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Arrested Development: Public Relations

Trying to help change the Bluth family reputation, Michael hires a publicist that he met at his gym. Meanwhile, Tobias heads east to Boston in order to get his medical license.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: ARR-111
Airdate: Sunday January 25th, 2004
Network: FOX

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Feb 07, 2005

Guest Stars
Jill RitchieJill Ritchie
As Jessie
John RothmanJohn Rothman
As Charles Milford
Don PerryDon Perry
As Earl Milford

Co-Guest Stars
John Beard (1)John Beard (1)
As Himself
B.W. GonzalezB.W. Gonzalez
As Lupe
Stacey Grenrock-WoodsStacey Grenrock-Woods
As Trisha Thoon
Carl WeathersCarl Weathers
As Himself
Harry S. MurphyHarry S. Murphy
As Brian Snee (as Harry Murphy)

Jordan OrrJordan Orr
As Eric Snee
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: G.O.B. holds a press conference of his own, and Buster moves to the kitchen.

This episode was #31 on The Futon Critic's "50 Best Episodes of 2004" feature.

Episode Quotes
George Michael: Sounds like fun.
Michael: First thing he's said all day.

G.O.B.: I need Jessie to spin something for me
Michael: What do you need her to spin?
G.O.B.: Murder ....
(Commercial Break)
Michael: Murdered, huh? Who died?
G.O.B.: My career.
Michael: I'm going home now.

Jesse: It allows me to put Michael front and centre, he needs to be the new face of this family. He is the only likeable one in the bunch, no offense.
Michael: None taken.
G.O.B.: I'm sorry. Isn't Michael the least likeable one in the family?

Michael: Okay sure she's cute, I suppose. I mean now that you're making me think about it, uh, she's cute. She's a cutie. Little cutie pie. But I never really noticed.

Narrator: Buster so excelled at being neither seen, nor heard, that he remained at the school, undetected for a full two semesters after he was supposed to graduate.

Various Characters: You can always tell a Milford Man.

Lindsay: You seem like a man of taste and class.
Man at bar: I'll give you 2,000 dollars to touch me.
(Tobias and Carl Weathers enter bar)
Linsday: Oh my God, my husband!
Man at bar: You're married to Carl Weathers? S***!

Jessie: No. There are very few intelligent, attractive and straight men in this town.
Tobias: Well, that certainly leaves me out. (laughs) She ... she said single. You did say single, correct? I --

Cultural References
Visual: “Musician sues restaurant over use of name" article in the newspaper

This is a reference to the band Arrested Development suing the television series over the use of the name Arrested Development.

Jessie: (to George Michael) Daddy lost his shot at happy, and it’s all your fault, Opie.

Opie Taylor is the son of Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. Coincidentally, Opie was played by Ron Howard who is the voice of the narrator on this series.

Lucille orders an Ike and Tina Tuna platter at Klimpy’s.

"Tina Tuna" is a pun on the singer Tina Turner.

Episode References
Aztec Tomb

G.O.B.'s signature illusion, The Aztec Tomb, first appeared in the "Pilot".

G.O.B.: (to Earl Milford) Curl up.

In "Storming the Castle", G.O.B.'s Saw the Lady in Half illusion needs two ladies who "curl up".


Lucille starts a fight at Klimpy's. Klimpy's was first seen in "Visiting Ours" as a commerical with the slogan "fresh fish... straight from our freezer to your table!” while George Michael and Maeby are watching TV.

Tobias waits for the universe to give him a sign much like he did in the "Pilot".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMitchell Hurwitz
Executive ProducerBrian Grazer  |  Ron Howard  |  David Nevins  |  Mitchell Hurwitz
Co-Executive ProducerRichard Rosenstock  |  John Levenstein
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 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 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
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