Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 15

Staff Infection

Aired Unknown Mar 14, 2004 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

When Michael discovers his family has been receiving paychecks without working, he forces them all to get jobs within the company. Lindsay questions his management skills, and Tobias checks himself in at George Sr.'s prison to research a film role.

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  • "Chickens don't clap!"

    Once again, I was surprised to see just how many amazing storylines this show could fit into one episode without it feeling overwhelming. Of course, with this episode, I felt there were a couple of random plots that didn't mesh as well with everything else, but no matter! The episode was still filled with plenty of great moments.

    Michael learns that his entire family has been getting paychecks for doing absolutely no work. Frustrated, he forces everybody to do work: Buster starts off in the copy room and moves outside to start building houses (to prove to his mom he can work as well as Annyong can), Lindsey starts off as the secretary and quickly tries to to take over as boss, even though she has no clue what she's doing. Gob helps build houses too, although he eventually fights with Buster. Lucille changes nothing in her lifestyle, even refusing to let her maid, Lupe, go on vacation (Michael intervenes and sets it up so their family reunion will begin in the Bluth parking lot by being picked up by a bus). Meanwhile, Tobias is researching his prison role and gets permission to enter prison as George Bluth's cell-mate to do research.

    Everything mostly blends together without effort. Michael, who spends most of the episode freaking out over work, realizes he's not paying enough attention to his son, and by leaving Lindsey in charge, the employees get on Lupe's family's bus, thinking it's a company picnic thing. Meanwhile, Lupe's family gets on Lindsey's staircar, thinking they're going to their family reunion when really, Lindsey just needs a group of immigrant workers to do work for her, since the construction people for the Bluth's did a work stoppage thanks to gob. All of the Bluth family members have their plots dovetail nicely.

    If there was one thing I didn't care for, it's the Tobias/George plot. Don't get me wrong: a lot of the jokes leading up to Tobias fake incarceration were hilarious (Tobias: "Say something that will scare me." Lindsey: "F**k me."), and we get a guest appearance from James Lipton, who pays a warden who wants Carl Weathers to read his script: "New Warden." But one they get in jail, we get more White Power Bill, more weird George Bluth as a Jewish man scenes, they just didn't mesh as well with the rest of the episode.

    But the things that did work worked remarkably well. We also see Gob's first (I think it's his first) chicken impression, as well as a Lucille who is at her absolute worst. Also, there's just some great subtle details here, whether it's the constant appearance or mention of sheep or the image of that one guy in the Bluth group who's always lagging behind. It's nice when TV shows can pay attention to the little things.moreless
  • staff infection

    Count me in as one of the people who started watching the show after it was off the air, but this was still just another strong episode of a show that has achieved a cult following since 2006. You have to appreciate how everything came together in the end and how truly smart the comedy here was. Sure, there were some cheap gags like the incorrect chicken noises, and Jessica Walter's character pretty much being a generic and cliched mother, but you would be lying if you said you did not find this episode funny, nor did you appreciate the intelligence of the half hour.moreless
  • The Bluths start working

    The whole family start working at the Bluth Company after Michael finds out they’ve been getting pay checks from the company and not working at all.

    Lindsay as receptionist was hilarious sending the office out to lunch, the employees ending up in Catalina, and making George Michael temp receptionist when Gob and Buster cause construction to cease work and Michael builds a sandcastle.

    The feds taking the file of all the things George Michael made for his father, thinking they were information about George Sr was a hilarious ending to the pretty good episode, all plots getting many laughs, especially from Lindsay and Tobias.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

Alden Villaverde

Alden Villaverde

Little Justice

Guest Star

Michael Blieden

Michael Blieden

Agent Cummings

Guest Star

Brant Von Hoffmann

Brant Von Hoffmann


Guest Star

Charlie Hartsock

Charlie Hartsock


Recurring Role

Justin Lee

Justin Lee


Recurring Role

James Lipton

James Lipton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Lindsay: Okay, so you guys don't want to work? Fine. I've got a stair car full of Mexican laborers that would love a day's work.
      Lupe's Uncle: Laborers? I'm a professor of American studies at the University of Mexico City.

    • Gob: I hope you're up to this, Buster! This is a game of courage! A game for men!
      Buster: Yeah, well, it's a game I'm ready for! Uh-oh. My seat doesn't have a cushion.

    • Foreman: This is not how we settle things on a site. We got our own way of finding out who's a chicken. By a little game we like to call ... "Chicken."

    • Buster: Come on, you douche bags, we're all on the same team!
      Gob: Don't listen to him. He'll never stand up to the Man. He's a chicken. A chicken. Coka, coka, coka, coh!
      Buster: My whole life you've called me a chicken. But that's over now. I have nothing to prove.

    • Lucille: Well, now, who the hell is going to unload the car? (Into phone) Hola? Is Rosa still alive? No? Oh. Ok. This is not my day.

    • Maeby: You don't have to worry so much. I mean, obviously your dad doesn't want to spend time with you, but, you know, go to the beach or whatever.
      George Michael: He's just not around, ok?
      Annyong: He no have father? Old lady adopt him, too?
      Maeby: No, he have father. Father no love him.

