Arrested Development

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  • S 4 : Ep 15


    Aired 5/26/13

  • S 4 : Ep 14

    Off The Hook

    Aired 5/26/13

  • S 4 : Ep 13

    It Gets Better

    Aired 5/26/13

  • S 4 : Ep 12


    Aired 5/26/13

  • S 4 : Ep 11

    A New Attitude

    Aired 5/26/13

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jason Bateman

    Michael Bluth

  • Michael Cera

    George Michael Bluth

  • Will Arnett

    George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II

  • Tony Hale (I)

    Byron "Buster" Bluth

  • David Cross

    Tobias Fünke

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  • The Emmy Award-winning comedy series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT revolves around MICHAEL BLUTH (Jason Bateman), the "normal" one in a family of crazies, who is forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, GEORGE BLUTH SR. (Jeffrey Tambor), is sent to prison for shifty accounting practices. While George Sr. spent the last year in the slammer discovering his newfound Judaism and recording inspirational tapes, Michael spent it picking up the pieces and trying to teach his offbeat family how to live without an endless expense account. All the while, Michael has also been trying to do right by his 14-year-old son, GEORGE MICHAEL (Michael Cera), an earnest kid who works diligently at the family's frozen banana stand. The Bluths are led by manipulative matriarch LUCILLE BLUTH (Jessica Walter), a socialite who is as icy as her martinis. Then there's the oldest son, GOB (Will Arnett), a womanizer and struggling magician (sorry, "illusionist") whose biggest trick will be to make a real job appear. The youngest brother is BUSTER (Tony Hale), a neurotic professional grad student and glorified mama's boy (he spent 11 months in the womb). The Bluth siblings are rounded out by cause-obsessed sister LINDSAY (Portia de Rossi), who is married to the hapless TOBIAS (David Cross), a doctor-turned-actor who might get more work if he wasn't a self-proclaimed "never-nude." Lindsay and Tobias are the ultra-permissive parents of MAEBY (Alia Shawkat), a 14-year-old who loves finding unique ways to rebel against their overindulgence.moreless

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  • Quotes (1005)

    • Tobias: (talking about the money their fund-raiser brought in) Well, most of that money was from the Bluth Company. I mean, how ... (Michael looks surprised) ... are you?

    • Lindsay: Um, I forget their name, but I know they're hungry. I think some are thirsty.

    • Lucille: (showing Michael her fox scarf) Michael, look. Look what happened to my fox. Someone cut off its little foot. Is it, is it noticeable? Michael: Well, you've got to remember you're going to be all splattered in red paint. That's gonna distract the eye.

    • Michael: Hasn't everything already sorta been discovered, by like, Magellen and Cortez? Buster: Oh yeah, yeah.... Michael: All those folks. Buster: Those guys did a pretty good job. But there's still ... you know ...

    • Gay Protesters: We're here, we're queer, we wanna get married on the ocean!

    • (After George Sr. is put in jail) Michael: And Lindsay, I expected this from them because they're completely oblivious. But you, you should know better. (Michael walks away) Gob: Lindsay, he's really mad at you.

    • Narrator: And Michael finds it difficult to get his father out of jail. Michael: You love it here? George Sr.: Oh, I’m having the time of my life. Hey, T-Bone.

    • Birthday Party Man: I’ll be honest. I’m just more comfortable with an Alliance-approved magician. G.O.B.: Aw. Give ’em a hell of a show, champ. Teen Magician: (bleep) off, traitor.

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    Notes (246)

    • Originally, the role of George Sr. was not planned to last past this episode.

    • The boat used for George Sr. retirement party was also the location of Jason Bateman (Michael)'s senior prom.

    • This episode won the 2004 Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series", "Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series" and "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series", also, it was nominated for "Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series". Plus, it won the Casting Society of America's 2004 Artios for "Best Casting for TV-Comedy Pilot".

    • Jeffrey Tambor (George Sr.) will be receiving the "With" credit.

    • Jessica Walter (Lucille) will be receiving the "And" credit.

    • The Season 1 DVD features an uncensored "Creator's Cut" version of "Pilot," which features nearly ten minutes of new/extended material.

