Arrested Development

Season 2 Episode 1

The One Where Michael Leaves (2)

Aired Unknown Nov 07, 2004 on Netflix

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

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  • Good start to an even better season

    Season 2 of Arrested Development remains to be one of the greatest seasons of television ever produced. The premiere is a rather weak episode when compared to the rest of the season, but it is still a very strong and comedic outing. It has some hilarious moments, such as Lucille with the Michael Moore impersonator and it begins the wonderful running gag of Buster and army. Really the only weak aspect of the episode is Michaels repeated leaving and returning to the family, as it got somewhat repetitive. However, it gave us the beginning of the in depth case against the Bluths, so, like everything in Arrested Development, it led to something bigger and better.
  • Once again, a fine example of a well written comedy to start the series off.

    'Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything,
    and the one son who had no choice but to keep them together'

    Seamlessly this episode pulls you back into the Arrested Development world clevely sliding in a series 1 recap without so much detail as to put you off.
    For begginers to the series it eases you in for a few minutes then BAM! You're in and you're going nowhere. Willingly you find yourself intruiged by the story as well as the dynamics between characters. A sense of 'what the hell' accompanied by 'I dunno but I can't wait to find out'.

    For veterans this episode gently reminds you of all the running gags and just how much you love each member of the bluth family.

    Ready with new and old jokes as well as new and old story archs another brilliant episode to start the 2nd season.

  • Michael and his son decides to leave the Bluth family behind and move to Arizona. Unfortunetly, thinngs don't work out as planned

    This is a great way to start the new season. Starting with old plots and ending with new plots to see out anouther great season. A.D. is a show which discusses dramatic issues, such as affairs and prison break, while showing the funny, light hearted side. This is exactly what a sitcom should be like, yet many are not.

    The best momants of this episode were: * When Portias husband joins the Blue Man Group. * When Michael's mum started having sex with Oscar and * When the father escaped from jail.

    A great way to start a great 2nd season

    NB Apologies- I don't know all charectors names.
  • Great start to season two

    The start of this episode is very amusing where Michael has to go back to confirm to the family that he was actually leaving and then coming back again when he thought his father had been caught which of course happens to be Oscar, George Sr’s twin brother and this humour is continued until the end with the return of the misleading doctor saying that Tobias looks dead (but is actually fine) and George Sr’s clever wig plan to pass him off as Oscar.

    Overall, this is a great season two opener with great lines throughout the episode and is a great follow up on the season one cliffhanger.
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