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'Modern Family' react: Matthew Broderick and Phil share a boys' night

It’s safe to say that the theme of tonight’s episode of Modern Family was miscommunication. Phil threw a boys’ night that turned into a gay tryst with guest star Matthew Broderick, Claire lied to herself about the importance of Alex winning a scholastic bowl, Mitch overestimated the severity of Jay’s dilemma, Cam ignored his loved ones’ complaints that he’s too controlling, and Manny misread a gaze from a passing girl. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' react: Haley goes to jail, Luke goes to the hospital

Image Credit: Jordin Althaus/ABC

Last night’s episode of Modern Family reminded me why I originally fell in love with the series. The triumphant returns of Haley and DeeDee, as well as the mixed family dynamic were just what the doctor ordered. The night was filled both with tender moments and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it comedic gold, making the episode my favorite since the season premiere.

The episode opened with a high note — and loud ring — when Claire got the 3 a.m. phone call that every parent dreads. No one died, but Haley did get arrested. Let’s face it, (as Cam later confides to Lily) it was only a matter of time. This led to a string of calls to the Pritchett-Delgados and Pritchett-Tuckers, who all woke up abruptly and made a mad, frenzied dash to the phone, just like Claire and Phil did. Claire asked Mitch to accompany her and Phil to jail to lend his legal “expertise,” then called her dad to ask about his “judge friend.” The entire opener was amusing, but the scene when Jay got the call from Claire was especially hilarious. Jay told Claire that his “judge friend” died, causing an almost teary Gloria to sympathize with him. “He died five years ago,” he responded, further confusing her. Manny then walked in, already convinced that someone’s death led to the call, and Gloria informed him about Jay’s friend. He also apologized for Jay’s loss. Like mother, like son … READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Skinnear:

“Oh my god, she married her puppet.”

–Claire (Julie Bowen), referring to the similarities between Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) grumpy puppet on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, Oct. 31 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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‘Modern Family’ react: Cam wears the pants, Phil channels his inner Fonz at ‘Yard Sale’
‘Mad Men’ in Hawaii: what can we expect? Ask ‘Full House,’ ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Saved By the Bell…’
‘Modern Family’ react: Halloween episode delivers laughs, but lacks season 2’s originality

'Modern Family' react: Cam wears the pants, Phil channels his inner Fonz at 'Yard Sale'

Image Credit: Peter “Hopper” Stone/ABC

Unlike most of the other Modern Family episodes this season, a single story arc connected all the characters tonight. The Dunphy-Pritchett-Delgado-Tucker clan gathered for a garage sale to help Manny and Luke raise funds for their school’s charity fundraiser (or help them win a pizza party, as Luke would have it). Haley made a brief appearance via video chat to talk her mom out of selling her belongings, including an autographed John Mayer poster that Phil signed, solidifying her void on the show. I’m eager to see her return home for the holidays and excited for the upcoming introduction of guest star Jason Mantzoukas as her new boyfriend. Her sarcasm is greatly missed.

Jay was also reluctant to give up his possessions, but more concerned with the fact that strangers would be invading his lawn (and his personal space) than the act of parting with personal objects. Cam, on the other hand, was happy to donate six pairs of now ill-fitting jeans for the yard sale. As we learned in last week’s episode, the emotional eater has lost over 30 pounds. He was unable to bask in his glory during the Halloween party and tried to do so today. Mitch — convinced that Cam was going to gain the wight back — pleaded with him to keep the jeans for a future art project (he’s evidently still afraid of hurting Cam’s feelings with the truth). When that didn’t work, he took them back to the car and finally hid them in a bush. Cam eventually confronted him and admitted that he didn’t want to keep the jeans because their presence served as a constant remind of his previous failed long-term weight loss attempts. READ FULL STORY

Ellen DeGeneres is Sofia Vergara for Halloween -- VIDEO

Ladies and gentlemen, we have the celebrity Halloween costume to beat.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, the Today show canceled its annual Halloween showcase. But Ellen DeGeneres stepped up to the laughter plate today, showing her “cheeky” costume on this afternoon’s episode of Ellen: Sofia Vergara. Specifically, Vergara’s infamous Emmy dress that split open mid-ceremony, revealing (a bit NSFW) more than she bargained for.

