Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 4

Key Decisions

Aired Unknown Nov 23, 2003 on Netflix



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Michael: Look, I'm trying to get development started. I've got six guys on bulldozers waiting to get underway.
      Lindsay: Well, what about the trees?
      Michael: Oh, we're just gonna cover them with blankets ... I'm ripping 'em out.

    • Surgeon: Looks like the shiv would have done some real damage if it hadn't been for this. It was in your lower intestine.
      (Surgeon shows Gob the key)
      Gob: So close.

    • Gob: You've got nothing to worry about. We're going to be together for a long time.
      Marta: We're a family now. I am so happy. I'm going to call the kids.
      Gob: (to himself after Marta leaves) I've made a huge mistake.

    • Buster: Has your hair always been that pointy, Miss Austero?
      Lucille 2: It's Lucille.
      Buster: Right, right. That's my mom's name.

    • Gob: I'm a complete failure.
      George, Sr.: Where'd you get that kind of talk?
      Gob: From you. You always say that about me.
      George, Sr.: Well, maybe you're not entirely to blame. I haven't always been the best kind of father either.
      Gob: Dad, you've done a pretty good job of being a father to everybody in here. What have they got that I don't? I mean, you've never even ... thrown a ball around with me.
      George, Sr.: Great. Now, you're an athlete.

    • Lucille: Buster's out of control!
      Michael: What, another panic attack?
      Buster: Me? No. She's just wigged out because I have a girlfriend.
      Lucille: A waiter hands him a note, suddenly he's Steve McQueen.

    • George Michael: You know, I can see why your mom likes it. It is a really nice tree ...
      Maeby: We've got to get it torn down.
      George Michael: ... That must die. Stupid tree.

    • Gob: Is there a private bathroom nearby?
      George, Sr.: You're looking at it. (taps the commode between the bunks)
      Gob: No, no, no. I can't use that. I need privacy. Yeah, I've always been that way. I can't go without privacy. I can't pass this key without privacy.
      George, Sr.: Well, I could ask the guys to leave, but, uh ... you know, they've been locking the doors lately. I don't know.

    • Michael: Marta. Hey ... I'm sorry. You really deserved to win in there ... Did you win? I don't speak Spanish.

    • Lucille 2: Lucille? Lucille! Aren't you something? Showing up here without your husband. Shame be damned. Caution to the wind.
      Lucille: That's so sweet, darling. I'm here to support you. You're the one who's all alone and likely to stay that way. My husband's just a phone call away.
      Lucille 2: That's one call per day, isn't it? Gee, I should think he'd want to save that for his lawyer.

    • Lindsay: Look, I'm an activist, too, and I appreciate what you're doing for the environment. But we're not the only ones who destroy trees. What about beavers? You call yourself an environmentalist. Why don't you go out and club some beavers?
      Johnny Bark: You don't really "get" nature, do you?

    • Marta: I just couldn't find my keys.
      Michael: Well, my brother may have eaten them.

    • George, Sr.: Keep your arm up. That's how you get accuracy.
      Gob: I thought you said throwing the ball against the garage door by yourself was how you got accuracy.

    • Gob: Then I pass the key, bust out of prison, and into magic history. Of course, that is going to conflict with my going to the Desis with Marta.
      Michael: Well, life's a compromise. I probably would have taken her to the nice event, but prison will be fun, too.

    • Warden: You really think you can break out of my prison?
      G.O.B.: You won't even know I was here.
      Narrator: The warden was intrigued. Less about the stunt, and more about the prison beatings this brash magician was sure to receive.

    • Gob: I, too, have an announcement to make. To prove that no prison can hold me, I will incarcerate myself in the penitentiary that holds my own father, only to escape 24 hours later. No shackles can hold these hands. (to Marta) Say that to them in Spanish.

    • Michael: A family. Nothing else matters.
      Lucille: Michael?
      Michael: It's Mom. Hide.

    • Michael: Gob, you've found a woman who believes in you. You should make a commitment to her because life is short. Listen to me. I would give anything to be able to have that again, you know?

