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Arrested Development: Storming the Castle

Despite Michael's feelings for Marta, he can't bring himself to break up G.O.B. and Marta. As G.O.B. tries to resurrect his career as an illusionist, George, Sr. finds religion while in prison. Meanwhile, Lucille confronts Buster about his relationship with Lucille 2.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: ARR-109
Airdate: Sunday January 04th, 2004
Network: FOX

Director: Greg Mottola
Writer: Brad Copeland

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Jan 31, 2005

Special Guest Stars
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli
As Lucille Austero

Guest Stars
Patricia VelasquezPatricia Velasquez
As Marta
Marc GrapeyMarc Grapey
As Rollo

Co-Guest Stars
Regi DavisRegi Davis
As Prison Guard
Robert HallakRobert Hallak
As Stage Hand
Don TookDon Took
As Cab Driver
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
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
On The Next Arrested Development Gag: The Alliance decides to let G.O.B. back in, and Tobias gets some good news.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
EuropeFinal Countdown 

Episode Quotes
Michael: Mom, somebody wants to break G.O.B.'s legs.
Lucille: It's a good thing he has his little scooter!

Michael: Since when are you against leather?
Maeby: Yeah, you're not even a vegetarian.
Lindsay: Well, I'm not against the insides. I mean, you need food to survive.
Michael: You are aware they don't remove it surgically?

Michael: Call me what you want ...
Lindsay: An impotent man-boy.

Lucille: You're the only one who chose a spouse I liked and she had to die.
Michael: I know, that's rough for you.

Buster: And I'm going to continue dating, Mom.
Michael: It sounds a little bit like dating Mom.
Buster: It's starting to feel a little like it.

Lucille: Oh, don't give me that look. I happen to be a more caring mother than most.
Buster: Where's my bed?
Lucille: I put it in storage.

(about Lucille 2)
Lucille: She changed him as a baby.
Michael: Okay, that’s about the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard.
Buster: That’s why she didn’t look surprised.

Marta: They’re children! How could you do that?
G.O.B.: Oh, sure, first you dump all over it, now you want to know how it’s done.

Maeby: Your legs look exactly like mine, and I just shaved mine.
George Michael: So, I’m thinking of getting a motorcycle.

Rollo: If you care about your brother, you’ll get in this car.
Michael: Which brother?

Lucille: You’re the only child who chose a spouse I liked, and she’s the one who had to die.
Michael: I know. That’s rough for you.

Buster: Where’s my bed?
Lucille: I put it in storage. I guess you’ll just have to decide which Lucille you want to spend your nights with.

Lucille: You know, he’s damaged goods. He was born with a hole in his heart.
Lucille 2: Listen to me, Lucille, I’m going to fill that hole, ’cause we’re in love.
Lucille: Oh, please. You’re no more in love with him than I am.
Buster: Okay, we’re all saying some things we’re going to regret.

G.O.B.: And now, my hopefully lovely assistant will join me.

Episode Goofs
When G.O.B. is showing Marta his new trick, the boom mic is visible in the scene.

Cultural References
Alliance of Magicians

The Alliance of Magicians is loosely based on the World Alliance of Magicians, a group in Hollywood, California that works to preserve magic trick secrets.

Playtime Pizza Theater

Playtime Pizza Theater, the "theater" where G.O.B. performed is a reference to the Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant chain.

Whip and Snaps

Tobias joins the Whip and Snaps barbershop quartet during the episode. David Cross, who plays Tobias, was in a barbershop quartet, Chock Full of Notes, as a guest star on the "Chock" episode of NewsRadio.

Episode References
Alliance of Magicians

During the episode, G.O.B. squares off with Rollo, his replacement at the Alliance of Magicians. In the "Pilot", the Alliance was started by G.O.B. to blacklist magicians that reveal their secrets.

Escape Attempt

In "In God We Trust", George, Sr. attempts to escape from prison, and is caught, much like his attempt in this episode.


During the episode, the use of leather emerges as an underlying theme. Tobias dresses up as a leather daddy in order to impress and bond with Maeby after he learns that Maeby likes leather. When Maeby learns that he mother is against the making and wearing of leather, she dresses in all leather to get the attention of her mother. Elsewhere, Michael spends his time in search of a leather chair, making leather an underlying theme to his storyline in this episode as well.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMitchell Hurwitz
Executive ProducerDavid Nevins  |  Mitchell Hurwitz  |  Ron Howard  |  Brian Grazer
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Levenstein  |  Richard Rosenstock
Supervising ProducerChuck Martin
ProducerVictor Hsu  |  Barbie Feldman Adler
Co-ProducerBrad Copeland
Consulting ProducerJames Vallely
Associate ProducerDiane Mercer (2)
Production DesignerDawn Snyder
EditorLee Haxall
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 OperatorGreg Harrington  |  Ian Dodd
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 SupervisorLisa Matsukawa
Production AccountantSherry Brooks
Chief Lighting TechnicianScott Moody
ScoreDavid Schwartz (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerLisa Parsons
Assistant To The ProducerDavid Silverstein
Makeup ArtistStephanie Coffey
Magic ConsultantJames Chantler Brown