Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 22

Let 'Em Eat Cake (1)

9
Aired Unknown Jun 06, 2004 on Netflix
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In the first season finale, George Sr. has a heart attack, and Maeby is jealous when George Michael likes another girl. Meanwhile, Lindsay decides to leave Tobias until a book he wrote a long time ago becomes a gay bestseller, and Buster and Annyong compete over women.moreless

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  • George Sr flees the country while Michael and son flees the city

    9.8
    A spectacular end to a hilarious season, Let Them Eat Cake is one of the funniest episodes yet in this terrific season finale which shows many plot changes and brilliant jokes.



    Gob is hilarious in this episode, trying to be the replacement Michael but by the end of his rant, he’d already changed his mind and George Sr has some memorable scenes aswell, in particular the final scene with the doctors pronouncing him “gone” in a way only Arrested Development could pull off.



    Michael once again changing his mind after George Michael convinced him not to, left his family behind and fled with George Michael much like George Sr had done.



    Overall, this episode has both a solid plot and hilarious lines, making this a perfect end to the first season of this fantastic show.moreless
  • A climax to end the first season

    10
    "Let 'em Eat Cake" ends the first season of arrested development and it definately ends on a massive high.



    The focus of episode is on Michael finding out that George Sr has committed some "light" treason. It was mentioned earlier in the season, but its not really addressed until this episode.



    Michael then is all set to be rid of his messed up family for good, but George Michael convinces him to stay.



    Although their plot is of little significance Annyang and Buster's feud is quite entertaining.



    The presence of Kitty is a let down for me I just don't find her character appealing in any sort of way.



    I reall felt genuinely sorry for Gob in this episode. He was trying to help out his family (albeit in a sick and twisted sort of way) but he was ignored constantly.



    A superb end to a brilliant season!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

Narrator

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts

The Literal Doctor

Guest Star

Judy Greer

Judy Greer

Kitty

Guest Star

Stacey Grenrock-Woods

Stacey Grenrock-Woods

Trisha Thoon

Guest Star

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Barry Zuckerkorn

Recurring Role

John Beard

John Beard

Himself

Recurring Role

Justin Lee

Justin Lee

Annyong Bluth

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Barry Zuckerhorn's secretary, who filed an employment discrimination suit against Barry when he called him a homo in "In God We Trust", was at Tobias's book reading.

    • The "Visiting Hours" sign in the hospital has the H missing, referring to the episode Visiting Ours.

    • George Sr: I have the worst f[bleep]ing lawyers".

      This was originally spoken in the pilot episode.

    • Tobias's book reading schedule (seen just before he gives his book reading) is for the following dates: Saturday, Sunday, Here, There, Another Place, Another Time, Everywhere, Monday, Monthly.

    • The gay French-named bookstore where The Man Inside Me is given a prominent display is named the "Livres Aux Folles" ("Books of a feather").

    • When Michael first comes in to tell George Michael to pack his bags (before the phone rings), George Michael is drinking a tall glass of soda and eating a sandwich (they're on the Atkins Diet if you don't remember). Michael keeps glancing at the table during the whole conversation.

    • The "customers who bought this book also bought" section of Amazon's page for Tobias' The Man Inside Me includes Tobias' Families With Low Self-Esteem video, George Sr.'s Caged Wisdom, a Girls With Low Self Esteem video, and The
      Low-Carb Gay, Bi, and Transgender Diet
      , listed as authored by B. Zuckerkorn.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Gob: Don't you worry. It'll take a lot more than a heart attack to kill that old bear. (starts sobbing) Old bear! He likes the honey! He never got a chance to see my bee business take off.
      Michael: C'mon now. Dad's gonna be around another thirty years, Gob. Your business, uh, might not.
      Gob: You're a good brother, Michael. Heart attack never stopped old big bear!

    • Gob: I'm in charge now. I speak for this family. I mean ... I could if you wanted me to. I'd rather not, obviously. Don't know what I'd say. Why do I have to be the one? I don't need this. Why does this have to become my problem? No, I'm out. Forget it. Find somebody else. I'm sick of it. I'm sick of doing everything for this family.

    • Gob: The zero hour, Michael. It's the end of the line. I'm the firstborn. Sick of playing second fiddle. Always third in line for everything. Tired of finishing fourth. Being the fifth wheel. There are six things I'm mad about, and I'm taking over.

    • Gob: Oh. Good. Well, I'll start my own business. How hard can it be? (Buzzes) Bzz! We'll see who brings in more honey. (Buzzes and walks off)
      Michael: He's thinking about bees again.

