While it's never been brought up directly, the Pritchetts are a rather cynical and dour bunch. The sight of Jay, Mitchell and Claire standing on the sidelines as the "dreamers" of their extended family attempted to "chunk" a punkin' through a goal post illustrated that divide beautifully on this week's 'Modern Family' (Wed., 9PM ET on ABC).
Not that their practicality is all bad. It's helped them all become successful people, and they do work to balance out the more wild sides of their counterparts. But it keeps them from experiencing the wild joys of life more regularly, and they've sucked at least one member of the next generation into their way of thinking.