Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 8

Making a Stand

Aired Unknown Dec 19, 2005 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

George, Sr. continues to pit Michael and Gob against each other at the Bluth company. Michael tries to combat this by having Gob open up a banana stand -- only problem is that Gob opens his banana stand across from the original one. Michael and Gob decide to teach George, Sr. a lesson in the same way George, Sr. used to teach them a lesson. Lindsay and Tobias proceed with their divorce. Bob Loblaw tells Lindsay he can't represent her and date her since it's a conflict of interest. Bob gets her a new lawyer and then represents Tobias in the divorce. George, Sr. and Lucille's apartment is being painted. Lucille recooperates from her semi-annual face lift at the model home, giving Maeby an idea to save her $80 million dollar horror film.moreless

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  • George, Sr. has pitted GOB and Michael against each other once too many, and GOB and Michael plan to teach their father a lesson once and for all, amid much protesting from Buster. Maeby, meanwhile, bases a very popular horror movie character on Lucille.moreless

    I love every aspect of "Making a Stand" (obviously, or I wouldn't be giving it a score of ten) but my favorite part is not the stand taken by GOB and Michael, but the stand Buster takes. That, I feel, is an overlooked part of an overlooked episode. Buster, who has up to then tried desperately to fit in, and/or please his extremely self-involved mother, now stands on his own, and I think his position is extremely valid-it IS wrong to take advantage of people with disabilities. Unfortunately, no one is willing to see the validity of Buster's position, but that doesn't stop Buster-with or without support, he goes through with plans of his own, with humorous results. I realize some may continue to overlook this part of the episode, but I say, Go, Buster!moreless
  • You know it's Arrested Development when you see a one-armed man teaching lessons!

    There’s one-armed lessons everywhere in this crazy instalment of Arrested Development, with Buster, Gob and Michael all having priceless moments in the episode, along with Lindsay and Tobias in the subplot.

    Maeby’s plot once again involving a film changing isn’t the most entertaining plot but it has its moments, the best subplot definitely being the back and forth plot turns of the divorce case.

    George Sr being taught a lesson by teaching a lesson about a lesson he himself thought he was getting was a terrific plot and clearly the shining part of the episode, with great jokes regarding the CD player and a mention of Franklin, Gob’s puppet as his duet with Gob comes on the tape.

    Overall, a brilliant episode, this one truly shines as George Sr’s helpful lesson assistant returns and Lindsay and Tobias’ divorce proceeds.moreless
  • Drop dead hilarious ending! Best episode of season three.

    I'm a big fan of this show, but the third season has disappointed me so far. Previous episodes, esp. Prison Break-in and Ocean Walker, had me cringing in pain. BUT thank God for this episode!

    Most of the action in the A plot is building up to the final sequence. But this filler provides laughs in the board room, with the Guatemalan workers, the banana stands, etc.

    It was about time they resurrected J. Walter Weatherman. That whole set up with note-leaving and tearing off of prosthetic arms is so wacky, but so typical of the Bluths. In the final sequence, I thought the first two "And that's why's" were at first annoying, and I felt that the writers were really reaching for laughs. UNTIL the third and final "And that's why,"--I don't want to spoil it--which put me on the floor. That's probably the hardest I've laughed at anything I've seen on television! Brilliant!

    The B plot in this episode, with Tobias, Bob Loblaw, and Lindsay provides some laughs, but is kind of slow.

    And it's too bad that Maeby is all by her onesies in the C plot--although she plays the dryness of a movie executive perfectly.

    In my opinion, this is the best episode of season three, and one of my favorite episodes of the series.moreless
  • Michael and GOB's rivalry from childhood rekindles when the latter opens a banana stand right across from the original one.

    Undoubtably the wackiest episode of season three to date, this is also the most entertaining. Just as in most episodes of Arrested Development, this one rewards the viewer for having seen the older episodes by building on past jokes, most notably in this case the season one episode 'Pier Pressure' in which George, Sr. teaches his children lessons using a one-armed friend. 'Making a Stand' represents everything that is incredible about the show: a quick pace, smart jokes that you won't always get the first one, and incredible character acting by every member of the ensemble. The show throws jokes at you within its multilayered plotlines so quickly that it will benefit you to Tivo it and watch again. Though some of the stories can be a little outlandish (building a Columbian hut in the living room), the characters make it so believable, and you won't be able to stop laughing, or watching for that matter. 'Making a Stand' is definitely a series classic; from top to bottom, it is a success, the finest episode of season three, and another testament as to why Arrested Development should not be canceled.moreless
  • Instant Classic

