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.