Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 7

Prison Break-In

Aired Unknown Dec 12, 2005 on Netflix
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Michael is worried when he learns that Lucille is dating the warden behind his father's back; Buster's new turtle gets into "Uncle-Father" Oscar's stash; the family plans a benefit for Tobias' life-endangering hair transplant.

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  • Lucille is dating the prison warden to help George escape from house arrest--or is the warden planning to get revenge on George by giving Lucille a VD? Michael must get to the bottom of this twisted mystery.moreless

    Most of the characters are down about something or other in this episode, but it's still hilarious--only a show like "Arrested Development" could mine comedy gold out of a plotline about a dying family member (although I still hope Tobias comes to his senses and has the hairplugs removed, because I don't want David Cross gone). Then there's another appearance by Buster's uncle/father, Oscar--bummed because his son/nephew has let his turtle, "mother," eat his stash of weed. George Michael (who's just getting cuter and cuter) is still lusting after his cousin, who may be (pun not intended, but not rejected) lusting after him, too. And George Senior makes a sacrifice for his brother (or at least says he's going to--to do so would be pretty out of character).

    The only factor that made me unhappy while watching this episode is knowing that, unless another network picks the show up, we're nearing the end of this gem.moreless
  • Back to form.

    After the episodes with the annoying British plot line, the show gets back to form. You know that a comedy is worth its money when you actually laugh out loud. It happened to me with the bit of visual humour of Gob losing control of his jet pack. Besides that there is the brilliant satire of rich people getting behind a social cause, in this case the made-up disease TBA. James Lipton may be the revelation of the episode with his dry delivery. As usual, you can miss jokes, like the narrator's correction of the Donny Host remark. The final scene with the prison riot feels like a pie fight at the end of a Laurel & Hardy two-reeler.moreless
  • Classifications - who needs 'em?

    If there was one thing I could change about, I would get rid of the Classification box on reviews. I am perfectly capable of describing the episode myself, without being forced to conform to some sort of category. Actually, if I could change only one thing, I would get rid of those ads that appear in between pages. You know, the "click here if you are not automatically redirected. But I don't think those are going away, so I will passively protest the Classification box by selecting "Character development" every time, whether it is accurate or not.

    So, this week it's Prison Break that gets the Arrested Development treatment. I guess if you're going after someone, it might as well be the show that took your time slot. Damn that Wentworth Miller and his rugged good looks. I love that George-Michael kid. He's so...earnest, and naive and everything, it's just hard not to pull for him. I'm not sure I realized it before, but he really is the emotional heart of the series. Michael is just a little too busy making witty responses to his family's stupidly ironic gaffes to really be sympathetic, and the rest of them are, well, the Bluths. Too bad little George-Michael had to get locked in a prison cell with his rapidly-degrading uncle, but I guess that's what you get for trying to sleep with your cousin. Man, what is up with that?moreless
  • Tobias gets a disease

    This episode definitely has its moments, in particular involving Gob and Oscar, probably the two funniest characters in this episode with scenes such as Gob’s videotape conjugal trailer reliving and Oscar realising that Buster fed his turtle (who he’d named Mother) his weed, suggesting they cremate it.

    The whole family being okay with Lucille cheating on their father with the warden, even Buster, was a bit odd though funny and was a solid addition to the plot.

    The only thing I didn’t like about this episode was Tobias because his plot is way too farfetched, even by Arrested standards and is too unrealistic to be considered entertaining.

    Overall, despite Tobias and George Michael, who also didn’t have a great plot, this episode ranks above 9 all the same as any episode of AD deserves.moreless
  • So I can never find a classification for AD episodes because they are all EXCELLENT!

    It still amazes me that a show this good is getting cancelled. I supposed you can't expect a smart comedy to survive on the same network with reality crap like American Idol and Trading Spouses. So sad. This episode was really funny, still producing excellent work even with the impending doom. I didn't like Tobias new "thing" though, with the hair plugs, he looks disgusting! I want him to try to be an actor again, those episodes were HILARIOUS! I love how George Michael is all grossed out though. Oh and Gob is still as funny as ever. Superb episode!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

Kenneth Kimmins

Kenneth Kimmins

Doctor Carr

Guest Star

Hector Atreyu Ruiz

Hector Atreyu Ruiz

Prison Guard

Guest Star

Cameron Covell

Cameron Covell

Boy Prisoner #1

Guest Star

James Lipton

James Lipton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Michael is playing the guitar with George Michael taping it, he throws the guitar down and it knocks down the music stand. In the next scene, the music stand is up again.

    • The camera Gob uses throughout this episode is a Canon XL1S, a 3CCD standard definition mini DV camera.

