Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 18

Missing Kitty

Aired Unknown Mar 28, 2004 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

Gob attempts to make good on his promise to make the family yacht disappear. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Maeby try to track down Lindsay's grandmother, Tobias seeks George Sr.'s respect, and Michael attempts to fire Kitty, who claims to have information that could bring down the company.

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  • "Take a good look, 'cuz it's the last time you're gonna see these."

    Kitty was a character that, at first, I didn't enjoy. It seemed as if the show didn't know what to do with her. Was she as ugly as Gob apparently saw her, with her hair down and glasses off, or was she the woman George Sr. saw, who he slept with off and on for five or ten years while he was in charge? I don't know, she just wasn't the greatest character to me. However, starting with this episode, I loved her random appearances in the show. It was the moment she stopped being a random plot device and became an actual supporting character on the show.

    It all starts when Kitty returns from her sick leave. As it turns out, she used her sick leave to get a breast enhancement. After all, after her stint on 'Girls Gone Wild' was cut the year before due to her… well, less than impressive assets, she felt she needed a change. Michael promptly fires her but learns from his father that Kitty has a number of incriminating secrets on him that can't be released. Therefore, Michael spends a lot of the episode trying to get her to come back.

    Meanwhile, George-Michael is hanging out with Gob again, eager to learn some magic (the scene where Gob fails over and over to guess people's cards, even going as far to paint the wrong card on his chest). As it turns out, Gob plans on doing his biggest magic trick yet. He apparently promised all sorts of people at a Spring Break party the year before that he would make the yacht disappear a year later. Well, a year passed, and Gob has a plan to do it, not by actually using magic but by blowing it up.

    There's also a couple of other plots that exist in the background but don't necessarily have any impact on the episode besides being slightly entertaining. But for the most part, they just sort of hang in the background. For instance, there's the plot where Tobias goes into prison to learn a little bit about his movie role and ends up becoming the temporary leader of the prison (the inmates name him "Dorothy," which is just another example of Tobias' tendency to be viewed in a feminine way). We also get to see Maeby and Lindsay bonding over their attempts to get their grandmother's money when she dies. This plot barely registers as worthy and sort of just fades into oblivion, despite the writers attempts to tie it into the rest of the episode. The writers could've chopped these two out and I would've been fine with it, but not every plot point can be a home run.

    But in that "Arrested Development" way, everything works out. Michael's attempts to quiet Kitty is solved, the evidence crisis is solved, George Michael learns that hanging out with Gob can bring no good, Tobias gains some self-esteem… well, I suppose Gob doesn't work out. His magic career seems doomed to fail all the time, even if it is absolutely hilarious every time he jumps around on stage with the "Europe" song playing. Also, even if I was harsh on Tobias' plot, his best moment didn't even come from his prison stint; it came from a flashback to the movie he made years ago called "Friends With Low Self-Esteem," which got mixed up with "Girls With Low Self-Esteem," the "Girls Gone Wild" video. It was a great way to tie those two elements together.

    And as I mentioned at the beginning of the review, Kitty became an actual character here. She would appear off and on throughout the show, and instead of being irritated when she appeared, I actually grew to appreciate it.moreless
  • Spring Break.

    This episode is so great. It's one of those episodes which embodies some of the most lovable things about Arrested Development; The Final Countdown and the rest of Gob's magic show, Michael's one liners, Gob's stupidity, Gob's need for Michael's approval, Lucille's manipulative ways, Michael's outbursts at the family and so many more.

    This episode also introduced us to the re-occurring joke of Kitty saying to Michael "Say goodbye to these!".

    Gob was classic in this episode. Any episode that features one of his magic shows is classic, but this particular one was great!

    I also enjoyed the storyline of Maeby and Lindsay trying to track down Nana, those two are crazy.

    One of the most enjoyable episodes of season 1! Now that's a high compliment.moreless
  • Where there was a yacht... there now is not!

    Easily one of my favourite episodes, Gob is the funniest character in Missing Kitty as he is in most episodes and his trick is absolutely hilarious as is George Michael’s idea of an idol being his uncle Gob, who isn’t exactly the most decent human in the world (but the funniest, that’s another story).

    The episode keeps getting funnier from beginning to end, where Gob once again reveals his magician secrets,

    Lucille once again showed her true side when she neglected to tell her family their grandmother had been dead for six months and the amusing revelation that Lindsay had been spending Maeby’s birthday money their nana sent every year.

    Overall, this episode is funny for too many reasons to list and it is a necessary watch for all AD fans.moreless
  • Goodbye Yacht!

    This is a superbly written episode.

    The magic show plot with George Michael being interested in Gob and the yacht was my favourite of the episode.

