Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 14

The Immaculate Election

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Aired Unknown Mar 20, 2005 on Netflix
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George Michael runs for student body president, which Gob manages to ruin; Buster has an affair with Lupe, who is being sought after by Lindsay; Tobias attempts to move out of the model home, then develops a new persona when he regrets his decision.

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  • For anyone who has seen the Star Wars Kid video, this is such an hysterically funny episode! I loved it!!

    10
    It took me a while to get used to the humor in Arrested Developement. Now it's on syndication here, and I finally took the time to watch the episodes. Now, I'm so hooked, and it saddens me that they killed it off, and didn't even give it a full third season.



    This episode was amazing. George-Michael running for president in his school with "Virgin" posters were great. Buster in bed with the robot vakuum followed by the now classic line: "I'm a Monster!"

    But the best parts were Buster and George- Michaels home videos. Obvious spoofs on the Star Wars Kid videos, witch is hysterical in it self. I haven't laughed like that in a long time!!moreless
  • Mrs Featherbottom is introduced

    9.5
    Is it just me or does Mrs Feather-bottom look familiar? There are too many priceless scenes in this episode to list but I’ll give it a go:

    -> Tobias dressed as the nanny

    -> George Michael’s star wars video

    -> Gob’s creation of the anti-Steve Holt video

    -> Buster sleeping with Lupe

    -> Buster sleeping with robot (what do you expect? He’s half machine!)

    -> The comparison of apples and some fruit no-one’s ever heard of

    -> Tobias using the set bathroom

    -> Gob trying to fire Michael and call security

    -> Buster’s inspiration for a home movie

    -> George Michael tying with Bart Simpson and School sucks

    -> The “next time” scenes



    And those are just some select favourites. All in all, this episode is funny enough to make every view laugh the whole way through.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

Abraham Higginbotham

Abraham Higginbotham

Gary

Guest Star

Phyllis Smith

Phyllis Smith

Carla

Guest Star

Ron Michaelson

Ron Michaelson

Himself

Guest Star

Justin Grant Wade

Justin Grant Wade

Steve Holt

Recurring Role

BW Gonzalez

BW Gonzalez

Lupe

Recurring Role

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Ann

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Lindsay is seen wearing her "SLUT" t-shirt in George Michael's campaign video.

    • The rapid-fire images from George Michael's campaign video were:
      1) A spoon of white powder and a hypodermic syringe.
      2) A pentagram.
      3) A Klansman and a burning cross.
      4) A dark, raptorial bird in a tree.
      5) A saluting Nazi.
      6) Mr. Bananagrabber.
      7) A five-pointed star drawn in blood.

    • Tobias sneaks on to (and lives on) the set of Detective Frank Wrench. The show Wrench was featured in the episode "Burning Love".

    • If you look closely, in the scene where Lindsay attempts to seduce Tobias, you will notice that Tobias is reading "Poof" Magazine.

    • When Gob says that the video he is shooting is called "Tricks..."--let me finish...--"... around the office'" it's a callback to the season 1 finale "Let 'Em Eat Cake" when Gob says "Macaroni..."--let me finish--"... salad".

    • In Gob's attempts to make George Michael look like a "cool guy," he makes him wear his leather with red and white striped jacket, the same one he is wearing in the rest of the episode.

    • When Gob is describing his new way to make money, he says he is going to perform "tricks" around the office and call it "Tricks [lemme finish] around the Office" but in any past episode if someone else says "tricks" around Gob he corrects them saying "Illusions! Tricks are what a whore does"

    • When the "Indian kid" is showing his campaign video to the school, a cameraman can easily be seen in the bleachers behind Gob.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Gob: (referring to Steve Holt) This kid's popular? Looks like a chick I did once in high school.

    • Gob: Well, guess who's been fired.
      Lucille: Michael fired you?
      Gob: No, I fired him. As a result, I'm no longer welcome in the office.

    • Michael: (on Steve Holt) So, he's more popular than George Michael then?
      Maeby: That's like comparing apples and some fruit nobody's ever heard of.

