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MITCHELL: Can people change? I don’t know. People are who they are—give or take… fifteen percent. That’s how much people can change, if they really want to. Whether it’s for themselves or for the people they love. Yeah, at fifteen percent. But you know what? Sometimes, that’s just enough.

— Steven Levitan, “Fifteen Percent” (Season 1, Episode 13), Modern Family

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MITCHELL: People can surprise you. You get used to thinking of them one way—stuck in their roles, they are what they are—and then they do something that shows you there’s all this depth and dimension that you never knew existed.

— Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman, “Boys’ Night” (Season 2, Episode 18), Modern Family