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Arrested Development: Key Decisions

Wanting to spend time with his father, G.O.B. comes up with a half-baked plan to lock himself in the prison, spend 24 hours with his father, and then break out of the prison as a grand illusion. But when his plan doesn't work out as intended, G.O.B has to come up with another exit plan. Meanwhile, with G.O.B. in prison, Michael agrees be Marta's date to a Latin American television awards show. There, Buster, who isn't wearing his glasses, inadvertenly flirts with mother's #1 rival, Lucille Austero.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: ARR-105
Airdate: Sunday November 23rd, 2003
Network: FOX

Director: Anthony Russo
Writer: Brad Copeland

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Jan 10, 2005

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (10 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Liza Minnelli
As Lucille Austero
Recurring

Guest Stars
Leonor Varela
As Marta
Recurring
Clint Howard
As Johnny Bark
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
John Beard (1)
As Himself
Recurring
David Reynolds (2)
As White Power Bill
Recurring
Rocky McMurray
As Warden
Recurring
Stacey Grenrock-Woods
As Trisha Thoon
Recurring
Bruno Oliver
As Guard
Recurring
Eduardo Palomo
As Everardo
Lee Ryan (1)
As Waiter
Main Cast
Jason Bateman
As Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi
As Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett
As George "G.O.B." Bluth II
Michael Cera
As George Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat
As Mae "Maeby" Fünke
Tony Hale
As Byron "Buster" Bluth
Jessica Walter
As Lucille Bluth
Jeffrey Tambor
As George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth
Ron Howard
voiced Narrator
Episode Notes
David Cross (Tobias) does not appear in this episode.

On The Next Arrested Development Gag: G.O.B. learns how he survived his stabbing, and Buster makes a bold move.

This episode marks the first appearance of Liza Minnelli (Lucille Austero) as well as the infamous staircar.

This is the last time Leonor Varela plays Marta. In subsequent episodes featuring Marta, she is played by Patricia Velasquez.

Johnny Bark, the man who lives in the Bluth's tree, is played by Clint Howard, who is narrator Ron Howard's brother.

This episode was ranked #46 on The Futon Critic's "Top 50 Episodes of 2003" list.

During the episode Lindsay is reading a magazine with Portia de Rossi on the cover. Portia de Rossi is the actress who plays Lindsay.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
John HiattCry Love 


Episode Quotes
Lindsay: I'm saving this tree, Michael!
Michael: Okay. I'll see you when you realize what that bucket's for.

Lucille: He's a beautiful boy...they don't appreciate him. It's his glasses...they make him look like a lizard...plus he's self-conscious.

White Power Bill: (as he's stabbing G.O.B.) White power!
G.O.B.: I'm...white...

Buster: That's what you do when life hands you a chance to be with someone special. You just grab that brownish area by its points and you don't let go no matter what your mom says.

Lucille: (about Buster's new girlfriend) He doesn't even know what she looks like.

Buster: I know she's a brownish area...with points. And I know I love her!
Lucille: I'm calling Dr. Miller.

Lucille: I'll be in the hospital bar.
Michael: Uh, you know there isn't a hospital bar, Mother.
Lucille: Well, this is why people hate hospitals.

Lindsay: You know, we're not the only ones destroying trees. What about beavers? You call yourself an environmentalist, why don't you go club a few beavers?

Lindsay: I've always been very passionate about nature. Perhaps you remember Neuterfest?
Michael: Oh, I'll never forget your wedding.



Episode Goofs
In the first scene to feature the staircar, a camera is visible.



Cultural References
Visual: Acceso Mexico!

The news program that interviews Marta is a parody of tabloid entertaiment programs such as Access Hollywood or Entertainment Tonight.

Wadsworth Theatre

Wadsworth Theatre, where the Desi Awards are held, is a real location that is actually on the grounds of the Veteran’s Administration in Los Angeles.

(about Buster)
Lucille: The waiter hands him a note and suddenly he's Steve McQueen.

Steve McQueen is an actor nicknamed "The King of Cool". Steve starred in several movies including The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape.



Episode References
Visual: Ice Cream Sandwich machine

In "Top Banana", George, Sr. had a "love affair" with ice cream sandwiches.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorMitchell Hurwitz
Executive ProducerDavid Nevins  |  Brian Grazer  |  Ron Howard  |  Mitchell Hurwitz
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
EditorMark Scheib
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 SupervisorRebecca E. Asher
Production CoordinatorJoanne Oboyski-Battelene
Supervising Sound EditorEzra Dweck
Re-Recording MixerAlan Decker  |  Tim 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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