Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 4


Aired Unknown Nov 07, 2005 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

In the "Notapusy" episode, Rita (guest star Charlize Theron) calls Michael (Jason Bateman) a word that he thinks means "weak or cowardly" when – in the British sense – it actually means "sweet or gentle." In an effort to prove to Rita he's not one of these, Michael tries to convince George-Michael (Michael Cera) to join him in some manly activities, but George-Michael is too busy prepping girlfriend Ann (Mae Whitman) for an "Inner-beauty Pageant" at the Church and State Fair. So Michael and his recently-discovered nephew Steve Holt (Justin Grant Wade) enter a triathlon, only to discover Gob (Will Arnett) is the one who stumbles at the finish line. Meanwhile, George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) tries to get some good P.R. by volunteering to speak at a "Scared Straight" meeting, but ends up giving advice about his prison days to the wrong group. Scott Baio returns as Bluth family attorney Bob Loblaw and Dave Thomas as Trevor.moreless

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  • Never go against the family.

    I've often felt that the Godfather parallels were one of the most under-explored facets of this wonderful program, and this episode ably remedies that omission with a delightful little nod to the Corleones while also taking on British spy films, differences in American and British slang, the separation of church and state and, apparently, Rocky. That's quite a task for one half-hour, but leave it to the Bluths to pull it off. We have some less-than-subtle satire with the Church-and-State Fair, an event jointly administered by the religious right and the State of California that boasts an Army recruiting center, an inner beauty pageant and an obstacle course that would be the envy of any neighborhood picnic. George Sr.'s attempt to "startle straight" a group of "wayward" young men was another highlight of the day. Man, where do I get a ticket to that? I hope they have funnel cakes. I love funnel cakes.

    With the show cancelled, I suppose I can only dream of Godfather scenes the Bluths could have quoted. For some reason a vision of George Sr. being pelted with water balloons while a terrified Buster succumbs to panic won't leave my mind. Or maybe they can garrote Tobias.moreless
  • Not the triathlon that was expected

    The misunderstanding in this episode is very entertaining, the whole triathlon training by Michael coming out of a different British meaning of the American word, pu$$y (I can’t believe I had to modify that – it would have been such a nice moment).

    Rita contributes a lot to the episode as does Tobias, though he is a regular. George Michael’s plot which involves Tobias and Ann, who he is still dating, isn’t as good as the main plot but it is entertaining to say the least, both Michael and George Michael not feeling like real men in this Bond-parodied title, Notapusy.

    Overall, the plots in this episode are quite good as is the humour that comes out of them, making this a worthwhile episode, though not necessarily the best this season.moreless
  • Perfect example of how comedy should be.

    I'd like to start by giving FOX a big middle finger for putting random gaps in the middle of some of my favourite series. Family Guy has taken TWO breaks now, and I never know if it;s going to be on next week or not.. I'm suprised they get any viewing figures at all, it;s no way to run a network.

    I'm very sad to hear this show is failing. There is no reason why it should, it is far better than anything else of this style on television right now. As I've said in previous reviews, they know how to do a reocurring gag better than any other show, and they manage to maintain the same standard of comedy in every episode. This alos means there's not a lot to say about what happens, just that it is funny (particularly the awful british accents) although I have found it difficult trying to turn people on to this show for some reason. A shame because it is a brilliant series in every way.moreless
  • It amazes me how long this series manages to keep jokes going. Notapussy contains so many little jokes that I'm sure I'll find twice as many once this season comes out on DVD.moreless

    Notapussy was a great episode, I'd say it's a classic arrested development episode but the writers of this show are so good that all of the episodes are classics. I love the running joke with George-Michael and the movie "Les Cousins Dangereux", I don't think any other show could keep a joke going as long as they have (two and a half seasons). There are so many little jokes in this episode that you really have to pay attention. I'm glad they threw in that joke about american actors playing british people because Charlize doesn't pull it off at all. I'm in love with arrested development, I'm going to marry the DVDs.moreless

    The more I watch this show, the more I laugh and realize how brilliant it is. There are so many sublties that one might miss the first time around. The humor is broad an all encompasing. From slaptstick to sarcastic its all over the place and 99 percent of the time it all works. Thats why the show is so brilliant. In the continuing mockery of james bond, we learn more about the Michael's girlfriend(Charlize Theron great role!) and the possibility of a mole in the family. The hole episode is classic arrested development and had some truly great scenes.moreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The nurse and soldier Reginald who have the 'pussy/gentle' conversation are actually Buster and the nurse (who later takes care of him when he is in a 'coma') from the later episode "Exit strategy" who also have a similar conversation.

