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Arrested Development: Charity Drive

Lindsay and Michael try to one-up each other in charitableness. Lindsay participates in a Save The Wetlands charity drive while Michael tries to do a good deed by driving his mother's maid, Lupe, home, but soon realizes he has the wrong woman. Meanwhile, Buster, after his inadvertent flirting, tries his best to avoid Lucille and G.O.B. demands respect from George Michael.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: ARR-106
Airdate: Sunday November 30th, 2003
Network: FOX

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Jan 17, 2005

Special Guest Stars
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli
As Lucille Austero

Guest Stars
Judy GreerJudy Greer
As Kitty Sanchez

Co-Guest Stars
B.W. GonzalezB.W. Gonzalez
As Lupe
Bruno OliverBruno Oliver
As Guard
Mel GorhamMel Gorham
As Helen
Robert NechesRobert Neches
As Investor
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
Tony HaleTony Hale
As Byron "Buster" Bluth
Jessica WalterJessica Walter
As Lucille Bluth
Jeffrey TamborJeffrey Tambor
As George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth
Ron HowardRon Howard
voiced Narrator
Episode Notes
David Cross (Tobias) does not appear in this episode.

On The Next Arrested Development Gag: Michael gets a lucky break when Helen makes the same mistake that he did, and G.O.B. kicks himself for a bad business decision.

Episode Quotes
Michael: Come on, face it. You just do all this charity crap just to stroke your ego. You don't even know what the auction's for tonight.
Lindsay: The wetlands.
Michael: To do what with them?
Lindsay: Dry them.
Michael: Save them.
Lindsay: From drying!

George Sr.: I'm under a lot of pressure here. I'm trying to get my newsletter off the ground. I'm trying to decide which gang to align myself with.
Michael: Is it pledge week already?
George Sr.: I've got it down to two. But honestly, I don't even want to choose. I just feel ... I feel like the prettiest girl at the dance.

Michael: I mean, I guess it would just be a guy who you know, grabs bananas and runs. Or, um, a banana that grabs things. I don't know why. Why would a banana grab another banana? I mean, those are the kind of questions I don't want to answer.

Lindsay: Look, I screwed up, ok? I'm lost, and I hate them. I hate the Wetlands. They're stupid and wet, and there are bugs everywhere, and I think I maced a crane, Michael.

G.O.B.: But I'll tell you what. If you want to use my likeness for a Hamburglar-type character, I'll sign off on that. "Mr. Bananagrabber" or something.
Michael: No, no. No more banana grabbing, no more car grabbing.

Lucille: You're the one who charged his own brother for a Bluth frozen banana. I mean, it's one banana, Michael. What could it cost, ten dollars?
Michael: You've never actually set foot in a supermarket, have you?

G.O.B.: Give me a “G.O.B.”
George Michael: G.O.B.!
G.O.B.: No, I didn’t mean for you to yell my name at me. It’s what I call a double-dipped banana with everything on it.

George Michael: Here you go, Uncle G.O.B. I had to use two sticks just to support all the extra chocolate and nuts.
Michael: Hey, hey, hey, whoa. Two sticks and extra chocolate? Is it Mardi Gras?

Lucille: Supposedly, Luz had to take her daughter to the hospital. That’s Lupe, her sister.
Michael: I hope she’s okay.
Lucille: She’s awful. Can barely wash a dish.

Cultural References
Lucille: Good grief.

"Good grief" is the signature exclamation of frustration used by Charlie Brown in the Peanuts comic strip.

Episode References
(referring to the stair car)
G.O.B.: From whence it came, huh?

G.O.B. used this same line in "Top Banana" when he is returning the dove.

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 DirectorBrad Michaelson
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 EditorKerri Wilson
Re-Recording MixerNello Torri  |  Peter Kelsey
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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