Archive for October 14th, 2010

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 9-Storming the Castle

Rating:4/5

I am particularly satisfied with this episode as we FINALLY saw that Michael has a bad side to him. After several episodes of feeling sorry for him after he is taken advantage of by his family, it is refreshing to see that he too is fed up with being a pushover and never getting to do anything for himself. This is especially true in his love life as we all know that Gob is pretty much a bum and that he definitely does not deserve a woman like Marta.

                This whole ordeal begins with Marta rushing to the Bluth model home in search of Gob. She wants to apologize for criticizing his magic even though Gob showed poor judgment in performing an intense “illusion” for Marta’s children.

Michael of course is simply awestruck by her and is ultimately saddened by her decision to always stick by Gob. Lindsay suggests that he steal her from Gob but then takes this back as he can’t even get himself to “borrow” a leather reclining seat from the office.

                Meanwhile, Maeby continues her attempts at rebellion by taking George Michael with her to buy a leather outfit after hearing her mother’s disapproval of leather. Tobias sees this as an opportunity to bond with his daughter and after selling his wedding ring, buys himself a leather outfit to match with his daughter. George Michael is also sucked into this leather scheme as he buys himself a leather jacket in order to impress Maeby which I really wish he would stop doing.

                After Gob reveals that he has been cheating on Marta with the woman providing the legs in his magic act, Michael decides that it is time to buckle down and teach him a lesson. In order to convince himself that he can do bad, Michael steals the office chair he had been saying he’d steal.

Lindsay helps him cook up a plan to expose Gob to Marta. The plan consists of Michael getting Gob a gig with the Alliance of Magicians and convincing him that if he performs well, he’ll be allowed back into the alliance. Then, Michael will convince Marta to volunteer as the top half of Gob’s sawing someone in half trick so that the legs half (aka Gob’s other lady friend) will tell her what’s been going down.

                The night of the show both Tobias and the legs fail to show up as Tobias, dressed in his leather outfit, showed up at the Gothic A**hole not the Gothic Castle while the legs just did not come through. Michael, with some help from George Michael, realizes that no matter how hard he tries, he cannot change his kind nature. Therefore, he asks George Michael to fill in as the legs as, just as Maeby had stated, has the legs of a woman. However, Michael’s attempt at changing himself did not completely go to waste as he decided to steal a TV from the office but unlike the chair, did not make it through being dragged by a bicycle.         

                I just realized I neglected to mention George’s newfound belief of Judaism. After being put in solitary confinement after trying to run away during the pageant, George is going crazy but is calmed down when he looks up and sees the Star of David shining on the cell wall. He then fastens a yarmulke out of the tip of his shoe, which although funny,  leads me believe that he is not taking his devotion to Judaism so seriously.

 Just for that one image, I would rate this episode as a 4 (only because I don’t care much for Gob and this episode was pretty much all about him and Michael.)

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep.8-My Mother, the car

 Rating:4/5              

         We begin this episode with Michael visiting Lucille not for fun but to once again remind her to put a stop to her extravagant spending after finding out that she has recently hired a crew for the Bluth yacht Michael is trying to sell. However, she states that this is absolutely necessary as she need to throw the most amazing party the community has ever seen and most importantly top Lucille Ostero’s consistently fabulous parties for herself. Buster hears this and tells Lucille that he cannot attend her party as he is trying to avoid Lucille Ostero.

                Michael returns home only to find Gob complaining about his selling of the yacht as he lives there. Michael suggests that he break up with Marta so that he can make a move on her as he has been obsessing over her and stalking her but this has been increasingly difficult as the Bluth stair car is pretty obvious. Lindsay walks in suggesting that the family throw Lucille a surprise party. She tells Michael that she will visit George in jail if he agrees to drive Lucille to the restaurant where the party is to be thrown as she is the world’s worst driver. This is revealed by the narrator as not being an exaggeration as she was recently featured of Fox’s show, World’s Worst Drivers.

                The night of the party finally arrived and both Lucille and Michael were shocked to find that no one showed up to the party. Devastated, Lucille admitted to Michael that she was a horrible mother which sparked pity in him. Therefore, Michael decided to throw Lucille another party, one which she had no idea about. Buster finally decides that it is time to end his relationship with Lucille 2 only to realize that he truly does care about her.

