Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 8

My Mother The Car

5
Aired Unknown Dec 21, 2003 on Netflix
9.1
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Michael loses his short-term memory, which Lucille uses to her advantage. Gob attempts to use the family yacht before Michael sells it. George Michael and Maeby attempt to see an R-rated movie about cousins having an affair. Buster and Lucille 2 take "the next step".

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  • I like this quirky humor so much I sent 3 Seasons to my children in Alabama and California (Irvine). None of them liked it.

    8.8
    I thought that since our family was so dysfunctional they would really enjoy this series. But nooooooooooo.



    Having a mother who perpendiculars a car when parking parallel is fantastic comedy. Maybe my kids are actually closet fundamentalists who can't handle the drinking and drugs in here.



    At least this episode was related to reality, no Blue Man in this one. Of course, maybe if we were from L.A., we would all appreciate it more.



    So, now I'm buying/watching the larry David series, also taking place in L.A.

    It's not quite so far out, but definitely quirky: the guy ALSO says what's on his mind. Just as in 'Arrest Development' he gets caught everytime he lies.



    Good Sunday School lessonmoreless
  • "I'm a horrible mother."

    8.5
    "My Mother, The Car" is probably the closest "Arrested Development" could possibly come to filler. I'm not saying the episode is bad or anything. It's simply a... well, simple episode! And simple for "Arrested Development" is still more complicated than anything else that normal television does.



    Lucille is the focus of the episode here. As usual, she spends her time being a generally bad mother and spending her money on things she shouldn't be spending them on. She wants a birthday party to be thrown in her honor, but Michael won't let her spend the money. Instead, she goes behind Michael's back and throws one for herself under the assumption that it was Lindsey's idea. The problem is, nobody but Michael shows up for the surprise party. Michael tries to throw a second party and nobody shows up again.



    Here's where things get interesting: Lucille, who's a horrific driver (she was on "World's Worst Drivers" at one point), gets in a car accident while yelling at who she thinks is Gob on a scooter and Michael gets short term memory loss. Because of this, she makes it look like Michael was the cause of the accident so she doesn't get in trouble. Every time Michael gets close to remembering the truth, she hits him on the head with something. What an awful mother.



    Meanwhile, Gob is spending his time using the company yacht as his own personal home while Lindsey is trying to get the guys in prison to oogle and oggle at her. Both of these plots are pretty minor, but it all ties in together at the end, when they realize they do have a terrible mother, but can't help but console her when she admits it herself. They obviously have a love for each other but find it difficult to come to terms with it.



    As I said before, it's a simple episode, but it's still quite funny. Gob has a lot of great lines, and watching Lindsey deprecate herself almost hints at the means she'll go to in future seasons to get guys to notice her.moreless
  • My Mother The Car

    9.0
    Another superb episode of Arrested Development, we actually got flashbacks on tonight's episode, from the fake protein bars to Lucille busting through the doors which exposed her manipulative ways. The show is just hilarious, I laughed all the way through.



    I really didn't expect George Sr. to pay the inmates to not check out Lindsay, and in the golden bars, much less. The scene in the movie theaters was also hilarious. I'm not sure what they will make of the Buster/Lucille 2 relationship, but it's been pretty funny so far.



    Arrested Development really is becoming one of my favorite shows. It has already found it's angle early in the game, and even the story lines are quite simple, we get well thought out pay offs and story arcs that make the show what it is: Great!moreless
  • Michael loses his memory

    9.4
    It’s amazing what Arrested Development can do with Lucille’s character and this episode is a brilliant example of just how Lucille’s almost evil mind works.



    None of the family turning up for both parties and Lucille yelling surprise at her own party were great concepts but the episode kept getting better after Michael was stupid enough to let Lucille drive though once she crashed the car, she tampered so that it looked like her son had caused the crash.



    This was a very funny move and well plotted with Michael losing memory since he got hit in the head and couldn’t deny his mother’s statement.



    Gob actually saves the day in this episode which I find very funny since the first person to figure out the lie is actually the dumbest member of the family (not including Buster).



    Overall, this episode is an excellent one and develops Lucille quite well.moreless
  • I'm a horrible mother!

    9.2
    This is the first episode where we really get to learn about Lucille Bluth. What we learn is not pretty.



    She crashed the car and moved Michael into the drivers seat and make him believe he was driving.



