Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 8

Queen for a Day

Aired Unknown Jan 23, 2005 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

Michael sells a portion of his stock in the Bluth company to buy a car, and Lucille 2 returns, only to discover that Buster is dating the company secretary Starla.

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  • The show that made Liza Minnelli cool again. Or, for the first time, maybe.

    So, I never understood what the fuss was about Liza Minnelli. Judy Garland's daughter, starred in one movie about Nazis or something a long time ago that everybody made a big deal about, and somehow that makes her some kind of national treasure. Whatever. Lucky for her, she was blessed with a supporting role in Arrested Development, and now a new generation gets to witness her talents. Everybody wins. Except Gob, who had to sleep with her; Michael, who lost his company to her; and Lucille, who lost her bathroom to her. Guess it always pays to be a little nicer to the neighbors.

    So, Tobias gets a little cash and he decides to buy himself a gay bar. And then his "gang" of dancers discovers how West Side Story really would have gone down. At least they didn't throw water. I guess all that snapping and dancing was a metaphor for violence or something. I always wondered when they found time to rehearse.

    And where can I find a car salesman like that guy? Here's a practical car. No, nobody ever buys those, they're worthless. You don't need a free windbreaker. What a guy. Geez, Gob f*#$ed Lucille 2. That's taking one for the team, right there. Or for himself, I guess.moreless
  • Stock is unfrozen and the company control is gone thanks to the Bluth family.

    Gob once again manages to screw up everything Michael has done and is therefore responsible for the family’s loss of control of the company (but on the plus side he BLEEPED Lucille 2 who returns to the series in this episode.

    George Michael’s notes and the conversation between Maeby and George Michael later in the episode (never once talking about the same thing) was very entertaining and Maeby’s plot follows on from the previous episode where people started assuming that she worked there.

    Overall, this episode is very entertaining especially the fact that nobody read past the word “unfrozen” except Buster who Michael was taking advantage of.moreless
  • revealing character traits

    This was a fun episode. I loved the comment made by the Narrator that Michael fit in with the gay club because of his appearance. That gets me every time I watch it. It was also great seeing Lucille 2 again; Liza Minelli is a rather gifted phsyical comedienne.

    Tobias\' attempt to convert street gangs to tap dancing was priceless, as was the revealing fact that Michael was never actually given a company car, although according to the books, he\'s had four. Buster and Starla\'s brief romance was bittersweet, and GOB once again begins to steal another girlfriend away from a family member.

    All in all a terrific episodemoreless
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


Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Tom Virtue

Tom Virtue


Guest Star

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli

Lucille Austero

Recurring Role

Mo Collins

Mo Collins


Recurring Role

Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.

Stan Sitwell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Barry: A company called Stanpor.
      Gob: Stanpor?
      Michael: As in the opposite of Sitwell, which is run by a certain hairless man who could be very upset with you right now.
      Gob: What has he to be upset with me about? (one of his eyebrows drops down)
      Michael: You are wearing his eyebrows?
      Gob: It made me feel dressier.

    • Gob: So, get this. I took (Sitwell's) dress eyebrows.
      Michael: He's not gonna be happy about that.
      Gob: No. Especially when he goes to the opera with two mustaches on his forehead.

    • Michael: I'm driving a staircase, for God's sake, okay? It smells like gas, I get hop-ons ...
      George Sr.: Well, of course, you're gonna get hop-ons.
      Michael: And most importantly, Dad, my son does not like to be seen in it.
      George Sr.: (laughing) But he likes being seen with that girl!

    • Oscar: I think we're going to need a new floating thermometer. And can I have your Blue Cross number?

    • Barry: Unfortunately, it's a private stock, so you cannot just buy up the shares unless someone is willing to sell.
      Michael: Are you sure?
      Barry: That's what they said on "Ask Jeeves".

    • George Sr.: I'm going crazy with the boredom, Michael. At least in prison, we had knife fights and we had movie night and once, both. Those men did not enjoy Soapdish.

    • Narrator: George Michael stumbled across a box of love letters he had written, but never sent, to his cousin Maeby. One of these, entitled "If You Weren't My Cousin," was particularly incriminating.

    • Gob: I'm an idea man, Michael. That's how I came up with F(bleep) Mountain!

    • Gob: Yeah, mothers. It's like, f(bleep)in' die already!

    • Tobias: Even if I have to take a chubby, I'm willing to suck it up!

    • Buster: Mom's becoming a little controlling.
      Michael: What tipped you off? When she locked you out on the balcony again?
      Buster: That was half my fault. I thought I saw a graham cracker out there.
      Michael: [to Lucille]You baited the balcony?
      Lucille: Prove it.

  • NOTES (1)


    • n/a: Ask Jeeves
      Barry says he got the stock information from "Ask Jeeves", a search engine that lets you ask questions instead of entering keywords.

    • The script Maeby leaves and George Sr. reads is Armageddon 2: Armageddon.
      Armageddon was a movie about an asteroid that was going to destroy the Earth. It starred Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Billy Bob Thornton to name a few. The original has no sequels.

    • George Sr. mentions that in prison, they didn't like Soapdish.
      Soapdish is a 1991 film about the world of soap operas. The comedy had lots of stars, including Sally Field, Kevin Kline, and Whoopi Goldberg.

    • Lucille Austero: Everyone thinks of Frank Sinatra.

      This is a reference to the fact that Frank Sinatra's version of the "Theme from New York, New York" is much more famous than the original recording, which was performed by Liza Minnelli (who plays Lucille Austero) for the film "New York, New York".