    When Gob is making the yacht disappear and The Final Countdown was playing I got chills it was so funny! Plus I think Final Countdown was played in a previous episode. (but its such an appropriate song for the situation)

    The Tobias/Dorothy plot was I guess the silly part but it still provided the laughs that were intended.

    Kitty was the only let down of the episode. I couldn't stand her character she was sooo annoying! But it was great to see her suffering a bit at the end.moreless
  • Not a disappointment.

    This, just like every episode of Arrested Development, is very well written, and extremely hilarious. There is nothing funnier than Gob sinking the $700,000 yacht: "Michael a magician never reveals--I sank it, I sank the yacht! At least I think I sank it, I mean I blew it up and it's not there anymore."

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

Pat Crawford Brown

Pat Crawford Brown

Old Woman

Guest Star

J. David Krassner

J. David Krassner

Bank Manager

Guest Star

David Reynolds

David Reynolds

White Power Bill

Guest Star

BW Gonzalez

BW Gonzalez


Recurring Role

John Beard

John Beard


Recurring Role

James Lipton

James Lipton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • "Dorothy" and "Friend of Dorothy" are euphemisms for a homosexual.

    • In a flashback during the show, George Bluth is seen in bed with Kitty with all the evidence behind him. The red cooler is on shelf, but labeled H Maddaz instead of H Maddas.

      As a subtle foreshadowing, seen in the mirror near to the said shelf, with Z becoming an S, and the backwards D not that hard to read, the writing on the cooler says "SADDAM H".

    • Since this episode was produced before the previous two that aired, Tobias is shown back in the prison doing his character study, despite being shown out of prison and sneaking around in the previous two episodes.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Gob: Spring break. It's my favorite holiday. Nothing gets me more excited.
      Michael: I can see that. You might wanna button that shirt up.
      Gob: Nah, I'm good.

    • Narrator: As Gob was forced to send away someone he loved, George Sr. was forced to visit someone he had once tried to shove out of a moving car.

    • Gob: I sunk it! I sunk the yacht! At least I think I sunk it. I mean, I blew it up and I don't see it anywhere. Oh, God, my heart was in my throat when that curtain came down and I'm looking out --
      Michael: You sank the yacht? You sank a $700,000 yacht?
      Gob: With $900,000 worth of insurance on it. And got rid of the evidence. How about a "Good job"?!

    • Lindsay: Speaking of which, have we gotten anything from Nana?
      Michael: Buster got a perforated heart and Gob got that receding hairline, but you and I pretty much dodged the bullet.

    • George Sr.: What are you doing firing Kitty? You can't fire Kitty. First of all, you don't have hiring and firing power.
      Michael: I do, and I had to... She's crazy.
      George Sr.: Well, that's why you don't fire her. You don't fire crazy. You never fire crazy.

    • Maeby: The only real way to find out how it's done is to sneak on the boat while he does it.
      George Michael: Yeah, but then if he makes it disappear, won't everyone just see me standing there?
      Maeby: Let's just sit quietly and consider how ridiculous that statement was ... Anyway, if it was me, that's what I would do.

    • (Picks up phone)
      George Michael: Good afternoon, Bluth company. Talk you off? Talk you off of what, Pop-pop?
      George Sr.: George Michael. Oh. Hey, I thought you were ... When's that voice going to drop?

    • Lindsay: Where's Nana?
      Lucille: I sent her on a wonderful cruise. You just missed a wonderful call from her. She just came back from a wonderful costume party that the captain threw. She gained ten pounds, there's so much food on that boat. She's up to 74.

    • Lindsay: Ok, I tell you what. I'll take you down to see Nana if you split the money with me 60-40.
      Maeby: 55-55.
      Lindsay: Deal.
      Michael: Sounds like you guys are getting more than you think.

    • Gob: (to George Michael) Maybe we'll meet a couple of young coeds along the way. How young is too young for you?
      Michael: Ok, that's not going to happen. Ok? There's not gonna be any coeds. There certainly isn't going to be any magic. (to George Michael) It is a path to a lonely life where people mock you, and you don't even realize it.
      Gob: Um, Michael, I'm a magici - Oh, I see what you did.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Kitty: If you need me, I will be at Señor Tadpoles.
      "Señor Tadpoles" is a reference to the actual restaurant chain "Señor Frogs," typically found at spring break locations in Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S.

    • This episode contains several allusions to The Wizard of Oz. Tobias sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", an inmate paints his shoes red, and Tobias goes by the name Dorothy.

    • Girls with Low Self Esteem, the spring break video, is obviously commenting on the popular series, Girls Gone Wild.