Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 13

Beef Consomme

Aired Unknown Feb 15, 2004 on Netflix
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After learning that Marta has feelings for him, Michael goes to her and they decide to get permission from Gob before taking things to the next level. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Tobias finally get to the heart of his "never-nude" problem and George Sr. faces his first hearing.moreless

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  • "You're a good guy, mon frère. That means "brother" in French. I don't know why I know that. I took four years of Spanish!"

    And so the tale of Michael, Marta and Gob comes to an end in a way that only "Arrested Development" could pull off: in a hilarious three-way chase/fight between Michael, Gob and Buster. I thought it was strange to see Marta written off so nonchalantly, but it was about time, and the episode was great.

    "Beef Consomme" ties up all of the plot points of the previous episode while still making it possible for the show to come back to them later down the line. And despite being a continuation, the episode freshens things up a bit and gives us a new plot to follow along with.

    Behind all of the Michael and Marta drama, there's a new development with George Bluth. His trial has arrived and Barry, the bumbling lawyer (again played by Henry Winkler) wants the whole family to show up for it. Of course, things don't go according to plan. Michael realizes Marta wants to be with him, and the two fool around only to be stopped by a series of signs (when Michael tries to put music on to sweeten the mood, it's a tape of Gob singing a love song). Buster spends his time trying to win over Marta and get punched in the face. Meanwhile, Tobias finally gets a part in a movie, but it requires nudity. Lindsey tries to help him through his never-nude phase and ends up somewhat rekindling their relationship, and George Michael grows closer to learning whether Maeby is actually related to him or not. All of this happens while George, Gob and Lucille await George Bluth's sentencing.

    I mentioned the chase/fight at the end of the episode, and there's something so unchoreographed, gritty… even hilarious in the way Gob attacks Michael upon learning him and Marta hooked up. Marta's break-up with both Gob and Michael is perhaps the most contrived part of an otherwise superb episode.moreless
  • Marta's last appearance

    The end of this episode is hilarious, with the camera not being allowed to film the court room scene, but not before it is revealed that Barry Zuckerkorn just came from another case where he was the accused, much like the Simpsons’ Lionel Hutz (“I’ve argued in front of every judge in the state, often as a lawyer”).

    Buster had some great scenes in this episode, especially his fantasy to get punched in the face and Marta not knowing who he was.

    Tobias starts to get over his never-nude condition in a hilarious way and starts to conclude that plot of the show aswell after Marta broke up with both brothers.

    Overall, this episode is entertaining from start to finish and is one of the best season one episodes so far.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


Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Jesus Nebot

Jesus Nebot


Guest Star

Michael Paul Chan

Michael Paul Chan

Judge Lionel Ping

Recurring Role

Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez


Recurring Role

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Barry Zuckerkorn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The white court officer in this episode apparently has the same name as the black prison guard in Episode 9 - N. Brent.

    • The four words in the Spanish dictionary we see are "Heno" ("Hay"), "Hermafrodita" ("Hermaphrodite" (with drawing of Tobias)), "Hermano" ("Brother" (with a drawing of Michael and Gob)) and "Hermosa" ("Beautiful" (with a drawing of Lindsay)).

    • The mariachi band plays "Love is in the Air," the same song Gob was heard singing.

    • George Michael knocks on Lucille 2's door when he goes to visit Lucille.

    • When Gob goes to hit Tio, he uses his right fist. Earlier in the episode, Gob states that he doesn't hit with his right hand because he needs it for his tricks (so he lets his left fist do the talking for both fists).

    • Since GOB took four years of Spanish, it can probably be presumed that Michael, raised in Southern California and having attended the same high school as GOB, also took at least one year of Spanish. For anyone who has taken a high school language class, directions are as common if not more common than relations in remedial language classes.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Narrator: On the next Arrested Development, Tobias quietly overcompensates.
      (Tobias enters the dining room, where Michael, Lindsey, Buster, and GOB are having breakfast, totally nude and streaching his arms)
      Tobias: Please, tell me there's some coffee left. (Pours a cup of coffee.) I slept very well last night. (Kisses Lindsey on the cheek and leaves.)

    • Marta: What is wrong with you? I thought you were good people. I thought you were noble. I thought you care about family, but you clearly don't. It's over. Both of you. It's over.

    • Barry: What are you doing? They'll add ten years to your sentence.
      George, Sr.: They'll never catch me!

    • Lucille: Look, you're my husband, and you belong back at home with me.
      George, Sr.: You really love me.
      Lucille: Call it what you want. I'm tired of paying Lupe to clean one dish.

    • Maeby: I'm glad to have this family, you know. 'Cause I know I said some bad stuff, but it's much better here than it was in Boston. And I have a cousin here, so even if my parents do get divorced, I have you, right?
      Narrator: George Michael realized that no matter how much it upset him, he didn't want to take Maeby's family away from her.
      George Michael: Yeah, you got us all right.
      Maeby: Now, all I need is a boyfriend.

    • Lucille: (about Maeby) She's not real. She was made in a cup. Like soup. $130,000 cup of soup.

    • Buster: So, are you going to hit me?
      Gob: No, I'm not going to hit you. You're not the brother Marta's cheating on me with.
      Buster: Oh, who is?
      Gob: How should I know, Buster?

