Pilot

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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!

  • (After George Sr. is put in jail) Michael: And Lindsay, I expected this from them because they're completely oblivious. But you, you should know better. (Michael walks away) Gob: Lindsay, he's really mad at you.

  • Narrator: And Michael finds it difficult to get his father out of jail. Michael: You love it here? George Sr.: Oh, I’m having the time of my life. Hey, T-Bone.

  • Birthday Party Man: I’ll be honest. I’m just more comfortable with an Alliance-approved magician. G.O.B.: Aw. Give ’em a hell of a show, champ. Teen Magician: (bleep) off, traitor.

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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.

  • The Season 1 DVD features an uncensored "Creator's Cut" version of "Pilot," which features nearly ten minutes of new/extended material.

  • The special intro lasted seconds and aired with the credits to that night's The Simpsons on the bottom of the screen. Ron Howard is shown wearing a tan hat, green-blue plaid jacket over a white shirt, and sitting in a leather chair. A graphic in the corner at the beginning of the intro shows the FOX Arrested Monopoly board game hotel piece, the show's logo and the words "Ron Howard" on top of "Executive Producer." He said, "Hi, I'm Ron Howard. For over forty years, you've invited me into your living rooms. But tonight, I come uninvited. Don't even try changing the channel because at this moment, I am on every channel." The screen is divided into four square images on Ron, then goes back to one. "Eh, well, I'm-I'm just joking; I'm only here on FOX. But I do really believe you're going to enjoy this." Short clips from the pilot play for a couple of seconds while his voice continues talking over them. "Tonight, I come to present to you an episode of television which I'm very proud of. It's the story of a family who lose their fortune, and then discovered that they must rely [the credits on the bottom end] on the one son whose just decided that he's better out without them. I do really believe you're going to enjoy this." [The image cuts to the Fox graphics leading into the show with the family and Fox logo as he continues talking over the video.] He finished by saying, "It's 'Arrested Development.'"

  • This episode was re-aired on August 15, 2004 with a special introduction from Executive Producer/Narrator Ron Howard.

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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.