    • White Power Bill: No more teaching from you.
      George Sr.: No teaching, no teaching.
      Narrator: It was at that moment that George Sr. reunited with his son-in-law.
      George Sr.: Tobias, what the hell are you doing here?
      Tobias: I'm here to study with you. To learn from you. Teach me.
      George Sr.: There's no teaching. There's no teaching.

    • Michael: Where are these people going?
      Lindsay: I'm taking them out to lunch.
      Michael: Did you reserve a restaurant? Are they taking their own cars?
      Lindsay: Oh, they'll figure something out.
      Michael: No, they won't. You don't have a plan? I told you these people are sheep, and they'll wander off and you'll lose the sheep. You've lost the sheep.

    • Ted: We, uh, finished the proposal and, uh, we're gonna order some pizza. Um, we were wondering if we could have two toppings, on account of it's Saturday.
      Lindsay: Well, he's not here, and since I'm in charge, I'm taking you all out to lunch.

    • Warden Gentiles: Let's see, now. 187 won't be free till Tuesday ... at midnight. And I can't put you into 212 because there's already another actor researching a role in there. Steve Buscemi.

    • Maeby: I thought your dad worked last weekend.
      George Michael: No, last week he had to finish planning the new subdivision.
      Maeby: Oh. So, did he finish it?
      George Michael: No. Hey, are you trying to make me feel bad?
      Maeby: Yeah, I guess. Sorry, I'm just bored.
      George Michael: That's ok.
      Maeby: I guess he just likes work more than he likes you.

    • Buster: I need a different job. I'm having real trouble in a confined, indoor space.
      Michael: How do you feel about working outdoors?
      Buster: Uh ... What else do you have?

    • Michael: Well, you have a job now, and since Kitty's gone, you can earn your check by answering the phone.
      Lindsay: Michael, it's Friday. Everybody coasts on Friday.
      Michael: It's actually Saturday.
      Lindsay: Finally. I'm out of here. I'll see you Tuesday.

    • Michael: Lindsay, how can you just come in here and ask me for a paycheck?
      Lindsay: Well, I usually ask Kitty, but she's not around, and you're the only one here that I've ever seen before.

    • Michael: You get a paycheck from the Bluth Company?
      Lucille: Well, it's important to the company that I keep up the image of my lifestyle.
      Michael: Illusion, Mom.

    • Lucille: They've got a bus, and they want to use parking lot to this building as a meeting place. I mean, for God's sake, it's not a hardware store. We can't have them hanging around like a bunch of freeloaders looking for an easy buck.

    • George Michael: You know, Dad, you don't have to drive so slow. I can ride my bike by myself.
      Michael: This actually doesn't go any faster.

    • White Power Bill: Who is this little (bleep)?
      Tobias: Well, it's been quite a while since anybody's called me a tyke, but no, I am Dr. Tobias Fünke, or with your help, Frightened Inmate #2. And who is this shiny building of a man?
      George Sr.: Oh, I'm very scared right now.

    • White Power Bill: (hits man with pipe) I have worse plans for you if you keep trying to convert my team!
      George Sr.: Ok, hold it, hold ... Hold it now ... Now, I'm doing no such thing; both of our religions have a lot to offer. There's the Jewish notion of heaven, and that it can be attained here on Earth. And there is your belief ... In the cleansing power of the pipe.

    • Lindsay: Dad hired me out of college.
      Michael: You quit college.
      Lindsay: Yeah, well, I had a job. What was the point?

    • Lindsay: Well, you and I have different management styles. I believe work should be fun, and you try to crush people's spirits. What's next, Michael? Are you going to make dancing illegal? Is this the tiny town from Footloose?

    • Buster: (to Gob) Chickens don't clap!

    • Annyong: I went to beach once. Next thing you know, I in crate next to pig.

    • Tobias: All right, let's discuss this bunking situation!
      White Power Bill: You're gonna be sleepin' under me for a while.
      George Sr: (to Tobias) I sold you for a pack of cigarettes.

    • Tobias: Lindsay, say something to scare me.
      Lindsay: F*** me.
      Tobias: Nope, nothing. Thanks for trying, though.

    • Michael: Thanks for coming out, buddy. I've been dying to get some time with you, I really have.
      George Michael: That's ok. I know how much you care about me. Unfortunately, so does the federal government.

    • Michael: He's not a chicken. He just doesn't like confined spaces, that's all.
      Gob: I thought it was open spaces.
      Buster: No, it's both.

    • Buster: I'm a scholar. I enjoy scholarly pursuits.
      Lucille: Suddenly, playing with yourself is a scholarly pursuit.

    • Michael: How'd you know I was here?
      Gob: I called the office. You know, that Kitty is starting to sound pretty damn sexy to me. Maybe I ought to ...
      Michael: That was Lindsay.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Michael Blieden ("Agent Cummings") wrote the screenplay and appeared in the Bob Odenkirk directed indie film Melvin Goes to Dinner, which starred Blieden and Matt Price, who also appears in the episode. Odenkirk, of course, was a previous guest star on the show and David Cross has a cameo in the film. Blieden also wrote for Mitchell Hurwitz-Created, Jeffrey Tambor-starring ABC comedy Everything's Relative."

    • Rating: 4.9/7


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