 The night of the new party arrived and once again, no one showed up. In order to make it up to her, Michael decides to let Lucille drive. While driving, they see an “idiot on a scooter at night” and believe that he is Gob which causes Lucille to give him a scare aka hit him with the car. However, Michael realizes that it is not Gob and takes the wheel and leaves them in an accident. After seeing him take this risk, Lucille is filled with a newfound caring emotion and babies Michael who now suffers from short term memory loss. Michael attempts to recall what exactly happened that night only to be tricked by Lucille into thinking that he was the one who wanted to scare Gob in order to get to Marta.

                Meanwhile, Lindsay has been visiting George in revealing outfits in order to be harassed by the inmates. George begs her to stop visiting as he paid them to not scream obscenities at her in gold coins Lucille had snuck in. This satisfies Lindsay as she believed that she had lost her sex appeal.

                Gob, on his way to South America, realizes that Michael has been set up by Lucille and rushes to the condo to tell him this. Michael does not believe that he was not trying to hurt Gob but realizes that he and Gob kind of like each other and that he was not driving which meant that Lucille deliberately dragged him to the driver’s seat in order to look guilty.  Lindsay also arrives at the condo to reveal that Lucille has hidden the gold coins inside the energy bar wrappers which is why her grocery bags were so heavy. When they confront Lucille about what she had done she explains that this was her one chance to have Michael on her side and get at least one of her children to like her. Lucille once again admits that she has been a horrible mother causing a feeling of pity among Lindsay, Gob and Michael.

                I am once again saddened by the absence of Tobias in this episode but it’s okay, I’ll get over it. I feel like this whole episode was like one of those cheesy mystery shows like murder mystery parties as the background music sure made it feel like this. I love the fact that a scene was written in involving George Michael and Maeby being caught at an r-rated movie and asking Gob to make fake IDs for them. The funny thing is that these IDs are for them to get into a French movie called “The Dangerous Cousins” which is about a forbidden love between two cousins. I also found it hilarious that both times, no one attended Lucille’s party as this was what she honestly deserved. Also, Lindsay wearing a shirt that said SLUT across the chest area was a funny attempt at gaining the interest of the jail people.

                The whole time that George was in jail, it seemed that he was getting along well with his fellow inmates but Lucille sneaking him gold coins revealed otherwise which I felt was interesting. George said that he would pay off his inmates so that they don’t beat him up, stab him, or worse which is obviously referring to being raped in prison which is pretty sad.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep.7-In God We Trust

Rating: 5/5            

            In this episode, we finally meet George’s lawyer who is supposed to help him get out of prison but in reality has done nothing but get distracted by little things (i.e.-flirting with Lucille, talking on the phone.) It is kind of strange to see that Lindsay and Michael have been getting along well as most siblings should. Lucille is upset by this as she feels that this will cause the family to turn against her as Michael and Lindsay are pretty much the only people in the family with an actual functioning brain.

                Upon announcing that the court has decided to allow George out of jail for $20,000 (for an afternoon), Lucille and Buster begin to praise him for his fabulous work. This temporary releasing would be on the afternoon of the Living Classics pageant which the Bluth family sponsors as well as participates in.  (The Living Classics pageant is a show in which wealthy members of the community are given the opportunity to dress up as classic works of art.)

 

As the Bluth’s argue over who will play Adam, with mainly Tobias and Buster fighting over wanting and not wanting the role, their so-called lawyer takes this opportunity to steal food from the family. The real reason as to why Buster does not wish to be in the pageant this year is because it would interrupt his secret relationship with Lucille Ostero aka Lucille Bluth’s best friend and social rival. However, he only sees her in her apartment as he does not want anyone to realize that they are dating.

