Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 14

Shock and Aww

Aired Unknown Mar 07, 2004 on Netflix
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Michael falls for George Michael's ethics teacher, whom his son also has a crush on. Meanwhile, Lucille adopts a 14-year-old Korean boy, and George Sr.'s "Caged Wisdom" tapes have given him a new admirer.

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  • "Who is Edna W.?"

    I've almost given up on accurately rating this show episode by episode. The show is a 10 as far as I'm concerned, so when it comes to rating episodes, it's just nitpicking. This episode is a pretty good example of how rating systems fail. Is this episode amazing? Yes. Is it as good as "Afternoon Delight" or "Good Grief," two of my favorite episodes of the show that have "10's?" Not quite. But I have to rate the episode so it's in comparison to the rest of the episodes. Whatever.

    Enough about ratings! The episode itself is yet another episode where Michael gets hooked up with somebody and ultimately fails. Perhaps Michael is meant to be single... but if that means we get more hilarious episodes like this, I don't mind.

    The idea of the episode is pretty simple. George-Michael is in love with his ethics teacher, played by Heather Graham here. Graham can be a fantastic actress when given the right script and she meshes extremely well with the cast in the episode. She doesn't exactly realize that George-Michael likes her and she's a fan of Saddam Hussein ("You mean she wants to learn about him, I'm sure..") Lindsey mistakingly believes that George-Michael wants her the way a son wants a mother, so she tells Michael in an attempt to get him to date her. Michael becomes enamored by her and the two quickly begin dating.

    Eventually, this plot dovetails with the plot involving Michael and Gob. You see, Gob is still a bit sore over Michael's betrayal with Marta. He believes by trying to hook Michael up with a woman and then hitting on that woman and eventually sleeping with them, Michael will be hurt. But Gob makes a mistake by trying to hook Michael up with a transgender guy... and mistaking Michael's kindness for actually liking the transgendered person, he has sex with him/her (It's one of Arnett's best moments when he admits to Michael what he did... So great). So when George-Michael sees his teacher walking out of his father's room, Michael lies and says Gob slept with her. Of course, as soon as Gob learns that Michael slept with the teacher, he makes it his duty to sleep with her too. And once again, Gob screws up and sleeps with the wrong teacher, mistaking the civics teacher for the ethics teacher.

    The episode is filled with so many great gags, most of them focusing on Michael, Gob and George-Michael. There's the reaction that both Michael and his son have towards the teacher ("No ring..."), there's Gob claiming his trysts with each woman/man were one time things and then getting phone calls from them, not recognizing them on caller I.D, plus the insanely awkward laughing that occurs between Michael and Mrs. Fairly, the teacher ("So where's your wife?" "...Uh, she died." "Then why are we laughing?!"). It's that weird awkward humor that "Arrested Development" does so well.

    There's other great plotlines here, including the introduction of "Annyong," one of the shows weirdest yet best ideas. I love the way nobody understands that "Annyong" is hello and just gives that to him as a name. It also sets up some great future tension between Buster and Lucille, something that never gets old.

    As I mentioned in the review, maybe I should've given the episode a better rating.. but instead, let's just forget about number ratings and focus on how good the episode was.moreless
  • Michael sleeps with his son's crush and Gob sleeps with anyone his brother is polite to

    Heather Graham is a very hot guest star in this episode and has the hilarious role of George Michael’s ethics teacher/crush/father’s girlfriend/Saddam lover.

    This episode is one of the best ones yet, especially Gob sleeping with all the women he thought Michael liked for getting back at Michael almost sleeping with the girl he was cheating on. Gob has some priceless moments in this episode such as “George Michael, what are you doing at a high school dance” and sleeping with the civics teacher instead of the ethics teacher.

    Overall, the episode is very well plotted, especially the George Michael-Ms Baerly-Michael triangle and the scene between George Michael and Lindsay is possibly the funniest scene with Lindsay misunderstanding his intentions.moreless
  • Season 1's Shock and Awww..episode is one of the first season's many great episodes. It provides a great storyline for Michael in which he actually gets some action from the beautiful Heather Graham. She is a great guest star with her obsession with Saddamoreless

    Another really good episode in the series is Season 1's Shock and Aww..I love the story line with Nazhgalia, and Michael just being curtious but G.O.B mistaking it for an attraction. The exchange between Michael and G.O.B when Michael comes down stairs after sleeping with George Michael's ethics teacher is priceless, Nazh apologizes to Michael as if he would be crushed she slept with G.O.B. Easily one of the best of many great exchanges between Michael and G.O.B. Michael finally gets someone to sleep in his bed though his first bed mate is Buster, who if you listen Michael tells his mother when she says we have to do something about my son. He says "I totally agree mom Buster goes home with you..we flip the matteress this never happened." So clearly Buster wet the bed. Great stuff this is also the first episode that introduces us to Annyong, who plays a big part later. The only thing that made me not put this episode on my top ten list was the fact that Tobias was subsequently absent from this episode.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 (uncredited)

