Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 5

Mr. F

Aired Unknown Nov 07, 2005 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

Michael must deal with a huge mole problem in order to salvage a major real estate deal with Japanese investors. In an effort to help Michael, Gob and Buster (Tony Hale) team up with George Sr.'s surrogate, Larry (guest star Bob Einstein), to devise a plan and save the deal, but their plan falls apart in a big way. Meanwhile, Tobias (David Cross) mistakes a CIA agent for a CAA agent and inadvertently betrays the family, and Michael makes Rita a proposal she can't refuse. Frankie Muniz makes a cameo as himself.moreless

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  • This is where you begin to see the wires.

    A disappointing episode that shows the programme is losing its edge. Nothing can really surprise you anymore and when that element of surprise disappears, there is not that much left. The introduction of the English characters took away too much from the regular members of the Bluth family. Both Gob and Buster are underused. Tobias runs the risk of looking like a complete idiot, Lucille does little more than a cameo. At one time Michael was the sane center of the show, but love seems to have taken away his brain cells.

    There are a few moments of brilliance. The joke of the boom showing just when the characters fear being bugged was both daring and original.moreless
  • Nothing can save us but Gamera.

    Last week: The Godfather. This week: Japanese monster movies. Maybe snuff films are next on the list. Or a nice zombie story, those are always good for a chuckle.

    I think this whole Tobias being a closet homosexual thing is being pushed to the breaking point. An "accidental" slip here or there is one thing, but staring at some guy's moles in the locker room? Come on now, Dr. Funke, you're not fooling anyone. Tobias being openly gay could even be kind of fun for the show. Perhaps he and Lindsay could both go after the same guy, or maybe Maebe (get it?) could make a movie about growing up with a gay father. What hasn't gotten old (yet) is the surrogate. There's so much potential for humor in that guy. If this is the end of Larry the surrogate, then I suppose it was a pretty good run. Now they just need to get rid of Rita before that joke gets stale. Although finding humor in the mentally handicapped is a pretty bold move, even for Arrested Development.

    Also, giant mole + jetpack guy = greatness. The Japanese aren't as easy to offend as some people, but belittling such a cultural trademark as the giant monster films would most likely end whatever investment opportunity they were looking at.moreless
  • All the plots combine at the end to make it an amazing episode.

    Everything comes together at the end of this episode, all of the plots combining into one, Tobias misunderstanding the concept of a “mole”, Michael telling George Michael about a present at the same time George Sr’s jetpack arrives, George Michael coming to the only plausible conclusion, Gob building a tiny town, believing that his father was helping and the Japanese investors arriving.

    There are some excellent jokes in this episode such as Larry not doing sarcasm, Buster using the surrogate, Tobias’ mole suit and the mystery of the insider.

    Overall, this is a very entertaining instalment of Arrested Development with a startling end of Michel proposing.moreless
  • Proof that this is the greatest comedy to come out of America EVER.

    What a great episode. Michael begins to suspect that his english girlfriend is an insider trying to get dirt on the bluths... as we already expected. However the twist at the end made me look back at the last few episodes and realise how clever the show really is... and how dumb I was for missing the clues.

    Tobias is enlisted to become a mole for the CIA, but again... being the dimwit hie is... he thinks he is auditioning for a part, and dresses up as a mole, while George Michael tries to build a jet pack, leading to an accidental Japanese fight over a model city that although a bit over the top... concluded the japanese transaction perfectly.

    The end with Annyong was great... wish he appeared in the show more. I know there wasn't much to his character... except to annoy Buster and repeat that Annyong/ Hello joke every episode... but I still feel like theres something missing when he's not around.

    Can\'t wait to see what happens when Michael find out Rita\'s secret... I love this show... why, why why must it end?moreless
  • Hey did you guys catch that?

    This show is different and good. I dunno why i like it but it's good. In episode 5, season 3, they made a mistake. During there conference in the conference room there were a shot gun mic that appeared on the camera. I dont know if that was done on perpose or what but it was really obvious. I wonder why they didnt edit it out?
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

Bob Einstein

Bob Einstein


Guest Star

Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz


Guest Star

Branden Weslee Kong

Branden Weslee Kong


Guest Star

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron


Recurring Role

Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin

Mort Meyers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When George Sr. is searching the internet for the term "Jetpants," he uses the search engine, This is clearly a reference to the recurring theme of moles in this episode. For example, Tobias' confusion over mole (as in a spy) and the literal mole (small rodent).

