Archive for November 12th, 2010

Arrested Development: Season 2, Ep. 1-The One Where Michael Leaves

Rating: 4/5

I pretty much hated this episode! I would have thought that a season opener should be good and get me hooked but sadly, this did not. Instead I was frustrated and hoped that Michael would just make up his mind about leaving but clearly he is not going to leave otherwise, the show would end. However, perhaps being straight forward about the move not happening would have been better as I would not have been upset throughout the whole episode.

This episode begins with Michael and George Michael leaving to Phoenix, Arizona just as they were going to in the Pilot. However, once again they are challenged by Lindsay and Gob who claim that Michael needs them more than they need them. This might be true as Gob is put in charge of the Company and wins over the staff by turning a $100 bill into 100 pennies. Clearly, these people need to be fired ASAP. Anyway, on their way to Arizona, Michael and George Michael are pulled over and told they have found George. They rush back only to find that they arrested Oscar. Larry informs them that they cannot leave because if George is not found, Michael will be taken into custody.

Back at the office, Gob has discovered a breifcase in the walls which contains a contract between George and Saddam which he claims “is in english and in squigglies”. Gob does not know what to do and decides to quit. He keeps trying to give the contract to Michael but is distracted by announcements that George has been caught which is once again Oscar. This happens  four or five times and each time it’s funny. However, the final time, Annyong exclaims that he can’t find his uncle Sam wig. It is here that Gob and Michael notice the briefcase is gone and that the man they arrested was actually George wearing a wig and looking like Oscar which is why he was let go. We see that George and Kitty running away from the country leaving the Bluths in even more s***.

After being annoyed for the first 10 minutes, the episode got better so I forgive the writers. I also love the whole Tobias joining the Blue Man Group. Like really, there are so many hints that Tobias is gay and it’s kind of crazy Lindsay has not left him. Like Lindsay can actually function but is too busy worrying over Tobias. I’m glad they both agreed to an open marriage as this is definately going to be interesting. Also, once again, I love Annyong’s growing role as he is like doing everything George Michael did to impress Maeby like volunteering to be in a play. Funny stuff!

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Arrested Development: Season 1, Episode 22-Let them eat Cake

This episode revolves around the fact that the Bluths, as well as everybody is else, is suddenly on the Atkins diet and cannot eat carbs. This causes a decline in frozen  banana sales as no one wants to eat carbs. George Michael meets a girl named Ann at the banana stand where he explains that he will be on TV explaining whether bananas are a carb. Ann invites him to her house to watch it and surprisingly Maeby is jealous.

I must say I love that Maeby is jealous. It might be because she just does not like anyone but I really hope it’s because she like George Michael. I hope it’s the latter. Anyway, Michael recieves a call from Kitty once again asking for a reward in exchange for not revealing everything she knows. After watching an expose on TV, Michael realizes that minipalaces have been built abroad in Iraq and are exactly like the mini mansion complete with shoddy workmanship. Michael confronts Lucille if she knew anything about this and naturally, she claims to not know anything. George however, let’s it slip that she did know.

At their meeting, Kitty reveals that the information she knew was the minimansion thing and that the government did not know. Michael thought that this just meant that they had back taxes and decides to not give into Kitty’s demans which were to be president of Bluth Development Company. After this, Kitty calls Gob and plots that they join forces and take over the company as he is the oldest and has no say.

Finally being fed up with the lies in the family, Michael quits and leaves Gob in charge. With Michael gone, George ends up taking the lie detector test that Michael was supposed to and fakes a heart attack. The Bluths rush to the hospital where they all cry and claim they loved George. However, no one tells Michael and he ends up telling George Michael that they are moving. George Michael refuses to move as he loves the family no matter how messed up they are. It is here that the phone rings and they rush to the hospital. While waiting for the results, the family remebers all the “good times” they had and convices Michael to stay.

The doctor finally claims that they’ve lost George and the Bluth’s go crazy. They ask to see him only to discover that George escaped and faked the heart attack. Appaulled, Michael decides to leave for sure. The family once again does not notice and think that he went home.

I feel that for a season finale, this was pretty odd. Once again, I feel that I don’t remember the Atkins diet obsession so I don’t find the diet thing funny. However, I love how Annyoung has stepped out and now likes Maeby only to be rejected like George Michael. I also want to see what happens with Maeby and George Michael because I really hope he stays with Ann to spite Maeby. That would be amazing!