    • Buster: Well, I would never, uh, do this while you were still going out, but, uh ... if you're done with her, I'd sure like a crack at her.
      Gob: Right, right ... That sounds great. Go for it, buddy ... But you know that she's kind of used to being with me, right? So ... it would be sort of like going from prime rib to, I don't know, weird brother of prime rib.

    • Lucille: Why haven't you called me back? I'm worried about your father's hearing.
      Michael: Mom, listen, it's going to be fine. I'm on it, ok? I'm taking care of it. I'll be there first thing Friday morning.
      Lucille: It's tomorrow at 4:30!
      Michael: Oh, I should write that down.

    • Buster: Mom always taught us to curl up in a ball and remain motionless when confronted. That's what I did in high school when I almost got into a fight.
      Michael: I think that was about being attacked by bears.

    • Michael: Gob, there's no need for violence. There never is. I'd like to think that we're all, you know, intelligent, mature ... um ... adults that can settle their differences, whenever they come to light, through words.
      Gob: Yeah, well, I let my fists do the talking. Not this one, 'cause obviously, I need it for coin tricks and stuff. But this one, I let it speak for both of them.

    • Maeby: Don't talk to me about my mom. She's crazy. Both of them are. Sometimes, I wish we weren't even related.
      George Michael: Hey, you know, maybe we're not. Because when you think about it, we don't really even look like each other.
      Maeby: No, I was talking about my parents. God, what's wrong with this family?!

    • Michael: I got to tell Gob.
      Marta: No, I have to tell him.
      Michael: Yes, but-but you-you speak a little slowly, and I really want to get this thing moving along. So, listen. You do the noble thing, and you tell him you've met someone else. I'm going to do the noble thing, and tell him that it's me. While I'm doing my noble thing, you could put those photos in a box, get rid of the wand, and we can do the wrong thing the right way.

    • Marta: You sound like your brother.
      Michael: Oh, thank you.
      Marta: Gob is like the cock of the walk, but not you. You are so kind. You're sensitive, like a woman.
      Michael: That's enough.

    • Gob: You're a good guy, mon frère. That means "brother" in French. I don't know why I know that. I took four years of Spanish!

    • Michael: I owe you an apology.
      Marta: No, I owe you an apology. I'm so ashamed that I was so disrespectful to your brother.
      Michael: Oh, who cares? Nobody respects him.

    • Tobias: When a man needs to prove to a woman that he's actually ... When a man loves a woman, and he actually wants to make love to her, something very, very special happens. And with deep, deep concentration and great focus he is often able to achieve an erec --
      George Michael: I'm sorry, I'm going to stop you here.

    • Michael: That's one of the things that attracted me to you; your sense of right and wrong. I also like your hair and your face and your breasts.

    • Barry Zuckerkorn: It would help if you would all show up looking like a loving, supportive family.
      Lucille: For how long?
      Barry Zuckerkorn: Ten minutes tops.
      Lucille: See if you can get it down to five.

    • Gob: Hey, guy ... They tell me you're the actor who plays Marta's brother Tio.
      Tio: ¿Cómo?
      Gob: You're going to be in a como, all right.

    • (Michael remembers he has to appear in court to support his father)
      Michael: My father's ... hearing.
      Marta: With my father, it is the vision.

    • George Michael: Uncle Gob, was Aunt Lindsay ever pregnant?
      Gob: Yeah, sure, dozens of times.

    • (Maeby walks down to see her parents fighting)
      Lindsay: I'm saying everytime something starts to go well for you, you blow it.
      Tobias: Nothing has ever gone well for me and you know it!
      Lindsay: That's my point, you ... (sees Maeby) ... handsome cowboy, you.
      Tobias: Oh, great. And now you're mocking me. You selfish c... (sees Maeby) ... ountry-music-loving lady.

    • Gob: (to Michael) Tell you what. You may not be good with women, but you are great with other people's women. I'll give you that.

    • Michael: Mom wanted me to tell you that she doesn't care whether you live or die, but if you're not dead, she would like to see you at the courthouse tomorrow in a blue sweater.
      Buster: Damn it! I hate the blue sweater.
      Michael: She said it would look nice with the grey pants.
      Buster: Damn it! She's right.

    • Michael: (to Marta) Hi. My brother said we can do it. That didn't come out as romantic as I'd hoped, but ...

    • Gob: Where am I? Am I in two-thirds of a hospital room?

    • (Buster walks into the courthouse with a mariachi band)
      Lucille: Oh, for God's sake. He's on his own for two days, and he joins a gang.

    • Barry: Sorry, sorry, sorry I'm so late. I had another hearing. Here's the good news: I think I'm going to get off, huh? I have a good lawyer.

    • (Reading off George Sr.'s crimes)
      Judge Ping: Conspiracy, racketeering, evidence tampering, fraud, theft, grand theft, petty theft.
      Barry: Wow, I-I did not get that page.

    • (After Marta breaks up with both Gob and Michael)
      Buster: Wait, wait. What about - what about me?
      Marta: I'm sorry, I'm not totally sure who you are.
      Buster: Wow. Wow. That's what it feels like to get punched in the face.

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