Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 1

The Cabin Show

Aired Unknown Sep 19, 2005 on Netflix
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This episode centers around the family cabin outside of Reno NV (The biggest little mistake you can forget about) that George Bluth Sr yearly promised to bring Michael to, but in the end always blew him off to take a woman there. The family is selling the land that the cabin is on and having the cabin trucked to the house. Michael is excited that the company stock rating has gone from triple sell to don't buy. He decides to go to the prison to gloat and realizes that it is Uncle Oscar not his father in jail.

Maeby and George Michael are dealing with the aftermath of the kiss, and avoiding one another.

Lucille has stopped taking her post partum medication. That she has been taking for over 30 years since Buster's birth. She is concerned that she will have the same destructive impulses she had the last time she went of the medication and empathized with a woman who drowned her kids in a car.

Gob receives a letter inviting him to a father and sons reuniting outing and thinks that it is his dad looking to find him, but as it turns out he actually has a son by a high school girlfriend.

Tobias is working in a restaurant called Swallows because he lost his job as a blue man to who turned out to be George Sr. George Sr discovered that being a blue man is the perfect cover and he is now hooking up with Kitty, the blue man makeup artist. Tobias confides in Michael that he wants to get back together with Lindsay and he wants to call her and plead with her to reunite. Michael convinces Tobias that the only way to get back together is to play hard to get...moreless

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  • The beginning of the end.

    It was nice, getting that final season of Arrested Development. Most networks would have given up after the disappointing ratings of the second season, but Fox, to their credit, gave it another try. The only ones to blame are the show for not being appealing enough and audiences for not being appealed to. It was kind of a death walk, this last season. It should have made me appreciate every moment a little more, but instead I found myself judging so much more critically, as if I expected each and every bit to be the best comedy ever produced. Naturally, even Arrested Development couldn't meet such high standards and I found myself dissapointed.

    But now as I revisit it on DVD, I feel that I can judge it with a fairer eye, and I find that this third season is cut from the same cloth as its predecessors. Here we have Gob's stab at fatherhood, the intensification of George-Michael and Maebe's relationship, and a rather dark turn in the saga of Buster and Lucille. My goodness but they don't hold back their repressed feelings in the Bluth family. And Barry - whatever will become of your sorry little law practice, which seems to have jumped the legal shark? Will you admit your love for your office boy? Or will you turn tricks on the streets of Reno?moreless
  • Steve Holt is related to the Bluths!

    The continuous cabin changing plans were very entertaining in this episode, Lucille, Gob, Michael, George Michael and Buster all going to the cabin at some stage during the episode, Michael and son being the ones that get there eventually, at this point George Michael not wanting to go As his chance for one last cousin kiss were left behind.

    Gob’s cabin logic was great (“I'm either gonna take him to the cabin in the woods. Or I'm gonna promise to take him and then not take him, but the one thing that I will never do is not tell him that I'm taking him to a cabin in the woods, and then not take him”) as was the revelation that Steve Holt, a recurring character, who at one stage was humiliated by Gob in a school election is the son of Gob.

    With great revelations and plot twists this is the best season three opener that could have been hoped for.moreless
  • the episode that got me hooked

    the episode that got me hooked i casually watched before this one but now i started wathcing every monday this one is hillarious i wish i taped it so i could watch it over and over i hope it is played again and again and hopefully again befor AD is gone.
  • Good beginning to the season...

    Well, this was a good beginning to the season. I absolutely loved it when Gob got all excited about finally getting to go to the cabin . However, when he got left home and he was just sitting there with his sleeping bag I felt so sorry for him and yet still cracked up at the same time. The whole cast was great as usual. Tambor was as magnificent as ever. I wish the series would get some better ratings, but I don’t think it’s going to happen which is entirely a shame.

  • Here we go again. This season is going to be great. As soon as I saw a shot with Steve Holt I knew it was gunna be awesome.

    Oh boy. This is going ot be great. This show is just off the hook, the directions it goes, wow.

    Anyways back to the episode. This episode was classic. The same winning combination of a new running joke, of the disappointed son. And a few of the smaller but stil classic jokes, like the kid who found the severed arm and Kitty with a blue hand print on the back of her head. Whoa I almost died laughing while watching it.