    • As Steve Holt is carrying Michael to stop him from signing up in the army, we see Rita exit out of what appears to be a public restroom facility. However, as the shot gets closer, we notice a man walk up and give her a very befuddled look and a sign clearly reading "Men's". This is a subtle hint to her true "MRF" form.

    • The Christian Newspaper is called "The News Testament" and its headline is "Church and State: An Integration We Can All Get Behind" which is debatable in light of centuries of litigation to keep these things separate.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Rita: You are really quite a man, Michael.
      Michael: You really think so?
      Rita: Oh, yes. You are a complete and utter *bleep*. (kisses Michael and then leaves)
      Narrator: I can't believe we had to bleep that. It would've been such a nice moment.

    • Gob: I'm gonna be busy this weekend being a Judge Pageant.
      Narrator: Gob has been a Judge Pageant for years.
      Gob: Can you believe what it does to your sex life?
      Michael: I don't wanna hear it.
      Gob: I don't wanna say it. First place, chick's hot, but has an attitude: doesn't date magicians. Second place, is someone weird usually, like a Chinese girl or a geologist. But third of all, although a little bit plain, her super low self-esteem. So I step in and lay her 'crown' upon my sweet 'head'.
      Michael: Have I missed this euphemism?

    • Gob: I think we all feel that way about our mothers. And we all have legs.

    • (Talking before a beauty pageant)
      Ann: I could sing to the camel!
      Tobias: Yes, we can Google some disco songs with the word 'hump' in them.
      Ann: Cute.
      George Michael: No, that sounds a bit racy.
      Tobias: Okay, he may be afraid of sex but you're not going to win without it.
      George Michael: No, I'm not afraid of sex.
      Tobias: Oh, good. Have sex with this girl right now. Do it. Go. Get in there, have some sex with her right now.

    • Narrator: George Sr. came across a U.S. Army combat humvee and the Pope-Mobile, and he decided to escape in the bullet-proof one.
      (George Sr. steals the Pope-Mobile)

    • Pageant Host: And now please welcome Annabelle Veal, performing "We Three Kings" with a camel tow.

    • Steve Holt: You can control your bladder when you're dead.

    • Steve Holt: Don't ask "Can I?" Ask "I can."

    • Michael: I'm not going to lie to your son.
      Gob: Come on! I lie to yours all the time.

    • Michael: (about Steve Holt) Your son?
      Gob: According to him.
      Michael: And a DNA test.
      Gob: I heard the jury's still out on science.

    • Tobias: She's a girl, I need to teach her how to be a woman. Within her lies a queen. Let me out that queen.
      Michael: Yeah, I think you just did.

    • Michael: I was thinking you and I should maybe go play a little catch. You know, maybe go for a run, do some guy stuff.
      George Michael: But we're not good at that stuff.

    • Steve Holt: There's no "I" in "win"!

    • Tobias: Ann, you need to decide whether you want a man or a boy. I know how I'd answer.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Those green X's that show up throughout are from guest star's Jamie Kennedy Experiment show, whose title character is shown here bidding on the nose Nicole Kidman wore in the movie The Hours. Maeby also tells Mr. Kennedy that she will not be putting him in her remake of "A Thoroughly Polite Dustup," the same movie shown earlier to differentiate between American and English colloquialisms.

    • Michael: Does anyone know why my handlebars are in my bed?

      Gob leaving the handlebars of Michael's bike in his bed is similar to a scene from The Godfather where the head of a man's beloved horse was put in his bed as intimidation. The grease on his sheets, pajamas, and hands was like the horse's blood in the movie. Not quite as copious, though, and no horrified scream.

    • Continuing with the story arc of British intrigue, the episode title is a nod to the title of the 1983 James Bond adventure Octopussy.