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JULIE BOWEN: Claire's trench coat gets caught in the escalator
''My Funky Valentine'' (season 1, episode 15)
''That scene was one of the first times I truly felt like I belonged on the set. Please understand, this isn't false humility. I work with insanely talented people who amaze me with their comedic insights and timing every day. My career has been made up of ''crying girlfriend'' or ''finger-wagging girlfriend'' or just ''girlfriend.'' In that scene, I got to be physically stupid and awkward, and — god, I'm afraid to even suggest it — funny? It felt so good to be doing something so silly not just with the lines but with my whole body. It was just a perfectly dumb, perfectly realized comedy moment for me.''
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JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: Ice Skating in the parking lot with Claire
''En Garde'' (season 1, episode 7)
''I was really excited to explore the Mitchell and Claire storyline. It was kind of the first time that audiences got to see their dynamic, and it produced an amazing photo of Claire and me in our ice skating outfits, which is awesome. But my favorite part was having a choreographer come in and choreograph the whole sequence we ended up doing in the parking lot. Turning something that was meant to be on ice into something that could be done on asphalt was just really ridiculous and hilarious. And learning how to lift Julie Bowen — she's a pound, but she was so nervous that she was hurting me — we were still getting to know each other as actors, so it was a real bonding experience.''
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JULIE BOWEN: Cam spins and says ''Wow factor'' under two arcs of illuminated water
''The Wow Factor'' (season 4, episode 18)
''When we were just marking through the moments for camera and getting the lines right, I wasn't sure how Cam's monologue about an elaborate water feature at our 'flip' house was going to survive all the technical business. (Water! Lights! Goldfish! Freezing temperatures!) Suddenly, Eric [Stonestreet, who plays Cam] just did this turn on his heel like a dancer before delivering the big laugh line. He's always confident and able to capture tiny things that make Cam real and funny and heartbreaking. But this was one of those moments when Eric added a physical grace and a totally different tilt of his body. With a turn of his heel, the whole scene worked.
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JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: Mitchell talks with Manny about being different...while wearing Gloria's dress
''Starry Night'' (season 1, episode 18)
''The writers take cues from our lives, and I've always talked about being bullied and how hard that was for me, so they took an opportunity with Mitchell explaining to Manny [Rico Rodriguez] that the kids who are different end up doing great things with their lives. We always work so hard to fit in and to be the same as everyone else, and then when we're older, all we want to do is be different and stand out. I love the sentiment of that. Then there was an added level, where I was having this talk with Manny while stuck in one of Gloria's old dresses because I had been sprayed a skunk. It's perfect Modern Family. It's so on point with our writers to take a poignant moment and make a real statement but still remember that we are a comedy and it's an incredibly ridiculous situation that we are in.''
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JULIE BOWEN: Claire's conversation with Luke after Walt dies
''The Last Walt'' (season 3, episode 20)
''I had to cry and smile and talk about death while wondering about a television set. I was quite sure I couldn't do that many things at once, but I looked at Nolan [Gould, who plays Luke] and just felt such dumb love. If I just loved that kid enough, I thought I couldn't betray Claire or the nuttiness of that scene. I know it's a comedy, but getting those complicated moments right feels deeply satisfying. I still don't know if I nailed it, but I realized that night that my TV kids are genuinely important to me. Weird, yeah. But I truly love my fake family.''
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JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: Mitch finally gets a much-needed kiss
''The Kiss'' (season 2, episode 2)
''We got a lot of heat in season 1 for not having enough PDA between Mitch and Cam. And I love that the writers didn't back down and say, 'Okay, well the audience wants them to kiss — let's just start having them kiss.' They didn't make the episode about this kiss between Mitch and Cam, they made it about Mitchell's issue with PDA and the fact that his dad never really showed him a lot of affection. And what I truly feel the kiss in the ''Kiss'' episode is about is the kiss between Mitch and Jay [Ed O'Neill]. Then in the background it happens between Mitch and Cam, and it's this thing, like, blink and you miss it. It wasn't shining a light on it. It wasn't saying, 'This is the episode where the two gay guys kiss!' It was done with a lot of class, and there was a lot of subtlety to it.''
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JULIE BOWEN: The haunted house debacle
''Halloween'' (season 2, episode 6)
''[It] was one of the hardest scenes to get through as a cast that we have ever shot. Every single one of us broke up laughing at some point. Sofia [Vergara's] horrendous 'American accent,' Ed's ridiculous Gargoyle outfit.... It was just too much. At one point Eric said, 'Guys, I really feel like we are making a classic episode of television right now.' ... If a classic episode is nine people laughing so hard they can barely speak, then we did indeed contribute to a classic.''
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JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: Being stuck in the Spider-Man costume in the bathroom stall
''Halloween'' (season 2, episode 6)
''There are moments for each character that are kind of iconic thus far. Eric and the Fizbo outfit. And Ty [Burrell] and Julie as Clive and Juliana. And I feel like my iconic moment is me trapped in that stall in the Spider-Man costume. I remember laughing a lot because the set-up of this was so incredibly ridiculous and just really trying to capture that Spider-Man-in-action pose but really just trying to make sure that no one sees my feet underneath the stall?I'm a character actor and I've done musical theater, and there was a moment when I was crawling down the side of the building in a Spider-Man costume, and I was like, 'This is the closest I'm ever going to get to being a superhero — and it's awesome.'''
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JULIE BOWEN: The three Dunphy kids at the gas station
''Caught in the Act'' (season 2, episode 13)
''It was the first time we saw those kids completely carry a scene alone, and it was astounding. Sarah Hyland had to be the knowing big sister, but the 'idiot' knowing big sister. She was so subtle and funny. Suddenly we realized these kids have complex relationships among each other, not just with the adults, and the show was able to write for those characters much more. I am still in awe of that scene.''
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JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: The Tableau Vivant scene
''Tableau Vivant'' (season 3, episode 23)
''The rare moment that we all get to come together as a group and do a big ensemble scene — it's the most fun on set, and it happens a few times a year. That was one on my favorites: There's just something about having to sit frozen in that painting and have this argument under our breaths. Everyone really held their own, and even Aubrey [Anderson-Emmons], our little Lily, was in that scene, pulling her weight. It was such a great image of all these people slowly cracking and having this argument under their breath. Our art department should have won an Emmy for that episode. It was so beautifully shot.''
Modern Family's 100th episode airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, with reruns weekdays on USA.