't go through this again. Jack Nicholson does not drive a Hyundai Odyssey with a Co-Exist bumper sticker, Cam.

Quote from Claire

Alex: "The Unwitting Miss Castle." What's that about?
Claire: It's about three persecuted women in different time periods, or one time traveler with incredibly bad luck. I don't know which.
[aside to camera:]
Claire: Somehow, I was able to join a very exclusive book club filled with the most intelligent women. I can never seem to impress them. They use words like "sanguine." I don't want to look like an idiot, so I use it, too. Isn't that the most sanguine thing you ever heard?
Alex: You're not using it right.

Quote from Phil

Phil: My stomach feels weird.
Claire: You're probably just nervous. Ooh, maybe you need someone to come with you.
Phil: No, he's there to buy a house, not talk about music, which is why I'm not even gonna mention that I'm a songwriter, too.
Claire: Oh, you wrote one song.
Phil: I said everything I had to say.
Claire: About a realtor.
Phil: It was about life! This is why they mock you at book club.

Quote from Jay

Jay: [aside to camera] Oh, here's a brush with celebrity I can actually talk about. Last summer, I was called upon to participate in the most American of traditions: getting out of jury duty.

Quote from Jay

Jay: [aside to camera] Terry Bradshaw. I love Terry Bradshaw!
[flashback:]
Judge: Juror 11, is there anything that might prevent you from serving effectively on this jury?
Terry Bradshaw: No scheduling conflicts, Your Honor. However, I am going through kind of a rough patch right now. You see, I lost my best friend.
[aside to camera:]
Jay: Or did he just find one?
[back:]
Terry Bradshaw: But I'm happy to serve. I believe in the American legal system, and I believe it's all about teamwork.
Jay: [claps] That's a touchdown of an answer, champ. Uh, this lady here put me down for that. Are you ready for some justice?

Quote from Manny

Manny: Oh, my God.
Gloria: What? A celebrity?
Manny: It's Sam Anvilmaker.
Gloria: Who?
Manny: He wrote "The Forgetters and the Forgotten"? "Farce, American Style"? "Screw You For Reading This"?
Gloria: What the hell is happening?
Manny: Yes, that one, too! He's my favorite playwright.

Quote from Cameron

Cameron: [aside to camera] And then, I saw Daniel Day-Lewis at our dry cleaner.
Mitchell: Not him. No. Uh, the time we actually saw a celebrity was last December when we were shopping for gardening supplies.
Cameron: I'll never forget the feeling of having Lincoln look directly into my eyes and saying, "We couldn't get the barbecue sauce out."

Quote from Jay

Jay: You? Hey, this robbery case, huh? Now, I know we don't have all the facts yet, but I think it might be hard for me to lock up a "Steeler." [Terry Bradshaw laughs] I try to keep it light.

Quote from Jay

Jay: In the '70s, it was a better game. You guys did everything offense, defense. Didn't I see you mow the field one night before the game?
Terry Bradshaw: You know, that's how I made my money?
Jay: [laughs] I can't actually believe that I'm having lunch with Terry Bradshaw. I mean, from football fame to country music stardom to big-screen idol.
Terry Bradshaw: "Smokey and the Bandit II." Now that was a challenge. To play yourself, that can be kind of tricky.
Jay: I thought you stole the movie.

Quote from Jay

Terry Bradshaw: You're too kind. You know, not everything I touch turns to gold. I mean, I've had my share of missteps along the way.
Jay: [laughs] Well, right, like "Failure to Launch," right?
Terry Bradshaw: Sorry?
Jay: You should be. I mean, that thing was a real stinker.
Terry Bradshaw: I happen to be proud of that movie. I mean, that's some of the best work I've ever done.
Jay: No, you were good, yeah. But, I mean, don't worry about it. Nobody saw it.
Terry Bradshaw: Yeah, well. Guess it's about time we get on back in, huh?
Jay: Same time tomorrow. Hey, I'm wide open. Like in football.

