Arrested Development

Season 3 Episode 6

The Ocean Walker

Aired Unknown Dec 05, 2005 on Netflix
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Episode Summary

After Michael announces he's marrying Rita, George Sr. worries that she's after the family's money. But when Rita's Uncle Trevor tries to stop the wedding by revealing some surprising information about Rita, Michael must decide if he wants to walk down the aisle.

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  • Michael's fiance is retarded

    The flashbacks when Michael comes to the realisation that the woman he proposed to isn't the smartest thorn in the bush were very well placed and clearly the show has been hinting at it all season without it actually seeming to be this way, possibly masked by the British accent.

    Gob's magic trick was a hilarious addition to the episode, showing that he's not the best magician in the world and it was a great ending, with Rita walking on water (that's not my trick) and in the next time scene he points out that it's his illusion!

    Overall, this episode cannot be beaten and is a hilarious installment of Arrested Development.moreless
  • Best of the season

    Arrested Development once again demonstrates why it is the best comedy on television while simultaneously showing us why it can't find an audience. "The Ocean Walker" pushes the limits of good taste as Michael considers consummating his relationship with the mentally challenged Rita, and once again scores its best laughs with running gags dating back at least to the Pilot ("That wasn't my trick, Michael," says Gob, "It was my Illusion!"). The story arc of the first half of the season is neatly tied up as the Rita's secret(s) is revealed, although Michael fails to prevent another wedding disaster. And poor George Michael still can't get over that Star Wars video. Sigh. The days are numbered until the end of this great program.moreless
  • One of the best!

    This entire episode had me and my wife rolling on the floor! The best line was Rita's "Married! Married! OK, night-night!" and when she falls on the bed and "shuts down" we must've hit the skip back button 10 times! It is a damned shame that it is being cancelled - this'll sit on my shelf of DVDs along with Titus, Scrubs, and other pearls that couldn't find an audience.
  • Another Hilarious Episode, Michael finally learns that Rita is Mentally challenged and calls of his wedding.

    All of us had to wait so long to finally see arrested again that this episode seemed so so funny. The way arrested builds and builds upon past episodes for comic relief is much like another funny show did and that show was Seinfeld. Charlize Theron played her role so well, she really is a great actress and I look forward to seeing her new movie Aeon Flux. Also the ending of this one is wonderfully done when Rita walks on the water and Gob says it isn't his trick (we all wonder what the heck just happened). Then cue the credits and the next time on arrested development, Gob comes back and says it's my illusion(haha)...and sets Tobias hair on fire and a flashback ala Michaels first wedding to Tracy ensues. A wonderfully done episode which everyone should watch.moreless
  • Back on the air, despite FOX.

    Got together with about 400 of my friends to view this episode at the University of Southern California. There was a huge rally to save this show, and they managed to get the the actors who played George Michael (Michael Serra), Maeby (Alie Shawkat) and Steve Holt (Justin Wade) to attend and answer questions. A huge success.

    The episode itself was wonderful, winding up the plot line with Rita (and it appears Larry is gone as well). Buster\'s dance in the stair car was the \"robot\" that he did in a commercial several years ago. The references to \"pop pop\" were back again, along with supposed euphamisims.

    This is just a wonderful show, I will miss it.moreless
Alia Shawkat

Alia Shawkat

Mae "Maeby" Fünke

David Cross

David Cross

Tobias Fünke

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Michael Bluth

Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter

Lucille Bluth

Michael Cera

Michael Cera

George Michael Bluth

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Michael asked Rita, "How many houses are in the British Parliament?", she replied seven while the narrator said three was the correct answer. That is actually incorrect as there are two houses in the British parliament: The House of Lords and the House of Commons.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (After Rita has walked on the water)
      Michael: Hang on a sec. That's part of your trick, right?
      Gob: No, that's not my trick, Michael.
      Narrator: On the next Arrested Development ...
      Gob: It's my illusion.

    • George/Larry: Larry, go to a mirror. You're fired.
      Larry: What?
      George/Larry: It's over.
      Larry: And this is how you tell me? In the middle of a wedding?!
      George/Larry: You shouldn't have said anything.
      Larry: You shouldn't have said anything!

    • Trevor: I've got a problem with you having sexual relations with that man.
      Narrator: So do I.

