Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 21

Not Without My Daughter

Aired Unknown Apr 25, 2004 on Netflix
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Michael takes Maeby to work with him on Take Your Daughter to Work Day. After being slighted by Michael, Tobias, George-Michael and Gob all go to the mall to prove that they are just manly. Oscar takes Lucille and Buster to Annyong's soccer game.

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  • A sitcom that can suprise.

    The wonderful thing about this show is that it can always surprise the viewer. Its story lines are as complex as anything Larry David can come up with, the characters so outlandish that nothing is impossible. In this episode the different self-obsessed members of the Bluth family continue trying to resolve their problems and in a wonderful Seinfeld-like moment the story lines of Tobias, Lindsay and Gob all come together in the scenes in the department store. The funniest bits are linked to the "Bring Your Daughter To Work"-plot. In the middle of a scene with two main characters, you suddenly get a young girl doing the work her father should be doing. The girl shouting at George Sr. and Buster in prison, taking over the role of her prison officer father, is one of the highlights.moreless
  • Lindsay gets a job while Buster bonds with Oscar

    This is the first episode to explore the relationship between Maeby and her uncle Michael after doing several on the interaction with her mother, father and cousin and this episode worked on so many levels because of this focus with the don’t lie bet and lying to save Michael anyway despite Kitty still wanting to put charges against Michael for attempted murder.

    The whole shopping centre scenario was brilliant, especially Lindsay wanting to be known as a shoplifter rather than a shop clerk and the fact that all the appearances had daughters aswell was a terrific addition to the plot.

    Buster’s plot was terrific especially the final scene with him hurting all the players in order to score a goal against Annyong.

    Overall, all of the plots in this episode are hilarious, combining together to make one seriously entertaining instalment.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 (uncredited)

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Danielle Cipolla

Danielle Cipolla

Young Maeby

Guest Star

Christian Lavery

Christian Lavery

Young George-Michael

Guest Star

Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald

Detective Streudler

Guest Star

Jerry Minor

Jerry Minor

Officer Carter

Recurring Role

Charlie Hartsock

Charlie Hartsock


Recurring Role

Jay Johnston

Jay Johnston

Officer Taylor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • One of the police officers makes reference to having daughters who seem to have run off somewhere. In the next season, the same officers are a couple and hire Maggie to be a surrogate mother so they can finally have children. Their next appearance completely disregards the fact that they already have kids.

    • When Buster runs through the kids, you can see the football being left behind Buster. But in the next cut, he is kicking it in front of him.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • George, Sr.: Ban on organized sports?
      Buster: You know, how you wouldn't let me sign up for anything when I was a kid.
      George, Sr.: Is that what you've been thinking all these years? No, no, look, you were ... you were just a turd out there, you know? You couldn't kick, and you couldn't run, you know? You were just a turd.
      Buster: Prison has destroyed the way you talk. If that's what it takes to impress these guys around here, then they are not your friends.

    • (On a 'Girls with Low Self-Esteem' video for Gob's magic act)
      Announcer: It was a wild time on the beach, and if you like magic, look away. The only thing this guy could make fly away was the crowd.

    • George Michael: Hey, Dad. Do you think this purse goes with this outfit? Where'd my dad go?
      Tobias: (falsetto) Douche-chill.

    • George Michael: There are certain things that I can talk to you about that I can't really with my dad, like, uh ... were-were you ever awkward around girls?
      Gob: What do you mean? Like if there were three of us and I didn't know where to start? No, I think I did pretty well. Not a lot of complaints, if you know what I mean. At least not from the girl.

    • Gob: What do you use for misdirection?
      Lindsay: Misdirection?
      Gob: Yeah, I mean if you're so good at magic, what did you have them looking at to divert their attention?
      Lindsay: I don't know. My ass.
      Gob: My ass. You're lying.

    • Lindsay: Michael, it was shoplifting, and I'm white. I think I'm going to be ok.

    • Michael: Hey, Mom, why can't Buster pretend to be your escort? That's the way he's got it in all his cartoons.