Quote from Gloria

Sam Anvilmaker: Honey, I'll take another
Gloria: Shut up. That's my son over there. He opened his beautiful soul to you, to praise you, to get some advice from you, and you were mean to him? Come on, we both know that your attitude is just a defense mechanism to protect the tiny, little ego from the truth that you don't deserve any praise, that you're a fraud, that you're just a big, fat nobody.
Sam Anvilmaker: [whimpers, cries]
[aside to camera:]
Gloria: All men break the same.

Quote from Jay

Jay: Terry, can we talk? Please don't shut me out. I know I messed up, and I'm so sorry for my failure at lunch.

Quote from Jay

Bailiff: Sir, you have to leave now.
Jay: Fine. I'm going. [to Terry Bradshaw] I'll be waiting in the parking lot, buddy.
[aside to camera:]
Jay: Judge hit me with a restraining order. But Terry had to sign it.

Quote from Claire

Chris Martin: And it's a nightmare. It's beginning to affect my creativity. The last song I wrote was about my helicopter. I was too ashamed to release it. I had to sell it to Quantas for $1 million.
Claire: Your problems are so sanguine.
Chris Martin: Is that how you use that word?
Claire: Nobody knows.

Quote from Joe

Joe: [aside to camera] I saw Santa Claus at the mall.

Quote from Phil

Luke: Who's that young thing?
Claire: Wow, what's up with the outfit, Mod Squad?
Phil: Oh, yeah, I'm, uh I'm showing a house to someone.
Claire: Oh.
Phil: I'd rather not say who it is.
Claire: I totally get that.
Phil: It's Chris Martin from Coldplay.
Claire: [gasps] Come on, really?
Phil: It's not a big deal.
Claire: Says the man who spent most of last night sewing that flower onto his jeans.
Phil: Okay, it's a really big deal. I'm meeting the man who sings how I feel.

Quote from Claire

Claire: Yes, his music is so sanguine.
Alex: Eh, closer.

Quote from Jay

Woman: I'm going into labor.
Judge: Ma'am, Ma'am, everything's gonna be all right. Bailiff, help Juror 11 with anything she needs, and bring in the next alternate.
Jay: Uh, as her Lamaze coach, I think I should probably be out in the hall with...

Quote from Manny

Gloria: Why don't you go over and tell him that you're a fan? Maybe he can give you some advice.
Manny: No, no, I wouldn't want to bother him. He's notoriously private. He writes in a hollowed-out tree somewhere in Montana.

Quote from Manny

Manny: Uh, excuse me, Mr. Anvilmaker?
Sam Anvilmaker: Let me guess I'm the reason you want to be a writer.
Manny: Yeah, actually. Your first play changed the way that I looked at-
Sam Anvilmaker: Look, listen, kid. I'm not here to collect panties with phone numbers on them. I'm here to experience the cold absurdity that is being alive. So go and find someone else to venerate.
Manny: Oh, uh. Sorry for bothering you.
Sam Anvilmaker: Here's a writing tip show me you're sorry for bothering me. Don't tell me.
Gloria: Okay, let's take a picture of the two new best friends. Come together.
Sam Anvilmaker: I should never have left my tree.

Quote from Mitchell

Cameron: We both don't need a pair. We can just share these.
Mitchell: And what if I want my own?
Cameron: [scoffs] We share everything. We share a toothbrush.
Mitchell: We do?

Quote from Mitchell

Cameron: [aside to camera] Every week, Scott Hunter, the host of "I Beg Your Garden," selects an unsuspecting couple at a home store.
Mitchell: Yeah, he taps them on the shoulder and says, "I beg your garden."
Cameron: [screaming] What?! Oh, my God! I can't believe it!
Mitchell: That's how it goes every time. Every time.

Quote from Mitchell

Cameron: Okay, you know what? We have to get on the show. Can you imagine a backyard makeover, what he would do with ours?
Mitchell: Yeah, one word, three syllables, starts with "gah," ends with "zebo." [Cameron is silent] Gazebo.
Cameron: I love gazebos.
Mitchell: I do, too! Now that I'm thinking about it, I have to have one.
Cameron: Oh, my gosh.
Mitchell: Wait, we work hard. We deserve to stand in the shade a few inches off the ground.

