Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 4

Good Grief!

Aired Unknown Dec 05, 2004 on Netflix

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  • "Pop Pop gets a treat?"

    Arrested Development could be defined by any number of its superb episodes throughout its all-too-brief three season run, but I'm not sure there's an episode as fantastic, hilarious and filled with little inside jokes as much as "Good Grief." Sure, I've laughed harder at other episodes, but something about this one just flows. I've seen in a dozen times now, and it just remains as funny as ever every single time. The subtleties that the writers sprinkle throughout remind us why every episode of the show in itself can be considered an event of sorts. There's always a ton of stuff happening, and minor things may have major impacts later in the show.

    For those new to the show and need a quick synopsis, here it goes, because trying to explain the episode in depth would require you to have watched every episode up until this point. The Bluth family hired a bounty hunter named Ice to find their father, who was hiding in Mexico. Ice returns and announces that George Michael is dead, and the family all begins to mourn in their strange dysfunctional way. Gob, who is trying to hard to get into Poof (not Gary from work, the magazine!), decides that in the absence of his father's body, he will bury himself in a coffin and rise a week later, because everyone knows that their father loved magic so much.

    Meanwhile, Ann, George Michael's strange girlfriend, breaks up with him, leaving George Michael heartbroken and Michael somewhat happy. Mix this with the plot involving Lindsey and Tobias' open relationship and Maeby's need to escape her parents and you have an episode that most shows would likely bungle in trying to address all of the plots but this show pulls off like gangbusters.

    So how does it all come together? How do the writers do such a superb job? By not pandering to an audience for easy laughs. We get call backs to previous episodes, themes and jokes from Season 1 in the most random of episodes, we get classic lines ("It's as Ann as the nose on Plain's face," "Pop Pop gets a treat?" "I don't know what I'm saying!" and dozens more at least...) and we get jokes that mix with one another and interact with each other in ways that Larry David wish he could do on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    There's also recurring jokes, including a particularly subtle yet hilarious one involving a song played in the Charlie Brown cartoon that is usually supposed to play over the Christmas episode but instead here comes to represent the sadness of certain characters (the episode is also named after one of Charlie Brown's great lines).

    There's just too many funny moments to point out, and I'm hard-pressed to point out one that stands out.. all I can say is that any time Michael complains about Ann, or the entire "Poof" conversation that opens the episode, is an example of how quick the show is with its wit and humor. The fact that there are numerous episodes that achieve nearly the same level of insanity as this one shows how great this show truly is. But don't take my word for it.. watch it yourself and decide.
  • What a hilarious well done!!

    This is such a great episode. How they keep coming back at you with the Peanuts sad walk of being disappointed throughout the entire episode. It takes a good writing team to be able to keep a gag like that rolling and they did such a great job of it. One of the best instances of the peanuts sad walk is when someone eats Tobias's eggs, and he gets so angry then he does the peanuts sad walk. I am so sad that they are cancelling the show, it is the best comedy on T.V. and this episode is one my favorites. Can you name a bad episode of this series cause I can not. Every episode is just sooo funny. Thanks for reading.
  • One of my (if not the) absolute favorite episodes. The family learns of George Sr.'s death, and this sets off a series of comic events that only the world's most disfunctional family could achieve. A must see!

    "Good Grief" of season 2 is one of the most well written and well acted episodes and it consistently rates as one of the best of the series. This is the episode where we see the running gag of the sad Charlie Brown walk, first with George Michael, as he is dumped by his girl friend, and then collapses on the living room floor in the ultimate display of teen depression. He can't fully mourn his loss , however, as his dad informs him that the family has just learned of George Sr.'s death in Mexico. George Sr.'s appearent death sets off a series of some of the best comic events in this groundbreaking series' history. First of all, Buster can't be told because the family fears his reaction. GOB decides to stage the illusion of his career, and be buried alive in his father's place. This should get him on the cover of Poof magazine and revive his reputation after a series of unfortunate performances.

    George Michael soon discovers that his grandfather is not dead, and helps him hide in the attic, where he can be witness to his own wake. What unfolds are some classic moments and some of the unforgetable quotes from the show. We get Tobias doing John Wayne and then his Charlie Brown walk. George Michael gives a eulogy for PopPop (as the only family member who knows he's alive) and offers to bring up some salmon rolls. George Sr. replies, "How many times do I gotta tell this kid, chicken wings." Michael's classic line: "It's as Ann as the nose on plain's face." Buster's WWI Stripper uniform. And the colossally funny build up to, and execution of GOB's grand illusion, which goes hysterically wrong.

    What a great episode. It was one of the first that I saw and remains one of my favorites!
  • Whoa baby!!

    This is my favorite episode! I love the references to Peanuts whenever a character is sad...with the song "Christmastime is Here" playing in the background the character walks with his/her head down. The first time it's George Michael and he walks past a red doghouse with a dog laying on it, it doesn't get much better than that! Sometimes running jokes just don't work, but Arrested Development manages to keep it funny having this happen to George Michael (twice b/c of a broken heart), Tobias (b/c someone ate his hard-boiled eggs), George Sr. (b/c of the newspaper article), and at the end Gob (b/c of Poof Magazine).
    Also, the scenes about George Sr's "death" are great. Ice catering the wake, Buster's card, Gob's's a beautiful thing!
  • Pop Pop ain't dead!

    For the past few episodes it has been teased about George Sr's death which turns out to be false in this episode, showing that the narrator can sometimes get his facts wrong.

    This episode was very well plotted with Michael thinking his son was hiding Ann in the attic and not his grandfather and the role reversal at the end with now only Michael knowing he was in the attic.

    Buster screwing up Gob's magic trick was a hilarious scene with Gob literally getting buried with no illusion whatsoever.

    The reactions to George Sr's death were very well done as was Maeby trying to get her mother to cheat so she could leave the family and overall, this episode is quite entertaining and sets up some possible plots for the future.
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