Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 15

Sword of Destiny

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Aired Unknown Mar 27, 2005 on Netflix
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Gob and Buster team up for some magic tricks with the help of Buster's fake hand, but when Tony Wonder, a rival magician, starts to mentor them, somebody gets the finger. Meanwhile, Michael is forced to delegate some work when he's hospitalized and Lindsay teaches George Michael how to drive using the staircar.

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  • One of the best!

    10
    One of my favourites, this episode has two guest stars, the amusing Ben Stiller and hilarious Dan Castellaneta, who even says “D’oh”, the catchphrase of his character on the Simpsons, Homer Simpson, which is a great inside joke.



    My favourite plot is Gob and Buster’s, Gob’s trademark music, The Final Countdown, once again being used at his magic show though Buster is the magician on paper. The sword is one of the funniest aspects of the show, Gob putting it through his side instead of the holster and Buster slicing Gob’s fingers off, a comeuppance for Gob inadvertently losing Buster’s hand since he released the seal.



    Michael and Dr Frank Stein (I wonder if his middle name starts with the initial N) was also hilarious and shows there can be worse doctors than the literal one the Bluths have always detested.



    Overall, the episode is definitely among my favourites for many reasons including the end which bring up a theme from the previous episode which they think is a terrorist training film.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

Craig Anstett

Craig Anstett

FBI Man #2

Guest Star

Ben Hoffman

Ben Hoffman

FBI Man #1

Guest Star

Bob Glouberman

Bob Glouberman

Doctor #2

Guest Star

John Beard

John Beard

Himself

Recurring Role

Charlie Hartsock

Charlie Hartsock

Ted

Recurring Role

Mo Collins

Mo Collins

Starla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Gob: My middle finger and index finger are --
      Dr. Stein: Switched! For the first time ever.

    • Tony Wonder: For what, Buster, huh? You're the magic. Just check out those moves you're doing, they're in their own orbit. Look at Tiagre, my girl. Don't look at her. 'Cause you look at her and, like, it affects her in a way I don't feel comfortable with. Or go for it, I don't care, whatever. I'm just saying, it's your world.

    • Dr. Stein: Well, the operation went pretty smoothly. But once I got in there, the appendix wasn't so inflamed. D'oh!

    • Buster: Now, our magic trick.
      Gob: Illusion.
      Buster: Silent, slave! In this magic trick, I'm going to put a sword through my assistant's tummy. May I have the trick sword, please?!
      Gob: It's a real sword, (sarcastically) master.

    • Tony Wonder: You like bread?
      Buster: Yeah.
      Tony Wonder: Have some.
      Buster: Wow, it's warm.
      Gob: (completely astounded) How did you do that?
      Tony Wonder: Oh-oh-oh, magicians only.
      (He whispers the "illusion" to Buster)
      Buster: Wow, that sounds easy.

    • Michael: ...But I can't. I have to teach George Michael how to drive.
      Gob: Michael if I make this comeback I'll buy you one hundred George Michael's you can teach to drive.
      Michael: You're losing blood aren't you?
      Gob: Probably. My socks are wet.
      Michael: I'm sorry.
      Gob: You'll be sorry! Wait that doesn't work after his line.

    • Gob: Michael, I've been looking for you.
      Michael: Looks like you're looking for dragons... In the future.
      Gob: I wouldn't mock the Sword of Destiny, Michael.
      Michael: Careful with that Gob.
      (Gob sticks the sword into his side)
      Michael: Bleeding?
      Gob: Nope.... Yeah, that's blood.

    • Dr. Stein: I'm certainly good enough to take out that appendix of yours.
      Michael: Appendix?
      Lucille: I don't buy it. It could be a hernia.
      Tobias: Or it could be your colon. I'd want to get in there and find some answers.

    • Tobias: Buenos dias. My name is Dr. Tobias Funke, and I'll be filling in for Michael, who is not sick (laughs). In fact, just today I saw a sliver of his buttocks and they're as fresh and firm as a Georgia peach, so not to worry.

    • Gob: Yeah, I need a tea to give my dingle less tingle. Me quick want slow. Wait, that's Indian.
      Salesman: Tea for dong!

    • Tobias: I'm sorry. Ted?
      Ted: Yes?
      Tobias: Is it Ted? Did Ted make an appointment?
      Ted: No, I just work down the hallway ...
      Tobias: No? Well, then, Ted can get the hell out of this office! You get the hell out! (to Michael) And that's how you keep out unwanted visitors.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • When Tony Wonder goes into his chest to rip out the little menorah, he is mocking the David Blaine trick where he reaches into his chest and rips out his own heart, which can be seen over the internet.

    • Tony Wonder laments that he had to change the name of one of his magic videos slightly after some band used the same name. This is a reference to the group Arrested Development, who once sued the show over the use of their name.

    • Mission Accomplished: The Bluth employees hang a "Mission Accomplished" banner - alluding to Bush's famously wrong "Mission Accomplished" sign on May 2, 2003 claiming the invasion of Iraq was successful.

    • The doctor's name is Frank Stein, an allusion to Frankenstein, from the same titled book, a monster made out of human parts. Also, that was the name of the scientist who created him (which explains the "Doctor" part).

    • Use Your Illusion

      Tony Wonder mentions "some band has got the rights to [Use Your Illusion]". Guns N' Roses released two albums named Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Use Your Illusion, at the time of this submission, is still royalty-free.

    • Buster: It's a Subway Club Card.
      For many years (until the end of July 2005), the Subway restaurant chain had a program to get a free sandwich as a bonus by collecting stamps from multiple purchases.

    • Dr. Stein: D'oh!
      After Dr. Stein goofs up, he utters a wee "d'oh". Dan Castellaneta, of course, is the voice of Homer Simpson, whose trademark annoyed grunt is a thundering "D'oh!" Stein's bedside manner and borderline unethical experiments also are reminiscent of Dr. Nick Riviera, The Simpsons' resident quack.

    • Tobias and Michael: Ancient Chinese Secret, huh?
      In the early 70s, there was a commercial where one person asked another how they got their laundry so clean. The second would say "ancient chinese secret." It was then revealed that they used 'Calgon', and the first person would say "Ancient Chinese Secret, huh?"

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