Arrested Development

Let 'Em Eat Cake (1)

Season 1, Ep 22, Aired 6/6/04
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  • Episode Description
  • In the first season finale, George Sr. has a heart attack, and Maeby is jealous when George Michael likes another girl. Meanwhile, Lindsay decides to leave Tobias until a book he wrote a long time ago becomes a gay bestseller, and Buster and Annyong compete over women.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeffrey Tambor

    George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth

  • Portia de Rossi

    Lindsay Bluth Fünke

  • David Cross

    Tobias Fünke

  • Ron Howard

    Narrator (uncredited)

  • Jason Bateman

    Michael Bluth

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • George Sr flees the country while Michael and son flees the city

    By jimbo_001, May 28, 2006

  • A climax to end the first season

    By ozziefan, Jan 09, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Gob: Don't you worry. It'll take a lot more than a heart attack to kill that old bear. (starts sobbing) Old bear! He likes the honey! He never got a chance to see my bee business take off. Michael: C'mon now. Dad's gonna be around another thirty years, Gob. Your business, uh, might not. Gob: You're a good brother, Michael. Heart attack never stopped old big bear!

    • Gob: I’m in charge now. I speak for this family. I mean ... I could if you wanted me to. I’d rather not, obviously. Don’t know what I’d say. Why do I have to be the one? I don’t need this. Why does this have to become my problem? No, I’m out. Forget it. Find somebody else. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of doing everything for this family.

    • Gob: The zero hour, Michael. It's the end of the line. I'm the firstborn. Sick of playing second fiddle. Always third in line for everything. Tired of finishing fourth. Being the fifth wheel. There are six things I'm mad about, and I'm taking over.

    • Gob: Oh. Good. Well, I’ll start my own business. How hard can it be? (Buzzes) Bzz! We’ll see who brings in more honey. (Buzzes and walks off) Michael: He's thinking about bees again.

    • Lindsay: Is that a shot at me? Gob: Probably. Lindsay: Because, for your information, I have a job. Michael: Really? What kind of job? Lindsay: Beads! Gob: Bees?! Lindsay: Beads. Gob: Beads?! Michael: Gob's not on board.

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    Notes (9)

    • For this entire season, the show won the 2004 Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Comedy Series" and "Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series", and, the TCA (Television Critics Association) Awards for "Outstanding Comedy" and "Outstanding New Program". Also, it was nominated for the latter in the "Program of the Year" category. Plus, Jason Bateman ("Michael") and Jeffrey Tambor ("George Sr.") were nominated for that (separately) in the "Individual Achievement in Comedy" category, while Tambor was also nominated for the Emmy for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series".

    • This episode was nominated for the 2005 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series", and the 2005 Eddie for "Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television".

    • Incorrectly titled "Let Them Eat Cake" in the Season One DVD set.

    • A slight warping of the "On the next Arrested Development..." was used for this episode. Instead of the usual gag, they used a preview for "On the next season of Arrested Development."

    • While sharing a humorous anecdote during a June 4, 2004 standup comedy appearance in Brooklyn, New York, David Cross ("Tobias Fünke") gave away the ending to one of this episode's storylines. Presumably, he didn't realize that the debut airing had been postponed until the following Sunday.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Barry Zuckerhorn's secretary, who filed an employment discrimination suit against Barry when he called him a homo in "In God We Trust", was at Tobias's book reading.

    • The "Visiting Hours" sign in the hospital has the H missing, referring to the episode Visiting Ours.

    • George Sr: I have the worst f[bleep]ing lawyers". This was originally spoken in the pilot episode.

    • Tobias's book reading schedule (seen just before he gives his book reading) is for the following dates: Saturday, Sunday, Here, There, Another Place, Another Time, Everywhere, Monday, Monthly.

    • The gay French-named bookstore where The Man Inside Me is given a prominent display is named the "Livres Aux Folles" ("Books of a feather").

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    Allusions (3)

    • Let 'Em Eat Cake "Let Them Eat Cake" is the usual translation of Marie Antoinette's response during the height of a bread shortage in Paris. She is (incorrectly) quoted as joking, "If they have no bread, then let them eat cake!" ("S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu'ils mangent de la brioche."). Marie Antoinette was the wife of the French King Louis XVI and was executed publicly during the French Revolution.

    • Livres aux Folles The gay French-named bookstore where The Man Inside Me is given a prominent display is probably named after the French movie "La Cage aux Folles" (1978) - a very famous gay movie. "The Birdcage" is the American remake of that movie.

    • n/a: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
      The registered nurse on duty at the hospital is named Ratched, like the infamous antagonist from the 1975 Best Picture-winning movie and the Ken Kesey novel it was based on.

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