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If you were one of the many viewers who rewound your DVR multiple times to catch Claire Dunphy falling down over and over and over again after last week's Modern Family, you're not alone.

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Julie Bowen took physical comedy to new heights when her Family character slammed onto the ground after slipping on a dozen falling eggs that Luke (Nolan Gould) was using for a school project. How did Bowen make the fall so bone-crushingly realistic? "By accident," Bowen tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "That's your basic candid-camera idiot moment."

To be fair, Bowen had prepared to slip on the eggs, but she wasn't planning on crashing all the way to the ground. "I was like, 'Guys, there's no way I'm not going to fall. I'm a klutz, I'm wearing heels, there are slippery eggs. I fell and all I thought was, 'Please don't cut!' because that's on film! They used it, so I'm thrilled."

"I wish I could say, 'I practiced and physical comedy is really important to me,'" she says with mock-seriousness. "Because I do like physical comedy, but that was just raw, unadulterated klutziness."

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And because the fall was realistic, so was the injury that followed. "I couldn't admit [that I got hurt] because I knew they would freak out," she says. "My hip was purple, and I couldn't tell them. They'd make me see a doctor."

What did you think of Bowen's spill? Rewatch the thump heard 'round the world over and over again below:

Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on ABC.