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Arrested Development: My Mother The Car

Michael loses his short term memory in a car accident and Lucille uses his memory loss to her advantage. Meanwhile, George Michael and Maeby sneak into an R-rated movie, which happens to be about cousins having an affair, and Buster and Lucille Austero begin to take their relationship to the next level.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: ARR-108
Airdate: Sunday December 21st, 2003
Network: FOX

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Jan 24, 2005

Special Guest Stars
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli
As Lucille Austero

Guest Stars
Patricia VelasquezPatricia Velasquez
As Marta
Mark BlankfieldMark Blankfield
As Dr. Miller

Co-Guest Stars
Evan Lee DahlEvan Lee Dahl
As Usher

David Reynolds (2)David Reynolds (2)
As White Power Bill
Mim DrewMim Drew
As Brandi
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: George Michael and Maeby sneak back into "Les cousins dangereux" and Michael’s insurance takes another hit.

During the episode, G.O.B. and Lindsay watch My Mother The Car, the television show that this episode got its title from.

Episode Quotes
Buster: I've already got a Lucille in my life.
Lucille 2: I understand ... that's healthy.

George Sr.: I'm paying thousands of dollars in Krugerrands.
Lindsay: What?
George Sr.: Gold Krugerrands. Your mother snuck them in here, stuffed them in energy bar wrappers to keep me from getting strangled in the shower or worse.
Lindsay: Stabbed?
George Sr.: ...In a way.

Lindsay: It would just give Dad one more reason to think that I've got nothing to offer but my looks.
G.O.B.: Yeah, I got some of that ... except he also didn't like my looks.

Maeby: We don't have to go, do we?
Michael: Come on, this is a Bluth family celebration ... it's no place for children.

Buster: Um, is it okay if I do it for Mom and not you?
Michael: Yeah.
Buster: Because I really like Mom.
Michael: We know.

Lucille: Michael, you haven't heard why I want it. To throw the most lavish party this town has ever seen for my birthday.
Michael: I enjoy a bicentennial as much as the next guy, Mom, but we're not doing that.

George Michael: I, uh, need you to make some fake IDs for me and Maeby.
G.O.B.: Like a passport?
George Michael: Yeah, yeah, that would be great. Oh, and, uh, preferably French. I like the way they think.

Lindsay: I mean, it's always been "Michael's got the brains, G.O.B.'s got the charm, Buster's got the -- "
George Sr.: -- high-fastening pants.
Lindsay: You said that?
George Sr.: No, I'm saying that now.

Cultural References
Episode Title: My Mother The Car

My Mother The Car was a 1960's TV show about a woman who was transformed into a car. During this episode, the theme music from the show is played.

Episode References
Lucille: What happened to your head?
Buster: Nothing. G.O.B. was just teaching me how to hit it with a hammer.

G.O.B. not knowing how to use a hammer dates back to "Top Banana" where G.O.B. confesses to Michael that he doesn't know how to use a hammer.

Buster's panic attacks

During the episode, Buster is happy that his panic attacks are decreasing in number. This is a reference back to the "Pilot" where it is mentioned that Buster suffers from frequent panic attacks.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMitchell Hurwitz
Executive ProducerDavid Nevins  |  Mitchell Hurwitz  |  Ron Howard  |  Brian Grazer
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 DirectorRonnie Chong
Second Assistant DirectorRob Roda
Music EditorJason Tregoe Newman
Costume DesignerKatie Sparks
HairstylistMarie Larkin
Key GripMark Polanski
Camera OperatorIan Dodd  |  Greg Harrington
Location ManagerDianne Friedgen
Transportation CoordinatorRick Sanders
Construction CoordinatorGreg Hamlin
Production CoordinatorJoanne Oboyski-Battelene
Supervising Sound EditorKerri Wilson
Re-Recording MixerNello Torri  |  Peter Kelsey
Director of PhotographyJames Hawkinson
Story EditorAbraham Higginbotham
Production SupervisorLisa Matsukawa
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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