Archive for November 10th, 2010

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 17-Justice is Blind

Rating: 4.5/5

This episode is the first in the series that I’ve considered as 2 part as this is a continuation of the whole Maggie Lizer ordeal. Perhaps the best line in this whole episode was a vet telling Michael that “Justice is Blind” which is true in so many ways. It is here that Michael realizes that Maggie is not blind at all. Knowing this, Michael no longer feels bad for what he is going to do. I should start from the beginning.

After recieving a folder containing a list of evidence from Maggie, Michael goes back to the minimansion and tells this to the other Bluths. Gob immediately decides to send someone to Maggie’s house to steal the evidence. However, he himself is not able to do this as he must perform his husbandly duties. Instead, Gob sends Tobias to break into Maggie’s house. Using his catlike abilities, Tobias breaks into Maggie’s house only to arrive just as Maggie is arriving. Maggie is of course angered by the fact that Tobias is in her house but cannot reveal herself as she is “blind”. Therefore, she decides to the next best thing which is follow Tobias around while swinging a bat around at random.

Meanwhile, Michael is the vet’s office as he was supposed to take Justice (Maggie’s seeing dog) back to her house but decided to see what it’s like to not be able to see. However, while doing this, Justice leads them onto the road where he is then hit by a car. It is at the vet’s where Michael is told that Justice is actually the one who’s blind and that Maggie has been leading him around. Angered by this, Michael decides to expose Maggie at the courthouse.

At court, Michael makes a whole speech about how Justice is blind and to prove his point, throws the bible at Maggie’s face hoping she would catch it. She of course, does not catch it as she was temporarily blinded by Tobias who sprayed her with perfume after almost being caught.

Maggie is taken off the case and apologizes for lying to Michael. She reveals that she made up this whole blind thing after discovering being handicapped could help her with her LSATs. Both she and Michael decide it would be best to not see each other anymore but end up sleeping together for one last time.

Overall, this made up for the kind of blandness of the last episode and for the absense of Tobias in other episodes. I have made it no secret that I find Tobias as my favorite character and absolutely loved his “cat like abilities”. However, I was sad to see that Maggie and Michael did not end up together as what difference did it make whether they stopped seeing each other. I mean, regardless, she was taken off the case. Hopefully, Michael finds someone soon because I’m getting pretty annoyed.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 16-Altar Egos

Rating: 3.5/5

This episode is perhaps one of the oddest. I say this because this is the episode where Michael really gets back into the dating game. After meeting at the courthouse to discuss George’s fate, Michael, upon Gob’s insistance, decides to go to the bar across the street from the courthouse which is full of lawyers. It is here that he meets Maggie Lizer who is a lawyer. After a couple of drinks, Michael goes to he house and sleeps with her. The next morning, Michael tries to escape his first one night stand only to discover that Maggie is blind. Of course, Michael feels bad and decides to continue going out with her.

Later that day, Michael tells Gob of what has happened and it is here where Gob reveals he too had a one night stand gone wrong as he ended up marrying the girl he went out with. This woman is played by Amy Poehler who strangely enough, is married to Will Arnett (Gob) in real life. Ha!

The next day, the Bluths go to court after deciding it would be in everyone’s best interest to accept the plea. However, Michael is left completely shocked after discovering that Maggie is the most feared prosecutor and luckily enough, was assigned to their case. Michael’s good nature causes him to once again feel guilty and decides to tell Maggie the truth. However, Maggie interrupts him and asks him to look through the Bluth family case overview and decide if she has a case. Michael is left torn between sides as this is the information he was looking for but feels it is not right to take advantage of a blind person like that. However, during the previews of the next episode, it is revealed that Maggie is not actually blind.

