Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 9

Storming the Castle

Aired Unknown Jan 04, 2004 on Netflix
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Michael cannot go through with his plan to break up Gob and Marta. A thug magician wants to take Gob's "legs". Maeby wears all leather to get back at her mother, and Lucille decides to confront Buster's relationship with Lucille 2.

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  • "I can't believe the legs screwed him!"

    One great thing about "Arrested Development" is the way that they can introduce a story early in the season, or at least in an early episode, and continue that story throughout a long period of time. We learned about Gob's girlfriend in the third episode of the show, and slowly but surely, the writers have built up Michael's affections towards her, as well as Gob's distasteful treatment of her. The plot point reaches somewhat of a peak here after Michael learns that Gob is sleeping around on her with one of the members of his new magic trick where he chops a woman in half (or at least appears to).

    The episode, as most great episodes of "Arrested Development" are, finds characters doing things that aren't necessarily in their nature, or at least trying to. It all starts when Michael, after being tempted to steal a chair from work ("Isn't stealing what got Pop-Pop put in jail in the first place") and hiding Gob's infidelities from Marta yet again, decides to be the bad guy for once in his life after Lindsey claims he doesn't have it in him to do anything bad. He begins setting up an elaborate plan that involves Marta discovering Gob has been cheating on her.

    Meanwhile, Maeby, who is once again feeling as if her parents are horrible, self-centered people, decides to annoy her mother by buying all leather after learning her mom is anti-leather wearing. George Michael, as usual, decides to copy Maeby to get on her good side, and especially after she notices his girly looking legs. Therefore, George Michael buys a leather jacket to appear cool (it'll look especially cool he "goes into a controlled slide on his hog." His words, not mine). And Tobias decides that he wants to do things to make his daughter realize he loves her, so he sells his wedding ring, buys a bunch of leather stuff (which is less fashionable leather and more "dominatrix" type leather) and tries to bond with hilarious results.

    "Arrested Development" takes all of these things and combines them with Gob's magic show at the "Gothic Castle" (NOT the "Gothic Ar*ehole" as that weird cab-driver said). We get our first glimpse at Gob performing to "The Final Countdown," while we also see numerous characters realizing that they can't hide who they are and end up doing the right thing: Michael doesn't go through with his plan to steal Marta from Gob, George Michael realizes that he can't pretend to be more manly than he is and puts his lady-like legs to good use… and I suppose Gob actually goes against who he is and does something good by giving back the watch he stole from Michael. It's a great episode with great pay-offs everywhere… and to think: this is STILL not the last we've seen of the Marta/Michael plots.

    There's plenty of stuff here for everybody: the moment where Tobias arrives at the strip club as "Leather Daddy" and asks for where the magic is, or seeing George Michael, Maeby and Tobias sitting on the couch in their leather together… it's just an episode filled with those delicious subtle moments we all live to watch.moreless
  • Storming the Castle

    Michael's feelings for Marta come to a boil tonight, and I really loved seeing things come to light like they did here. The Leather Daddy thing was absolutely hilarious. Also a fun fact: how Gob did his trick. I like this love triangle, it's quite hilarious.

    The Lucille and Lucille 2 thing was also pretty funny. The tie ins were fantastic and Marta is a great addition to the cast. Great installment in the series.

    Overall, Arrested Development has proved itself yet again. All the characters are dynamic in their own way and their interactions are amazing. Felt like we could have used more Lindsay in this episode.moreless
  • George Michael and Maeby go leather shopping

    This is one of the best episodes so far, basically because Gob is one of the central characters in the plot and is a hilarious addition to the episode, one of the best bits being in the “Next time” segment where he says the two assistants were his girlfriend and nephew.

    His character is developed very well in this episode as it is revealed he is cheating on his girlfriend/brother’s crush with the legs of his magic act which is very amusing as is Michael trying to be a mean guy and Tobias trying to wear leather.

    Overall, this episode proves that Michael is a nice guy even though he doesn’t like it and George Michael is proven to have smooth legs even though he certainly doesn’t like it.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

Marc Grapey

Marc Grapey


Guest Star

Kennedy Kabasares

Kennedy Kabasares


Guest Star

Robert Hallak

Robert Hallak

Stage Hand

Guest Star

Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez


Recurring Role

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli

Lucille Austero

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Hanging in Raulo's office at the Gothic Castle are oil portraits of magicians Le Mysticicateur Comique, Peitros & Gregorio, and The Quiet Storm.