“Happy Halloween. As you can see I put my pumpkins out,” DeGeneres said, gesturing to the fake chest spilling out of her dress. Mimicking Vergara’s accent, DeGeneres proceeded to explain that she thought Vergara’s voice was a bit overdone. “I get so much work with this fake accent,” DeGeneres declared.

But never fear that the host was being mean – mid-mocking, the real Vergara showed up, and she couldn’t hold back a smile. Despite trying to look angry, the Modern Family actress got the last laugh: “Your a** looks huge,” Vergara said.

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'Mad Men' in Hawaii: what can we expect? Ask 'Full House,' 'Modern Family,' 'Saved By the Bell...'

We get it, Matthew Weiner: You really love the ’80s and ’90s. Last season, it became clear that Mad Men‘s showrunner has a penchant for the alumni of shows like The Secret World of Alex Mack and Clarissa Explains It All. And today, we learned that Weiner plans to kick off season 6 with a storyline familiar to anyone who once worshiped at the altars of TGIF and Nick at Nite: the Hawaiian vacation.

So what should Don and Megan Draper expect to do and see as they soak up the sun in Maui? Judging from the family sitcoms that have already covered this territory, they’ll be greeted by cursed tikis, jewel thieves, new (and quickly forgotten) love interests, and evil land developers, among other things. Oh, and Don: Watch for falling coconuts.

The Brady Bunch (1972)
Mike and Carol’s blended brood pioneered the “let’s all go to Hawaii!” plot during the Nixon administration. Their trip provided a template for the shows that would follow in their stead: multi-episode arcs, leis, exotic island magic, surfing mishaps, and bikinis galore.
Lesson for Don & Megan: If you find an ancient tiki in the sand, for the love of Oahu, toss it into the ocean!

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by P3:

“Seriously though, a Gryffindor letting his mom carry his quidditch broom? How Hufflepuff is that?”

–Phil (Ty Burrell) on Modern Family

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, Oct. 24 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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‘Modern Family’ react: Halloween episode delivers laughs, but lacks season 2’s originality
‘Modern Family’ react: The all-too-familiar plot disappoints
Jesse Tyler Ferguson gets surprise birthday serenade from Boston Gay Men’s Chorus — VIDEO

'Modern Family' react: Halloween episode delivers laughs, but lacks season 2's originality

Image Credit: Peter “Hopper” Stone/ABC

Tonight’s episode of Modern Family elicited a few laughs (as always, anytime Phil or Cam spoke), but was underwhelming compared to season 2’s Halloween special.

I would have preferred Claire’s memory of last year’s Halloween (when she gave a man a heart attack with her disturbing costume) to have been the premise for the entire episode. She’s no Little Bo Peep, but can certainly pass for a seemingly innocuous housewife harboring an alien squid fetus inside her body.

Here’s what happened on All Hallows Eve. READ FULL STORY

Jesse Tyler Ferguson gets surprise birthday serenade from Boston Gay Men's Chorus -- VIDEO

Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet went all out for his costar Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s birthday on Oct. 22. He arranged for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus to surprise Ferguson onstage. Over half of the 195-member strong ensemble showed up on roughly three hours’ notice. The surprise starts at 2:30 in the video below. Following “Happy Birthday,” the chorus performs Katy Perry’s “Firework” (3:40). You can see why Ferguson is a recurring guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance — he picks up simple choreography quickly. His reaction at 6:00 when the guys get creative with “come on, let your colors burst” is the real reason to watch this. We won’t spoil it for you.  READ FULL STORY

Happy Spirit Day! Celebs celebrate anti-bullying event by wearing purple

They’ve got spirit, yes they do! They’ve got spirit — how ’bout you?

No, this isn’t a pre-Halloween ghost celebration. Today, tons of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender folk and their allies are wearing purple in honor of Spirit Day, a GLAAD anti-bullying initiative. Naturally, a passel of celebrities are following suit on Twitter — or at least tweeting their support of the occasion. Here’s a roundup of some of the famous faces participating in the festivities:

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