Quote from Mitchell

Mitchell: Hm, what's over here?
Cameron: I don't know. Oh, my gosh, Mitchell, do you like this planter? It would go great in our hopelessly outdated and neglected backyard.
Mitchell: Well, I love it if you love it. And what do you think of these pavers?
Cameron: Oh, I think they go great with that gazebo we've always dreamed of having.
Mitchell: Oh, forget it. He's gone.
Cameron: W-What did we do wrong? We were pleasant.
Mitchell: You know what? Maybe we were too nice. Couples on those shows always have conflict.
Cameron: So do we. When's the last time we agreed on anything? We- We're constantly bickering.
Mitchell: I know, sometimes it reveals something deeper, but not always.
Cameron: You know what? Let's go show him our delightful brand of bitchy friction.

Quote from Phil

Chris Martin: Hello?
Phil: Hey, hey! Welcome, welcome, welcome.
Chris Martin: Phil. Hey, I'm Chris.
Phil: Oh!
Chris Martin: Hey, what's wrong?
Phil: Oh, nothing.
Chris Martin: [sighs] You thought I'd be better looking. People think that because the rest of the band look like hobbits.

Quote from Phil

Chris Martin: I love your flower jeans. Where did you get those?
Phil: They're from a store.
Chris Martin: Well, they're very me. They're very me. Do you remember the name of the store?
Phil: Actually, I embroidered them myself.
Chris Martin: Impressive. When you're ready for it, you get a T-shirt, you put it on top of a long-sleeve, then it lets everybody know you own multiple shirts.
Phil: Impressive.

Quote from Phil

Phil: [in a British accent] So, mate, shall we have a trod-a-bout? I'm flattered.
Chris Martin: I'd rather just keep it professional, have a walk around.
Phil: [normal voice] Oh, that's not what- Oh! I meant

Quote from Jay

Jay: [aside to camera] Terry was just sitting there by himself because everybody's always afraid to talk to the prettiest girl, except this guy. It's all about confidence.
[flashback:]
Jay: [high-pitched] Excuse me, Mr- [clears throat] Excuse me, Mr. Bradshaw. Jay Pritchett, juror number 3.
Terry Bradshaw: Terry. Call me Terry.

Quote from Gloria

Gloria: Nobody speaks to my son like that.
Manny: No, no, Mom, Mom, Mom. Please don't get up and make a scene and embarrass me more. I'm begging you.
Gloria: Okay, but you don't have to block me in. I am not crazy. I am not the hot-headed Latina that you all make me out to be.
Manny: You sent a cow heart to a children's soccer referee.
Gloria: Manny, what else was I supposed to do?

Quote from Manny

Manny: Look, what happened was a good thing. He was teaching me the focus required to live the life of an artist, and that is a very valuable lesson that I'll cherish forever.
Gloria: Okay, Papi, if you're happy, then I'm happy. Why don't you pick your dessert?
Manny: Hmm. [peruses menu] I wouldn't say no to an almond cookie and an espresso and... You're gone, aren't you?

Quote from Cameron

Cameron: Okay, you're you're not actually putting a reclaimed wood piece in our cart, are you?
Mitchell: That's great, that's great.
Cameron: No. The whole "reclaimed wood" aesthetic is an insulting appropriation of barn culture. No, I'm being serious. It's like when Madonna wore overalls!
Mitchell: You're good.
Cameron: Mitchell, take it out I don't want it.
Mitchell: I think it's pretty.
Cameron: I think it's pretty offensive.
Mitchell: Okay, rein it in.
Cameron: Oh, there she is, Mother Superior.
Mitchell: Okay, Rumple-thinskin.

