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Arrested Development: Let 'Em Eat Cake (1)

The Bluths find out that George, Sr. has had a heart attack and head up to the hospital to see him. However, when they arrive at the hospital they find that George, Sr. is en route for Mexico with Kitty in the staircar. Meanwhile, Lindsay decides it's finally time to leave Tobias … that is until a book he wrote becomes a gay bestseller. Elsewhere, Buster and Annyong fight over women.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x22
Production Number: ARR-122
Airdate: Sunday June 06th, 2004
Network: FOX

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Mar 14, 2005
DE (Comedy Central) Apr 21, 2007

Special Guest Stars
Henry WinklerHenry Winkler
As Barry Zuckerkorn

Guest Stars
Sam PancakeSam Pancake
As Man
Ian Roberts (1)Ian Roberts (1)
As Doctor
Judy GreerJudy Greer
As Kitty Sanchez
Matt WalshMatt Walsh
As D.A.

Co-Guest Stars
John Beard (1)John Beard (1)
As Himself
Justin LeeJustin Lee
As Annyong Bluth
Stacey Grenrock-WoodsStacey Grenrock-Woods
As Trisha Thoon
Regi DavisRegi Davis
As Guard #1
Conor DuffyConor Duffy
As Polygraph Technician
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: On the next season of Arrested Development: the family grapples with the news they had just heard, Maeby’s life gets a little more complicated, and Kitty helps George, Sr., escape.

This episode didn't air with the rest of the season's episodes that came before. FOX pulled this season finale from the schedule, and aired it in the middle of the summer rather than in April when it was originaly supposed to.

On the season 1 DVD, this episode is entitled "Let Them Eat Cake".

This episode was nominated for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series at the 2005 Emmy Awards.

Episode Quotes
Kitty: G.O.B., this is your time. With my help, knowing what I know, we could take over the Bluth Company together.
G.O.B.: Wow, this is a side of you I'd never noticed before. Have they always been that big?

Lindsay: Look, I need to become self-reliant. It's not going to last with Tobias. He's completely oblivious. He's got no idea how I'm feeling or thinking.
Michael: So, there's no sex?
Lindsay: I mean, how do you not have sex with me?
Michael: It is a struggle.

Narrator: Tobias, walking down a street he'd been down many times, saw a book he'd written years earlier as a psychiatrist. The book, initially unsuccessful, had suddenly caught fire ... although strangely, only in the gay community.

G.O.B.: I’ll handle this one, Michael. Don’t you worry. It will take a lot more than a heart attack to kill that old bear. Old bear! He likes the honey. He never got a chance to see my bee business take off.
Michael: Come on, now, Dad’s going to be around another 30 years, G.O.B. Your business, uh, might not.
G.O.B.: You’re a good brother, Michael. Heart attack never stopped old Big Bear.

G.O.B.: What about macaroni ... let me finish ... salad?

G.O.B.: I know. Nothing works in this house.
Michael: Tell me about it.

Lindsay: Is that a shot at me?
G.O.B.: Probably.
Lindsay: Because, for your information, I have a job.
Michael: Really? What kind of job?
Lindsay: Beads!
G.O.B.: Bees?!
Lindsay: Beads.
G.O.B.: Beads?!
Michael: G.O.B.’s not on board.

G.O.B.: But I’m the oldest. The matriarch if you will.
Michael: Oh, sure, I will.

Lindsay: Look, I need to become self-reliant. It’s not going to last with Tobias. He’s completely oblivious. He’s got no idea how I’m feeling or thinking.
Michael: So there’s no sex?
Lindsay: I mean, how do you not have sex with me?
Michael: It is a struggle.

(while fighting with Annoying)
Buster: Give me that bagel, you little piece of (bleep)! Give it to me! (bleep)

Episode Goofs
In the hospital when Lindsay and Lucille are talking, the boom mic can be seen in the upper left corner, along with the shadows of the crew.

Though everyone is on the Adkins' diet during the episode, George Michael is seen eating a sandwich and a soda.

Cultural References
Maeby: (about Ann) Some girl. I mean, she barely has a face. You couldn’t pick her out of a lineup of one.

Ann, who Maeby later calls Annie McNoface, is played by Alessandra Toreson who guest starred in the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Malcolm's Girlfriend" as Sara, Malcolm's girlfriend. In the episode, Sara's face is never shown.

Episode References
George, Sr.: I have the worst f***ing lawyers.

George, Sr. originally said this line in a similar fashion and situation as he did in the "Pilot".

John Beard: ...but first, the palaces of Iraq. Trisha, tell us about these new mini-palaces of Saddam’s you’ve discovered.

In "Key Decisions", Trisha reports on mini-mansions.

George, Sr.: There’s a good chance I may have committed some light treason.

This scene is a flashback to the episode "Visiting Ours".

Visual: The hospital "Visiting Hours" sign missing the "H"

The hospital sign with “Visiting Hours” has the “H” missing, making it a shout-out to the episode "Visiting Ours".

Visual: Fake amazon.com website

The fake amazon.com website has an advertisement on it for Caged Wisdom: Musings from Prison, the inspirational prison videos that George, Sr. first created in "Marta Complex". The website also recommends the video Families with Low Self-Esteem on the The Man Inside Me page. The Families with Low Self-Esteem video was first made by Tobias in "Missing Kitty".

Narrator: G.O.B. realized that the power play he promised to make with Kitty had perhaps come at a bad time.
G.O.B.: I’ve made a huge mistake.

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

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
EditorSteven Sprung
CastingGeraldine Leder
Unit Production ManagerChristine Larson-nitzsche
First Assistant DirectorRoss Novie
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 CoordinatorTiffany Sipantzi Moore
Supervising Sound EditorKerri Wilson
Re-Recording MixerNello Torri  |  Peter Kelsey
Director of PhotographyGreg Harrington
Story EditorAbraham Higginbotham
Production AccountantSherry Brooks
Chief Lighting TechnicianSteve Galvin
ScoreDavid Schwartz (2)
Original CastingDeborah Barylski
Assistant To The Executive ProducerLisa Parsons
Assistant To The ProducerDavid Silverstein
Makeup ArtistStephanie Coffey
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