    • Of the three parties Lindsay and Tobias throw, one is for "No More Meat", another is for "No More Fish" and the third is for "More Meat And Fish (Better School Lunches)".

    • At the end of the episode, Michael takes home a TV from the office, but the one he stares at in his office, and the one he drops from the skateboard when taking it home are different. (In the office, he does not have a flat front, but on the bike, he does).

    • When Tobias goes into the gay club, one of the gay protesters from the boat in the pilot comes walking out, one with a boa and a freedom sign.

    • In the scene where Gob is showing Marta his new trick in front of her children, a boom mic comes into frame briefly.

  • QUOTES (39)

    • Narrator: Michael watched as the brother he swore to stop helping enjoyed the girlfriend he helped him reunite with. And so, he returned to work, accepting the fact that he was a good guy. But not as good as everyone thought.

    • George Michael: It's like you said. You can't change who you are. So what? So, I don't have any hair on my arms or legs. So what? You know, a leather jacket's not going to change that. You know, I was trying to act like a tough guy, and it's wrong. I'm just a boring, old nice guy like you.
      Michael: I'm not that nice.

    • Lucille: You know, he's damaged goods. He was born with a hole in his heart.
      Lucille 2: Listen to me, Lucille. I'm going to fill that hole 'cause we're in love.
      Lucille: Oh, please. You're no more in love with him than I am.
      Buster: Okay, we're all saying some things we're going to regret.

    • Lucille: Buster's been humping the widow Austero.
      Buster: Mom ...
      George, Sr.: Is that true?
      Buster: No. We're taking it slow.
      Lucille: He stays there sometimes until 7:00, 8:00 at night. Peanut brittle on his breath. Is she the one who's going to take him to the dentist?
      Buster: She already has.

    • Lucille: Why is there a piece of shoe on your head?
      George, Sr.: This is a ... Well, it's a reminder that the divine presence is always above me.

    • George Michael: Oh, you bought a chair.
      Michael: Uh, no. Actually, uh, I borrowed it, like we talked about.
      George Michael: Well, I thought we decided that was like stealing.
      Michael: Is that where we landed on that?

    • Maeby: Did you get a job or something?
      Tobias: No. No, I didn't. Unless you consider "world's coolest daddy" a job.

    • Lindsay: This just isn't you.
      Michael: It's me now. It's the me that can recline.
      (Michael leans back and falls off his chair)
      Lindsay: Did that hurt?
      Michael: No.

    • Gob: You're a good brother, Michael.
      Lindsay: You're a horrible brother, Michael.

    • Narrator: And so, for the first time, Michael set a plan in motion to take something that didn't belong to him.
      Michael: You know, I was thinking. I'd like to help you guys out one more time. You know what you should do? You should surprise Gob on stage. I know that he's looking for a new assistant.

    • Lance: May I help you?
      Tobias: Oh, I hope so. Um, I'm looking for something that says, "Dad likes leather."
      Lance: Something that says, "leather daddy"?
      Tobias: Oh, is there such a thing?

    • Tobias: Oh, Maeby, great news. I got my hands on some money. I can't say how or when ... or where my wedding ring is, but my purse overfloweth, as do my high spirits, so a-shopping we must go.
      Maeby: Dad, we already went.

    • Tobias: You have to be some sort of she-hulk to get this.

    • Michael: Great. Great. You know what, Gob? Marta is a once-in-a-lifetime woman. She's a treasure, and I don't think you're showing her enough respect, okay?

    • Michael: So, Rollo wants your legs, but you're cheating on Marta with those legs. Is that about right?
      Gob: Would you give me a break, please? The legs are insanely jealous.

    • Michael: Then, why does he want to break your legs?
      Gob: He doesn't want to break my legs. He wants to take my legs.

    • Michael: I don't know whether this guy's a mobster, a loan shark, something equally scary.
      Gob: Magician.
      Michael: I think you're confusing "scary" with "silly." This guy was frightening. He was in a limo.

    • Buster: Mom, you're ruining our fort!