    • When George Sr. searches the internet for "jetpants", an advertisement for Arrested Development appears on the screen momentarily. It says:

      Watch Arrested Development
      All good people watch the best show on TV. Buy the DVD's and Merchandise!

    • The family members' individual takes on Godzilla mirrors their interpretations of the chicken dance.

      Also, George Sr.'s love for ice cream sandwiches is mentioned again.

    • When Tobias is in the gym with Frank, his denim cutoffs can clearly be seen under his high-rising work out shorts.

    • When Bob Loblaw says there must be some sort of listening device in the room, the camera focuses on the microphone/camera in Larry's hat and then, even more candidly, one of the boom mikes from the actual production of the show.

    • Rita says "I hate it when they hire Yanks to play Brits, you can always tell." While not exactly "Yanks," Theron is South African (though her voice is very Americanized) and her on-screen uncle and Strange Brew alum Dave Thomas is clearly Canadian.

    • When Maeby is telling the studio worker to change the ride to "The tunnel of Love, Indubitably", a poster for Homeless Dad can be seen in the background.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lucille: I think he's being sarcastic, Gob.
      Buster/Larry: No, I'm not, mother. I mean, lover. I like making love to mother ... I mean, lover.
      Gob: Oh, my god, Buster. Is that you?
      Buster/Larry: ... Yes.

    • Bob: Somebody tipped them off that the property wasn't ready for building
      Lucille:Which it would have been if Michael wasn't so busy with his English muffin.
      Gob: Typical.
      Buster: Delicious.
      Lucille: I need a drink.
      Buster: I'll take an English muffin.

    • Michael: I was at the property the Japanese funded today. The whole backside has moles.
      Tobias: That's Frank's problem, too.

    • Michael: What's the surrogate doing here?
      George Sr./Larry: We're meeting with the lawyers, so I've hired this guy to be my eyes and ears.
      Michael: You know, dad, this guy costs us a fortune.
      Larry: He's worth every penny.
      George Sr.: Hey, I didn't say that.

    • (Talking about Rita)
      Michael: You know she's amazing. You know she was in the Olympics?!
      Narrator: She wasn't.
      Lindsay: She's that Rita Leeds? Wasn't she on the cover of Newsweek?
      Narrator: No.
      Michael: Yes.

    • Tobias: I barely even know you! Who's Frank?
      Frank: Well, I've been wanting to talk to you about that, but it's a little awkward.
      Tobias: Oh, well, I've been wanting to have my own awkward talk as well.
      Frank: I think we could be more than just gym buddies.
      Tobias: You're blowing my mind, Frank.

    • Gob: Hey, maybe that's it. Maybe we should do to the Japanese what they do in their movies. Build a miniature city, put it outside the window, tell them it's far away. It'll look real if you squint. God knows they're squinters. (looks at Larry the surrogate) What do you think, dad? A whole, tiny town.
      George Sr./Larry: Another brilliant idea, Einstein.
      Gob: Really? You'd like to build it with me?
      George Sr./Larry: Larry really never knows how to sell the sarcasm. It's a stupid idea.

    • Tobias: I will be a bigger and hairier mole than the one on your inner left thigh!

    • George Michael: (Opening a present) Quicken Premier! Dad, I hope you kept the receipt.
      Michael: You want to return that?
      George Michael: What? No, I want to deduct it!

  • NOTES (3)


    • The title of this episode, Mr. F, refers to the premiere James Bond film, Dr. No, and continues the British intrigue of the previous two episode in reference to James Bond movie tiles.

    • Entertainment Weekly

      The magazine page with the "Love Indoubitably" review looks a lot like the movie page in Entertainment Weekly (notice the red corner) perhaps it's a thank-you for all the magazine's praises of AD.

    • Rita's discussing Americans portraying Britons references Charlize Theron (who portrays Rita), who was born in the Republic of South Africa and Dave Thomas (who plays Trevor), who is a product of Canada.

    • Rita's skill at playing a banjo served as a clue to her being an "MRF". It was a skill she shared with the toothless kid in "Deliverance" who would have been an "MRM".

    • The title of Maeby's failed movie, "Love, Indubitably" is a takeoff on the British movie, "Love, Actually"

    • Trevor closes the case holding the star on Rita's hand and she yells and then laughs loudly. This is a take-off of a nearly identical scene between Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in the movie Pretty Woman.

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