Arrested Development

The One Where They Build a House

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 11/14/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Michael is driven crazy by Gob when he impresses the board as the new company figurehead due to Michael's legal troubles. Meanwhile, George Sr. is arrested in Mexico for a crime Oscar committed, and Buster witnesses something that utterly shocks 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 (3)
  • George Sr goes to Mexico

    By jimbo_001, May 29, 2006

  • This episode shows how well this sitcom is written, I love it.

    By b2c3, Nov 11, 2005

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors has never been so funny

    By scr0lleh, Sep 07, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • George Michael: She sometimes takes a little pack of mayonnaise and she’ll squirt it in her mouth all over. And then she’ll take an egg and kind of...mmmm! She calls it a 'mayon-egg.' Are you okay?

    • Lindsay: There's a cream with real diamonds in it...I can actually smear diamonds on my face, and it's only $400 a tub! That's like, what? A million diamonds for $400? A million f*cking diamonds!

    • Buster: You lied to me, Mother. You told me I wasn't fit to serve!

    • Lucille: I want you out of the house. Oscar: Oh, I want you everywhere.

    • Lucille: (regarding Oscar) You're building a house. I want you to give it to him. Michael: It's not a real house. Lucille: Perfect, he's not a real man.

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    Notes (8)

    • Jason Bateman ("Michael") and Tom Jane also worked together in the 2002 movie The Sweetest Thing.

    • Judy Greer receives the "And" credit.

    • Mae Whitman takes over the role of 'Ann' originally played by Alessandra Toreson in the first season finale, "Let 'Em Eat Cake."

    • Rating: 5.7/8

    • Guest stars Collins and Duguay both starred together on the FOX sketch comedy series, MADtv, when Duguay joined the cast for the sixth season.

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    Trivia (9)

    • The truck Tobias is hiding on says "Blendin Moving and Storage". Blendin is the "company" used by the feds when they're on stakeout in "Shock And Aww" and "Staff Infection".

    • The picture of the proposed child of George Sr. and Kitty is provided by the "Mommy, What Will I Look Like?" company that Lindsay started.

    • Buster's oddly-shaped reproductive organs were first referenced in "Storming the Castle": Lucille comments that Lucille 2 changed him as a baby, to which Buster replied, "That's why she wasn't surprised".

    • While Lindsay is talking to the "bum", Tobias camouflages himself within a Cloud Mir advertisement. When Michael was dating Jessie, she got Lindsay a job with Cloud Mir Vodka.

    • When George Sr. is making his case to the Mexican police, you can see the top of his head is much whiter than the rest of his head. Suggesting that he kept his yarmulke on when he escaped?

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    Allusions (3)

    • A still photo, with a caption regarding George Sr.'s possible death, is shown on Los Mas Buscados de Mexico. Translated to English, this becomes Mexico's Most Wanted, a reference to FOX's own America's Most Wanted.

    • The falling wall stunt in this episode was taken from Buster Keaton's silent feature Steamboat Bill Jr. which has been duplicated many times, though never by another "Buster" as shown here.

    • n/a: "Mission Accomplished" banner
      The ribbon cutting ceremony spoofs President George W. Bush's speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, declaring an end to major combat operations in Iraq, which has been harshly criticized as being premature.

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