    • Lucille: I'm so glad you're here. I want you to help me break up your brother and his girlfriend.
      Michael: Well, I'm all for that. We just got to find him first.
      Lucille: He's locked on the balcony.
      Michael: Oh, you meant Buster. I thought you were talking about Gob.

    • Rollo: If you care about your brother, you'll get in this car.
      Michael: Which brother?

    • Tobias: Well, I don't need money to hang out with my daughter. Where are you going?
      Maeby: We're going shopping.
      Tobias: Oh, no, no, I can't do that.

    • Tobias: There's my little girl. I've got great news. Daddy has the entire day off.
      Maeby: But you have every day off ... You don't have a job.

    • Maeby: Your legs look exactly like mine, and I just shaved mine.
      George Michael: So, I'm thinking of getting a motorcycle.

    • Lindsay: You are too nice.
      Michael: Oh, come on, what was I supposed to do, tell her that Gob is not staying here? Tell her that Gob is screwing around on her, God knows where he is? Actually, that-that sounded okay.

    • Michael: Well, he hasn't been here.
      Marta: But he said he was staying here. Oh, my God. Maybe he's staying with another woman.
      Michael: No, no, no. No, no, no. No, he is staying here. I just haven't seen him here ... the foyer, or the kitchen.
      Marta: Well, that's a relief.

    • Gob: Real needle, real apple. Real neck.
      Amable: He's a zombie!
      Marta: They're children! How could you do that?
      Gob: Oh, sure, first you dump all over it, now you want to know how it's done.

    • Marta: I was just looking for Gob.
      Michael: Well, you're his girlfriend.
      Narrator: Michael wished Marta was his girlfriend, a secret he had only shared with Lindsay.
      Marta: Actually, we had a big fight. He thought I was belittling his career, but I never would do that.
      Michael: Neither would I. What career?
      Marta: The magic?
      Michael: Oh, the tricks, the little tricks. Those are great.

    • George Michael: What are you doing?
      Michael: I'm doing a little cost projection analysis for a mini mall.
      George Michael: Wow, that's pretty cool you know how to do all that stuff.
      Michael: Yeah, maybe your old man's just a little bit cooler than you thought he was, huh?

    • Cab driver: Where to, mate?
      Tobias: The Gothic Castle.
      Cab driver: Gothic a**h*le?
      Tobias: That's what I said!

    • Rallo: Tell me, where did you get two alliance approved assistants on such short notice?
      Gob: Oh, no, that was just my girlfriend and my nephew!
      Rallo: You're back out.

    • Michael: I'm a saint, you know. I'm a living saint, and I get absolutely nothing out of it.
      Lindsay: Well, you get a false feeling of superiority.
      Michael: That is nice, but this time it's not enough.

    • Buster: And I'm going to continue dating, Mom.
      Michael: It sounds a little bit like dating Mom.
      Buster: It's starting to feel a little like it.

    • Lucille: Oh, don't give me that look. I happen to be a more caring mother than most.
      Buster: Where's my bed?
      Lucille: I put it in storage.

    • Lucille: (about Lucille 2) She changed him as a baby!
      Michael: Ok, that's about the creepiest thing I've ever heard.
      Buster: That's why she didn't look surprised.

    • Michael: Call me what you want ...
      Lindsay: An impotent man-boy.

    • Lucille: You're the only one who chose a spouse I liked and she had to die.
      Michael: I know, that's rough for you.

    • Marta: I can't believe the legs would screw him like this!

    • Michael: Mom, I'm looking for Gob. There's some people after him, and I don't know whether it's gambling or what, but they want to break his legs.
      Lucille: It's a good thing he's already got that little scooter!

    • Michael: Since when are you against leather?
      Maeby: Yeah, you're not even a vegetarian.
      Lindsay: Well, I'm not against the insides. I mean, people need meat to survive.
      Michael: You are aware they don't remove it surgically, right?

  • NOTES (2)


    • The Magic Castle
      The Gothic Castle where G.O.B. performs is modeled after the real-life Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA.

    • Tobias: (trying to get the last bit of ice-cream out of a quart) You have to be some sort of She-Hulk to get this ...
      In Marvel Comics, the She-Hulk is the cousin of The Hulk. Tobias' identifying with a strong female hero is another possible hint at his sexuality.