Arrested Development

Season 1 Episode 6

Visiting Ours

5
Aired Unknown Dec 07, 2003 on Netflix
9.0
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Episode Summary

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Michael sets up an "intimate conjugal visit" for his parents, while it is revealed that George Sr. had an affair with Kitty, his secretary who recently slept with Gob. Tobias and Lindsay see a marriage counselor.

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  • "Daddy horny, Michael."

    9.1
    Despite the fact that Kitty was in the previous episode, "Arrested Development" did indeed air some of their episodes out of order, which means sometimes, there's less focus on new characters we know nothing about. "Charity Drive" didn't do much to explain who Kitty (played perfectly by Judy Greer) was, but "Visiting Ours" truly introduces us to her and her role within the Bluth family. We get the same tightly written scripts, quick jokes, visual gags and overall high quality that we've come to expect from the show at this point in time.



    Michael's goal in this episode is to find a series of files of international accounts that would explain why in the world his father is in prison. The problem is, George Bluth is more obsessed with prison softball than his predicament ("I'm catcher or I'm nothing!) As a result, Michael vows to never see him in prison again. Instead, he searches for the accounts by turning to Kitty, George's tight-lipped secretary who won't reveal anything but DOES have a big crush on Gob. Michael forms a plan: have Gob use Kitty to learn the location of the accounts. But Gob finds Kitty unattractive.



    Meanwhile, Michael's attempts to avoid his father are foiled after George Michael decides he wants to visit his grandfather in prison (this is, of course, only a ploy to impress Maeby with his bravery). Maeby, meanwhile, learns her parents are having marital issues (Bob Odenkirk guest stars as the therapist here).



    The episode really kicks into high gear after Michael decides to cure his father's loneliness by bringing his mother to the prison for a conjugal visit, despite the insane amount of awkwardness involved. I don't want to give away too much, but the final few minutes are among the best that the show has ever done.



    "Visiting Ours" was another one of those episodes filled with dozens of little jokes throughout: the first appearance of Tobias' never-nude shorts, the near-kiss between Tobias and his therapist, Gob saying "I f****d Kitty!" with a look of glee on his face, the quote I included in the summary that is actually funnier the second time they show it and countless others (George Michael sitting in fear in the stair car while prisoners use it to escape is pretty hilarious as well).



    It's tough to criticize episodes of a show when it's so consistently good, but this is another darn fine effort by everyone involved.moreless
  • Visiting Ours

    7.8
    Another really clever episode title coming from this show. This episode wasn't as good as what we've been getting as of late, but regardless, it was still hilarious. And we got a pretty great tie in of story lines as well, something that show never fails too do.



    I didn't know Judy Greer was ever on this show prior to watching this episode, but she just did a fantastic job, and I think this role really helped with her career as now she portrays a "goofy" character half the time. She's got some talent.



    For me, I though the Lindsay/Tobias scenes were the absolute best. The almost kiss at the end had me in stitches. I'm definitely hooked. Can't wait for the next installment.moreless
  • wow this was funny

    9.1
    Michael Bluth is visiting his father in prison, anxious to get to the bottom of some suspicious bookkeeping. George Sr. is also anxious, but about the quality of the prison softball team. Frustrated by his father, Michael returns to the office and comes across George Sr.'s loyal assistant Kitty, who he suspects might have the information he needs. Just then, Lucille calls Michael with an emergency. Their club membership has been downgraded to "pool members only." Horrified by pool food, Lucille orders her son to rectify the situation. Meanwhile, G.O.B. is noisily moving a desk into an office so he can write a strongly-worded letter to the prison warden, who decried the legitimacy of G.O.B.'s "escape" from his walls. Noticing Kitty's obvious attraction to G.O.B., Michael sets about the business of manipulation. This is such a funny episode but a bit disgusting at the end its so funny.moreless
  • George Sr was having an affair!

    9.0
    Gob was fantastic in this episode where he takes one for the team by sleeping with Kitty, the ugly secretary (glasses off, glasses on!) but forgetting to actually get the information, not understanding the concept Michael was proposing.



    However the rest of the episode didn’t really live up to the standards of the previous Arrested Development episodes, the therapy plot being kind of lame but still having its moments, and the revelation at the end not being incredibly surprising considering the source is George Sr though Gob’s expression as his face against the trailer window is priceless.



    Overall, the episode is definitely not one of my favourites but is still quite funny.moreless
  • oh so funny!

    9.0
    This is an episode that gets funnier with each viewing... much like most of the series... the pictures of Kitty and George Sr. always make me laugh before even getting to the punchline... David Cross and Bob Odenkirk share screen time again as Tobias (Cross) and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) go to a marriage counselor (Odenkirk)... throughout the rest of the first season, I was hoping they would attend their marriage counselor again, but nope... I gave up waiting and bought Mr. Show with Bob and David: The Complete First and Second Seasons... I have since bought the 3rd and 4th Season boxsets.