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Michael Blieden

Michael Blieden

Agent Cummings

Guest Star

Iqbal Theba

Iqbal Theba


Guest Star

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Cindi Lightballoon

Guest Star

BW Gonzalez

BW Gonzalez


Recurring Role

Justin Grant Wade

Justin Grant Wade

Steve Holt

Recurring Role

Justin Lee

Justin Lee


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Buster: Whoa, whoa, whoa! We are not allowed to have candles in here. Mom would freak.
      Lucille: Oh, no, it's fine. This is America, baby. You pray how you want.

    • Shannon: You're the pig. Two strikes, you are out.
      Gob: Oh, listen, Shannon, please, it was a one-time thing. I'm not going to even hear from her again. (Phone rings) Oh! Who is Edna W.?

    • George Michael: Uncle Gob?
      Gob: George Michael? What are you doing at a high school dance?

    • Michael: Listen, um, I blew it, ok? I had to see you. I've been giving this a lot of thought, and I have to do the right thing.
      Ms. Baerly: You're going to tell George Michael the truth?
      Michael: Oh, that's your definition of the right thing. Uh, I kind of thought is was to make a big dramatic entrance and tell you that I wanted to see you. Ok, I'll get right on that.

    • Steve Holt: Whoa. Sorry. Students only.
      Maeby: Oh, so you're not letting him in because he doesn't share your perfectly shaped nose, your round eye-shaped eyes, your strong square jaw?
      Steve Holt: Thanks. You want to dance?
      Maeby: Yeah.
      Steve Holt: All right, come on.
      Maeby: Steve Holt!

    • Buster: You're trying to steal from the wrong man. Watch your back, my little immigrant friend.

    • Ms. Baerly: He knows we're going out. He saw me this morning.
      Michael: No, no. I covered that. I told him that you slept with my brother.
      Ms. Baerly: That may be the most unethical thing I have ever heard.
      Michael: Well, you've only been doing this half a semester. Look, it was a preemptive strike. My brother would have tried to sleep with you.

    • Ms. Baerly: Wow! Did you make this for me? This is so sweet. I love Hussein.
      Michael: You mean, you're interested in him.
      Ms. Baerly: Oh, yes. He is a monster. Wow, where did you find this one of him in a Speedo?

    • Maeby: Who's this?
      Buster: Oh, I'm sorry. This is Annyong.
      Annyong: Annyong.
      Subtitles: Hello.
      Buster: My mom bought him. She's making me register him for school. He's my new little brother.
      Maeby: So, we're related. Hey, do you want to go to a dance?
      George Michael: Oh, great, another uncle to compete with.

    • Narrator: So, George Michael, still angry at Gob, sought out the family expert on making trouble.
      Maeby: I know he was dating that girl Shannon.
      George Michael: The cheerleader?
      Maeby: Yeah, she's probably going to take him to that stupid Diversity Dance. I wish I had someone shocking to take. You know, I actually called Mr. Daniels and asked him, but he got all out of breath and dropped the phone. I never heard back.
      George Michael: You know, maybe we should go together. All right, I mean, it's a bad example, I just ... but should we?

    • Michael: Don't you think you should be taking somebody your own age to the dance, like your cousin? Bad example, but ...

    • George Michael: Why would he do that? Why would Gob sleep with my Ethics teacher?
      Michael: Probably just to get even with me.
      George Michael: How would that be getting even with you? I'm the one that likes her.
      Michael: Right. Right. No, I know. You and I know that, but Gob, you know, he's not that exact of a target shooter. He just kind of sprays it everywhere.

    • Ms. Baerly: Oh, hi. Hi, George Michael. I was just looking at this model home. I'm going to go home and think about it. I'm going to go home and think about it.
      George Michael: Dad, what was she doing here? I mean, she wasn't ...
      Narrator: Michael knew he had an ethical responsibility to tell his son the truth.
      Michael: Yes. Your Uncle Gob slept with her.

    • Michael: Again. Didn't like Nazhgalia.
      Gob: Really?
      Michael: Really. And good luck getting rid of her.
      Gob: Oh, please. Not a problem. She knows it was a one-time thing. Totally cool.
      (Phone rings)
      Michael: So romantic.
      Gob: Who's N. Bahn-Ahden?