    • Lindsay: Can't you at least come over and Dustbuster or something?
      Lupe: I no does Buster anymore!

    • (After Indian candidate's video)
      Gob: (hiding in crowd) Go home, you terrorist!
      Michael: How stupid do you have to be to say something like that ...?
      Gob: (revealed) You're not wanted here!

    • Ann: (on abstinence) That first time after waiting and waiting, it's going to be so awesome! Because it's not just going to be my love and George Michael's, but God's love as well. God, it's going to be incredible!

    • Gob: I figured out a way to make money while I'm working.
      Michael: But that is what we call working.

    • Lindsay: Tobias moving out hasn't been easy.
      Michael: For any of us.
      Lindsay: You didn't even notice he'd gone, did you?
      Michael: I did notice we'd stop Tivoing the Christopher Lowell show.

    • Michael: You've got to be the laziest person in the world.
      Lindsay: If you weren't all the way on the other side of the room, I'd slap your face.

    • Gob: (referring to Ann) Plus, she's religious. That one gets pregnant, it stays pregnant. Believe me, I dated a chick like that once in high school ... no, I didn't.

    • Maeby: How do you know Steve Holt? Are you in AA?

    • (Referring to a small leopard-print thong)
      Tobias: Well excuse me for liking the way they shape my junk.

    • (Lucilles catches Buster and the Roomba in bed)
      Buster: What do you expect, Mother? I'm half machine! I'm a monster!

    • (Catching Buster and Lupe in bed)
      Lucille: And yet you're too good to polish the candlesticks. You're fired!
      Buster: You can't fire me. I'm your son. I'm firing you!
      Lucille: I was firing Lupe.
      Buster: Well, that makes more sense.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Elections: Ann claiming the Christian vote can make someone president - is an allusion to how Rove & Bush claim the Christian vote put Bush in office.

    • n/a: Blackstool
      Tobias' alter-ego, Mrs. Featherbottom, reveals she comes from Blackstool, England. This is a pun in reference to the large coastal town of Blackpool, England.

    • Title: The Immaculate Election
      The title is a pun of an NFL play called The Immaculate Reception.

      The game was played on 1972 between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which a play where Steeler's Quarterback Terry Bradshaw passed to John (Frenchy) Fuqua. The ball converged with Fuqua and Raiders safety Jack Tatum. The ball popped out and in to the hands of rookie running back Franco Harris who took off down the left sideline to score a touchdown, all the while the Raiders celebrated after the supposed dropped pass.

      The Raiders argued that Fuqua had batted the ball to Harris (the rules of the time did not permit consecutive touches by offensive players). The touchdown stood and the pass went down in History.

    • n/a: George Michaels Star Wars Homevideo

      This is a copy of the video of Ghyslain, or better known as the "Star Wars Kid" who made a homevideo of himself fighting with a stick, which was leaked on the internet by someone he knew in 2003, and was edited to add in Lightsaber effects, both the original and the edited then was downloaded millions of times and was also shown on TV all over the world. The video of George Michael was clearly copied from that.

    • Speaking mock - Biblically, George Sr. tells Michael he is "Gallant", and says he needs "Goofuth's" help for George-Michael's election.
      This is a reference to Highlights Magazine's "Goofus and Gallant" cartoons, which teach life lessons by showing Goofus being lazy, irresponsible, or rude, then showing Gallant in the same situation being polite and concientious.

    • The Immaculate Conception is the belief that Mary was impregnated by God and remained a virgin, giving birth to Jesus Christ.
      No, this is the virgin birth. The Immaculate Conception is the doctrine that Mary was able to remain free from original sin (totally clean conception) at her birth to make her worthy of bearing the Son of God. This is not anything supported by the text of the Bible.

    • When Michael hears that Tobias moves out, his first reaction is, "So that's why we've stopped tivoing Christopher Lowell"

      Christopher Lowell is a very "flamboyant" interior designer which is probably another jab at how Tobias is "allegedly" gay.

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