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Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 13-Beef Consomme

Rating 4.5/5

                Finally! The moment I had been waiting for has finally arrived! Michael and Marta finally tell each other how they feel. However, like always, their high family values prevent them from showing each other how they really feel. They realize that in order to go forward with this relationship, they must first tell Gob what has been going on.

                While these two people are falling in love, Tobias and Lindsay are falling out of love. They continue arguing and masking their feelings in front of Maeby even though it is pretty obvious that their relationship is going nowhere. Meanwhile, George Michael continues to getting to the bottom of whether or not Maeby is related to him. However, Tobias is distracted by the fact that his new gig calls for a shower seen which of course, is a big problem for a never nude.

                Buster asks Gob straight up if he’s done with Marta so that he can pursue a relationship with her. This is pretty hilarious as all three Bluth brothers are after the same woman which leads me to believe, that this will not work out for any of them.  While talking to Gob, Buster tells him that hermano means brother which have got Gob’s gears turning. He rushes to the soap opera set to confront Marta about her relationship with hermano. Michael finds out about this and races over to stop him while Buster gets ready for the family courthouse appearance the next day.

                Meanwhile George Michael goes to Lucille so that he can tell her how Maeby got to existing. Lucille reveals that she was “made in a cup, like soup, a $130,000 cup of soup.” She also says that Maeby spent her inheritance on getting here so she shouldn’t look forward to that. George Michael is thrilled about this new information.  While confronting “hermano”, Gob gets beat up by the guy he believes is sleeping with Marta and ends up in 2/3 of a hospital room (the set that is used for hospital scenes.) It is here that Michael reveals that the hermano Marta likes has been him all along. Gob states that he would not have minded this as he is an amazing guy and suggests that he “goes for it.”

                Michael arrives at Marta’s house and proceed to kiss while Buster looks on, heartbroken, in the background. Just as they’re about to do it, Michael receives a call from Lucille. Everyone had forgotten about George’s hearing leaving Lucille alone with Gob at the courthouse. Meanwhile Lindsay and Tobias help each other in getting past Tobias issue of not being able to nude.

                While at the hearing, Buster tells Gob that he saw Michael and Marta kissing. Gob did not believe that he would really go ahead with this relationship. Michael shows up late to the hearing and Gob confronts him. However, since this show is filmed like a documentary/reality show, the camera is not allowed inside the courtroom which defeats the purpose as they already had a scene inside the courtroom. Their fight took them all the way outside the court and Buster joined in just so he could fulfill his dream of being punched in the face. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Tobias were still undressing as a way to help him overcome his fear of nudity and for the first time in several years, had sex.

                Back at the park where the fight was still going on, Marta arrived only to break off all ties with the Bluth’s after seeing they clearly did not care about family. They both realize this is not the way brothers should act and decide to stop fighting.  Buster however, is still unhappy about not being punched in the face and when Michael almost does, he quickly crawls up into a ball.

                Even though I was thrilled that Michael and Marta were finally together, my dreams were crushed due to Michael and Gob’s immaturity. However, I am glad that Tobias got over being a never nude and based on the previous, he is now liberated and comfortable being nude all the time even in front of the family.  I am also confused over the episode name as usually they tie into the episode but a title like “Beef Consomme” doesn’t make sense since consumme is like a broth soup thing unless it is referring to the soup analogy.

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Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 12-Marta Complex

Rating: 4/5

                This episode begins with an anniversary party for Lindsay and Tobias which was thrown by Lucille after being tricked by Michael. Marta shows up at this party with Gob and asks Michael if he’s seeing anyone because she feels he should have someone special in his life. Lindsay sees them talking and later asks if he’s fine with Gob and Marta still being together. Michael claims that he is over her and should move on. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to hang around with deadbeat actor Carl Weathers still believing he has a shot at acting. Tobias realizes this and thinks it’s time to get his money back.

                Lucille uses Carl to separate Lucille 2 and Buster by making them go one a dinner date on the night Buster has classes. Bust is obviously upset by this. Later on in the evening, the family gathers around to watch a tape George sent to Lindsay and Tobias from prison. The family believed this was a legit anniversary toast but it was actually an infomercial advertising George’s course of Judaism for only $49.99. While Michael gives a toast, Marta realizes that he is actually the one she’s been looking for.

                The day after the speech, Lindsay informs Michael that he inspired her to get the guts to file for divorce. He suggests that they separate for a while which means Lindsay and Maeby sharing a room and George Michael sharing a room with Tobias. George Michael is upset by this as he thinks this means that they found out that he likes Maeby.  Gob then tells him that after the speech he realized that Marta has been cheating on him and they decide to follow her and find out who she’s been cheating with.

