Arrested Development: Season 2, Ep. 13-Motherboy XXX

Rating: 4/5

When I first saw the title of this episode, I immediately thought it was going to be something dirty which in a way is true. Motherboy is a mother-son pageant which Lucille and Buster always compete in. This year however, Lucille is ashamed of his hook hand and decides to get Michael to participate in Motherboy with her. He refuses to attend with her.

Meanwhile, George Michael is getting ready for a camping trip with Ann which Maeby decides to attend as well as you get to miss school. Michael persuades George Michael into not going by suggesting that he spend time with Buster instead. George Michael agrees and it is here that Lucille tricks George Michael to enter the pageant with her as Buster was not at the condo but was instead, with Gob and Michael after finding the seal that bit off his hand. The seal ended up being only the left flipper which suggests that his hand has also ripped off (by a shark.)

Meanwhile, the Bluth boys return home only to discover that Lucille has taken George Michael to the pageant. Buster realizes that it is not too late to prevent George Michael from ending up like him and decide to rescue him. They arrive to the pageant and find them in matching sailor suits which they change from after spotting another mother son team wearing the same outfit. Michael and Buster go onto the roof and look for a sad looking boy on the balcony. They immediately see George Michael dressed as Sonny Bono and Buster decides to zip line down to him with his hook. Naturally, this fails and Buster crashes through a skylight and through a hotel room. The hook makes it to the room and Lucille and George Michael change again, this time, into gypsies. At the dance, Buster confronts Lucille about being ashamed of him and Lucille states that she would never be ashamed of him. George Michael and Michael end up leaving and Buster stays to dance with Lucille.

This episode was great as we see that perhaps Buster is not a complete idiot and that he actually cared about the family. Also, it is clear that he knows what a momma’s boy he is and is determined to avoid others from ending up the same way. Also, I love the ridiculous product placement which in this case is promoting Burger King. This is seen throughout the episode as Carl Weathers and Tobias meet at a Burger King and have the fakest conversation about how great Burger King is. This is clearly ridiculing the extreme product placement in TV today. Additionally, this episode continues with the Abu Ghraib prison incidents from the Iraq War which are shown through photographs of Gob’s wife in Iraq.

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