Arrested Development

Not Without My Daughter

Season 1, Ep 21, Aired 4/25/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Michael takes Maeby to work with him on Take Your Daughter to Work Day. After being slighted by Michael, Tobias, George-Michael and Gob all go to the mall to prove that they are just manly. Oscar takes Lucille and Buster to Annyong's soccer game.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeffrey Tambor

    George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth

  • Portia de Rossi

    Lindsay Bluth Fünke

  • David Cross

    Tobias Fünke

  • Ron Howard


  • Jason Bateman

    Michael Bluth

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • A sitcom that can suprise.

    By francklloyd, Oct 12, 2007

  • Lindsay gets a job while Buster bonds with Oscar

    By jimbo_001, May 28, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • George, Sr.: Ban on organized sports? Buster: You know, how you wouldn't let me sign up for anything when I was a kid. George, Sr.: Is that what you’ve been thinking all these years? No, no, look, you were ... you were just a turd out there, you know? You couldn’t kick, and you couldn’t run, you know? You were just a turd. Buster: Prison has destroyed the way you talk. If that's what it takes to impress these guys around here, then they are not your friends.

    • (On a 'Girls with Low Self-Esteem' video for Gob's magic act) Announcer: It was a wild time on the beach, and if you like magic, look away. The only thing this guy could make fly away was the crowd.

    • George Michael: Hey, Dad. Do you think this purse goes with this outfit? Where’d my dad go? Tobias: (falsetto) Douche-chill.

    • George Michael: There are certain things that I can talk to you about that I can’t really with my dad, like, uh ... were-were you ever awkward around girls? Gob: What do you mean? Like if there were three of us and I didn’t know where to start? No, I think I did pretty well. Not a lot of complaints, if you know what I mean. At least not from the girl.

    • Gob: What do you use for misdirection? Lindsay: Misdirection? Gob: Yeah, I mean if you're so good at magic, what did you have them looking at to divert their attention? Lindsay: I don't know. My ass. Gob: My ass. You're lying.

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    Notes (12)

    • In addition to members of "Mr. Show," "SNL," "Seinfeld," "Upright Citizens Brigade," and other great sketch/ensemble comedy shows to appear on "AD", Kevin McDonald from "Kids in the Hall" appears here in an all too brief cameo.

    • The mall security office advertises Security Guard Classes. Powers to Arrest are $30. Firearms Qualifications are $99. And Annual Re-Qualification is $55.

    • Oscar's jacket says "David Cassidy Live." In "Whistler's Mother," Oscar told Michael that he wrote "All You Need are Smiles" for David to perform on television.

    • Given what happened on the video and the events of "Top Banana," we see that Gob hasn't had much luck keeping doves alive.

    • Oscar's "All You Need Is Smiles" is available for listen in the "Original Songs" section of the season 1 DVD.

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    Trivia (2)

    • One of the police officers makes reference to having daughters who seem to have run off somewhere. In the next season, the same officers are a couple and hire Maggie to be a surrogate mother so they can finally have children. Their next appearance completely disregards the fact that they already have kids.

    • When Buster runs through the kids, you can see the football being left behind Buster. But in the next cut, he is kicking it in front of him.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: Not Without My Daughter
      The title of this episode is a reference to the 1991 movie about a mother's struggle to keep her daughter with her - a theme shared by several characters in this episode.

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