Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 13

Development Arrested

Aired Unknown Feb 10, 2006 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

Lucille throws a yacht party to celebrate the family's recent success, but the Bluths learn the sailing is still far from smooth.

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  • Rushed, and it shows

    Sorry folks, everyone wants to slap a 10 on this episode and it doesn't deserve it.

    Was it a successful conclusion to the series, perhaps. But it was well below the quality Arrested Development has had in past episodes.

    Lucille-completely out of character at the end. She is the "company mastermind"? Much too late for that bit.

    Annyong-out of nowhere, doesn't make much sense. In an hour-long episode where they can reference Annyong's Bluth past (types a lot like "Anyone".) a bit more detail might have worked. But as it is I didn't get his involvement in the second SEC raid.

    Lindsay's age-OK, so is she 37, 40, or 43? I at first thought se was lying about being 37 to Michael, when she was really 40, because twin brother Michael would know her real age. But then to say she was and adoptee and three years older, why does she whine about now bing 40? or is it her lie that's really 40, and her truth now 43?

    Oscar-Free shrimp? That's how George found Oscar after not finding him in earlier episodes?

    There were some good laughs (the older women remark, GM punching GOB, spooning) and as a series finalie it does a good job of tying up loose ends and bringing the series into a full circle. However, it just doesn't hold up to the high standards the series set for itself.

  • The end's not near, it's here!

    Why was this show cancelled? I just can't figure it out!!! Even in its final episode it is as hilarious and clever as it ever was!

    It makes me sad that the people don't know a good thing when they have it. The same happened To Veronica Mars, What About Brian and Dark Angel. I just don't get people!

    Though it was sad to see it go, they wrapped the show up nicely and in true crazy Arrested Development fashion.

    I was a little surprised to see who was really behind the madness, though I always suspected. And it was nice to see George Micheal man up and Gob still as shallow and stupid as always.

    I do love this show and I always will. Good thing I bought all three seasons so the memory lives on forever!moreless
  • Arrested Delevelopment we hardly knew ye, lol.

    I really enjoyed watching this episode and find it hilariously funny.

    I like how it sort of echoes the pilot in some ways and is really kind of not the usual happy ending you normally see in most series and it is just plain funny.

    I was kinda sad when it was over because I knew there probaply wouldn't be another episode, but there is a small possibility.

    I really wanted a great finale that would stay true to the series and I think this one accomplished that task. Oh, and please not I didn't see them as a two-hour-special, just this one after putting it off for ages.

    I will miss you Arrested Development and where ever you are please come back we miss ya-lol, captaindillo.moreless
  • Arrested Development, we hardly knew ye.

    Here lies Arrested Development. *Weep weep* One of my all time favorite comedies, taken before its time. All I have left are my DVD box sets, and the fervent hope that a movie might be made someday. This final episode wraps up the series with a few twists both unexpected and predictable. It was nice of the show to wrap it all up for us, instead of leaving us to wonder what had happened. It was hard to see you go, Arrested Development, but the time we spent together was truly memorable and infinitely quotable. "What about macaroni- let me finish- salad?" "I'm on mushrooms, bad mushrooms!"moreless
  • It was painful to watch only because it was the last episode : (

    The writers did a lot to emulate the pilot and i think it was effective in providing the show a good send off not that it deserved to be cancelled! Maybe the whole thing with Lucille being the evil schemer of the company was a bit rushed in the end not that it was out of her character. Still a thoroughly enjoyable episode and one of my favourite quotes was in this episode "Kitty likes to scratch". It was good that they brought back Annyong, Ann and the seal with the yellow bow. Arrested Development will be missed : (, Props to Ron Howard for having the last word.moreless
David Cross

David Cross

Tobias Fünke

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Michael Cera

Michael Cera

George Michael Bluth

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Lindsay Bluth Fünke

Somer Dice

Somer Dice

Young Lindsay

Guest Star

J.J. Wall

J.J. Wall

Uncle Paul

Guest Star

Ryan Ashley

Ryan Ashley

Hot Sailor Bix

Guest Star

Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.

Stan Sitwell

Recurring Role

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Ann Veal

Recurring Role

Charlie Hartsock

Charlie Hartsock


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Maeby was celebrating her sixteenth birthday in the previous episode, and although she is younger than George Michael, in this episode Michael says he is fifteen.

    • Hollywood Icon: (referring to Arrested Development) No, I don't see it as a series. Maybe a movie.
      A possible reference to the announced Arrested Development movie, which is being released in 2011.

    • CNBC's Jim Cramer upgrades Bluth stock from "Don't Buy" to "Risky." This was the second time Jim Cramer upgraded the stock in season 3. He upgraded the stock from "Sell" to "Don't Buy" earlier in the season in "The Cabin Show."

    • In the final four episodes, Lindsay mentions that she is 35, then later 37, until she is actually found out to be 40.

    • Michael mentions that if each person sells their stock, it would be about 2 million dollars each. The average cost of an episode of Arrested Development is 2 million dollars.

    • When George Michael tells his father about his feelings for Maeby, he says that he has felt this way for about 53 weeks. This is obviously a reference to the fact that this was the 53rd and last episode.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Michael: So, it's embezzlement, bribery and conspiracy.
      Lucille: And a whole lot of love.
      Michael: Oh, right: and perjury.