    Oddly, watching this episode today, the highlight for me wasn't seeing Bob and David together, but the introduction of Kitty! All of the Kitty episodes are classics but there is just something about the first appearance... GOB is asked to pump Kitty for information about the international account... GOB pumps Kitty but forgets to get the information...



    As always, whenever you rewatch any episode of Arrested Development you are bound to notice jokes that you've seen noticed before... there is a brief shot of Kitty relaxing with her legs up beside her on the conjugal couch, waiting and she appears to almost fall but balances herself on the night stand.



    Great episode! I think I laughed more times in this episode than any of the four previous episodesmoreless
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

Ski Carr

Ski Carr

Batter

Guest Star

Tom Kiesche

Tom Kiesche

Umpire/Guard

Guest Star

Rocky McMurray

Rocky McMurray

Warden

Guest Star

Judy Greer

Judy Greer

Kitty Sanchez

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When George Michael & Maeby are watching TV, a commercial for Klimpy's can be heard.

    • During the counseling session, Lindsay is reading DogCandy magazine, which appears to be doggy porn. The magazine headlines are: "The DogCandy Interview: Daisy", "Just A Pup: Midwest Campus Beauties" and "Don't miss this months pictorial: Abby Esbona". The marriage counselor's office is also decorated with a large number of dog-related items.

    • When Michael comes home after setting up an intimate conjugal visit for his parents, he drops his bag onto the couch but he is shown doing this twice.

    • During Lindsay and Tobias' therapy session, a cameraman briefly steps into frame.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • George Michael: My bike needs a tune-up or something.
      Michael: Let's not blame the bike. Okay? It's a poor carpenter that blames his shoddy tools ...

    • (Cornballer infomercial)
      George Sr.: Time to pull out the basket, and we dig into some hot ... Son of a bitch!
      Richard Simmons: Oh! Look what you did! You plopped it!
      George Sr.: I'll plop you, you mincing little ...

    • Kitty: Your wife's on line one.
      Narrator: Michael's wife had been dead for two years.
      Michael: My what?
      Narrator: Kitty realized her mistake.
      Kitty: I said, 'your wife is on line one.'
      Narrator: But not immediately.

    • Lucille: (to a waiter) Take it back. If I wanted something your thumb touched, I'd eat the inside of your ear.

    • Kitty: Gob? I wish I would have know you were coming. I am a mess.
      Gob: Don't know if a call from me would've changed that.

    • Gob: Take off your glasses. Oh ... Wait, wait. Let down your hair. No, glasses on, hair back up. Let's just get that hair right back up.
      Kitty: Let me turn the lights off.
      Gob: Yes, yes, please.
      Kitty: How's that? Is that better?
      Gob: It just seems like there's still light coming in from under the door.

    • George Sr.: I haven't had sex in a month.
      Michael: You know, you've been here two months.
      (Pause)
      George Sr.: It's hard to gauge time.
      Michael: Yeah. I'll bet.

    • Gob: I *bleep* Kitty!
      Michael: Oh, Gob! I just wanted you to get the information.
      Gob: I got the information.
      Michael: You did, huh? About the international accounts?
      Gob: Oh, I see what you're getting at. No, I didn't get any information.

    • Kitty: That's none of your business ... My business.

    • Dr. Gunty: I'm no David Schwimmer, and you're no Jennifer Aniston!

    • George Sr.: Daddy horny, Michael.

    • Tobias: Ok, kids. Mommy and daddy are going out for ice cream.
      Maeby: Can we come?
      Lindsay: Sorry, it's not for kids.

    • George Michael: Ok ... So, why are we doing this?
      Maeby: 'Cause it's obvious they're lying. Come on, drive!
      George Michael: Well, what if they see us?
      Maeby: How are they going to see us?
      George Michael: Well, it says "Bluth Company" right on the side, plus it's a stairway. That's gonna catch the eye.

    • Kitty: Do you like my outfit?
      Gob: Not as much as I like what's underneath it.
      Kitty: Gob!
      Gob: No, I need your chair. Get up.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Therapist: If I'm no Schwimmer, you're no Jennifer Anniston.

      Tobias: I'm not even Lisa Kudrow.

      A reference to David Schwimmer, Jennifer Anniston and Lisa Kudrow, stars of NBC's Friends.

    • Narrator: In fact, he'd been terrified of the very notion of prison since, as a young boy, he accidentally watched HBO's Oz, mistaking it for the classic Judy Garland musical.
      George Michael is wearing a Tin Man hat from The Wizard of Oz while he accidentally watches the prison drama. Also, Judy Garland is the mother of Liza Minnelli, who plays Lucille Austero.

    • Tobias: Now if I could act that good, I would have my own Alias-type show.
      Alias is an ABC spy-drama that airs at the same time Arrested Development airs. It is Arrested's biggest competitor in that timeslot.

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