Nathan Lane, Ed O'Neill
Cheers to Modern Family for mixing and matching its characters in delightfully unexpected ways.
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Who would've thought salty old man Jay (Ed O'Neill
) would blend so beautifully with Cameron and Mitchell's most flamboyant homie, Pepper (
)? Turned out that after a few drinks, they found they had a lot more in common than just both believing Pepper would've had a shot with Montgomery Clift.And leave it to dimbulb Luke (the brilliant Nolan Gould
) to befriend the Dunphys' nasty neighbor, Walt Kleezak (character actor extraordinaire Phillip Baker Hall
, aka Seinfeld
's library cop Lt. Bookman). Up
, Gran Torino
and True Grit
notwithstanding, this unlikely pair proved that a non-cartoon curmudgeon and a kid can be friends without somebody losing a life or limb.Then there's Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson
) and his first boyhood crush, Rob Lowe. Okay, that one we could've seen coming. Even Jay admitted the St. Elmo's Fire
alum is "a good-looking kid."Did you think this week's Modern Family
was more fun than Phil's "sexy dance"?
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