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Arrested Development: Marta Complex

Lucille throws Tobias and Lindsay an anniversary bash on Valentine's Day, inspiring Michael to give a passionate speech about love. Upon hearing his speech, Marta realizes her true feelings for Michael, and Lindsay realizes that she wants a divorce. Meanwhile, Lucille is forced to deal with living alone for the first time in her life when Buster decides to move out of the penthouse.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: ARR-112
Airdate: Sunday February 08th, 2004
Network: FOX

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Feb 07, 2005

Special Guest Stars
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli
As Lucille Austero

Guest Stars
Patricia VelasquezPatricia Velasquez
As Marta

Co-Guest Stars
B.W. GonzalezB.W. Gonzalez
As Lupe
Carl WeathersCarl Weathers
As Himself

Casey SandinoCasey Sandino
As Cortesio
Marco PelaezMarco Pelaez
As Marco
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: George Michael begins an investigation, Tobias faces his greatest acting challenge, and Buster rebounds from Lucille 2.

This is the final appearance of Carl Weathers until season 2's "Motherboy XXX".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
GypsyRose's Turn 

Episode Quotes
G.O.B.: You've only had sex four times!
Michael: Not four times, four women!

Lucille 2: Buster, this is exactly why our relationship does not work.
Buster: Our relationship doesn't work?
Lucille 2: No, not as long as you keep getting me all mixed up with your mother.
Buster: It is exactly the opposite. I'm leaving my mother for you. You're replacing my mother.

George Sr.: Hey, Bruno, any chance that the hole is available between 4:00 and 6:00?
Lucille: I don't even want to know what that means.

Maeby: That's it! Tell me what's up with you and Dad.
Lindsay: Nothing. Nothing's wrong with your father and me. We have a-a wonderful, close relationship. Can I let you in on a little secret? Hm? Having him in the next room makes me miss him all the more.
Maeby: Mom, please. He's got a big boy crush on Action Jackson.

Lucille: You tricked me.
Michael: I deceived you, Mom. Trick makes it sound like we have a playful relationship.

Lindsay: We're all just going to have a more normal arrangement. I'm going to sleep with my daughter, and you're going to sleep with my husband.

Carl: Now wait a minute. This is just purely a social call. You know, just two adults getting a stew on, man.
Buster: I don't know what that means, but it sounds disgusting.

Lucille: Blow.
Buster: No, Mother! I can blow myself.

Narrator: And suddenly Buster realized Marta was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
Buster: I’ve been dating an old lady.

Cultural References
(after learning that George, Sr. sent one of his idiot tapes)
Lucille: Good grief.

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

Episode References
El Amor Prohibido

During the episode, Michael visits the set of El Amor Prohibido in search of Hermano. El Amor Prohibido was first seen in "Key Decisions" at the Desi Awards.

Narrator: And Marta realized that it was Michael, not G.O.B., who had everything she had been looking for in a man.
Marta: I made a huge mistake.

The phrase "I made a huge mistake" was first used in "Key Decisions" by GOB after he realizes what committing to Marta meant.

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
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
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 PhotographyGreg Harrington
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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