In the scene where Buster is taking part in the Native American tribal ceremonies, the Native American in the background is seen talking on a cell phone.
The gay protesters at the yacht club carry signs reading, "Why Knot?", "Allow Same Sex Marriage At Sea", "Gay Mariners Unite", "Freedom", and "Sailors For Seamen".
Gob turns twenty dollars from the Banana Stand into a game of Monopoly for George Michael, who remarks that he might already have one. Later in the episode, when George Michael is packing to go to Phoenix, he has three Monopoly boxes.
Camera reflections can be seen on George Sr's sunglasses when he is on the boat.
Tobias: (talking about the money their fund-raiser brought in) Well, most of that money was from the Bluth Company. I mean, how ...
(Michael looks surprised) ... are you?
Lindsay: Um, I forget their name, but I know they're hungry. I think some are thirsty.
Lucille: (showing Michael her fox scarf) Michael, look. Look what happened to my fox. Someone cut off its little foot. Is it, is it noticeable?
Michael: Well, you've got to remember you're going to be all splattered in red paint. That's gonna distract the eye.
Michael: Hasn't everything already sorta been discovered, by like, Magellen and Cortez?
Buster: Oh yeah, yeah....
Michael: All those folks.
Buster: Those guys did a pretty good job. But there's still ... you know ...
Gay Protesters: We're here, we're queer, we wanna get married on the ocean!
(After George Sr. is put in jail)
Michael: And Lindsay, I expected this from them because they're completely oblivious. But you, you should know better.
(Michael walks away)
Gob: Lindsay, he's really mad at you.
Narrator: And Michael finds it difficult to get his father out of jail.
Michael: You love it here?
George Sr.: Oh, I'm having the time of my life. Hey, T-Bone.
Birthday Party Man: I'll be honest. I'm just more comfortable with an Alliance-approved magician.
G.O.B.: Aw. Give 'em a hell of a show, champ.
Teen Magician: (bleep) off, traitor.
Lindsay: You've had $80,000 worth of cartography lessons. Get us a channel to the ocean.
Buster: Okay, okay, okay.
Buster: Obviously this blue part here is the land.
G.O.B.: Are those police boats?(Cymbal Clash) G.O.B.: No, I�m serious. I think they are police boats.
G.O.B.: So what? Lindsay's been staying at the Four Seas for, like, a month— she's probably charging the company.
Michael: Lindsay's been in town for a month?
G.O.B.: I don't think so.
Michael: What have we always said is the most important thing. What comes first?
George Michael: Breakfast.
George Michael: Family. Right. I thought you meant out of the things you eat.
Narrator: Tobias recently lost his medical license for administering C.P.R. to a person who, as it turns out, was not having a heart attack.
Lucille: If you're saying I play favorites, you're wrong. I love all my children equally.
(Earlier that day)
Lucille: I don't care for Gob.
Michael: Dad was always banker, so there was no beating him.
George Michael: He should have been stocking up on those "get out of jail free" cards.
Michael: (about George Michael) Well, I guess he really misses his family.
Lindsay: Well, he doesn't know us very well.
Michael: Yeah, clearly.
Michael: Well, I'm sorry. It's just it's too late. I'm truly sorry, but I'm moving to Phoenix. I got a job. (long pause) It's something you apply for, and then they pay you to, um ... never mind. I don't want to ruin the surprise.
Tobias: I'm alright, gang. What an adventure gang. I thought that the homosexuals were pirates, but it turns out most of them were actors in the local theater. You're right, though. It is amazing, I've been waiting for the universe to provide a path for me ... And I think it has ...
Lindsey: You're gay?
Tobias: No. No ... Ha, I'm not gay. How many times must we have this conversation?
Lindsay: (regarding uncircumcised penises) I think it looks frightening when it's cut off. It's a Doberman -— let it have its ears.
George Sr.: They cannot arrest a husband and wife for the same crime.
Michael: Yeah? I don't think that that's true, dad.
George Sr.: Really? I've got the worst (bleep) attorneys!
Lucille: Everything they do is so dramatic and flamboyant. It just makes me want to set myself on fire!
Lindsay: Good grief, Mother! Not all homosexuals are flamboy -- Oh, my God, I have the exact same blouse.
Michael: Maybe you'll be inspired by the boat party tonight and start a career as a pirate.
Tobias: I haven't packed for that.
Lucille: And I'm putting Buster in charge.
Gob: He's a good choice.
Michael: Buster? The guy who thought that the blue on the map was land?
