Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 5

Mr. F

Aired Unknown Nov 07, 2005 on Netflix



  • Trivia

    • 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:

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    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.