Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 16

Meat the Veals

Aired Unknown Apr 03, 2005 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

George Sr. tries to find a way to attend an anniversary dinner for Lucille; Michael deliberatly offends Ann's devout Christian parents; Tobias goes overboard performing his "Mrs. Featherbottom" persona.

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  • song help!!

    does anyone know the name of the song that is briefly played at the end of of this episode (season 2 episode 16) where ann tells goerge micheal they should start doing it and the camera centers on george I have been trying to figure this out forever, I would really appreciate the help!
  • One of the best episodes so far

    A great episode that relies on multiple subplots that have been introduced and matured throughout the season. The family meets Ann's parents during an anniversary dinner in which George Bluth, Sr finally comes out of the attic and confronts his brother about their mutual love for Lucille. The ann-is-ugly jokes are great and expanded based on the fact that her mother is good looking ("next you'll say I am Ann's sister" "I would never say that"). The entire sequence at the church is another great example of how Arrested Development creates threads throughout a single episode which all come together at the end in a hilarious knot of comedy gold. This is a great episode.moreless
  • Meeting the veals isn't quite the turnout Michael expected.

    Another classic from season two, this episode is one of my favourites because of everyone’s reaction, especially George Sr’s, to Gob’s puppet, Franklin who is a fantastic contribution to this hilarious episode with many great scenes such as Tobias finding out everyone knew he was Mrs Feather-bottom, Gob finding his father, though not realising it at first, and the shock that Bland Ann has a hot mother.

    George Sr and Oscar fighting was brilliantly shot and acted for the end of the episode and was a hilarious end to this truly classic episode where the one time Michael’s family doesn’t let him down, they let him down by doing so.moreless
  • Michael tries to ruin his son\\\'s pre-engagement without being the bad guy while Gob introduces Franklin for the first time... great stuff

    its pretty hard to find a standout episode in a show this good, but meet the veals has always been one of my favourites.

    watching michael try to sabotage his sons happiness by intoducing the veals was such a great idea... its strange he didn\\\'t think of it earlier. the zoom in on franklin in the \\\"tension\\\" secene inside the limo made me laugh so hard, and watching buster use him at the end as his hook replacement was funny too.

    god knows what tobias was thinking jumping off the balcony with an umbrella into a glass table but it did the job... another standout episode in a fantastic seriesmoreless
  • Intense action, high drama and the unmasking of T.V.'s most deceptive characters.

    My favorite. From tobias' quote about the colonies to the fight btwn george and oscar. had me on the edge of my seat through out the whole thing. this is a classic example of why the show needs to stay on the air. Personal favorite, Mrs. Veal "making love" with Michael
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 (uncredited)

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Ione Skye

Ione Skye

Mrs. Veal

Guest Star

Alan Tudyk

Alan Tudyk

Mr. Veal

Guest Star

Mario Joyner

Mario Joyner


Guest Star

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Ann Veal

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • George Michael: Gangy's having an anniversary party?
      Michael: Seems that way.
      George Michael: Hey, is Franklin gonna be there?
      Gob: See that, Mike? Kids love Franklin.
      George Michael: I just don't want him to point out my cracker ass in front of Ann.

    • Mrs. Featherbottom: Oh, mercy me! I forgot that we were in the colonies.

    • Michael: Mom, this is Ann's mother.
      Lucille: Are you sure this isn't her sister?
      Ann's mother: Oh, what a lovely thing to say.
      Michael: Oh, what an awful thing to say Mom, please.

    • Michael: This is your wife? I didn't realize you could remarry.
      Ann's father: What?
      Michael: Is this Ann's mother?
      Ann's mother: I'm Mrs. Veal.
      Michael: Sorry, I just did not expect somebody so ... young.
      Ann's mother: Next you're going to say how Ann and I could be sisters.
      Michael: No! I'd never say that.

    • George Sr.: (listening in attic) She wants her man back.
      Geroge Sr. as Franklin: Yo man, you're gonna get your sorry white ass thrown in jail.
      George Sr.: I said that's enough!

    • Mrs. Featherbottom: Ok, who'd like a banger in the mouth? Oh...right, I forgot; here in the states you call it 'a sausage' in the mouth.
      Michael: We just call it a sausage.

    • Gob: So what, you're gonna cover her eyes, take her out to the limo...?
      George Sr.: No, we're going to knock her out with this ether, stuff her in this garment bag and carry her out to the car, if anyone see's you do the same. Oh, hi Tobias.
      Mrs. Featherbottom: (singing) Whenever I get a wee bit scared I hum a little tune, humdidididi...doo.

    • Mrs. Featherbottom: Jolly news, governor. Young Master's proposing.
      Michael: George Michael? I thought I told him not to. He said he wouldn't.
      Mrs. Featherbottom: Well, this was before he saw you pounding that sweet piece of Veal!

    • Gob: Somebody just wanted to say ... (holds up Franklin) how much they missed you.
      Lucille: Oh, who let that black (bleep) in? (Gob knocks her unconcious)
      Buster: Hey, brother!
      Franklin (Gob): Who you callin' "brother," you hook-ass --
      Buster: Mother ...!
      (Buster blows the rape horn and Gob knocks him out)
      Geroge Sr.: What the hell kind of puppet is that on Buster's hand?

    • Franklin (Buster): I don't want no part of yo' tired ass country club, ya freak bitch!

    • Gob: Nice to meet you. (walks away)
      Mrs. Veal: Your family is lovely!
      Michael: Does it seem that way? Where's Buster?

    • Franklin (Gob): I don't wanna kiss that old bitch!
      George Sr.: That's my wife, you bastard! (chokes puppet)
      Gob: Ow, Dad, that's my wrist ...
      (George Sr. chokes Gob)
      Franklin (Gob): Hey, man, that's his neck!

    • Lindsay: So the devout, religious family... they're the bad guys?

    • Michael: You haven't met my family. You should meet my family. We're going to be having an anniversary party.
      Pastor Veal: What a wonderful surprise! We would love to witness a celebration of their love.
      Michael: That would be a wonderful surprise.

    • Gob: Franklin said some things Whitey just wasn't ready to hear.
      Michael: Gob, weren't you also mercilessly beaten outside of a club in Torrance for that act?
      Gob: He also said some things that African-Americany wasn't ready to hear, either.

    • Mrs. Veal: Take me! Take me to your secular world!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The guy who does Maeby's homework is featured in a current commercial for Domino's Pizza. A few weeks ago, they had the Ditech guy. Apparently, instead of product placement, they're doing product pitchman placement.

    • Rating: 4.0/6

    • Alan Tudyk who plays Pastor Veal was in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story playing Steve the Pirate. Jason Baetman was also in Dodgeball co-starring with him. He played the sports commentator at the dodgeball match.


    • Title: Meet the Veals
      The title refers to Meet the Parents, a 1993 indie film remade into a major Hollywood motion picture seven years later starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.