Arrested Development

Motherboy XXX

Season 2, Ep 13, Aired 3/13/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Lucille abducts George Michael for a mother-son dance; Buster adjusts to having a hook for a hand; Gob reunites with his estranged wife; Tobias stars as George Sr. in a biopic about the Bluth family, which causes Lindsay to become more attracted to him.

  • 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)
  • Lucille kidnaps George Michael for Motherboy

    By jimbo_001, May 31, 2006

  • Lucille drags George Michael to Motherboy and it's up to Michael to save him.

    By madison1314, Jul 09, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Lucille: Do you think enough time has passed to do Sonny and Cher? George-Michael: Who?

    • Michael: I think it's getting too risky keeping you up here. George, Sr.: You know what's risky? Letting your son go on that church thing. Michael: Her name is Ann, Dad, and he's not "going" on her, ok? They're just friends. George, Sr.: Not for long. They're making promises to each other. It's all that fidelity and pledging yourself to a woman garbage. I wine 'em and dine 'em, but I don't let them tell me what to do. (speaking to his dolls, arranged for a tea party) I don't let them tell me what to do. Michael: Ok, I should've never taken the pumps out of here.

    • Buster: My Army training tells me that this is going to be a hot mission. Michael: What? A hot mission? Buster: Yes. I create a diversion, and you grab George Michael and go. We need a name. Maybe “Operation Hot Mother.”

    • Michael: Buster, you can’t zip-line over there. Buster: Either I zip down, or he zips up, and that is a mighty long zipper on Mother’s Cher jumpsuit. You have to get on your knees to start it. Michael: This is much less scary. Godspeed, Buster!

    • George, Sr.: If you play me, you got to play me like a man and not like some mincing little Polly or Nellie! I get those names confused. Apology. (to dolls) Apologies all around.

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    Notes (5)

    • Tobias's firing from the movie (where he played "Frightened Inmate #2") was never aired, but seen on the DVD set as a deleted scene from the season 1 episode "Missing Kitty".

    • Instead of the regular end credit music, the episode features a soulful salute to Motherboy.

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series.

    • Burger King, a sponsor of the show, is "subtly" showcased throughout the episode.

    • Rating: 4.5/7

    Trivia (9)

    • The stuffed seal in Buster's bed is what he won in the episode "Afternoon Delight".

    • In the flashbacks of Buster & Lucille's "Best Couple" wins at Motherboy, they're wearing matching outfits. This is a reference to their appearance on the cover of Balboa Bay Window magazine and Michael's statement that "You guys wore matching outfits until he was twelve" in the episode "Switch Hitter".

    • Tobias's license plates suggest he auditioned (or hoped) for roles as a con man, a prisoner, a stand in for the Blue Man Group, and Dr. House.

    • Lucille: We had a fight. Who knows about what? Narrator: I do. This marks the first time the narrator refers to himself in the first person.

    • After correcting Dave Attell on the proper use of cut-offs, Tobias mutters "there are dozens of us". He proclaimed this loudly when the crowd booed George Michael for wearing cutoffs in the Living Classics Pageant in "In God We Trust" in season 1.

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    Allusions (3)

    • n/a: Abu Ghraib
      The picture entered into evidence in Gob's trial is remarkably similar to pictures from the Abu Ghraib prisoner scandal.

    • Jumped the Shark

      Right after Barry (played by Henry Winkler) announces he's going off to Burger King, he jumps over the shark they caught. "Jumping the shark" is a slang term for the moment at which a good show starts to take a turn for the worse. Additionally, because the phrase originated from an episode of Happy Days where Fonzie literally jumped over a shark tank with waterskis, this marked the second occasion Henry Winkler jumped the shark.

    • Visual: DR HOUSE
      The personalized license plate Tobias holds up that reads "DR HOUSE" refers to the hit FOX drama House.

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