Brushes with Celebrity[1] is the eighth episode from Season 9 of Modern Family, it aired on November 29, 2017.

Plot Summary

The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan recount all their biggest celebrity encounters. Phil shows a house to his musical hero and is determined to make a good impression despite the intense pain radiating from a very inconvenient part of his body. Meanwhile, Jay's day at jury duty takes an unexpected turn when he gets to serve it alongside one of America's biggest football icons. Finally, Manny's encounter with his favorite playwright and a celebrated actor and comedian don't go exactly as you'd expect.

Episode Description

Main Cast

(The characters striked out do not appear in this episode)

  • Jay Pritchett
  • Gloria Pritchett
  • Manny Delgado
  • Joe Pritchett
  • Claire Dunphy
  • Phil Dunphy
  • Haley Dunphy
  • Alex Dunphy
  • Luke Dunphy
  • Mitchell Pritchett
  • Cameron Tucker
  • Lily Tucker-Pritchett

Guest Starring

  • Chris Martin as Himself
  • Terry Bradshaw as Himself
  • Billy Crystal as Himself
  • Brandon Firla as Scott Hunter
  • Peter Giles as Sam Anvilmaker
  • Ron Perkins as Judge Katz
  • Sharon Muthu as Lawyer
  • Vladimir Perez as Bailiff
  • Donielle Nash as Pregnant Juror
  • Danilo di Julio as Doctor
  • Lisa Linke as Nurse
  • Zabeth Russell as Juror Eight
  • Maria Pallas as Marie
  • Tiffany C. Adams as Donna
  • Caitlin Muelder as Angie


  • Sanguine actually means "optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation."
  • Joe appears only in an interview.
  • Phil had a massively inflamed testicle in this episode.
  • Haley and Lily are absent in this episode.

Cultural References

  • Jay and Gloria discuss Who's the Boss? and Tony Danza. Gloria initially thinks he's referring to Bruce Springsteen.
  • Jay criticises the film Failure to Launch, in which Terry Bradshaw played Al.
  • Cam claims to have seen Daniel Day-Lewis at a dry-cleaner, referencing his Lincoln role
  • Billy Crystal references the movie City Slickers, in which he plays Mitch Robbins.


AV Club gave it a "B", praising Chris Martin's performance.



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