Ratings: 8.1 million viewers; ranked #68 in that week's Nielson ratings.
On The Next Arrested Development Gag: George Michael gets a new roommate and Michael finds it difficult to get his father out of jail.
The signs held up by the protestors at the yacht club read: “Why Knot?",”Allow Same Sex Marriage At Sea",“Gay Mariners Unite",“Freedom", and “Sailors For Seamen”.
The Season 1 DVD features a "Creator's Cut" version of this episode including 10 minutes of deleted scenes and extended material.
The role of George Sr. was not originally planned to last past this pilot episode.
The nickname Gob is formed from his initials George Oscar Bluth.
Michael: (about George Michael) Well, I guess he really misses his family.
Lindsay: Well, he doesn't know us very well.
Michael: Yeah, clearly.
Michael: Well I'm sorry it's just it's too late, I'm truly sorry, but I'm moving to Phoenix. I got a job. (long pause) It's something you apply for and then they pay you to umm... nevermind I don't want to ruin the suprise.
Tobias: I'm alright gang...what an adventure gang...I thought that the homosexuals were pirates but it turns out most of them were actors in the local theater...you're right though...it is amazing, I've been waiting for the universe to provide a path for me...and I think it has...
Lindsay: You're gay?
Tobias: No...noo...ha...I'm not gay. How many times must we have this conversation?
Lindsay: (regarding uncircumcised penises) I think it looks frightening when it's cut off. It's a Doberman — let it have its ears.
George Sr.: They cannot arrest a husband and wife for the same crime.
Michael: Yeah? I don't think that that's true, dad.
George Sr.: Really? I've got the worst ****ing attorneys!
Lucille: And I'm putting Buster in charge.
G.O.B.: He's a good choice.
Michael: Buster? The guy who thought that the blue on the map was land?
Maeby: Um, yeah, I bought a frozen banana, and when I bit into it, I found this.
George Michael: It looks like a foot.
Maeby: It tasted like a foot. Which I didn't really mind, but I'm pretty sure I said "no nuts."
Michael: So .. this is the magic trick, huh?
G.O.B.: "Illusion," Michael. A "trick" is something a whore does for money... (kids stare at G.O.B., stunned at his remark) ... or candy!
Narrator: Then, mistaking a group of garishly dressed men for pirates, Tobias boarded a van full of homosexuals.
Michael: They are going to keep Dad in prison at least until this gets all sorted out. Also, the attorney said that they're going to have to put a halt on the company's expense account. (Everyone gasps) Interesting. I would've expected that after "They're keeping Dad in jail."
Michael: Maybe you'll be inspired by the boat party tonight and start a career as a pirate.
Tobias: I haven't packed for that.
Narrator: Thanks to the family’s largesse, Buster has studied everything from Native American tribal ceremonies... to cartography: the mapping of uncharted territories.
Michael: Hasn’t everything already sort of been discovered, though by, like, Magellan and Cortés, ...
Buster: Oh, yeah, yeah.
Michael: ... all those folks.
Buster: Those guys did a pretty good job.
Lucille: Michael, look. Look what happened to my fox. Someone cut off his little foot. Is it ... is it noticeable?