Gob: You know, I sort of thought my contribution could be a magic show.
(Shot of Alliance of Magicians)
Michael: Oh, that's perfect, Gob.
Gob: Thank you.
Michael: Or, wait a minute. I just remembered something — Dad's retiring, not turning six.
Michael: Ok, guys, um ... They are going to keep Dad in prison at least until this gets all sorted out. Also, the attorney said that they're going to have to put a halt on the company's expense account. (All gasp) Interesting. I would've expected that after "They're keeping Dad in jail".
Narrator: Then, mistaking a group of garishly dressed men for pirates, Tobias boarded a van full of homosexuals.
Maeby: Um, yeah, I bought a frozen banana, and when I bit into it, I found this.
George Michael: It looks like a foot.
Maeby: It tasted like a foot. Which I didn't really mind, but I'm pretty sure I said "no nuts".
Michael: So ... this is the magic trick, huh?
Gob: "Illusion," Michael. A "trick" is something a whore does for money. (Michael points out that a bunch of kids are staring at Gob with their mouths open) ... Or candy!
Lucille: I'd rather be dead in California than alive in Arizona.
Michael: Unbelievable. Sounds like you saved enough skin to make 10 new boys.
Lucille: Look what they've done, Michael. Look what the homosexuals have done to me.
Originally, the role of George Sr. was not planned to last past this episode.
The boat used for George Sr. retirement party was also the location of Jason Bateman (Michael)'s senior prom.
This episode won the 2004 Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series", "Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series" and "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series", also, it was nominated for "Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series". Plus, it won the Casting Society of America's 2004 Artios for "Best Casting for TV-Comedy Pilot".
Jeffrey Tambor (George Sr.) will be receiving the "With" credit.
Jessica Walter (Lucille) will be receiving the "And" credit.
The Season 1 DVD features an uncensored "Creator's Cut" version of "Pilot," which features nearly ten minutes of new/extended material.
The special intro lasted seconds and aired with the credits to that night's The Simpsons on the bottom of the screen. Ron Howard is shown wearing a tan hat, green-blue plaid jacket over a white shirt, and sitting in a leather chair. A graphic in the corner at the beginning of the intro shows the FOX Arrested Monopoly board game hotel piece, the show's logo and the words "Ron Howard" on top of "Executive Producer." He said, "Hi, I'm Ron Howard. For over forty years, you've invited me into your living rooms. But tonight, I come uninvited. Don't even try changing the channel because at this moment, I am on every channel." The screen is divided into four square images on Ron, then goes back to one. "Eh, well, I'm-I'm just joking; I'm only here on FOX. But I do really believe you're going to enjoy this." Short clips from the pilot play for a couple of seconds while his voice continues talking over them. "Tonight, I come to present to you an episode of television which I'm very proud of. It's the story of a family who lose their fortune, and then discovered that they must rely [the credits on the bottom end] on the one son whose just decided that he's better out without them. I do really believe you're going to enjoy this." [The image cuts to the Fox graphics leading into the show with the family and Fox logo as he continues talking over the video.] He finished by saying, "It's 'Arrested Development.'"
This episode was re-aired on August 15, 2004 with a special introduction from Executive Producer/Narrator Ron Howard.
Featured Music: Nikka Costa "Everybody Got There Something", Leroy "Gonna Get Together", David Schwartz & Gabriel Mann "Free at Last", Maeby singing Britney Spears "Oops I Did it Again".
On the extended version of the episode on the Season 1 DVD, Gob's line "A trick is something a whore does for money...or candy!", "candy" is changed to "cocaine."
8.1 Million Viewers.
[Extended Pilot]: In addition to new and extended material, all of the obscenities (The magician telling Gob to "F off traitor", Bluth Sr. telling Michael he has "the worst F-ing attorneys") are heard without censoring.
Rerun on March 21st as part of FX's Arrested Development marathon.
The picture, where they sit in the boat, looks exactly like the poster of Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat.
Breaking the Magician's Code
G.O.B.'s Alliance of Magicians reportedly doesn't take kindly to any performer who reveals a magician's secret. A possible reference to Val Valentino who starred in a series of FOX TV specials entitled "Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed."
Tobias: I'm a bad, bad man from Annie Get Your Gun.
Annie Get Your Gun is a Broadway play that has been made into several feature films.
The boat George Sr.'s retirement party is held on is the Marina Hornblower, a reference to the character Maria Hornblower from the C.S. Forrester classic naval series, Horratio Hornblower.