Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 7

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Aired Unknown Jan 16, 2005 on Netflix
9.0
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The Bluth's rival development company hires Gob, who finds the company president a father figure, in preparation for the Bluth-Sitwell softball game; Lindsay hallucinates from taking anti-depressants.

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  • Like irony? This is your show.

    9.2
    Irony. "The use of words to imply other, and usually the opposite of, their literal or intended meaning." Not coincidence, but real irony, just like those old Greek guys used to do. It's almost a forgotten art today, especially on the cultural wasteland that is broadcast television. And this show had it in spades; no wonder it was cancelled so long before its time. Observe: idiotic Gob, who makes a habit of embarassing the family, insists that, "no one makes a laughing stock of this family without my help!" What could Michael possible have said to top that? Nothing, that's what. So, the annual softball game between the Bluth and Sitwell companies is coming up. Stan Sitwell, an ostensibly kind and generous man, approaches Michael with a business deal, but George Sr. suspects that it's a ploy to find out their starting lineup. Soon, Gob leaves the Bluths to join the Sitwell company where he finds the father he never had in his new boss. But is Stan genuinely a kind, caring man, or is he simply taking manipulation to a higher level than the Bluths are capable of? He did win the softball game. Altough how much of that can be attributed Gob and how much to Teamocil is anyone's guess.moreless
  • Bluth company softball game... more serious than you would think!

    8.8
    While this clearly isn’t the best episode of the series, it is a very interesting one as the boys defy their father, even if it is over a softball game.



    Gob brings a lot to this episode in a very funny manner especially his version of sportsmanship, knocking players over and acting like a buffoon. Ann is also funny, her skills on the field not nearly as good as George Michael had talked her up.



    Maeby getting a fake job is a hilarious concept and a plot that is still valid today as she continues to work there.



    Overall, this episode has some hilarious moments but it isn’t the best plot in the series.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

Jayson Oertel

Jayson Oertel

Mort's Assistant

Guest Star

Andy Richter

Andy Richter

Himself

Guest Star

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

General Garvey

Guest Star

Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.

Stan Sitwell

Recurring Role

Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin

Mort Meyers

Recurring Role

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Ann

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Michael: Where's Sitwell?
      Gob: Sorry. I told him to screw off. But get this, he offered me a job.
      Michael: What?
      (flashback)
      Gob: Well, I'm not waiting on my brother. I pass. You look surprised.
      Sitwell: I'm sorry. I must've put it on too high. (fixes eyebrow) But you were right. It was a bad offer and you were smart enough not to take it. You got gumption. You speak your mind. That means you're good enough to work for me.

    • (Sitwell is at the model home, talking with Michael about making one of the houses they build be affordable for a low-income underprivileged family; Gob is disgusted by this idea and is yelling at him:)
      Gob: One of this guy's eyebrows fell in the candy beans.
      Sitwell: I always carry a spare.
      Gob: Well, I hope you also carry a spare bowl of candy beans.

    • (Michael has invited Stan Sitwell to the model home)
      Lucille: That hairless freak is coming here? None of his hair is real, you know.
      Gob: You mean the guy we're meeting with can't even grow his own hair? Come on!
      Michael: It's called alopecia, and I'd appreciate it if we could all be sensitive to it, okay?

    • Michael: Let's make Ann the back up. Ok? Very good way to think of her as a back up.
      George Michael: She's gonna be so excited.
      Michael: Good.
      George Michael: Maybe ... Maybe now I'll get a kiss.
      Michael: Ok. (kisses George Michael)
      George Michael: Oh ... I meant from Ann.
      Michael: Yes, I know. I just want to get in there first.

    • George Michael: Wow, you're president again?
      Michael: Yes, this is the way it should be. What do you think of when you hear the words "Sudden Valley?"
      George Michael: Salad dressing, I think. For some reason, I don't want to eat it.
      Michael: Right, but "Paradise Gardens?"
      George Michael: Yeah, I could see marinating a chicken.

    • Tobias: No, I can't... I have an audition tomorrow. I'm up for a minor, but meaty role in a feature film: Confidence Man 2.
      Gob: Oh yeah? I didn't see the first Confidence Man.
      Tobias: No... 'Confidence Man 2' is my character.

    • Sitwell: The only thing I ask is out of the four hundred and fifty homes we build, one be given to a disadvantaged family from the inner city.
      Gob: That's great, so the other 449 families live in fear? Is that what we're saying? Come on!

    • Michael: (about Sitwell) He happens to be a very modest and generous man.
      Lucille: Modest and generous? Then why is he always waving giant ten million dollar checks over his head every time some...
      Michael: Go ahead, Mom, finish your thought. Every time some children's hospital needs funding?
      Lucille: Nonetheless.

    • Lucille: I've done everything I can. I even tried to convince them he's [Buster] gay, but no one would believe that a woman like me would have a gay son.
      Michael: Well you certainly tried. You guys wore matching outfits until he was twelve.

    • Gob: Michael, I'm your big brother. I'll never be impressed with you.

    • Lucille: Give me a vodka rocks.
      Michael: Mom, it's breakfast.
      Lucille: And a piece of toast.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Maeby suggests Jude Law for her script, Old Man and the Sea.
      Old Man and the Sea is an Ernest Hemmingway novel. Jude Law is a British actor who has starred in such films as The Holiday, The Aviator, AI, The Talented Mr. Ripley, etc.

    • Buster marches with the drill sergeant in his face like the opening credits of "Gomer Pyle, USMC". He has a goofy look on his face, but does not stick his tongue in and out like Gomer. The sequence is brief, due to Buster being moved from combat training to USO duty.

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