    Oh and I am soooo happy that Steve's back adn I just pray that he is permanant. I wouldn't mind seeing him on the intro. I also love all of the morally wrong kisses on the end of the episode.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

Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson

Swallows Manager

Guest Star

Gary Kraus

Gary Kraus

Reunion Dad

Guest Star

Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer


Guest Star

Justin Grant Wade

Justin Grant Wade

Steve Holt

Recurring Role

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Barry Zuckerkorn

Recurring Role

John Beard

John Beard


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • George Michael says that the stair car's mirrors will make the sunset look closer. Actually, side mirrors read that "objects in mirror are closer than they appear." So, the sunset would actually be closer but appear more distant.

    • Entry #42 of Oscar's blog (as seen in the scene where Michael visits him at the prison) ends in mid-sentence. The title is "I'm Not George Bluth Sr." It reads as follows:

      Today, the prison psychologist gave me a poetry assignment, she thinks I need to get my emotions out on paper and maybe.

    • In the scene where George Michael and Michael are driving to Reno and we get a second glimpse of Oscar's blog which explains why he couldn't stay in prison one more day, it reads:

      Entry #43:
      It's been a week since my last entry. I can explain. Last Thursday, I was counting ants in the prison yard and it was a scorcher but I remember I started killing the ants with my feet, yelling "Die you little black bastards, die!" I got stabbed - a whole lot.

    • After George Michael and Maeby's kiss gets interrupted in the stair car, there is no reason for Maeby to try and exit through the driver side door. The passenger side door is shown functioning as recently as in "Mother Boy XXX". Besides making this an easier set up for the "sunset" joke, the writers could have actually mistakenly remembered that the passenger side door was broken. In "Motherboy XXX," Buster trys to exit the stair car, but his "hand" is full with a trophy and he says, "I can't get out, actually".

    • Lindsay's ringtone is the theme song to the show.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Gob: (embracing Michael) Taste the happy, Michael. Taste it.
      Michael: It tastes kind of like sad.

    • Gob: Taste the tears, Michael.

    • Michael: This here is way more important than me trying to find my father. Although, I was very close. I almost had Pop-pop in Reno.
      George Michael: Me, too.

    • Michael: So, where did you get this kid?
      Gob: Yeah, I guess I can tell you now. We were both waiting for our Dads at that garden where the little boy found the arm (Hands Michael the letter) Kid's amazing, though. It's almost like I wish he could be my Dad.
      (Michael finishes reading the letter)
      Michael: Ok, um, your Dad's not trying to find you. Your son is that kid. Your son ... you're the Dad.
      (points out the letter to Gob)
      Gob: I've made a huge tiny mistake.

    • Narrator: If Steve had a father, he would have warned him not to go into the woods with strange men, but he didn't.
      Steve Holt: Sure, let's go!

    • Steve Holt: You look familiar.
      Gob: I think that's because we actually kinda look alike.

    • Oscar: (in prison) I'm innocent, Michael. I'm Oscar! Dot com.

    • Gob: Well, I will tell you this, Michael. I don't have a son ...
      Narrator: He does.
      Gob: But if I ever do, I'm either gonna take him to the cabin in the woods. Or I'm gonna promise to take him and then not take him, but the one thing that I will never do is not tell him that I'm taking him to a cabin in the woods, and then not take him.
      Narrator: Gob was growing up.

    • Lucille: Apparently, mood altering medication leads to street drugs. That's what this very handsome young doctor said on The Today Show.
      Michael: That was Tom Cruise, the actor.
      Lucille: They said he was some kind of scientist.

    • Michael: Maybe you can bring a date to the cabin.
      Lucille: I don't want anybody to go inside that musty claptrap.
      Michael: ... Oh, the cabin!

    • (Driving to the cabin to escape Buster's snoring, Lucille discovers he's asleep in the back seat)
      Lucille: Ooh, come on!
      Buster: Mother?
      Lucille: What the hell are you doing back there?
      Buster: I decided to sleep in the car so my snoring wouldn't bother you. And I left that recording of my snoring so you wouldn't know I'm gone.
      Lucille: We're halfway to the cabin, I'm gonna drop you by this light.

    • (Tobias has just found a way to convince Lindsay that Kitty loves him)
      Tobias: If this tableau I recreate, perhaps I can resnare my mate!
      Narrator: Gee, why wouldn't she want him back?