Back at the condo, Michael reveals that he is not willing to pay $20,000 to get George out for one afternoon and announces what is pretty obvious, that their lawyer is a complete idiot. Michael then suggests hiring a new lawyer, Wayne Jarvis who had recently won a discrimination lawsuit against their current lawyer, Barry Zuckerkorn. Lindsay takes this meeting as an opportunity to borrow money from Lucille however, she refuses to give it to her after suggesting that she borrow it from Michael but doubts he’ll lend her money claiming that he called Lindsay a “stay in bed” mom. In reality, Lucille is trying to turn Lindsay against Michael after feeling threatened by their new found friendship. Lucile uses this as her opportunity to call Lindsay lazy by pinning these statements as Michael’s own words.

One thing I noticed was that in this episode is that the actress playing Marta was changed from Leonor Varela to Patricia Velasquez. No real reason was given so I’ll have to live wondering why they had a change in actress. In an effort to impress Marta, Michael has been trying to learn Spanish however, the only tapes he had to teach him was a “Spanish for Businessmen” tape. While driving, Michael sees a sign for advertising Barry’s work and as a sort of pun, uses the website www.BARRYGOOD.biz as his domain which sounds close to very good which he in fact isn’t.

Meanwhile, Buster was trying to convince George Michael to play the role of Adam in the Living Classics pageant but is very iffy about it. Maeby sees George Michael wearing the Adam muscle suit and sarcastically states that he has a “rockin’ bod.”

After hearing this, George Michael happily accepts the role in order to impress Maeby.  Lindsay confronts Michael after he wakes her up from her 2 hour angry nap and doesn’t realize that Maeby has been making it obvious that she is running away in order to prove the fact that her parents are self absorbed.

Lindsay ,obviously upset, asks Michael why he would say such mean things and Michael points out that the “stay in bed mom” phrase does not even sound like him and points out that this is all part of Lucille’s plan which Lindsay also realizes.

Lindsay and Michael begin drinking together and vent out their problems when Lindsay reveals that her marriage to Tobias is not working and that he is actually a never nude which is a rare psychological condition of never being able to be completely nude. This explains why Tobias seems to always wear cut off shorts as well as swim trunks in the shower.

After getting really drunk, Michael also reveals to Lindsay that he loves Marta. It seems that Lucille’s advice to Lindsay about getting Michael drunk to lend her money worked as Michael decided to move some money around and help her get out of debt.

After Tobias confronts George Michael about stealing the role of Adam from him, George Michael happily offers him the role but states that he cannot take off the suit for reasons that Tobias will never understand. Tobias sees this as George Michael revealing that he also suffers from never nude and also reveals how he suffers from never nude syndrome.

Michael has finally set up a meeting with Wayne Jarvis and calls Lucille into his office to also meet with him. However, when Michael reveals that he used the money that was supposed to go to freeing George for an afternoon and gave it to Lindsay instead, Lucille takes this opportunity to turn Michael against her and making it seem as if getting Michael drunk was a set up. However, Lindsay and Michael realize that once again they were fooled into turning against each other by Lucille. Therefore, Lindsay and Michael decided to use the debt money to get George out of jail for 24 hours which was long enough for him to see that Lucille was going to the pageant with Barry and spark some jealousy. This plan backfired though as the lawyer Lucille was seeing was actually Wayne Jarvis.

The time for the pageant to start had finally arrived and George Michael played Adam but upon seeing the rest of the Adam outfit (a tiny penis), decided to wear Tobias’ cutoffs which sparked outrage among the pageant attendees. Tobias of course stood up for George Michael as he continued to believe that he was also a never nude. While the crowd was distracted, George decides to use this time to run away from the pageant as well as jail.

George is eventually caught and returned to jail where the family gathers for Christmas. It is here that Maeby and Lucille decide to spend more time together to drive the family crazy. After not exposing Lucile and wasting the $20,000, the Bluths are stuck with Larry Zuckerkorn as their incompetent lawyer.