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 21-Not Without My Daughter

I must say, I loved this episode.  Basically, this episode revolves around Bring Your Daughter to work day. Pretty much everybody brings their daughter which is funny because I never see that in real life. Anyway, Michael often took George Michael as he did not have a daughter but now that he was getting older, it was kind of weird that George Michael had not grown out of it. As he was leaving, Michael noticed that Maevy was just sitting around and claimed that she was going to work with Tobias who was at the moment, sitting around watching entertainment television and claimed that this was his job.

Michael decided to take Maeby to work, hoping that he becomes a role model for her. On the ride over to the office, Maeby jumps out of the car several times but Michael manages to catch her. Once at work, the police arrive to interrogate him over Kitty’s disappearance. It is here where Michael makes a bet with Maeby that she cannot tell a lie and he can’t lie either. This comes in handy as Michael is asked if he has seen Kitty and he did as the “Girls with Low Self Esteem video shows Kitty boarding the yacht.

Meanwhile, Gob, Tobias, and George Michael decide to express just how manly they are. Gob decides to show everyone that he is the only magician in the family after Lindsay claims she has been shoplifting when really, she got a job as a sales girl. Tobias gets a job as a security guard at the mall Lindsay works in and ends up busting Lindsay who yells she is a shoplifter after Gob and George Michael get caught shoplifting by a security guard’s daughter. Upon hearing this, Tobias, using his cat like ability, tackles Lindsay and the Bluths end up in jail.

Meanwhile, Michael is still in jail and is told by an officer that if he gives them evidence against George, they will forget about the fact that Kitty has disappeared. It is here that Maeby ends up lying and snoops around the station which is where she finds Kitty. Michael’s name ends up being cleared as he realizes that the cops were just using him to get him to spill the beans about George.

I feel like I shouldn’t write too much about this episode as most of the things that happened was showing how everyone brought their daughter to work which included a day laborer which again was kind of insulting but funny. I feel as if the writers just wanted to mock the ridiculous idea of bringing a child to work which is super cheesy. I did forget to mention that in this episode we see how Buster finally gains some confidence after speaking to Oscar who as I’ve read might be his father. The more I watch the more intrigued I am which of course, is the goal of every show.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 20-Whistler’s Mother

Rating: 3.9/5

Michael reveals that some company money has finally been unfrozen which causes all the Bluths to harrass him for money. Lindsay asks him for money to fix herself up to have an affair. Mchael of course refuses only to have Lucille also ask for money for Buster to have an operation.

Upset with his family’s abuse of money, Michael goes to work. He arrives at a staff meeting with whistles which he states should be used when you see something wrong. The staff of course, are childish and incompotent as well and play with the whistles which causes Michael to take them back again, playing the role of father/the only one with a brain.

Meanwhile, George Michael claims that he saw George walking around on the boardwalk which causes Maeby to mock him. Maeby later sees him as well and they freak out. However, it turns out that this is Oscar, George’s twin brother who is in town and also in need of money. Michael refuses to just hand out the money and instead decides to buy Oscar’s lemon grove which as it turns out, is actually worthless. Embarrassed by this, Michael begs Gob and Tobias to not tell George about this.

Once again, Lucille states that she must fix Michael’s mistake just as she had when she made his algebra teacher disappear. Lucille orders Oscar to take his land back and he does but only because he is in love with her. Oscar takes this as Lucille being interested in him and decides to pursue a relationship.

Lucille informs Michael that the situation is taken care of but must now confront Mr. Jordan who is on the board of investors but is a pain in the a**. Lucille tells Michael that won’t be necessary as she used the money to buy out his part of the shares. Thrilled Michael starts his meeting only to be greeted by the pleasant surprise that Lucille is now part of the board.

Everytime I watch this show, I cannot help but wonder if this is what companys really are like. I mean not the whole dysfunctional family but in general, corruption. But then again, I can’t help but think about the whoel financial meltdown situation and wonder what the writers of this would have thought about it. Like is it similar or not?

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 19-Best Man for the Gob

This episode revolves around the fact that Gob is still married to his wife (who I just realzied, is unnamed) and the fact that the company’s books are messed up and that the accountant, Ira Gilligan, is not willing to lie if he is asked to testify.

After seeing that his marriage has lasted more than two weeks, Michael offers to throw him a bachelor party only to reveal he wants to end it after George told him it’s a bad idea. Clearly, Michael had already said this but he did not listen to him. George however, changes his mind and decides to be Gob’s best man and throw him a bachelor party. However, this party is just a cover as Gob wants to use this opportunity as a way to trick Ira by getting him drunk and having him think he killed a stripper and fleeing the country.