    • Gob: You're looking at a desperate man, Michael.
      Michael: Do you need money?
      G.O.B.: What I need is freedom. Marta is being interviewed today on TV about her show "El Amor Prohibido". I mean, it's bad enough that I gotta go to the awards show tomorrow night. Today, I gotta stand next to her like I'm Rita Wilson.

    • Michael: I'm selling the company jet.
      Lindsay: Great, so now we don't have a car or a jet? Why don't we just take an ad out in I'm Poor magazine?

    • Gob: Where am I? Am I still in prison?
      Lucille: You're in the hospital.
      Gob: (weakly) Ta-daa ...

    • Lindsay: Oh, I'm up here, Mike. And I'm not coming down. I'm going to save this tree, no matter what it takes!
      Michael: Okay. I'll see you when you realize what that bucket's for.

    • Lucille: He's a beautiful boy...they don't appreciate him. It's his glasses...they make him look like a he's self-conscious.

    • White Power Bill: (as he's stabbing Gob) White power!
      Gob: (gasping) I'm ... white.

    • Buster: That's what you do when life hands you a chance to be with someone special. You just grab that brownish area by its points, and you don't let go no matter what your mom says.

    • Lucille: (about Buster's new girlfriend) He doesn't even know what she looks like.
      Buster: I know she's a brownish area ... with points. And I know I love her!
      Lucille: I'm calling Dr. Miller.

    • Michael: Listen, after we get that lot cleared, we're going to have enough money for you to neuter thousands of animals. You can make dogs and cats a complete thing of the past. No more dogs and cats.

    • Lindsay: I care deeply for nature.
      Michael: You're wearing ostrich-skin boots.
      Lindsay: Well, I don't care about ostriches.

    • Narrator: And Lucille was mingling with the elite of the Latino Television Academy.
      Lucille: Can I get a vodka tonic, please? I'd like a vodka tonic, please. Vodka tonic, please. A sea of waiters, and no one will take a drink order.

    • Lucille: I'll be in the hospital bar.
      Michael: Uh, you know there isn't a hospital bar, Mother.
      Lucille: Well, this is why people hate hospitals.

    • Lucille: When's the last time you went on a date?
      Michael: I just haven't met anybody who's not completely self-absorbed and impossible to have a conversation with.
      Lucille: If that's a veiled criticism about me, I won't hear it and I won't respond to it.

    • Lindsay: Get out of our f***ing tree.

    • Lindsay: I've always been very passionate about nature. Perhaps you remember Neuterfest?
      Michael: Oh, I'll never forget your wedding.

  • Notes

    • After being stabbed in the prison yard, Gob is transferred to Landau Memorial Hospital. This could be reference to production assistant Seth Landau or possibly a tribute to Martin Landau who worked with Ron Howard in the movie EdTV.

    • Mounted on the wall in the prison warden's office are four pistols and a bass.

    • This is the last time Leonor Varela plays Marta. In subsequent episodes, Marta is played by Patricia Velasquez.

    • Marta's last name is Estrella, which translates to "star" in spanish.

    • This was #46 in's "Top 50 Episodes of the Year" feature.

    • During the Desis, there is an "in memoriam" segment for Ramon Villalobos, credited as an artista del maquillaje de la peca, which translates as "makeup artist for freckles."

    • Johnny Bark, the environmentalist who temporarily lives in the Bluths' tree, is played by Clint Howard, who is the brother of narrator Ron Howard.

    • David Cross ("Tobias") does not appear in this episode.

    • This was the fifth episode produced, but the fourth to air.

    • Liza Minnelli begins her multi-episode arc.

    • Lindsay mentions that Tobias went to Carl Weather's stage fighting workshop. We later learn in "Public Relations" that Carl never showed up for the event because he was bumped from his flight.

  • Allusions

    • Gob: Now I have to stand next to her like I'm Rita Wilson.

      Rita Wilson is an actress (Sleepless in Seattle, Jingle All the Way, etc), but is more famous for being married to Tom Hanks.

    • Access Hollywood
      Marta is interviewed by a Mexican entertainment news program Acceso Mexico!, parodying one series of tabloid infotainment programs.