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Margo Martindale Channels 'A Few Good Men' Classic Speech On 'The Millers'

11/01/2013 05:11 am ET

What do Margo Martindale and Jack Nicholson have in common? Both have won accolades and awards for their acting. And now, both have put their take on a speech Nicholson made into an instant classic in the movie "A Few Good Men." On "The Millers," Martindale's Carol channeled every beat of that classic speech to defend herself and her actions to her family.

Always painted as a villain for her actions, Carol proved that she makes hard decisions for the good of the family, because no one else will do it. In this case, it was over a parrot. Yes, she went Jack-Nicholson-in-"A-Few-Good-Men" over a pet parrot!

The bird was driving the family crazy and so she got rid of it. Years ago, she lied about it and told her children that it had gotten out. When they reacquired the bird -- and it proved just as irksome -- she got rid of it again. Only this time, she came clean.

"You live in a family where people make mistakes," she said. "Big mistakes. Like idiot fathers buying parrots for their children. And someone needs to clean up after those mistakes. and who's gonna do it? You?" In the end, they were grateful for her deed, which only confirmed Carol's belief that she is never wrong.

"The Millers" airs every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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