    • (Michael arrives at the office where Lindsay rides up to him on a photocopier)
      Lindsay: We did it, Mikey! We're super rich again! And I'm gonna buy a car, the Volvo.
      (She hands him a piece of paper from the photocopier)
      Michael: N ... Lindsay, you're not going to start spending money. And this is not a Volvo.
      Lindsay: Oh, that's from sitting on the copier.
      (She grabs the sheet back)

    • Oscar: I even started a website: I'm Oscar dot com. I'm innocent, Michael! I'm Oscar! Dot com!
      Michael: No, no, don't buy it. I'm taking my son to the cabin, and there's nothing you can say to make me believe that you are not my father.
      Oscar: I understand. Your child comes first.
      Michael: Oh, my god, you're Oscar.
      Oscar: Dot com.

    • (Oscar pleading to Michael while in prison)
      Oscar: I'm your uncle. I'm your dad's twin brother. I'm Oscar, he switched on me! No one believes me.
      Narrator: Unfortunately, for Oscar, "You've got the wrong twin" was a popular alibi.
      (Cut to Oscar being dragged into the police station handcuffed)
      Man in Handcuffs: You simply got the wrong twin.
      Arrested Twin #1: We're quadruplets, you got the wrong two!
      Arrested Twin #2: We're Larry and Dave!
      Arrested Twin #1: You want Curtis and Jack!

    • Michael: Dad's in Reno, Kitty's in Reno, Dad's in Kitty and he must he a blue man.

    • Michael: Hey, why don't you pop a tent in front with your cousin Maeby?
      George Michael: What? No!
      Maeby: I'm not really the outdoorsy type.
      Michael: Well, this is a good chance for you to rub off on her.

    • Steve Holt: You wanna make out?
      Maeby: Sure, why not.

    • Narrator: Next, on Arrested Development...Maeby finds someone to help her forget her cousin: her cousin.

    • Michael: Uncle Oscar can last one more day in prison.
      Narrator: Not according to that day's blog at

    • Gob: (about his son, Steve Holt) He's like the father I never had.

    • Lucille: I just went off my post-partum depression medication.
      Michael: You're still taking that? You had Buster thirty-two years ago.
      Lucille: And that's how long I've been depressed about it.

    • Michael: You seem more villainous than usual, Mom. Are you sober?
      Lucille: Michael, it's 8 AM!
      Michael: So, it's not that.

  • NOTES (9)

    • A quick glimpse at Gob's yearbook reveals that the name of Steve's mother is Eve Holt.

    • CNBC's Jim Cramer upgrades the Bluth company stock from "Sell" to "Don't Buy".

    • This appears to be the first appearance of the Bluth family flatbed truck that George Sr. uses to haul the cabin away.

    • The young Michael, Gob, and George Michael all plan to go to the cabin with "Grizzly Adams" sleeping bags.

    • Two months have passed since the events of last year's season finale.

    • Paul Vogt is another MADtv alum to guest star following Mo Collins, who plays Starla, and Christian Duguay, who guest starred in the episode "The One Where They Build a House".

    • Sam Pancake also guest-starred in the pilot episode of Kitchen Confidential which premiered right after this episode on FOX. Additionally, Henry Winkler's CBS sitcom Out of Practice also premiered the same night this episode aired.

    • As a promotion for this episode, Fox TV put up an actual website matching the one Oscar puts up in this episode.

    • First episode of the show to air in its new timeslot, Mondays at 8:00 PM. Also the first episode of the show to air before November. Fox planned a "24"-esque non-stop run for the show's 3rd Season.


    • Mission Accomplished: The sign in the Bluth office is a reference to President Bush's famous gaffe in May 2003 when he stood in front of a "Mission Accomplished" sign and announced that it was time to end to major combat operations in Iraq.

    • Oscar Bluth's prisoner number (as seen in his blog: is 24601. This is the number of the prisoner and protagonist Jean ValJean in Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables"

    • The news story from 1994 is referencing Susan Smith, who drowned her two sons by leaving them in her car while she purposely let it drive into a lake.

    • The episode's allusion to Tom Cruise on the Today Show refers to his appearance on June 24, 2005. Lucille saying she heard Tom Cruise was "some sort of scientist" is a reference to his involvement in Scientology, a new age religion. On the Today Show, Cruise argued with host Matt Lauer regarding the (de)merits of post-partum and other prescribed medications. He treated his personal beliefs, that the drugs lead to mental damage and illegal (street) drug addictions, as fact. Thus Lucille's decision to stop taking hers.