Quote from Mitchell

Cameron: Okay, you know what? I don't need this. I'm just gonna go wait in the car.
Mitchell: Perfect, yeah, run away.
Cameron: And just FYI the reason I like barn wood is cause it reminds me of you.
Mitchell: Really?
Cameron: Yeah.
Mitchell: I mean I-I know that you get homesick sometimes, and I-I want to bring a little, you know, country into our house.

Quote from Phil

Phil: And last, but not least, the city at your feet.
Chris Martin: Yeah. I'm still kind of flabbergasted that there's no bubble machine. It's okay. I can install my own.
Phil: [grunts]
Chris Martin: Oh, you're judging me?
Phil: No, no. [sighs]
Chris Martin: Maybe you're right. Maybe I am losing touch with who I am. All I really need is three chords and a mattress. And my chef.

Quote from Phil

Phil: [groans]
Chris Martin: Uh, hey, Phil, what's happening here?
Phil: Oh, not too much. [groans]
Chris Martin: Phil? Oh, my God, you've gone all yellow.
Phil: [laughs] That's like your song. Funny thing I also like to write mu... [passes out]
Chris Martin: Phil?

Quote from Phil

Phil: What happened?
Doctor: Mr. Dunphy, you have acute orchitis. It's a massively inflamed testicle. I'm giving you an I.V. bag of antibiotics and some pain meds because [whisltes] Oh, boy.
Phil: So embarrassed. I can't believe I passed out in front of a rock star.
Chris Martin: Please tell me he didn't know why. Oh, brilliant, you're awake. I've got some ice for your biscuits.
Phil: No. No, no, no, no, no! Oh! Oh, that really... Oh, that feels so good.

Quote from Jay

Lawyer: Juror 11, is this man bothering you?
Terry Bradshaw: You talking about the movie critic right here? Absolutely, he's bothering me!
Jay: Objection! I request permission to approach Mr.Bradshaw.
Judge: No! I mean, denied! Look, that's not a thing you can ask.

Quote from Phil

Chris Martin: We're gonna get through this together, Phillip.
Phil: I guess I just don't understand why you're here.
Chris Martin: Well, because you really reached me back there, and I realized I got to be more of a regular guy.
Nurse: Mr. Dunphy, I have your... Chris Martin. Wow. I'm a huge fan. Can I get a picture with you?
Chris Martin: No. I want a picture with you.

Quote from Claire

Claire: Phil? Honey? I came just as soon as Chris called me. Hello.
Chris Martin: Claire, I've got to say, uh... You're even more beautiful than you are in Phil's photos.
Claire: Pbht! I like your music.

Quote from Phil

Phil: Claire, can I talk to you for one second.
Claire: Yes, of course, sweetie, yes.
Phil: Yeah.
Claire: Yeah.
Phil: [whispers] I want Chris Martin to leave.
Claire: Hm? What? Why?
Phil: It's weird that he's here when I'm like this, and he's attracting attention.

Quote from Claire

Chris Martin: And what are you beautiful, uh, scholars reading?
Angie: "The Unwitting Miss Castle."
Chris Martin: Mm. I love that book. Although I did find the fences metaphor a little mundane.
Angie: Oh, yes.
Marie: Pretentious.
Donna: Completely agree.
Claire: I said the exact same thing last week, and you guys just rolled your eyes at me.
Chris Martin: Claire, don't be such a Mrs. Devereaux. [all laugh]

Quote from Claire

Claire: Phil? Oh.
Chris Martin: Oh, it's probably all the meds. I'll handle this. I've been to Burning Man with Keith Richards.
Claire: No, no, no. I'll handle it. I've been on vacation with my mother.

Quote from Claire

Phil: I can't believe this happened. This was supposed to be such an amazing day.
Claire: I know. Is there anything I can do to make it better?
Phil: Yes. You can make Chris Martin go away, now.
Chris Martin: [groans] I'm so sorry, guys. Oh, I didn't mean to cause a-
Phil: Oh, no, no, no, no. It's- It's not you personally.
Chris Martin: No, no, no, it is me. I'm a distraction. Everyone wants to say "hi" or they want to take a picture or they want to sleep with me.
Marie: They sure do.
Claire: Shut'er down, Marie.