    Buster makes stride in his relationship with Lucille 2. He has less panic attacks, but when he jumped through the pane of glass it was my favourite part of the episode.



    Of Course Lucille isn't the devil. Her motives weren't completely terrible she just wanted Michael to keep respecting her as a mother and stay on her side.moreless
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

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Mark Blankfield

Mark Blankfield

Dr. Miller

Guest Star

Mim Drew

Mim Drew

Brandi

Guest Star

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli

Lucille Austero

Recurring Role

Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez

Marta

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Spoiler alert!:
      When George Michael and Maeby got caught at the movie theater during the "On The Next" segment, Maeby immediately ran out, even though she promised George Michael in "Charity Drive" that she would take the blame the next time they got in trouble.

  • QUOTES (40)

    • Lucille 2: Excuse me, but I thought my AARP card was good for one and a guest.
      Buster: Hey, you know what? I knew that society would never accept this, and they never will.

    • Gob: I was halfway to South America, but I couldn't let you get away with it because we're brothers, Mom, and we kind of like each other.
      Michael: You were going to South America?
      Gob: I don't think so.

    • Gob: There's no way that you were trying to hurt me. You don't hate me. Mom hates me. You kind of like me.
      Michael: Yeah, I kind of like you.

    • Gob: Turn this skiff around.
      Captain: We haven't even left the dock.
      Gob: But "skiff" is appropriate, right?

    • Michael: Gob, the accident only happened because I was trying to scare you. Maybe even hurt you.
      G.O.B.: That doesn't sound like you. It sounds like Mom.

    • Michael: Gob was there. Gob was on his scooter ... I think I wanted to hit Gob.
      Lucille: Yes! That is exactly what happened. You wanted to give Gob a scare. I don't know why.

    • Buster: I just jumped through a plate glass window on a date.
      Michael: Oh. Well, women love to laugh.

    • Michael: Totally cool. Didn't feel a thing. You know, Mom, I'm crazy about this aspirin. Can't believe we give it to children.

    • Lucille 2: Buster, do you remember when we were kissing last night?
      Buster: It was a wild, wild ride. But is this something we can do? Is this something society will allow?
      Lucille 2: I don't care what other people think. My God, for the first time in years, I felt like I was standing on solid ground.
      Buster: You know, my panic attacks have decreased. I feel confident. I'm feeling proud even.

    • Michael: You know, it's funny. I remember, um, leaving the restaurant, and then, uh, I was driving, I guess, but I just -- I cannot picture it.

    • Lucille: You're a good son. You always do things for others. You're the only one holding this family together.
      Michael: And you see a lot more than I give you credit for, Mom. You're not just concerned with yourself. You care about the family. Hey, is that Gob?

    • Buster: We're probably not that different, you and me. You and I. Is it "I," or is it "me"?
      Lucille 2: Buster, it's "us."
      Buster: Yes, it is "us." Us.

    • Lucille 2: Oh, Buster, I feel so foolish.
      Buster: No.
      Lucille 2: Yes. I'm foolish and I'm funny and I'm needy. Am I needy?
      Buster: No.
      Lucille 2: Are you sure I'm not needy? 'Cause I feel needy sometimes.
      Buster: No.

    • Michael: You know, Mom, I'm sorry you're upset, but, you know, if you were nicer then maybe your kids would take better care of you, you know? Or want to be with you more.
      Lucille: I've been a horrible mother.
      Michael: No, Mom, you're great. You've been a great mother.
      Gob: Well, you know she's been a horrible mother, right?

    • Michael: Where the (bleep) was everybody?
      Gob: What are you talking about?
      Michael: Mom's party. Where were you guys?
      Gob: It's the first I've heard about it.
      Michael: What about you? Neiman's?
      Lindsay: Prison. Then Neiman's. But only because I'm going back to prison, and they've already seen me in this.

    • Lucille: Where on earth are we going? Left at the next corner.

    • Movie voice over: It was a love between two cousins that the world thought was wrong, but it was the world that was wrong ...
      George Michael: (to Maeby) We have got to see this movie.

    • Lindsay: So, anyway, look. If you're wondering why I haven't visited, maybe it's because I wanted to be thought of as more than just a beautiful face. And a gorgeous head of hair.

    • Lindsay: Come on, Michael. Who knows how long our parents are going to be around?
      Michael: Yeah, well, I got to tell you. I was over at her place today, and she looked a little frail to me. She was having trouble even lifting up this bag of groceries. All right, we will do the surprise party.

