Arrested Development

Key Decisions

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 11/23/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Gob decides to lock himself in his father's prison for 24 hours to get back in with the alliance, and to spend quality time with his father. Michael takes Gob's girlfriend to an awards show, and Buster inadvertently flirts with his mother's rival.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeffrey Tambor

    George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth

  • Portia de Rossi

    Lindsay Bluth Fünke

  • Ron Howard

    Narrator (uncredited)

  • Jason Bateman

    Michael Bluth

  • Jessica Walter

    Lucille Bluth

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • "Gob's been stabbed in the back!"

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Jun 09, 2011

  • Key Decisions

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 12, 2011

  • Better everytime

    By efc91, Aug 23, 2008

  • Gob swallows the prison key

    By jimbo_001, May 28, 2006

  • this episode rocks! the show gets off and running

    By JuTin_Man, May 14, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (33)

    • Michael: Look, I'm trying to get development started. I've got six guys on bulldozers waiting to get underway. Lindsay: Well, what about the trees? Michael: Oh, we're just gonna cover them with blankets ... I'm ripping 'em out.

    • Surgeon: Looks like the shiv would have done some real damage if it hadn’t been for this. It was in your lower intestine. (Surgeon shows Gob the key) Gob: So close.

    • Gob: You've got nothing to worry about. We're going to be together for a long time. Marta: We're a family now. I am so happy. I'm going to call the kids. Gob: (to himself after Marta leaves) I've made a huge mistake.

    • Buster: Has your hair always been that pointy, Miss Austero? Lucille 2: It’s Lucille. Buster: Right, right. That’s my mom’s name.

    • Gob: I’m a complete failure. George, Sr.: Where’d you get that kind of talk? Gob: From you. You always say that about me. George, Sr.: Well, maybe you’re not entirely to blame. I haven’t always been the best kind of father either. Gob: Dad, you’ve done a pretty good job of being a father to everybody in here. What have they got that I don’t? I mean, you’ve never even ... thrown a ball around with me. George, Sr.: Great. Now, you’re an athlete.

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    Notes (11)

    • After being stabbed in the prison yard, Gob is transferred to Landau Memorial Hospital. This could be reference to production assistant Seth Landau or possibly a tribute to Martin Landau who worked with Ron Howard in the movie EdTV.

    • Mounted on the wall in the prison warden’s office are four pistols and a bass.

    • This is the last time Leonor Varela plays Marta. In subsequent episodes, Marta is played by Patricia Velasquez.

    • Marta's last name is Estrella, which translates to "star" in spanish.

    • This was #46 in's "Top 50 Episodes of the Year" feature.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Gob: Now I have to stand next to her like I'm Rita Wilson. Rita Wilson is an actress (Sleepless in Seattle, Jingle All the Way, etc), but is more famous for being married to Tom Hanks.

    • Access Hollywood Marta is interviewed by a Mexican entertainment news program Acceso Mexico!, parodying one series of tabloid infotainment programs.

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