Quote from Phil

Chris Martin: [playing guitar and singing] You've been looking for your own special space Somewhere you can call your resting place You've been looking for your kids and your spouse It's time time to buy yourself a Dunphy house Oh, Dunphy, Dunphy, Dunphy They're affordable and comfy, comfy, comfy
Claire: I can't believe he's actually making it work.

Quote from Cameron

Cameron: Why would he not pick us?
Mitchell: Yeah, we gave him everything he wants a fight, reconciliation
Cameron: Yeah. not to mention we're camera-ready.
Mitchell: It's everything TV wants to be. I mean, what does he want us to do, write the episode for him?
Cameron: Yeah, America deserves to see us get a free gazebo.
Mitchell: There he is. I have half a mind to go over there and confront him.
Cameron: Yeah, well, I have the other half.

Quote from Cameron

Mitchell: Why aren't you picking us for your show?
Cameron: Yeah, what are we not sexy enough? Not young enough for your demo?
Mitchell: Wait, no, is it 'cause we're gay? You know, I've actually never seen a gay couple on your little program.
Cameron: Yeah, or a P.E. teacher/vice principal.
Mitchell: He's literally that.
Cameron: Just tell us why you're not picking us.
Scott Hunter: Guys, I don't have a show anymore.

Quote from Mitchell

Scott Hunter: Look, uh... The network fired me
Mitchell: Why?
Scott Hunter: When they found out that I had this website where people paid to watch me build stuff naked.
Mitchell: Is that so?
Cameron: How naked?
Scott Hunter: Very.

Quote from Mitchell

Mitchell: You know what, why are you hanging out in the aisles of a home store?
Scott Hunter: I work here.
Mitchell: Ohh.
Cameron: You do.
Scott Hunter: Yeah.
Mitchell: Hey, if you did still have a show, um would you pick us?
Scott Hunter: Umm...
Both: It costs you nothing to say "yes."

Quote from Gloria

Manny: I begged you not to go over there. I'm so embarrassed.
Gloria: Why? He's the one crying. My favorite part was when he was gasping for air between sobs, like a baby.
Manny: Look at him. He's broken. What if he never writes again?
Gloria: Okay, I'll apologize to the 12 people who still go out and watch plays.
Manny: You do know I'm a theater major, right?
Gloria: Yes, and when you're a great play writer and you go to a restaurant if you can afford it then you're gonna be nice to strangers, because that's the right thing to do, okay?

Quote from Gloria

Billy Crystal: Excuse me. I don't mean to interrupt. But I saw what happened before, and I'm sorry about that. But the way you stood up to that jerk Anvilmaker was kind of amazing, yeah. Good for you. And young man, listen if this makes you feel any better, he did the same thing to me.
Gloria: Oh. That's very nice of you to say. Thank you so much.
Billy Crystal: So... You know, I, uh I write.
Manny: Oh, boy.
Billy Crystal: No, it's not like I'm just some, you know, some... Excuse me. Some, you know, just some city slicker who who doesn't know what he's talking about. But, uh, if I could teach you one thing, just one thing that you learn from this, it'll make your plays sound and look marvelous. You know? So, the most important thing is to is to know that writing is really re-writing. You may want to jot that down. Uh. And then change it. [chuckles] Did you see what I did there?
Gloria: You know what? We really need to be somewhere right now.
Manny: Yeah, we better go.
Billy Crystal: Okay. Yeah. All right.
Gloria: Okay, thank you. [to Sam Anvilmaker] I'm sorry, we didn't realize we were so annoying. Our bad.
Billy Crystal ;Have fun storming the castle! Nothing. I'm gonna shave.

Quote from Phil

Chris Martin: [playing guitar and singing] Come feel the thrill, thrill, thrill Of Phil, Phil, Phil The thrill, thrill, thrill [monitor flatlines] The thrill of Phil [monitor flatlines] Could you turn that down, please?


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