Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 5

Sad Sack

8
Aired Unknown Dec 12, 2004 on Netflix
9.3
out of 10
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316 votes
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Episode Summary

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George Sr. fears he's losing Lucille to Oscar; Gob motivates Buster for the Army; Lindsay spends more time with Maeby to get closer to Steve Holt; Tobias starts working out.

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  • One of the funniest things ever on TV!

    9.9
    The humor in this episode gets a little PG-13, but it is very funny, largely due to the clever writing and the great acting by Henry Winkler.



    The episode is well constructed and flashes back to Tobias' days as a "never nude," incorporates G.O.B.'s complete lack of any knowledge around the office, and Buster and the army. In true "Arrested Development" fashion, the story is woven together very well.



    Henry Winkler as attorney Barry Zuckercorn is fantastic as usual, but his delivery and comedic timing in this episode are the best they have ever been. When looking at the pictures of the "Iraqi countryside," the delivery of his response could win over nearly any prude.



    An exceptional episode, and laugh-out-loud funny every time!moreless
  • Buster can't climb a wall!

    9.5
    Arrested Development has once again managed to pull off a spectacular episode, with very entertaining plots and a few revelations.



    George Sr is proven to have a heart in this instalment as it breaks when he realises that his wife loves his twin brother and Michael proves to have some values for his traitor father as he doesn’t turn him in and Gob is proven to be a very funny character with great lessons such as when you don’t get hit, it will be much more fun, and finally Lindsay is proven to be desperate to cheat, as far as hitting on her daughter’s crush.



    Overall, there are many fantastically written jokes throughout the episode, especially the end where Zuckerkorn realises that the landscape picture is actually balls (at least he’s an expert on something), and thus is one of the funniest episodes of the season.moreless
  • Some will disagree with me, but this is Arrested Development at its peak.

    9.0
    I haven't seen this episode since its original broadcast in late 2004, but I remember it being the funniest episode of the show to date. After that episode aired, I couldn't wait for more episodes of the show to come out, because I was expecting every one after to be just as funny.



    Don't get me wrong, AD still makes me laugh today (Analrapist from Season 3 comes to mind), but this episode was the last gut-buster for me. After this one, my standards have become to high for the new episodes, and they just don't seem to do it for me. I still have hope and continue to watch today, wishing that Arrested Development will live past its threats of cancellation and someday become huge.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

Narrator

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Sam Pancake

Sam Pancake

James Alan Spangler

Guest Star

Cedric Yarbrough

Cedric Yarbrough

Drill Instructor

Guest Star

John Michael Higgins

John Michael Higgins

Wayne Jarvis

Recurring Role

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Barry Zuckerkorn

Recurring Role

Justin Grant Wade

Justin Grant Wade

Steve Holt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Lucille: It's so nice not to have to worry about getting pregnant. The doctor said I couldn't be a mother now if I tried.
      Michael: And that was without even interviewing me.

    • Michael: You know, instead of competing with Tobias, why don't you try just spending a little bit more time with your daughter?
      Lindsay: Why? Tobias doing that?

    • (At boot camp)
      Buster: I can't do it; I can't make my bed, and I can't do this, either... I'm sorry. Aren't you supposed to yell at me and call me "homo" and motivate me over this wall?
      Sergeant Baker: We can't do that anymore. Lawsuit.

    • Lindsay: (regarding Tobias and their open marriage) I wonder how many women he's slept with, if any.
      Michael: Lindsay, it's not a competition.
      Lindsay: Of course it is, Michael. That's why they call it 'scoring'.
      Michael: Maybe in the '70s.
      Lindsay: That many? We've only been doing this for a month.

    • Lucille: You smell like a pine cone.
      George Sr.: (disguised as Oscar) Yeah, that's the weed. I went to my, uh, *BEEP*hole trailer and, uh, I smoked some... Like a cigarette.

    • Michael: Why'd you have to come back here in the first place?
      George Sr.: Oh, no reason. Your mother happens to be just shtupping my brother, that's all.

    • Barry: Well, if he's got a shot with her, just give me a little tap on the fanny.
      Michael: It's not going to happen.

    • Barry: Can I have a moment alone with my client, please? (to Michael) Did you follow any of that?

    • George Sr.: Hey, by the way, I broke this thing. What the hell is it, anyway?
      Michael: That's a breast pump, dad.
      George Sr.: Oh, well, I did not use it for that.

    • Chairman: They're balls?
      Pilot #1: We're looking at balls. Let's turn it around.
      Pilot #2: Copy on the balls.

    • Michael: (about Lucille) Oscar, please. You can't go. You got to stay, ok? This is the nicest she's been since she found out that Rosa could breast-feed Buster.

    • Oscar: God willing, he'll fail boot camp.
      Michael: Well, why wouldn't he? He already failed day camp.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Title: Sad Sack
      The title is from the comic strip from the 40's created by Sgt. Baker, which also happens to be the name of Buster's Sergeant.

    • Visual: We knew it!
      The headline in the promo for "Fox6 News" with John Beard is a reference to the fact that many believe that Fox is biased toward Republican Party ideas. Thus, Fox reported on the Republicans' faulty claim that WMDs are in Iraq and can in the series finally claim to be correct.

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