Hey, Modern Family, you just won the top comedy prizes at the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild awards! Where are you going next? Las Vegas and Australia! First up, it's an adults-only trip for a wild Sin City weekend. "Jay's [Ed O'Neill] client returns a favor by comping a few Mandalay Bay adjoining suites that share a butler," says executive producer Christopher Lloyd of the ABC comedy. "Claire [Julie Bowen] turns out to be a manic gambler who discovers Gloria [Sofia Vergara] is her good-luck charm at the tables and won't let her go."
Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) are invited to a wild bachelor party for Mitch's old beau Langham (Fred Armisen), and Patton Oswalt plays the head of a secret society of magicians that Phil (Ty Burrell) aspires to join. "The episode becomes a big sex farce with slamming doors and monkeys," Lloyd says. "There's a scene with Gloria wearing something skimpy. It makes The Wolf of Wall Street look like Sesame Street!"
Later this month, the whole cast is set to fly to Sydney for a spring storyline in which Phil learns he was conceived Down Under. "Phil wants to be Australian, but the country is very rough on him," Burrell says. "Luckily, I don't have to be good at the accent."
Some characters are expected to climb the iconic Harbour Bridge, Lloyd says. Cam and Mitch end up on a tandem motorcycle, and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and Luke (Nolan Gould) hunt for a nude beach. Gould is already excited for that scene, though not without some hesitation. "I'm only 15, so it's a little weird," he says. "There are certain strangers I definitely wouldn't want to see nude!"