Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 10

Ready, Aim, Marry Me

Aired Unknown Feb 13, 2005 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

With the company in dire financial straits and the Bluths no longer the primary shareholders, Michael must turn to old family friend "Uncle" Jack Dorso for financial assistance. Uncle Jack, however, wants something in return.

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  • Good Stuff, BUT...

    When Guest Stars Go Bad

    This series is consistently outstanding. The core cast is amazing. But as the series gains buzz, the stunt casting risks going awry. And that's what happens here.

    Martin Short sucks, plain and simple. Everything about his character is out of step with the rest of the show. It's just one step outside of the show's world and one step too far into the cheesey. I'd lay money that Martin Short had a big hand in the character, and it shows in all the wrong ways. When he's in the frame, the rest of the characters -- the ones we actually tune in to see -- have to all take a step back and stand and watch him do the same stupid antics that stop being funny in SCTV days, if they were even funny then.

    The cast gets extra points for putting up with this and still doing their jobs. The episode gets a full 1.5 points off just for Short's presence.

    Here's hoping the only future episode featuring Jack Dorso begins with the character's funeral and includes no flashbacks.moreless
  • Romantic getaways everywhere!

    Tobias is by far the funniest character in this episode with many double entendres he is not even aware of saying, Michael advising him to get a tape recorder so he could find out what his quotes (such as “I'm afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, if you will. So now I'm afraid I have something of a mess on my hands”) actually sound like.

    Uncle Jack was an interesting character at first but far too overplayed in some aspects which brings down the quality of the episode but it still passes as an entertaining instalment of Arrested Development.moreless
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

Martin Short

Martin Short

Uncle Jack

Guest Star

Troy R. Brenna

Troy R. Brenna


Guest Star

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli

Lucille Austero

Recurring Role

Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.

Stan Sitwell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the epilogue, the narrator says Tobias taped a day's worth of his own words "to see what Michael was referring to." However, the snippets on the tape were from previous episodes, and therefore before Michael made the suggestion. (Also, since when can tape recorders hold an entire day's worth of content?)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Narrator: Tobias listens to a day's worth of his own words to see what Michael was referring to.
      Tobias: (on tape) Even if it means me taking a chubby, I will suck it up.
      Tobias: Nothing wrong with that.
      Tobias: (on tape) Oh, I've been in the film business for a while, but I just can't seem to get one in the can.
      Tobias: It's out of context.
      Tobias: (on tape) I wouldn't mind kissing that man between the cheeks, so to speak.
      Narrator: And he realizes there is something distinct about the way he speaks.
      Tobias: Tobias, you blowhard! (Chuckles)

    • Lindsay: Well Gob doesn't do anything for the family...
      Gob: Hey... I'm f(bleep)ing Lucille 2!
      Lindsay: Ohh.. I could do something like that...

    • Tobias: I had no idea a ninety year-old man could cave in my chest cavity like that.

    • George Sr.: You're pimping out your sister?
      Michael: Well you were pimping out my mother!

    • Michael: If you had tried and failed, I'd understand, but you didn't even try.
      Lindsay: So I didn't even fail, and I don't see you giving me credit for that.

    • Lucille: Buster, nice of you to take a break from that common whore you've been dating.
      Buster: She is not a whore, mother, she happens to be the new secretary of the Bluth company. And yes, she may be more experienced than a normal girl, but sometimes love should be terrifying.

    • Michael: It all makes sense. Why else would Sally Sitwell be avoiding me?
      Lindsay: Because she thinks you're a loser.
      Gob: And why would Lucille 2 be so distant toward me?
      Lindsay: Because she knows you're a loser.

    • Michael: (about the basket) Why don't you take this? I don't have anyone to go with anyway.
      Tobias: Can you imagine how jealous that would make her? "Where's Tobias?!" "Oh, he's just sharing a romantic horseback ride with Michael Bluth and they're dipping each other in..." Oh, you didn't get anybody chocolate ...
      Michael: I didn't mean with me. I hate to see you struggle like this. In fact, why don't you let me ask her for you?
      Tobias: Well, Michael, you really are quite the cupid, aren't you? I tell you, you can zing your arrow into my buttocks anytime.
      Michael: Okay. You know what you do? Buy yourself a tape recorder. Record yourself for a whole day. I think you're gonna be surprised at some of your phrasing.
      Tobias: (gasps) Butterscotch! Want a lick?

    • Tobias: I'm afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, if you will. So now I'm afraid I have something of a mess on my hands.
      Michael: There's just so many poorly chosen words in that sentence.

    • Michael: So what do you say? We got a basket full of father-son fun here.
      George Michael: What's kama sutra oil?
      Michael: Maybe it's not for us.

    • Lucille: She's trying to prove that she's closer to my children than I am, but the jokes on her because she doesn't know how little I care for Gob.
      Michael: I think that makes the joke on Gob.

    • Michael: You were not on a date with Dragon.
      Lindsay: I know that, Michael. It was pretty obvious when Dragon kept swooping Uncle Jack in for a kiss.

    • Tobias: Wait, wait, wait. Lindsay's here? With two men?
      Buster: Hmmm, sort of one and a half.

    • Tobias: Do you have any idea how often you say the word 'afraid'?
      Michael: Well, I know I used it in the jacuzzi.
      Tobias: And I apologize for that; I thought it was a pool toy.

    • Tobias: (while looking at a gift intended for Sally) That is quite a basket you've got there, Michael.

  • NOTES (0)


    • When Stan Sitwell is trying on a blonde wig, he says he doesn't want to look like Edgar Winter. Edgar Winter is a musician easily characterized since he is an albino.

    • Michael: We're a regular feature on Bill O'Reilly's "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."
      Bill O'Reilly is the host of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor.

    • "Ready, Aim...Marry Me" is the title of Uncle Jack's (Bullet) solo film debut.