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Wanting to teach his son about responsibility, Michael puts George Michael in charge of the Bluth Frozen Banana Stand. However, George Michael decides to burn down the banana stand, which results in horrible financial consequences for the Bluth family. Meanwhile, Tobias auditions for a role in a commercial, but Lindsay inadvertently gets the part instead of Tobias.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: ARR-102
Airdate: Sunday November 09th, 2003
Network: FOX

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Jan 03, 2005

Guest Stars

Co-Guest Stars
John Beard (1)John Beard (1)
As Himself
Michael BartelMichael Bartel
As Young Michael
Scott AtkinsonScott Atkinson
As Roger Danish
Kendall ClementKendall Clement
As Fireman
Monika JollyMonika Jolly
As Waiter

Tom KiescheTom Kiesche
As Guard
Main Cast
Jason BatemanJason Bateman
As Michael Bluth
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
As Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will ArnettWill Arnett
As George "G.O.B." Bluth II
Michael CeraMichael Cera
As George Michael Bluth
Alia ShawkatAlia Shawkat
As Mae "Maeby" Fünke
David CrossDavid Cross
As Tobias Fünke
Jessica WalterJessica Walter
As Lucille Bluth
Jeffrey TamborJeffrey Tambor
As George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth
Ron HowardRon Howard
voiced Narrator
Episode Notes
Tony Hale (Buster) does not appear in this episode.

On The Next Arrested Development Gag: GOB protests the pet store's frozen-dove exchange policy and Michael, realizing the banana stand is the only profitable part of the Bluth Empire, decides to rebuild.

This is the first episode to feature the normal credits at the beginning of the episode.

This is the first episode to feature Tobias' wearing his cutoffs. The "secret" of why Tobias constantly wears his cutoffs will be revealed in "In God We Trust".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bachman -Turner OverdriveTaking Care of Business 

Episode Quotes
Michael: Well, you certainly haven't been shopping, all I found in the refrigerator was a dead dove in a bag...
G.O.B.: You didn't eat that did you? 'Cause I only got a couple of days left to return it.

George, Sr.: ...this is my vacation, Michael.
Michael: You're doing time, Dad.
George, Sr.: I'm doing the time of my life.

Lucille: Luz, that coat cost more than your house. (Lucille looks at Michael) That's how we joke. She doesn't even have a house.

Lindsay: Did you enjoy your meal, Mom? You drank it fast enough.
Lucille: Not as much as you enjoyed yours. You want your belt to buckle, not your chair.

Lucille: You might want to let that fire go out before you stick your face in it.
Lindsay: Ah, that's funny. Because I was going to say, you might want to lean away from that fire since you're soaked in alcohol.
Lucille: Mine was better.

(during an audition)
Tobias: Fire! Fire! Fire! (sings) ... Amazing grace, how sweet the sound...

Michael: So, Mom, I'm trying to find...
Lucille: I don't know where they are.
Michael: ...these flight records. You know, it's really more believable if you let me finish.

George Michael: Uh, I-I don’t know about this. You know, it can get pretty hairy in there.
Lindsay: Fine. Do what you want. If I know my daughter, that stand won’t be there in a week.
Michael: You stay on top of her, buddy. Do not be afraid to ride her. Hard.

Tobias: Okay, we are just about ass-to-ankles back here, Maeby. Do you want to hop on your cousin’s lap there, please?
Michael: Whoa, bumpy road ahead.

Michael: Well, I’ll tell you what. I’m going to give you a promotion. Welcome aboard, Mr. Manager.
George Michael: Wow. I’m Mr. Manager.
Michael: Well, manager; we just say manager.

Episode Goofs
In the kitchen when Lindsay and Michael are talking, Lindsay takes out flowers from a bag and puts them on the counter. The shot cuts to Michael, and when it returns to Lindsay, she is taking the flowers back out of the bag again.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Top Banana

The episode title is a play on a slang phrase that means leader or top of the pack.

(after being confronted by Lindsay about his lack of work)
Tobias: Excuuuse me!

Tobias is using a line similar to one that comic Steve Martin made in one of his famous stand-up acts.

Episode References
(in prison)
George, Sr.: I’m doing the time of my life.

George Sr.'s line is a reference to the "Pilot in which he says "I’m having the time of my life" while behind bars.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMitchell Hurwitz
Executive ProducerMitchell Hurwitz  |  Ron Howard  |  Brian Grazer  |  David Nevins
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Levenstein
Supervising ProducerChuck Martin
ProducerVictor Hsu  |  Barbie Feldman Adler
Co-ProducerBrad Copeland
Consulting ProducerRichard Rosenstock  |  James Vallely
Associate ProducerDiane Mercer (2)
Production DesignerDawn Snyder
EditorSteven Sprung
CastingDeborah Barylski
Unit Production ManagerVictor Hsu
First Assistant DirectorRoss Novie
Second Assistant DirectorRob Roda
Music EditorJason Tregoe Newman
Costume DesignerKatie Sparks
HairstylistMarie Larkin
Key GripMark Polanski
Camera OperatorIan Dodd  |  Greg Harrington
Set DecoratorMaureen Osborne
Location ManagerDianne Friedgen
Transportation CoordinatorRick Sanders
Property MasterAl Eisenmann
Construction CoordinatorGreg Hamlin
Production Sound MixerTom Stasinis
Script SupervisorP.R. Tooke
Production CoordinatorJoanne Oboyski-Battelene
Supervising Sound EditorEzra Dweck
Re-Recording MixerTim Philben
Director of PhotographyJames Hawkinson
Story EditorAbraham Higginbotham
Production AccountantSherry Brooks
Chief Lighting TechnicianScott Moody
ScoreDavid Schwartz (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerLisa Parsons
Assistant To The ProducerDavid Silverstein
Makeup ArtistStephanie Coffey
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