    • Lindsay: It would just give Dad one more reason to think that I've got nothing to offer but my looks.
      Gob: Yeah, I got some of that. Except he also didn't like my looks.

    • Michael: You're not staying on the yacht, are you?
      Gob: What do you want me to do, Michael, live full-time with Marta?
      Michael: Or break up with her. I'm sure there'd be somebody else out there that would appreciate her.

    • Gob: Well, they got the Asian right. "Hotties" might be a stretch. Well, let's start with the little one.

    • Lucille: He's weak.
      Michael: Speaking of weak, Mom, what do you got in there, gold bars?
      Lucille: Protein bars for your father. He's pumping up in prison.

    • Lucille: My neighbor, Lucille Austero, is constantly throwing parties for herself. She's having another one in a week.
      Buster: I'm not going to that.

    • Michael: Actually my head does not hurt at all. What did you give me?
      Doctor: Your mother asked me to pump you full of ...
      Lucille: Children's aspirin.

    • Lindsay: It's all I've ever wanted from you, Daddy - for you to spend money on me.

    • Buster: I've already got a Lucille in my life.
      Lucille 2: I understand ... That's healthy.

    • Michael: She went from giddy to devastated. I mean, it would have been funnier if it wasn't so ... no, it was kind of funny.

    • Michael: Mom, you've already got two strikes on your record. You strike one more person and it's technically a spree.

    • Maeby: We don't have to go, do we?
      Michael: Come on, this is a Bluth family celebration ... It's no place for children.

    • Lucille: You're my third least favorite child.
      Michael: I can live with that.

    • Lucille: Oh, here comes the 10:15 conniption, right on time. Honest to God, Buster, it's like every little thing makes you seize up in terror lately. I just have no idea where you get that from. Get away from that stove. You're going to light your hair on fire.

    • Lucille: Buster, what's going on? What happened to your head?
      Buster: Nothing. Gob was just teaching me how to hit it with a hammer.

    • George Sr.: I'm paying thousands of dollars in Krugerrands.
      Lindsay: What?
      George Sr.: Gold Krugerrands. Your mother snuck them in here, stuffed them in energy bar wrappers to keep me from getting strangled in the shower or worse.
      Lindsay: Stabbed?
      George Sr.: In a way.

    • George Michael: I, uh ... need you to make some fake IDs for me and Maeby.
      Gob: Like a passport?
      George Michael: Yeah, yeah, that would be great. Oh, and, uh, preferably French. I like the way they think.

    • Lucille: It's an idiot on a scooter at night. It's got to be Gob.

    • Buster: Um, is it okay if I do it for Mom and not you?
      Michael: Yeah.
      Buster: Because I really like Mom.
      Michael: We know.

    • Lindsay: I mean, it's always been "Michael's got the brains, Gob's got the charm, Buster's got the ..."
      George Sr.: High-fastening pants.
      Lindsay: You said that?
      George Sr.: No, I'm saying that now.

    • Michael: I can't believe she got that driver's license renewed.
      Gob: She didn't. I dummied her up a new one. Not my best work, though. She wanted to look 48. I nearly airbrushed her into oblivion. Ended up checking "albino" in the form.

    • Michael: Hey, Mom. Remember we had that conversation about trying to cut back on things that aren't necessities?
      Lucille: Like it was yesterday.
      Michael: It was this morning, and now I hear that you've hired a crew for the yacht? I'm selling that yacht.
      Lucille: Michael, you haven't heard why I want it. To throw the most lavish party this town has ever seen for my birthday.
      Michael: I enjoy a bicentennial as much as the next guy, Mom, but we're not doing that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • For this first 8 episodes, the show was nominated for the 2004 Golden Globe for "Best Television Series-Musical or Comedy".

    • A song, played once as Michael wakes up from the accident and again when Gob learns Michael was in an accident, is from "Joint Security Area," (2000) an internationally-renown South Korean movie. The song is completely identical, except for a saxophone string added in. I have not seen the full credits to the episode, so it's possible that this song may be credited, uncredited, or a very unlikely coincidence.

    • David Cross ("Tobias") does not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • My Mother The Car
      My Mother The Car was a comedy series from 1965 about a mother who was reincarnated as a car, and her son was the only person that could hear her speak. Also, when GOB and Lindsay are shown watching TV, the theme from My Mother the Car can be heard.

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