                Marta and Buster arrive at the model home which is where Buster realizes that she’s the most beautiful woman in the world. Marta however, is there to talk to Michael and ask him out to dinner where she will most likely reveal that she is in love with him. While unpacking, Tobias reveals to George Michael that he and Lindsay had problems conceiving but is interrupted by a phone call therefore leaving George Michael with the thought that Maeby may actually be adopted.

                On the night of the dinner, Michael tells Marta to just go ahead and admit what is going on. She is confused as she doesn’t know that Michael believes she is seeing someone else. Michael asks her son to show her who “Hermano” is which is actually the Spanish word for brother. Michael ruins the whole surprise and leads Marta to believe their relationship can never work. It is then that he discovers that gift he saw her buying was actually for him, a tux which he had said he does not have. Michael realizes his mistake and of course feels like an idiot.

                I was upset over this episode as I had been waiting forever for Marta to realize that she belonged with Michael. I seriously hope that they end up together. Also, I’m upset that Lindsay would even consider leaving Tobias as he is pretty much my favorite character in this series. Overall, this episode left me feeling pessimistic about what will happen next.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 11-Public Relations

Rating 3/5      

          We begin with Michael taking George Michael on an interview for the Milford School, a very prestigious school. However, they are turned down as the head of the school states that he wishes to distance themselves away from the Bluth name after an article was post in the paper over trouble Lucille had at a restaurant. The problem was that Lucille and Lindsay caused a scene after getting drunk at a Klimpy’s Diner and breaking plates. They were both upset that they had been reduced to poverty after being turned away from an upscale restaurant. Obviously upset that their family’s reputation can hurt George Michael’s chances of success, he decides to hire a publicist whom he had been flirting with at the gym.

                The publicist, Jessie, suggests that everyone get a job which of course is considered preposterous by the family. She suggests they play up George’s devotion to Judaism and make Michael the new face of the family as he is smart, straight and attractive and the only likeable one in the family. Jessie suggests that Gob do charity magic shows, that Lindsay get a job advertising vodka, and that Tobias get over his acting phase and get back his medical license. Lucille is told that she is cold and no one likes her and that Buster should stay out of the spotlight as he is odd. He states that he shall be neither seen nor heard just as he was taught at Milford.

                On his way to the airport to get back his medical license, Tobias runs into Carl Weathers who agrees to teach him acting for $1100. Meanwhile, Michael and Jessie go on a date in order to be seen all over town. When he tells George Michael that Jessie is brilliant as she is making the family seem functional which increases his chances to get into Milford, George Michael is saddened by this. Not because of his father’s hinting at a relationship with Jessie but at the possibility that he will not be going to school with Maeby. Michael takes this seriously and feels guilty for liking Jessie. When he tells Jessie that they should keep their relationship professional, Jessie is upset as she was wasting her time and quits.

                Gob however, asks Michael to do whatever to get her back after he loses Earl Milford (the founder of the Milford School) in the Aztec tomb which of course is bad publicity and lowers George Michael’s chance of getting into Milford. The press gets a hold of the story and claims he killed Earl Milford. He later finds Milford inside his prop trunk as he hid in order to escape the retirement home. Milford begs him not to take him back and to help everyone else get out of the place where they are abused. Pleased with the thought of being a hero, Gob agrees to help.

                Meanwhile Jessie visits George Michael to make him feel guilty of not letting his father be happy. She decides to run a trashing piece on the Bluth’s which causes Lucille to interfere. After admitting that she told George Michael to step out of the way, Jessie gets into a fight with Lindsay and Lucille. The press has a field day on this melee and names them the family everyone loves to hate.

                George Michael informs Michael that he has no problem with him seeing other women as he finds it sad that he’s only been with four women his whole life. I’m glad this worked out as I’m pretty sure George Michael is not one to say that he disapproves of what his father does. Honestly, I could have done without this episode as an attempt to fix their image ended up hurting the Bluth family. Also, Jessie looked like a mean person to start with so thank goodness Lindsay beat her up.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep.10-Pier Pressure

Rating: 5/5

         We once again begin with Michael Bluth, this time at home, just chilling. George Michael tells him that he got an A- on his test which only deserves to be hung on the bar while Maeby gets a C- leaving Lindsay thrilled and posts it on the refrigerator. Michael suggests that she discipline Maebe and not reward her for minimal effort in hopes that she doesn’t get into trouble. Lindsay of course if upset and claims that she is now like George who would teach the Bluth children a lesson through basically making them believe something terrible, such as an accident, happened because they did not do something right.

 However, Michael claims that these scare tactics worked as to this day, the Bluth’s use a note system to inform everyone when something runs out.  Gob, as always, barges into the house asking Michael for money after HotCops, a stripping agency he used to work for, asks him to return money after not performing a gig (because he was almost shot at.)