I thought this episode was great especially with the return of Tobias whom I had missed. I feel the never nude syndrome was unexpected but kind of expected as I had read somewhere that fans of the show loved it so much because of the never nude condition.  Also, I was thrilled that Lindsay and Michael had become friends as they really are the only thinking adults in this series (so far.) I secretly hoped that Michael would not catch up to George as I wanted him to be free but that would ruin the show. However, I am glad that Buster and Lucille Ostero, or Lucille 2 as she is now called by the narrator, stepped out as a couple even though this clearly overwhelmed Buster. Additionally, I am very intrigued by this newfound alliance between Maeby and Lucille as I am curious to what their cunning minds will cook up for the rest of the family.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 6-Visiting Ours

Rating: 4.5/5

             Once again, we begin with Michael visiting George who just cannot seem to get through his head the severity of the Bluth Company situation. While I was watching this I could not help but think about a question on the blog guideline sheet which stated “Was any sexual tension addressed this season?” and I feel that this episode more than addressed this issue.  By this I mean, Michael figuring out that George had an affair with his assistant Kitty as well as Lucille and George’s sexless marriage which was solved at the end.

                This all begins with Michael’s suspicion that Kitty knows something about the missing Bluth files but because he isn’t George, won’t tell. In order to get her to “spill the beans,” Michael asks Gob to seduce Kitty in order to obtain the files. However, Gob finds it pretty difficult to even look at Kitty because of her cross eyed and frizzy haired appearance. To overcome this barrier, Gob sleeps with Kitty with the lights turned off and avoids looking at her. Meanwhile, all Lucille can think about how embarrassing it is to be turned away from the country club golf course.

                Anyway, Michael finds Gob bumming around at the office in order to write a letter to the jail warden who refuses to categorize his stabbing as escaping jail. When Michael sees how attracted Kitty is to Gob, he offers him a touch lamp in exchange for getting information from her.

                Meanwhile, Lindsay and Tobias prepare for their first visit to a marriage counselor in an effort to save their relationship and figure out a way to cope with their unemployment even though Tobias believes he is a serious actor.

Lindsay and Tobias argue over how he has failed to satisfy her needs (sexual) as she pulls his towel off only to reveal him wearing booty shorts.

After the couple suspiciously trys to leave the house, Maebe convinces George Michael to follow them to see what they’re really up to. George Michael refuses to take her stating that he has plans to visit George but, is actually quite terrified of the idea of jail. When Michael returns home, happy with the thought that he would not have to visit George again, George Michael asks to be taken to visit George.

                While seducing Kitty, Gob tells her to take off her glasses in an effort to make her slightly more attractive. After seeing she is cross-eyed, he suggests she untie her hair only to reveal a frizzy mess.

Instead Gob opts for turning off the lights and even after having sex with her, fails to get any information about the international accounts. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Tobias role play during counseling in an effort to better understand each other as well as Tobias’ nonexistent acting career.  This role playing leaves Lindsay upset as she feels it is pointless. Therefore, the counselor steps in to play Lindsay’s part only to end up fueling the thought of Tobias being gay.

The counselor then reveals that this session has inspired him to become an actor as well.

                During their visit to George, George Michael experiences a really awkward moment in which George is clearly beginning to lose his mind.  Michael decides that jail is too much for George Michael to handle and asks him to wait in the stair car. The inmates see this as an opportunity to escape and one inmate successfully escapes with the help of the stair car leaving George Michael even more terrified.

                George reveals to Michael that prison isn’t as fun as it seemed at first and how Lucille has not even gone to visit him. He feels lonely which Michael interprets as sexually deprived and therefore convinces Lucille to visit him and spend time at the conjugal trailer to satisfy that need. However, Lucille takes this opportunity to basically extort the golf country club membership out of Michael. When the day finally comes for Lucille to go do George, Michael realizes that the woman George actually wanted to see was Kitty. George reveals that he had been sleeping with Kitty every Friday for the past 8 years.

George decides to first sleep with Lucille while Kitty ends up being stalled by Gob in the other trailer only to end up being caught escaping the trailer by the jail warden. During the next visit, George reveals that there is a chance that he might have committed light treason.

                As if the family’s troubles could not get any worse, no one is really willing to help Michael in trying to clear the Bluth family’s name. I thought that the George having an affair wasn’t something too unbelievable but the fact that it was with Kitty was pretty much gross. Also, I love how when Gob was being  handcuffed by the jail warden, his face was pushed against the window of the trailer and looked directly at his parents having sex which as you could imagine, is pretty traumatic. I was really glad that episode gave me the material needed to answer the awkward sexual tension question.

Memorable Quotes

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, I’ve got a letter to write”

“Daddy horny Michael”-George Bluth