    • George Sr.: Just because a woman gets pregnant doesn't mean you have to marry her. Too many lives have been ruined because some cheap waitress at a HoJo said she used an IUD.
      Lucille It was a Stucky's.
      George Sr.: But I believed you.

    • Michael: You've never told me how many houses there are in the British Parliament.
      Rita: Seven.
      Michael: Are there?
      Narrator: The answer is three.
      Michael: Does sound about right.
      Narrator: Three is the correct answer.

    • Lucille: Where's your hand?
      Buster: I'm having my high school ring put on it. And my hook is stuck in the stair car.

    • Michael: I am getting married.
      George Sr.: Who the hell to?
      Michael: Who do you think? Rita.
      Lucille: Her?

    • Gob: (performing a card trick) He takes his queen and showers her with diamonds! (pulls a club from the deck) Clubs. Club sauce! He showers her with club sauce. All right, that'll be my line if that happens.

    • Narrator: (about Rita) She was "special," but she wasn't smart.

    • Trevor: It's not your fault your parents were cousins, but here we are. I've been charged with taking care of you, and I'm bloody well going to do it.
      Rita: Well, Michael will be my cousin soon enough, 'cause we're getting married!

    • Rita: Is that a magic trick? I love magic.
      Gob: I don't appreciate the dry British humor.

    • Michael: You guys got these jackets on inside out?
      Rita: Yeah, that way you see the label.
      Lindsay: I mean, that's what you're paying for, right? It's a great statement on fashion.

    • Gob: I will not take this sacred duty lightly. I am going to get you the single healthiest call girl that this town has ever seen.
      Michael: This is why I'm calling it a witness and not a best man. All you gotta do is watch.
      Gob: I'm not going to spend this kind of money and not watch!

    • Michael: It does seem like you've been having a lot of trouble since the hair transplants. Maybe you should see a buboman.
      Tobias: A ... buboman?
      Michael: A doctor. It's a British expression, like they say "go up box" instead of "elevator".
      Tobias: Oh, yes. Like when they say "poofter" to mean "tourist".

  • NOTES (7)

    • In the beginning of the episode, Buster doesn't have his prosthetic hand on. As he's waving with his left arm, a poorly hidden fist can be seen where his stump is supposed to be. Even if his "stump" is pixelized, fingers are clearly visible.

    • This episode won the 2006 Eddie Award for "Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television".

    • In Gob's card trick, he says "He takes his Queen and showers her with diamonds." Gob, along with his shoddy magician work, have been associated with the queen of diamonds since season 1's "Missing Kitty" episode where he had the Queen and a diamond painted on his chest.

    • When Lindsay suggests Michael ought to get a hotel room with Rita, she does the suggestive wink that we have seen Lucille do so many times. This is immediately followed by Michael's mantra, "Don't do that."

    • When Michael tells his family he's marrying Rita, Lucille says, "Her?" in the same way Michael, Gob, George Sr., etc. would say disapprovingly of George Michael's girlfriend Ann Veal.

    • Rita says "Rita corny, Michael" just like George Sr. said "Daddy horny, Michael" in the episode "Visiting Ours".

    • Originally scheduled to air November 14th but low ratings pushed it to air after sweeps finished.


    • n/a: Rita laughs when her uncle closes the box with the star in it.
      This is an allusion to the film Pretty Woman when Richard Gere closes the jewelry box just as Julia Roberts tries to touch it.

    • The ending where Rita appears to walk on water is reminiscent of the ending to the movie Being There, which starred Peter Sellers as a simpleton who inadvertantly becoming a power player in Washington politics. Like Rita, Seller's character is mistaken as being profound and deep.

    • When Rita says she wants to have sexual relations Michael notes that by calling it that it means she's ready. This calls back to the season 2 episode "Good Grief" where George Michael claims he has pop-pop in the attic and Michael says "the mere fact that you call making love pop-pop means you're not ready."

      Also Trevor says the same to Rita when she says she wants to have pop-pop with Michael.

    • Buster dancing to Styx's Mr. Roboto in the staircar was a nod to Tony Hale's dancing inside a car to the same song in an advertisement for Volkswagen.

    • The "ugly" photo of Charlize Theron (Rita) was from her 2003 movie "Monster" in which she played serial killer Aileen Wuornos.