    • Nazhgalia: I'm sorry, Michael.
      Gob: I'm sorry, too, Michael, but ... looks like we're even. You took something I liked, I took something you liked. Yeah. I (bleep)ed Nazbakalijan.

    • Lucille: Michael, the little Korean is here, and I don't know what to do with him. At least, I think it's a him. You've got to strip them down to next to nothing before you could even tell.
      Michael: Yeah. Mom, I just spoke to Social Services, and although they don't like to do this, if you can prove that it's a bad environment for a child, and I would suggest saying what you just said to me. Don't change a word. They will take him back.

    • Ms. Baerly: I don't know. I mean, they just threw this class at me after Mr. Daniels had a stroke.
      Michael: Oh! (Both laugh) I had him; Mr. Daniels. How is he?
      Ms. Baerly: Oh, he, you know, had a stroke.
      Michael: Oh. I thought you were joking.

    • Ms. Baerly: Welcome. I'm Miss Baerly, the Ethics teacher. My goal is to teach your children about the preciousness of life that can be lost by the mindless pulling of a trigger.
      Michael: Mmm. No ring.

    • Lindsay: Hey, look, it's not coming from me. It's George Michael. He told me. I think he wants a mother.
      Michael: Well, that's ridiculous. He's got you. He's got our mother. You'd think that would turn him off the entire concept.

    • Cindi Lightballoon: Mr. Bluth, I'm Cindi Lightballoon. I've studied all your teachings, and I've purchased every tape, and I watch them over and over... I've also lost four pounds on your low-carb Bluth Banana Jail Bars. I've come to learn at your feet.
      George Sr.: That's a good place to start.

    • Narrator: But Gob mistook Michael's basic human decency for a romantic interest, and felt a competitive urge to step in.

    • Gob: This is Shannon, the girl I've been telling you all about.
      Michael: Yes. Girl, indeed. Young girl. That's a young, young, young girl.
      Gob: Yeah. Well, she's 18, so it's, like...

    • Ms. Baerly: ... even minor crimes are punishable by brutally chopping off the offender's hand.
      George Michael: Oh. No ring.

    • George Michael: This is my Ethics essay. I'm supposed to write 200 words on the morality of war—whether a preemptive strike is ever justified.
      Michael: Absolutely. It's preemptive, you know? Happened before something else, so... if you can predict aggression, and you want to squash it... I don't know why you're not typing this. It's all good.
      George Michael: I'm not sure my Ethics teacher would love if I cheated on my essay.
      Michael: Well, you just passed my Ethics test.

    • Gob: Oh, Nagama, you've got a moustache.
      Michael: Hey.
      Gob: I mean, you've got milk on your moustache. I mean, you've got a milk moustache.

    • Narrator: Michael was sharing his bed for the first time in years ... unfortunately, it was with his younger brother, Buster.

    • Michael: What would Saddam do?

    • Ms. Baerly: Do you have a wife?
      Michael: Yeah, but she's dead.
      (they both laugh)
      Ms. Baerly: Have you ever been married?
      Michael: Yeah, she died.
      Ms. Baerly: Oh, God, why are we laughing?

    • Ms. Baerly: Sweet ride. Are you making dinner reservations?
      Michael: No, no. That was my mom. She just had a little Korean dropped off.
      Ms. Baerly: Ooh, that sounds good. Let's have that.

    • Lucille: I don't have the milk of mother's kindness in me anymore.
      Michael: Yeah. That udder's been dry for a while though, hasn't it?

    • Michael: I don't think us sleeping together is working out. You're a grown man. You should be living with your mother.
      Buster: Yeah. I miss mom.
      Michael: I can tell.

  • NOTES (5)


    • The ads in Klimpy's Express are "Stacked!" for a hoagie and "Some Like It Hot, Some Like it Cold" for coffee. The latter is an allusion to the 1959 movie Some Like It Hot!.

      The sign is seen when Michael meets Nazhgalia, a woman being portrayed by a male actor, which is another reference to that film.

    • Ms. Baerly: Where did you get the picture of Saddam in a Speedo?
      Speedo is an Australian swimsuit manufacturer, currently the world's largest selling swimwear brand. The men's Speedo swimsuit is tight fitting and very revealing, similar to a bikini bottom on a woman. Slang terms for it include "budgie smugglers" and "banana hammocks".

    • n/a: Shock and Aww
      This episode may have gotten its title because that was the name given to describe the beginning of the Iraq War. Saddam is referenced quite a few times in this episode.