    • Stan Sitwell: Five percent? Lucille actually gave you less than her natural children.
      Lindsay: I hope that's not a crack about my hair color, lips, forehead, nose and teeth because at least I'm not the wearing a round sweater set on my face.

    • Jim Cramer: Let's turn to the Bluth's. I love these guys. They beat the treason charges. We had it as a don't buy. Let's bump it up to a risky.
      Michael: Risky! There it is! (high fives George Michael) We're doin' it. Are ya happy?
      George Michael: I'm really happy. I wonder if we should move out of town.

    • Barry: Those are balls. You're looking at balls here.

    • George Michael: I mean, I know it's wrong, you know, but my feelings are real even if it was a mistake.
      Michael: Well, obviously, acting on those feelings is not an option. She's a blood relative.
      George Michael: I know. I've seen the blood.
      Michael: How long has this been going on?
      George Michael: I don't know ... 53 weeks? I can't be around her with these feelings anymore, and that's why I'm not going to this party.

    • Lucille: Michael's right. And I, for one, will not go back to wondering whether there's going to be enough food on the table. (Table creaks and wobbles)
      Michael: Might wanna start worrying about the table.

    • Michael: Keep in mind, we are building something that is not only for our kids, it's also for George Michael and Maeby's kids too.
      George Michael: We can't have kids. What's the matter? What are you saying? It's not even an option really.
      Michael: Eventually, you'll want to.
      George Michael: Sure, I may want to, you know, now. It doesn't matter. Either way, I won't do anything about it. Come on!

    • Michael: Where is Gob?
      George Sr.: Oh, who knows? I don't even know where he lives.
      Buster: He doesn't live at Michael's?
      Tobias: I've always pictured him in a lighthouse.

    • Buster: Oh, I'm not comfortable near the ocean since the seal attack. The ocean is my second biggest fear.
      Lucille: Good, don't come. I need to be rubbing elbows, not working your fork.

    • Michael: Hey, are you scared of a monster?
      George Michael: Kind of.
      Narrator: It was the monster called lust, to which he had recently succumbed.

    • Lucille: (to the hot sailors) You boys know how to shovel coal?
      Narrator: I don't even want to tell you what these guys thought that meant.

    • Tobias: Although, perhaps I should call the 'hot cops' and tell them to come up with something more nautically themed ... 'HOT sailors' ... or 'hot sea-ma'.
      Michael: I like 'hot sailors'.
      Tobias: Me, too ...

    • Michael: What have I said was always the most important thing?
      George Michael: Family.
      Michael: I was going to say ... breakfast ... but how about we go over to Gange's and have a little of both.

    • Narrator: Soon, George Michael went to Ann's to try to win her back. But her Uncle Paul told him that Ann had moved in with her boyfriend. He also mentioned that we all only had 3 more weeks on earth and that fossils were just something the Jews buried in 1924.

    • Narrator: It was Arrested Development.

    • Narrator: Although George Michael had only got to second base, he'd gone in head first, like Pete Rose.

  • NOTES (12)

    • Unlike the other season finales, which ended with "On the next season of Arrested Development," this episode ends with "On the epilogue." However, when this was broadcast, closed captioning had "On some future Arrested Development" as this line.

    • This episode was titled "Harboring Resentment" in press releases, though its listed title was changed to "Development Arrested" several days before it aired. It appears that "Development Arrested" is the official title, as this is what the episode was referred by at the 2006 Emmy Awards, as well as on the season 3 DVD released days later.

    • This episode reenacts shots and scenes, And refers to events that took place in the pilot:

      1) The episode starts off with the same music and opening as the last one but instead of Michael being happy because "he's decided to never speak to these people again" Michael is crying because "now he'll have to stay with these people for a long, long time."

      2) Michael talks with his son about the most important thing only this time he is the one referring to breakfast.

      3) Tobias Hugging Michael as he sees him.

      4) Gob saying: "Are those police boats?"

      5) Lucille gets arrested on a boat party (Just like her husband did in the pilot)

      6) Michael decides to leave the family after Lucille gets arrested on the boat party, While in the pilot after his father gets arrested at the boat party, He decides to stay and help them.

    • The last four episodes were aired together in a 2-hour long finale.

    • Series finale.

    • The Korean banana stand reads: "Cold Banana. Delicious brown taste!"

    • Michael says breakfast is the most important thing while George Michael says that family is. In the first episode, George Michael said breakfast and Michael said family.

    • This episode is also known as "Harboring Resentment."

    • The creators finally deal with the fact that they haven't mentioned where Gob lives since he moved out of the Bluth Mansion and sunk his boat, which he was living on for a while.

    • The producers take a slight dig at the show that replaced Arrested Development by showing a billboard describing Skating with Celebrities as 'A Train Wreck on Ice'.

    • The seal that Buster encounters at the end is the same one that bit off his hand. You can tell by the yellow ribbon around its neck.

    • Ron Howard is seen in person for the first time.


    • n/a: The band Arrested Development
      When Michael says "Give a man a fish," that is a reference to a song by the band Arrested Development. Also, it's a very well known quote by Confucius, an ancient Chinese philosopher.