Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 6

Afternoon Delight

Aired Unknown Dec 19, 2004 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

Gob stages mass firings after being inadvertently roasted at the Bluth Company Christmas party. Plus, Michael is forced to rebuild the Banana Stand, and Buster plays hooky from the Army at an arcade game.

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  • I own all 3 seasons on DVD and I don't know if I just find this episode to be really silly..

    I love all the characters in this show.. Just love them. Michael and Maeby at the office party singing along to afternoon delight, and then George Michael and Lindsay repeating the same thing again outside the banana stand. Loved how GOB was forced to wear the banana suit after he had ridiculed everyone at the office for wearing "cheap" suits. I have had many good laughs after GOB had "peeled" away the layers of his suit while inside the banana stand, and how Lucille had crashed into the stand, and how Buster has to save the day by operating the "giant" crane. That scnee right there pretty much left me almost on the ground with my pants soaked ;)

    I miss this show, they should bring it back but I doubt it as I have seen some of the actors signed to other shows now..moreless
  • The "Arrested Development" equivalent of a Christmas episode

    An apoplectic Gob, a deaf and concussed Tobias, and the creepiest Christmas party ever. Ted's unfortunate "toast" to the President will be one not soon forgot, as well.

    To sum up: Gob's arrogance as the President of the Bluth company is matched only by Michael's past reluctance to accept gifts from his employees, George-Michael passes on the company party to spend Christmas (Bethelehem time) with Ann's lovely family, and Buster learns a new skill down at the boardwalk. You really got to hand it those Bluth employees, though, sticking with the company through all of that SEC stuff, and then the latest round of incompetence. Hey, I'd laugh at a guy that bragged about how much his suit cost, too. And yes, Afternoon Delight is indeed a more suggestive song than one might imagine.

    Classic moment: a new twist on the old "slipping on a banana peel" gag.

  • It's Christmas time!

    Gob throws the company Christmas party this year where he continuously rises his exaggeration on how much his suit cost and fires all the employees, a very interesting management idea.

    The end of this episode is very well played out with everything coming together: the misunderstanding of Afternoon Delight, Gob in the banana suit, Tobias being deaf and Buster being an expert at the arcade crane game.

    Overall, this is an episode that will get even the most hard-to-impress person hooked and has priceless scenes throughout, involving all the characters and a few renditions of a song inappropriate to be sung by an aunt and nephew.moreless
Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Lindsay Bluth Fünke

David Cross

David Cross

Tobias Fünke

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Narrator (uncredited)

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

J.J. Wall

J.J. Wall

Uncle Paul

Guest Star

Al Eisenmann

Al Eisenmann

Al the Maintenance Man

Guest Star

Jim Gaines Sullivan

Jim Gaines Sullivan

Bus Driver

Guest Star

Charlie Hartsock

Charlie Hartsock


Recurring Role

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • During the "On the next Arrested Development" gag, Tobias is in his bed reading Acting: Like A Man, the book he once wrote.

    • In the background while Michael and Oscar are talking, a sign that says "Parking in Rear" can be seen. Given how Michael interpreted "put it in her brownie", the double-entendre to this sign is clear.

    • Foreshadowing upcoming episodes:
      One of the soft toys that Buster wins on the arcade game is a seal, much like the one that later bites of his hand.

    • The change machine Buster uses at the arcade clearly indicates that it takes only $10 and $20 bills, and will dispense change in the form of one or two $10 rolls of quarters. However, it accepts both Buster's $100 bill and dispenses loose quarters.

    • In "Top Banana" George Sr. stresses that "there is always money in the banana stand" because he kept $250,000 in the walls of the stand until Michael burns it down. Here we find out that the local youth play a prank on the Bluth family every year by throwing the frozen banana stand into the bay. It wouldn't be such a good idea to hide your money in something that may get washed to sea every Christmas.

    • When Gob is first seen leaving the apartment with the alcohol, he walks in the hall uninterrupted. However, later when Buster is shown walking in the hall to the apartment, we see him pass Gob right as Gob is leaving with the alcohol.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Michael: My mom needs something you can give her.
      Oscar: What does Lucille want?
      Michael: She sounds tense. She needs some afternoon delight.
      Oscar: I have some left. I wonder which way I should get it into her...
      Narrator: Oscar was referring to "Afternoon Delite", a type of cannabis responsible for slowing things down.
      (Michael quickly interrupts)

      Michael: I don't need to hear the details.
      Oscar: Maybe I should put it in her brownie.

    • Lindsay: What happened to you?
      Tobias: (with a bandage wrap on his head) What? Oh, oh! My ears. The doctor said I can't go to sleep for five hours, or I might die or something. (to George Michael) Oh! I got blown! So, I can't sleep!

    • Al: Need a hand with that?
      Gob: No, Al, I want to spill booze all over my freaking $6,300 suit. Come on on!!

    • George Sr.: (about Lucille) Sounds tense. That means she's not getting any from my brother Oscar.

    • Gob: God, how they used to laugh with me.
      Michael: At you.

    • Tobias: (underneath Lucille's car) Hey, it's Tobias...who wants to take me to the hospital?

    • Lucille: Michael, I was almost attacked last night in my own home! I walk in and there's a colored man in my kitchen!
      Michael: Colored? What color was he, exactly?
      Lucille: Blue.

    • (Gob's big sexual harrassment speech)
      Gob: And please refrain from discussing or engaging in any sort of inter-office *BLEEP*ing, or *BLEEP*ing, or finger-*BLEEP*ing, or *BLEEP*ing or *BLEEP*ing, or even *BLEEP*, even though so many people in this office are begging for it. And if anybody does anything with my sister Lindsay, I'll take off my pants, I'll shave my *BLEEP*, and I'll personally *BLEEP*.

    • Gob: (about wearing his father's clothes) But I did finally get into Dad's pants. Although I had to have the crotch taken in a little bit.

    • Buster: (holding stuffed animals) These are my awards, Mother. From Army. The seal is for marksmanship, and the gorilla is for sand racing. Now if you'll excuse me, they're putting me in something called Hero Squad.

    • Gob: I did the right thing, Michael. If I don't fire them, how do I teach a lesson to the others?
      Michael: There are no others. You fired everyone.

    • George Sr.: Don't get involved. Believe me, when I thought your first wife was driving us apart, I did not make a stink.
      Michael: You complained all the time, and she was my only wife. And she died.
      George Sr.: Yeah, well. See, things have a way of working themselves out.

    • Lucille: (holding her rape horn in one hand and a fireplace poker in the other) But I have a surprise for whoever it is if he comes back. First I blow him, then I poke him.
      Michael: Guy has no idea what he's in for.

    • Lucille: Michael, a mother doesn't have a child to give herself company. Annyong was to teach Buster a lesson.
      Michael: And where is that little lesson?
      Lucille: I sent him to the Milford Academy to teach him a lesson. I can't remember about what.

    • Maeby: My mom signed me out of school early, so then she wouldn't have to pick me up later, so then she wouldn't be late for the Christmas party.
      Michael: That's about the worst thing I've ever heard.
      Maeby: I had to drive because she had a little bit of a buzz on.
      Michael: No, that's it.

    • Maeby: What? So, I'm not invited to the Bluth Company Christmas party?
      Lindsay: Oh, honey, of course you can go if you want to.
      Maeby: Thanks, Mom.
      Lindsay: No, you're not going to that. You see, if I show up with you, it'll just make me seem like I'm a mother.
      Maeby: I've never thought of you that way.

  • NOTES (4)