    • The special intro lasted seconds and aired with the credits to that night's The Simpsons on the bottom of the screen. Ron Howard is shown wearing a tan hat, green-blue plaid jacket over a white shirt, and sitting in a leather chair. A graphic in the corner at the beginning of the intro shows the FOX Arrested Monopoly board game hotel piece, the show's logo and the words "Ron Howard" on top of "Executive Producer." He said, "Hi, I'm Ron Howard. For over forty years, you've invited me into your living rooms. But tonight, I come uninvited. Don't even try changing the channel because at this moment, I am on every channel." The screen is divided into four square images on Ron, then goes back to one. "Eh, well, I'm-I'm just joking; I'm only here on FOX. But I do really believe you're going to enjoy this." Short clips from the pilot play for a couple of seconds while his voice continues talking over them. "Tonight, I come to present to you an episode of television which I'm very proud of. It's the story of a family who lose their fortune, and then discovered that they must rely [the credits on the bottom end] on the one son whose just decided that he's better out without them. I do really believe you're going to enjoy this." [The image cuts to the Fox graphics leading into the show with the family and Fox logo as he continues talking over the video.] He finished by saying, "It's 'Arrested Development.'"

    • This episode was re-aired on August 15, 2004 with a special introduction from Executive Producer/Narrator Ron Howard.

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    Trivia (249)

    • In the scene where Buster is taking part in the Native American tribal ceremonies, the Native American in the background is seen talking on a cell phone.

    • The gay protesters at the yacht club carry signs reading, "Why Knot?", "Allow Same Sex Marriage At Sea", "Gay Mariners Unite", "Freedom", and "Sailors For Seamen".

    • Gob turns twenty dollars from the Banana Stand into a game of Monopoly for George Michael, who remarks that he might already have one. Later in the episode, when George Michael is packing to go to Phoenix, he has three Monopoly boxes.

    • Camera reflections can be seen on George Sr's sunglasses when he is on the boat.

    • What Bluth family asset is burned down by T-Bone? The family self-storage unit.

    • In the beginning of the episode, the news title reads "Bananas Flambe" in discussion of the Banana Stand burning down later that episode. Later, we see Lucille eating a Bananas Foster, which is a desert made with bananas and rum and then set aflame.

    • Tobias's infamous cut-offs are visible in his third and fourth shower scenes. The explanation for this never-nude affliction is given in first season's "In God We Trust".

    • Lindsay received "Best Hair" in high school. Lindsay says that Michael received "dorkiest". He actually received "Most Likely to Succeed".

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    Allusions (159)

    • Lifeboat The picture, where they sit in the boat, looks exactly like the poster of Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat.

    • Breaking the Magician's Code G.O.B.'s Alliance of Magicians reportedly doesn't take kindly to any performer who reveals a magician's secret. A possible reference to Val Valentino who starred in a series of FOX TV specials entitled "Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed."

    • Tobias: I'm a bad, bad man from Annie Get Your Gun. Annie Get Your Gun is a Broadway play that has been made into several feature films.

    • Horratio Hornblower The boat George Sr.'s retirement party is held on is the Marina Hornblower, a reference to the character Maria Hornblower from the C.S. Forrester classic naval series, Horratio Hornblower.

    • The Lunts Tobias says that with Lindsay working as an actor as well, they're like "the Lunts," referring to the legendary theatrical husband-and-wife duo of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

    • Steve Martin When confronted by Lindsay about his lack of acting work, Tobias lets out an exaggerated "Excuuuuse Me", borrowing the line that Steve Martin made famous in his stand-up act.

    • Shakespeare The school play, with the characters Beatrice and Benedick is Much Ado About Nothing. However, the line "I would kiss before I spoke" is from As You Like It.

    • Bringing Up Baby The title of this episode is a parody of the Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn classic Bringing Up Baby.

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  • Fan Reviews (550)
  • Excellent Show

    By efonsecajr, Jan 23, 2012

  • Bravo

    By theKingInTheNorth, Jun 24, 2014

  • I love Arrested Development.

    By andrewmitchellblum, Dec 23, 2013

  • Why did it end one more time?

    By smokejoke, Dec 09, 2013

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    By jofahan, Jan 07, 2007

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