Although this is a godo episode, I love the mystery going on with Maeby. George Michael is asked to tutor her but instead she pays him off. George Michael is curious as to where Maeby is getting money from and decides to confront her. However, Maeby claims that she has a fundraiser to attend. George Michael decides to follow her only to find out that Maeby has pretending to be twins, Maeby and Surely, but Surely, is sick. She plays this up in order to have fundraisers held for her which is where she is making so much money from. This is perhaps the one time I actually like/enjoys segments involving Maeby only because I think that this idea is so stupid and shows how stupid people really are because they are actually believing her. However, I’m not too sure if I actually like this episode.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 15-Staff Infection

Rating: 4.5/5

I am now even more reassured of the fact that the Bluths are absolutely terrible people. First, Lucille refuses to give her housekeeper Lupe the day off for a family reunion which is crazy as her condo is spotless. Secondly, we see all the Bluth’s going crazy over not getting their paychecks even though they don’t work. Seriously!? This is exactly why the Bluth Company was doing so terribly.

Anywho, Michael decides to put everyone (except Lucille) to work. Buster begins to work at the office copy room but panics as the confinement reminds him of a sheep attack had suffered the year before. Lindsay is made weekend secretary but instead takes this opportunity to remodel the office. After his unsuccessful attempt at being copy maker, Michael decides Buster would be best suited for outdoor work.

When they arrive at the Bluth construction site, Buster is immediately put to work. It is here where Gob arrives on his stupid Segway asking to be paid. Instead, he too, is put to work. Naturally, I am enjoying the Bluth family’s horrific attempt at “working”. As Michael arrives back at the office he is greeted by the sight of his staff going out to lunch after Lindsay decides to take them out to lunch. Michael states that if this happens, they will lose the “sheep”. As always, Michael is right as the staff mistakes Lupe’s family reunion bus for a company bus and go off to Catalina Island.

Meanwhile, Lindsay convinces Michael to take the rest of the day off and spend time with George Michael. Similarly, Maeby convincesGeorge Michael to leave her and Annyong in charge of the banana stand and go spend time with Michael. Michael finds out that George Michael went off to the beach and decides to go find him. It is here where he discovers the solution to the construction zoning problem with the help of sand castles.

At the construction site, Gob messes up as he reveals that he and Buster got paychecks while the construction crew had not. Fed up with this injustice, Gob declares they put a freeze on the construction site. Buster however, argues that they should build just for fun which cause Gob to insult him. Buster finally cracks and decides to fight Gob. The crew tells them that on a construction site, there is only one way to decide who’s a chicken and that is by playing “Chicken” which is a face off  with the use of bulldozers.

Lindsay decides to fix the work stoppage by herself. While leaving the office, she sees Lupe and her family standing around waiting for the bus and sees this as an opportunity to fix this whole mess. Again, naturally, I am mildly insulted at the fact that the show decides to use Mexicans as construction workers, geez, what a stereotype!

While George Michael is at the office, he decides to call Michael who is busy making sand castles. He decides that perhaps Michael really doesn’t care about him. It is at this moment that he finds a folder Michael had in his desk drawer full of projects and work George Michael had made when he was younger and was therefore convinced that Michael really did love him. However, it is also at this moment that investigators come in and steal this “proof” folder from his hands.

Lindsay finally arrives at the construction site where she threatens to bring in Lupe’s family as laborers if they don’t get back to work. Michael also arrives but with the solution to the spacing problems and decides that everyone has been working too hard and that they should have a party. It is here that Lucille also arrives demanding that Lupe help her with her groceries which consist of liquor. They decide to use this and hold the party.

There were several moments which were funny but I especially loved the whole “staff are sheep” analogy as we see the staff being lost on a farm and following a sheep they find. Then, a sheep herder finds them and uses sheep dogs to herd them into a truck to take them back. Overall, I was quite  fond of this episode as it was like a breather episode. Like taking a break from the insanity that is the Bluth family.

Memorable Quotes:

Lucille:“Suddenly playing with yourself is a scholarly pursuit.”

Gob:”It’s a game of men”

Buster:”Well, it’s a game I’m ready for. Oh wait, my seat doesn’t have a cushion!”