Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 17

Spring Breakout

5
Aired Unknown Apr 10, 2005 on Netflix
9.1
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Gob confronts the editor of the videos that showcased his magic mistakes; Michael tricks Lucille in to rehab, and then attempts to get her out after George Sr. is kidnapped.

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  • Great episode of course, but one lingering question...

    10
    Does anyone know why Tobias always enter the family livingroom via the chimney in this episode???



    Hopefully the dvd commentary mentions it!



    As it is, it's hilarious, I'm just wondering about the explanation. Maybe its funnier without explanation.



    Also, GOB uses the term "Howdy doo-dat" to refer to Michael, which is a callback to a previous episode. I don't think I saw that in the episode notes.
  • Lucille is destined to continue drinking

    9.7
    Zach Braff, who plays JD in my favourite show, Scrubs, guest stars in this episode as the inappropriate director of Girls with low self esteem and is a hilarious addition to this Arrested Development episode, though isn’t the only entertaining character, the Narrator having many classic lines about how terrible the other narrator was, Lindsay the surfboard, Gob coming up with the cooler switching idea though failing to work in the fact that George Sr would be missing, and Lucille starting a drinking contest minutes out of rehab.



    Overall this episode is very funny with hilarious scenes throughout, whether they be the previous attempt at an intervention or Tobias acting George Sr, and is a clear example of how entertaining this show is.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

Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten

Cal Cullen

Guest Star

René Millán

René Millán

waiter

Guest Star

Meghan Stansfield

Meghan Stansfield

Eileen

Guest Star

Judy Greer

Judy Greer

Kitty Sanchez

Recurring Role

Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin

Mort Meyers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • The images of the Bluths at the beginning of Scandalmakers were from the opening credits. The arrow pointing to Michael can even be seen on his picture.

    • The narrator makes mention of how the narration for Scandalmakers is "real shoddy", "just plain crap", and that his inattention to detail "perplexed the audience, due to the unfocused nature of the narrator's explanation". However, Tobias is seen sitting inside the fireplace on three occasions in the episode, without any precedent or apparent reason, leading the viewer to assume the narrator is guilty of some "shoddy narration" of his own.

    • It's revealed that Michael was born 12 years after Sugarfoot had gone off the air (1961).

      If we consider that the present day for the series is the same as the airdate of the episode, Michael should be 32.

      Since George-Michael is at least 15, that means Michael had him when he was 17.

    • A movie poster for the Tom Jane (who appeared in the episode "The One Where They Build A House") movie Junk can be seen in Maeby's office.

    • When Lindsay is confronting Phillip Litt, we see the Marina Hornblower, the yacht where George Sr. had his retirement party along with a sign that says "Catalina Shuttle", which the Bluth Company employees mistakenly took in the season 1 episode "Staff Infection".

    • When Kitty flashes her breasts just after Michael has just acquired a deal with Cal Cullen, the cameraman (or someone) clearly uses their own hand to cover the camera's lens to avoid the shot of her bare breasts.

    • When Maeby and George Michael are at the banana stand, two familiar logos can be seen. On one T-shirt is a Cloud Mir logo and on another is a Tau Omega Alpha. They were displayed on a sign when Michael was talking to George Michael on the yacht in the season 1 episode "Missing Kitty".

    • At the end of the episode, Lucille mentions while choking Michael that there were 250 cc of George, Sr's semen in the cooler. This is reminiscent of the episode "Top Banana" when George Sr. yells at Michael telling him that there was $250,000 lining the walls of the banana stand that Michael burned down.

    • The cooler now contains evidence to exonerate George, Sr. However, in first season's "Missing Kitty," George Sr. made a call presumably to Gob to get rid of the evidence contained in the cooler which led to the sinking of the yacht.

    • Even if we assume that Lucille hid George Sr.'s semen in the banana stand after it was burned down and rebuilt, it doesn't change the fact that such a specimen must be stored in liquid nitrogen (not in an ordinary freezer).

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Maeby: Do you have any other response to 'here's a banana with nuts'?

    • Phillip Lit: Wait. Cut. We got a surfboard in the shot.

    • Lucille: (referring to George Sr.'s specimens) There was 250 CCs of your father in that banana stand!

    • Lindsay: This pig, Phillip Litt is out there asking girls to take their tops off...it's an outrage.
      Gob: Ha, well of course you feel that way, you're jealous; you're a surfboard...but I do agree he is a pig...

    • Lucille: I'd have to get up pretty early in the morning to get drunk by 1 o' clock.
      Narrator: As it turns out, she had gotten up early and had taken pain medication because of a hangover-related headache. However, she mistook the drowsy-eye/alcohol warning for a winking-eye alcohol suggestion.

    • Lucille: I've been drinking since before you were born. So if alcohol is the reason I'm here, I got news for you, bub: it's the only reason you're here too.
      Michael: Hey, you're mean sober too.

    • Michael: Could we stop worrying about girls with low self-esteem and start focusing on sobering up the woman who gave us ours?

    • Gob: Well, gee, I didn't think the woman I'd be checking out at spring break would be mom.
      Buster: She's better looking than the whores you date!
      Gob: Don't call my escorts whores.
      Buster: Mom still got it!
      Gob: I don't date whores!
      Lindsay: Stop it! Stop it! This objectification of women has to stop!
      Michael: It's just mom and whores.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Philip Litt was based on Joe Francis, creator of the Girls Gone Wild videos.

    • The name of the rehab clinic Michael checks Lucille into is "Shady Pines", the same name of the retirement home Sophia (Estelle Getty) used to live in and often spoke about on the show Golden Girls, which Arrested Development's creator, Mitch Hurwitz, was a writer for.

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