Meanwhile, Buster is jealous that Annyong gets to have juice and play soccer as he was never allowed to. George however says that he never got to play sports because he was a turd on the field. Jealous, Buster decides to help Gob with his bachelor party/plan but is distracted when he finds juice at the party. While this is going on, Tobias enlists Michael to help him reunite “Dr. Fünke’s 100% Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution” which was a folk band he had with Lindsay and Maeby.

The day of the party, Michael and George Michael show up even though they were not invited and end up exposing the whole plan to set up Ira. Furious, Ira states that he’s definately testifying. Tobias ends up performing alone after the family stormed out. However, Gob’s wife ends up joining him and realizes that she is in love with Tobias. Eventually, Ira does end up leaving and is seen on vacation with the stripper from the bachelor party.

I really did not like this episode. Although I did know the writers were referencing to Gilligan’s Island, I never watched the show so perhaps I don’t find it as funny as it was intended. Overall, I love that Annyong is getting more lines and that he hates Buster who he calls “Fatty”. It’s nice to see that he is turning out to be just like Lucille. Again, I really want to see what else Annyong can do.

Rating: 4/5

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 18-Missing Kitty

This episode revolves around Kitty finally coming back after being absent over several episodes. Michael reveals that she was on sick leave as she had something wrong with her chest but had no problem cashing her checks.

Kitty returns with a new pair of breasts in anticipation of spring break as the previous spring break, she was not featured on “Girls with Low Self Esteem” because her breasts were too small. Michael, as well as I, find her boob job disturbing.

Kitty announces that she is going on vacation and that her break did not count as it was sick leave. Michael threatens that if she leaves, she’s fired which he indeed does.

Meanwhile, Lindsay and Maeby go off to Lucille’s house after having gone to look for Nana who would send them a check every month. Lucille claims Nana is on a cruise when she has actually been dead for 6 months. Lucille does not say this as she is afraid that her kids will hound her for inheritance money and she is too busy putting her things into Annyong’s pocket as she is now using him as a purse.

George Michael and Gob had been bonding as he has no school and Gob has no job. Both Bluth men are busy working on Gob’s comeback act after failing miserably on his appearance on YOM Channel (youth oriented music). George Michael is really fascinated by Gob but Michael asks him to stay away from him as he is a bad influence. Instead, Michael asks George Michael to fill in for Kitty at the Bluth Company.

George Bluth is shocked to hear George Michael after calling the company and hearing that Kitty was fired for her incompotence. George Michael yells at Michael for firing her as “you never fire crazy”. The elder Bluth knows that Kitty has too much information on the Bluths and could ruin them. Therefore, he orders Gob to make the yacht disappear as that is where some evidence is hidden.

Michael goes down to Senor Tadpoles where Kitty said she would have a margarita made in her mouth. After trying to give her her job back, Michael realizes she does not deserve the job and fires her again but threatens her after she threatens him with exposing the company. Everyone at the restaurant hears this and makes the evening news.

The next day, Gob is finally ready to fulfill his promise of making the yacht disappear. George Michael goes against Michael’s wishes and goes in search of Gob to help him with the illusion. Gob however, respects Michael’s wishes for once and tells him to leave. However, George Michael ends up sneaking onto the boat anyway. However, Kitty also sneaks onto the boat looking for the evidence. Gob does in fact succeed in making the yacht disappear. The family is shocked and asks how he did it. He reveals that he sank and blew up the yacht. Michael realizes that George Michael might have been on there but George Michael arrives and decides that Gob’s lifestyle is not one that he wants. However, it is revealed that Kitty was on the yacht and is seen floating in the water with her evidence.

Meanwhile, Lindsay reveals that Nana had passed away and questions Lucille on where it is. Lucille claims she has invested it and used it to get Annyong a trust fund and that no one can touch it until he’s 18. However, in the previews, Lupe finds a paper that states that Annyong is already 18.

I loved this episode because it’s just sad how desperate Kitty and Gob are for attention. Like they’re how old and still hanging around teenagers at spring break. Really?! However, it was entertaining to watch. Also, I love how the whole Bluth and Saddam Hussein mystery is unraveling like little clues like the “MADDAS” box which is saddam spelled backwards. I’m really looking forward to what’s going to happen with that.