    • After having left the reason Michael's wife, Tracy, died a mystery for 2 seasons, it is strongly implied she succumbed to ovarian cancer.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Warden Gentles: I can't say no to the woman who gave me "Chlamydia."

    • Michael: You're planning an escape.
      George Sr.: How dare you? I oughta shave your head and make you sit under that camera all night, mister.

    • Lucille: I'm trying to seduce him.
      Michael: Who's the "I" in that sentence?
      Lucille: Me.
      Michael: You?
      Narrator: Her.

    • Lucille: Everything looks delicious.
      Warden Gentles: Oh, One Eye is a wonderful chef. I've had to go to his parole hearings twice and lie through my teeth to keep him here.

    • Gob: (abouting breaking into the prison) It can't be that hard to get into. It's not a Jamba Juice.

    • Lucille: You can smuggle yourself out because I'm staying in the conjugal trailer with Warden Gentles.
      George, Sr.: Him?

    • George Michael: Is that a screenplay? Warden Gentles' screenplay?
      Maeby: That's what you're going to tell me.

    • Gob: Sounds like a tennis match between Steffi Graf and Happy Days star Donny Host.
      Narrator: That's 'Most'!

    • Benefit Attendee: I'd rather contribute to TBA!

    • Narrator: Buster had recently brought home a turtle in an incredibly misguided attempt to make his mother jealous.
      Buster: You can stay in this box that Uncle/Father Oscar left behind.
      Narrator: In fact, it was a box of Oscar's legally obtained medical marijuana.
      Buster: Oh, good, you've already got grass.
      Narrator: Primo bud. Real sticky weed.

    • Tobias: I'm afraid I'm with Michael on this. The guy runs a prison. He can have any piece of ass he wants.

    • Warden Gentiles: I might have you beaten with a pillowcase full of batteries.

    • Lindsay: Did it ever occur to you that maybe Warden Gentiles likes her?
      Michael: Likes her what?
      Lindsay: No, I mean, likes her. Like, is attracted to her.
      Michael: Who's the "her" in that sentence?
      Lindsay: Mom. Warden Gentiles likes Mom.
      Michael: Her?

    • Lucille: I want to cry so badly, but I don't think I can spare the moisture.

    • Gob: It's a jet-pack, Michael. What could possibly go wrong?

    • Michael: The whole thing is a scam. Mom was just using that warden to try to get Dad out. She's not trying to seduce him at all.
      Lindsay: Oh, no, she is. She's spending the night with him. She just called to ask me to bring her a tube of vag ... table paste.

    • Michael: Mom wants to sleep with the warden.
      Gob: What? Oh, God!
      Lindsay: Great.
      Michael: Great? The man is old enough to be her contemporary, Lindsay.

    • Tobias: Oh, come on. Don't leave your Uncle T-Bag hanging!
      George Michael: Please don't call yourself that.

    • Michael: I don't need to take my Mom to a gala, ok? Only losers go to those things with their parents. I'm going with my son.

    • (After Tobias falls down the stairs)
      Gob: (talking about the camera) Oh, no! It was on stand by! Think you could do that again?

    • George Michael: The new facility's pretty nice. It's like school ... but air-conditioned.

    • Warden Gentles: (after a failed allusion) I don't know why I always assume that everyone has read my screenplay.

  • NOTES (4)


    • n/a: Scary Movie 2
      When some parts of his body fell asleep, Tobias falls off his wheelchair. This a reference to Scary Movie 2, where David Cross plays a paralyzed character, who was constantly laying on the floor and didn't want to anybody help him up.

    • When Gob mentions Happy Days star "Donny Host," the narrator corrects him with "It's Most."

    • Tobias: Don't leave your uncle T-Bag hanging.
      Yet another sly reference to Prison Break, in which the character Theodore Bagwell refers to himself as T-Bag.

    • That Star Wars clip is of George Michael. It's a recurring joke from the last 2 seasons about how the family is too cheap to buy a new blank tape for their camcorder. So everytime they make a video, George Michael having the light sabre fight is shown at the beginning of the tape.

    • The title of the episode, the drawing on Gob's stomach of the prison floorplan, and the numerous Jamba Juice lines are directly taken from FOX's other series Prison Break. The show is about an engineer who tattoos the blueprints of a maximum security prison to his body so that he can break out his falsely accused brother who is facing the death penalty. Throughout the last few months, Arrested has been put on numerous hiatuses, and in its place, episodes of Prison Break have been airing.

    • George Sr: " ... shrinkage. Someone saw Seinfeld last night."

      This refers to the episode of Seinfeld titled "The Hamptons" in which George is the victim of shrinkage after swimming.