    • Michael: I gave you permission to use the yacht. You blew it up.
      Gob: Yeah, well, if you give someone permission to use a tissue, you can't be upset if they blow their nose. Right? I mean ...

    • Lindsay: Well, they expect a certain amount of theft, Michael. It's built into the price. If I didn't take it, then people would be overpaying for nothing.

    • Oscar: Ok, but I never meant to break up your family. Your mom called me for a reason. I-I don't think she's happy.
      Buster: No, she's happy. She's just mean all the time.

    • Michael: (answering cell phone) Hello? Oh, hey, George Michael. Uh, I'm sorry? In your pants? I'll be right there. (hangs up) Um, my son has an emergency.
      Detective Fellows: You know, there's a Grover book: "I Can't Hold It In." Worked for us.

    • Michael: What? What's going on?
      Annyong: Ok. Mother want someone to go to my soccer game with. She don't want other soccer moms think that she is single mother. She old school.
      Michael: I liked it better when he just said "Annyong".

    • Michael: What about the outfit yesterday?
      Lindsay: Old thing gave it to me.

    • Michael: Lindsay, new outfit?
      Lindsay: This? No, I've had this for years. I think it's a hand-me-down from Mom.
      Michael: You got a price tag. Right there.
      Lindsay: Is there? I guess she wanted me to have something new. Sweet old thing.
      Michael: Only two of those words describe Mom, so I know you're lying to me.

    • Tobias: I must warn you, Michael, she doesn't respond well to strict directives.
      Maeby: All right.
      Tobias: That was odd.
      Michael: Not really. Kids love boundaries. I mean, look at these girls. (Talking about the "Girls with Low Self-Esteem" tape) Is this what you want?
      Tobias: Oh, God, no.
      Michael: This could be where your daughter is headed.
      Tobias: Oh, no, no, I don't want this for Maeby either.

    • Patient: There's like this longing ... this pull. I mean, does that make me, you know, like, some kind of ... ?
      Young Maeby: Homosexual.
      Tobias: Maeby, please. She's right, though. You probably are a homosexual.

    • George Michael: You know, say what you will about America. Thirteen bucks still gets you a hell of a lot of mice.
      Gob: Who said anything bad about America?

  • NOTES (12)

    • In addition to members of "Mr. Show," "SNL," "Seinfeld," "Upright Citizens Brigade," and other great sketch/ensemble comedy shows to appear on "AD", Kevin McDonald from "Kids in the Hall" appears here in an all too brief cameo.

    • The mall security office advertises Security Guard Classes. Powers to Arrest are $30. Firearms Qualifications are $99. And Annual Re-Qualification is $55.

    • Oscar's jacket says "David Cassidy Live." In "Whistler's Mother," Oscar told Michael that he wrote "All You Need are Smiles" for David to perform on television.

    • Given what happened on the video and the events of "Top Banana," we see that Gob hasn't had much luck keeping doves alive.

    • Oscar's "All You Need Is Smiles" is available for listen in the "Original Songs" section of the season 1 DVD.

    • Tobias' extreme catlike agility was first seen in "Bringing Up Buster" and "Justice Is Blind."

    • Rating: 4.3/7

    • Tobias has a picture of his family dressed as "Dr. Fünke's 100% Natural Good-Time Family-Band Solution" on his desk in Boston.

    • More Mr. Show cast members appear on Arrested Development. John Ennis (Tobias' Supervisor) and Jerry Minor (Officer Carter) both make guest appearences, and Jay Johnston (Officer Taylor) appears for a second episode, first seen in "Missing Kitty". They join Bob Odenkirk as the members of the Mr. Show gang to appear on Arrested Development.

    • This episode makes reference to Gob's magic act in "Missing Kitty" when they watch the "Girls With Low Self-Esteem" video.

    • Originally scheduled to air April 18th, but pre-empted for a new episode of 24.

    • Kitty's last name is Sanchez.


    • Title: Not Without My Daughter
      The title of this episode is a reference to the 1991 movie about a mother's struggle to keep her daughter with her - a theme shared by several characters in this episode.