    From start to finish this was an instant classic episode. Pulling out stops such as bringing back J. Walter Weatherman who has been missed since his appearance in S1 in "Pier Pressure". Everything about this episode was brilliant. By far the best episode of the season so far. Save us Showtime!
Alia Shawkat

Alia Shawkat

Mae "Maeby" Fünke

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The two strippers in front of Gob's "Banana Shack" are called Barbara and Dee. These were also the names of Michael's earlier girlfriends in "Forget Me Now" when he was reminiscing how introducing his family to his girlfriends ruined their relationship.

    • The Boyfights movies are titled:
      -Boyfights: A Day in the Life of American Boys
      plus: Baby Buster in I don't want to go to bed!
      -Boyfights 2: Boys will be boys
      plus Baby Buster in Too old to breastfeed
      -A boyfights cookout featuring: run for your life!
      plus Baby Buster in A fifth grader wets the bed
      -Backseat boyfights: the trip to Uncle Jack's 70th
      plus crybaby Buster in I don't want to be on this tape!

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Michael: Buster's good hand just came flying off.

    • J. Weatherman: And that's why you don't try to teach lessons to your father!

    • Buster: And that's why you don't use one-armed persons to teach lessons!

    • Gob: Why go to a banana stand when we can make your banana stand?

    • Steve Holt: Maybe we should work together. I mean, we don't even know the recipe.
      George Michael: Oh, there's no recipe. You just freeze the bananas, and then stick it in the -- (Michael stops him)
      Steve Holt: Stick it in the what? Stick it in the WHAT?

    • Bob Loblaw: As you know, it is very difficult to establish fault in a divorce, but one indicator is fidelity. Now, my client has not pursued sex outside of this marriage.
      Tobias: Nor in it.
      Bob Loblaw: I got this one.

    • Gob: It's okay, son. We'll figure it out. When we do, we'll have the last laugh. We'll be the laughing stock of the boardwalk.

    • (While hugging)
      Gob: If you feel something moving down there, it's just the bird.
      Michael: I know.
      (Michael sees the bird still on the counter)

    • Gob: I've got this Christian girlfriend now, and she's trying to get me to be a better man and reconnect with my son, and I'm trying to get her to renounce god and **** me and I just want to ... prove to her that I'm worth it.

    • Bob: Actually, I was going to stay in my office tonight and work on my law blog.
      Tobias: Of course ... the "Bob Loblaw Law Blog." Wow. You, sir, are a mouthful!

    • Gob: Attention, everyone! Why go to a banana stand when we can make your banana stand? I give you Barbara and Dee! Don't worry, these young beauties have been nowhere near the bananas.

    • Lindsay: Did you get a lawyer?
      Tobias: Only the best-looking and best educated lawyer in the whole O.C.
      Bob: Don't call it that.

    • Michael: You just thought you'd put the stand right here?
      Gob: Did the research. Did you know that more frozen bananas are sold here on this boardwalk than anywhere in The O.C.?
      Michael: Don't call it that.

    • Gob: You don't want a hungry dove down your pants. That's how Tony Wonder lost a nut.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Buster's button: The only scary thing about a one-armed man trying to scare someone is the fact that he feels that his one arm is only good for trying to scare somebody.


    • "Yellow Submarine"

      The song that plays during the sequence where Michael and Gob are working with the "terrorists" is a reference to The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine". "Yellow Submarine" was referred to earlier in the episode but was not played, as stated by the narrator, because the song's copyright is too expensive.

    • Gob: Did the research. Did you know that more frozen bananas are sold right here on this boardwalk than anywhere in the whole O.C.?
      Michael: Don't call it that.
      The O.C. was a series on FOX that lasted four seasons from 2003 to 2007.

    • Mort: That's a bloodsucker? It looks like ALF.
      Guy: It looks like the creature that ate our cat!
      ALF ("Alien Life Form") was an 80's sitcom about a furry alien who crashed into a family's garage and immediately befriended the family. His alien race used to eat cats all the time, so he always wanted to eat the family's cat "Lucky".

    • While planning their ruse, one of the painters asks if it will be "unscripted, like Curb." He refers to Larry David's unscripted HBO comedy, Curb Your Enthusiasm.