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Arrested Development: Staff Infection

Michael discovers that each of the Bluths are getting monthly paychecks which makes Michael put his family members to work at a construction site in order for them to earn their pay. However, the Bluth Company workers, lost without Michael, all end up on a bus headed to Lupe's family reunion. Meanwhile, Tobias heads off to prison to do research for an upcoming role.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: ARR-115
Airdate: Sunday March 14th, 2004
Network: FOX

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Feb 21, 2005
DE (Comedy Central) Mar 24, 2007

Guest Stars
James LiptonJames Lipton
As Warden Stefan Gentles

Co-Guest Stars
B.W. GonzalezB.W. Gonzalez
As Lupe
Michael BliedenMichael Blieden
As Agent Cummings
Justin LeeJustin Lee
As Annyong Bluth
David Reynolds (2)David Reynolds (2)
As White Power Bill
Charlie HartsockCharlie Hartsock
As Ted
Teddy Lane, Jr.Teddy Lane, Jr.
As Construction Worker
Alden VillaverdeAlden Villaverde
As Little Justice
Victor CamposVictor Campos
As Lupe's Uncle
Newell AlexanderNewell Alexander
As Shepherd

Bradley StrykerBradley Stryker
As Man #3
Matt PriceMatt Price
As Agent Freeling
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: Tobias gets an insight into fear, and the employees find a new direction.

Ratings: 4.9/7 Neilsen rating

Episode Quotes
Michael: Thanks for coming out, buddy. I've been dying to get some time with you, I really have.
George Michael: That's okay. I know how much you care about me. Unfortunately, so does the federal government.

G.O.B.: What's Buster doing here?
Buster: Michael got me the job.
G.O.B.: How'd you get him to do construction work? The guy's, like, the world's biggest chicken.
Buster: I'm not a chicken.
Michael: Yeah, he's not a chicken. He just doesn't like confined spaces, that's all.
G.O.B.: I thought it was open spaces.
Buster: No, it's both.

Lindsay: Well, you and I have different management styles. I believe work should be fun, and you try to crush people's spirits. What's next, Michael? Are you going to make dancing illegal? Is this the tiny town from Footloose?

Annyong: I went to beach once. Next thing you know, I'm in crate next to pig.

Buster: I'm a scholar. I enjoy scholarly pursuits.
Lucille: Suddenly, playing with yourself is a scholarly pursuit.

G.O.B.: I called the office. You know, that Kitty is starting to sound pretty damn sexy to me. Maybe I ought to --
Michael: That was Lindsay.

Tobias: Lindsay, say something to scare me.
Lindsay: F*** me.

Buster: Come on, you douche bags, we’re all on the same team!
G.O.B.: Don’t listen to him. He’ll never stand up to the Man. He’s a chicken. A chicken. Coka, coka, coka, coh!
Buster: My whole life you’ve called me a chicken. But that’s over now. I have nothing to prove.
G.O.B.: Coka, coka, coh! Coka, coka, coka, coh! Coka, coka, coka.
Buster: That is not how a chicken sounds. Chickens don’t clap! Chickens don’t clap!

Buster: But I love it here. And the language these guys use. Rough! One of the guys told me to take my head out of my bottom and get back to work. (laughter) My bottom! (laughs)

Lucille: They’ve got a bus, and they want to use parking lot to this building as a meeting place. I mean, for God’s sake, it’s not a hardware store. We can’t have them hanging around like a bunch of freeloaders looking for an easy buck.

Michael: You get a paycheck from the Bluth Company?
Lucille: Well, it’s important to the company that I keep up the image of my lifestyle.
Michael: Illusion, Mom.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Staff Infection

The title "Staff Infection" is a play on a staph infection which causes illnesses such as skin infections, pneumonia, and meningitis.

Visual: Buster and G.O.B.'s game of chicken

Buster and G.O.B.'s game of chicken with bulldozers is a reference to the film Footloose where a game of chicken is played with tractors.

Episode References
G.O.B. not being able to use a hammer

G.O.B.'s inability to use a hammer is a reference to "Top Banana" when G.O.B. tells Michael that he doesn't know how to use a hammer.

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
EditorRobert Bramwell
CastingGeraldine Leder
Unit Production ManagerPaul Cajero
First Assistant DirectorJohn Nelson
Second Assistant DirectorJennie O'Keefe Mills
Music EditorJason Tregoe Newman
Costume DesignerKatie Sparks
HairstylistMarie Larkin
Key GripMark Polanski
Camera OperatorPatrick Rousseau  |  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 PhotographyGreg Harrington
Story EditorAbraham Higginbotham
Production AccountantSherry Brooks
Chief Lighting TechnicianDon Bixby
ScoreDavid Schwartz (2)
Original CastingDeborah Barylski
Assistant To The Executive ProducerLisa Parsons
Assistant To The ProducerDavid Silverstein
Makeup ArtistStephanie Coffey
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