Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 21

Not Without My Daughter

Aired Unknown Apr 25, 2004 on Netflix



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.