Of course, Michael agrees but only if he’ll do him a favor in the future.

                Michael arrives at Lucille’s house and is welcomed by the phrase, “I need a favor.” The favor is for Michael to help her edit receipts to say that she has not bought anything with company money after the SEC investigates her belongings. She changes her mind and asks Lindsay instead. When she arrives at the model home, she is surprised to find that Lindsay refuses to help. Meanwhile, Maeby arrives with a D- on her test which is when Lindsay realizes she must be disciplined but does not follow through with this as she cannot think of a punishment. However, she brilliantly suggests that as punishment, Maeby must spend the day helping Lucille. Michael later sees George Michael insulting himself after he cannot solve a math problem which shows him that perhaps he is pushing his son a bit too far.

                Meanwhile, Buster is still comforting Lucille 2 who’s vertigo has been taking a toll on her as she has stopped taking her medication. Buster then remembers a study he was involved in which researched the effects of medical marijuana on nausea.

Therefore, he visits the “toughest street wise kid he knew” which was George Michael in hopes of getting some weed for Lucille 2. George Michael of course, has no idea where to find marijuana even though Buster remembered that the banana stand was pot central in the 70’s and even inspired a song called “Big Yellow Joint.” George Michael suggests that he ask Gob but is terrified of him after his constant being bullied by him. Michael arrives at the banana stand as sees that George Michael is working and orders him to close the shop and take the day off and go crazy. Both Michael and Buster give him money to “buy stuff you don’t need.”

                Maeby and Lucille work on hiding her collection of jewelry (gathered from gifts George had given her after every time her cheated) and decide that spending time together is no form of punishment. Lucille then remembers that she has a brooch Lindsay had desperately wanted and decides to give the brooch to Maeby in order to spite Lindsay. Meanwhile, George Michael arrives on the Bluth yacht where Gob had been staying and after not finding him, leaves a note asking to get him some pot.

Gob immediately shows Michael the note stating that it is his and saying that he left him $200 then $100 as he already spent $100. Gob tries to give him the weed and claims that this counts as the favor he had promised earlier. Michael cannot believe this and refuses to take the weed. However, he decides that perhaps it is true that George Michael has been smoking weed as his eyes have been red and his grades are dropping (talking about the A-.) After asking George Michael he did with the money, Michael realizes that he’s been lying. When Michael returns to tell Gob this, he finds Gob already smoking that weed.

Michael asks if he should yell at him but Gob informs him that George taught them not to yell (through one of his classic parenting methods aka scaring them.)

                Michael decides to get help from George and asks to borrow Jay aka the guy with the one arm who was always teaching lessons through scaring them. George says that he died after Michael left the air conditioning on with the door open (which is just another lesson.) George refuses to help as he is now a holy man. Meanwhile, Lindsay arrives to pick up Maeby and finds that they are actually having fun. She decides to leave Maeby and after she suggests that they go get ice cream, Lucille calls Maeby fat which obviously shows her how mean Lucille really is.

Maeby then leaves Lucille’s house which doesn’t bother her.

                Since George won’t help Michael, Michael asks Gob to gather his HotCop friends so that they can stage a fake drug bust and scare George Michael straight. Buster gets impatient waiting for the weed and decides to go with George Michael to pick up the weed from Gob not knowing what was in store for them. George Michael and Buster arrive only to be “busted” by flamboyant dancers dressed as cops.

Buster admits the pot was for Lucille 2 and drives George Michael home. However, their little stunt attracts real drug dealers who deliver their stuff after seeing the signal. Michael explains there has been a misunderstanding. Real policemen show up and start firing at the dealers while Michael and Gob hide. A real arm is blown off therefore, scarring Michael even more.

 Michael realizes that the arm was Jay’s arm and that George had set this whole thing up. Jay explains that this is why you don’t teach your son a lesson.  George explains that George Michael is a good kid and did not need to be taught a lesson and that this was his final lesson.

                Meanwhile, Maeby arrives home and gives the brooch to Lindsay after feeling sorry that she had to put up with Lucille her whole life. Upstairs, Michael asks if George Michael knew about this whole thing and says yes as one of the Hot Cops was his choir teacher. Michael lets George Michael know that he can tell him anything which then causes George Michael to reveal that he has a crush on Maeby but, Michael thinks that he is kidding and teaching him a lesson.

                This episode was literally the best of the season (so far.) I absolutely love flashback moments and was thrilled to see so many in this episode. I loved George’s way of teaching lessons because I can’t comprehend how the Bluth’s hadn’t realized that a man can only lose his arm so many times. Also, I’m glad to see that Maeby realized that Lucille was a bitch because I already did not like Maeby and would have disliked her even more if she hung around Lucille.