    • Lindsay: Is that a shot at me?
      Gob: Probably.
      Lindsay: Because, for your information, I have a job.
      Michael: Really? What kind of job?
      Lindsay: Beads!
      Gob: Bees?!
      Lindsay: Beads.
      Gob: Beads?!
      Michael: Gob's not on board.

    • Narrator: Tobias, walking down a street he'd been down many times, saw a book he'd written years earlier as a psychiatrist. The book, initially unsuccessful, had suddenly caught fire ... Although, strangely, only in the gay community.

    • Michael: I might not be the best witness either. I got a phone call from Kitty this morning.
      Barry: Your secretary?
      George Sr.: My secretary.
      Michael: She says that she's got some evidence, and she's threatening to bring down the company unless we meet her demands.
      Gob: Oh, that is just great. Now, I'm expected to climb back on top of Kitty and do my thing again. I mean, this family runs into problems and it's "Oh, let's have Gob (bleep) our way out of it."

    • Barry: Our star witness. Come here. Good to see you. You know what? Don't get too close to me. 'Cause I've got an itch you can't believe. I think something laid eggs on me.
      Michael: Thanks for the heads up.

    • Lindsay: Look, I need to become self-reliant. It's not going to last with Tobias. He's completely oblivious. He's got no idea how I'm feeling or thinking.
      Michael: So, there's no sex?
      Lindsay: I mean, how do you not have sex with me?
      Michael: It is a struggle.

    • Kitty: Gob, this is your time. With my help, knowing what I know, we could take over the Bluth Company together.
      Gob: Wow, this is a side of you I'd never noticed before. Have they always been that big?

  • NOTES (9)

    • For this entire season, the show won the 2004 Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Comedy Series" and "Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series", and, the TCA (Television Critics Association) Awards for "Outstanding Comedy" and "Outstanding New Program". Also, it was nominated for the latter in the "Program of the Year" category. Plus, Jason Bateman ("Michael") and Jeffrey Tambor ("George Sr.") were nominated for that (separately) in the "Individual Achievement in Comedy" category, while Tambor was also nominated for the Emmy for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series".

    • This episode was nominated for the 2005 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series", and the 2005 Eddie for "Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television".

    • Incorrectly titled "Let Them Eat Cake" in the Season One DVD set.

    • A slight warping of the "On the next Arrested Development..." was used for this episode. Instead of the usual gag, they used a preview for "On the next season of Arrested Development."

    • While sharing a humorous anecdote during a June 4, 2004 standup comedy appearance in Brooklyn, New York, David Cross ("Tobias Fünke") gave away the ending to one of this episode's storylines. Presumably, he didn't realize that the debut airing had been postponed until the following Sunday.

    • Rating: 3.5/6. The show completed its 1st season with an average rating of 4.8/7.

    • The anecdote related to the scene in which the family gorges on high-carbohydrate foods (thereby abandoning their "Atkins" regimen). After each take, most of the actors spit the food into nearby buckets. The reason, of course, was that they wanted to avoid consuming the carbohydrates. David Cross noted the irony of the fact that the fictional characters eventually recognized the absurdity of obsessive fad dieting -- a revelation that somehow eluded the real people who portrayed them.

    • Originally scheduled to air April 25th, then rescheduled to May 2nd after the Bush News Confrence, then put back on April 25th, pre-empting "Not Without My Daughter" for another season. Then, thrown out on the Thursday before it was scheduled to air, as "Not Without My Daughter" aired instead. Rescheduled to air June 6th.

    • Guest Star Ian Roberts also worked on "Upright Citizens Brigade" with Will Arnett's wife and fellow guest star Amy Poehler, as well as guest star Matt Walsh.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Let 'Em Eat Cake

      "Let Them Eat Cake" is the usual translation of Marie Antoinette's response during the height of a bread shortage in Paris. She is (incorrectly) quoted as joking, "If they have no bread, then let them eat cake!" ("S'ils n'ont plus de pain, qu'ils mangent de la brioche."). Marie Antoinette was the wife of the French King Louis XVI and was executed publicly during the French Revolution.

    • Livres aux Folles

      The gay French-named bookstore where The Man Inside Me is given a prominent display is probably named after the French movie "La Cage aux Folles" (1978) - a very famous gay movie.
      "The Birdcage" is the American remake of that movie.

    • n/a: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
      The registered nurse on duty at the hospital is named Ratched, like the infamous antagonist from the 1975 Best Picture-winning movie and the Ken Kesey novel it was based on.

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