Arrested Development


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 11/2/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Meet the Bluths. In the pilot, Michael decides to take a job in Arizona after being passed over by George Sr. for head of the Bluth Company. George Sr. is jailed, and the family realizes they need Michael.

  • 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 (22)
  • about this episode

    By JordanWelch, Aug 14, 2013

  • "Illusion, Michael.. a trick is something a whore does for money."

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Jun 06, 2011

  • 101

    By Canogaparkcindy, Sep 30, 2010

  • This is the story of a wealthy family who lost it all and the one son who had to keep them all together. Moments after Michael Bluth decides he is leaving the family company for good his father is arrested for shady bookkeeping.

    By TraHag, Jul 18, 2005

  • Awesome.

    By Sarah_LOST, Jul 30, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • 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!

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    Notes (13)

    • 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.

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    Trivia (4)

    • 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.

    Allusions (4)

    • 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.

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