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Arrested Development: The One Where Michael Leaves (2)

George, Sr. is finally apprehended by authorities, but the police soon discover they had mistaken Oscar for his twin brother, George, Sr. With the real George, Sr. still at large, Michael becomes the next in line to be prosecuted within the Bluth Company for the crimes his father committed. Michael scrambles to find the money to keep himself out of jail only to find that the rest of his family are doing fine without him -- Lindsay and Tobias fixed their relationship by agreeing to have an open relationship, G.O.B. is at the helm of the Bluth Company, and Lucille asked Oscar to move in with her to be a role model for Buster.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: ARR-201
Airdate: Sunday November 07th, 2004
Network: FOX
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Oct 19, 2005
DE (Comedy Central) Apr 21, 2007

Special Guest Stars
Henry WinklerHenry Winkler
As Barry Zuckerkorn

Guest Stars
Ed HelmsEd Helms
As James Carr
Ian Roberts (1)Ian Roberts (1)
As The Literal Doctor
Jay JohnstonJay Johnston
As Officer Taylor

Co-Guest Stars
John Beard (1)John Beard (1)
As Himself
Justin LeeJustin Lee
As Annyong Bluth
Mari UedaMari Ueda
As Barrista
Steve TomSteve Tom
As Board Member
Tracy HoweTracy Howe
As Sheriff

Blue Man GroupBlue Man Group
As Themselves
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: Lindsay almost stumbles upon a dating opportunity, but instead is admitted to the hospital with a fever of 104; Michael finally gets the corporate checkbook, only to find that the family has gotten to it first; and Barry lands in jail.

Despite being seen in commercials for the episode, the mace/escalator joke was not included in the episode.

Episode Quotes
Michael: Mom, you're always asking me to help you look after Buster? You can find somebody else. I hope she doesn't kill you.
Buster: I'll kill her first!

Lucille: Yes, I have a rape horn, Michael. Because you took away my mace.

Lindsay: What was the last thing he said?
(Flashback to Tobias, covered in blue paint)
Tobias: I just blue myself.
(Back to the present)
Michael: He ... said some beautiful things.

Michael: Just to be clear; Looks like he's dead, or he is dead?
Doctor: It just looks like he's dead. He's got, like, blue paint on him or something. But he's going to be fine.

Narrator: Michael now had the distasteful choice of asking his mother for money or going to jail.
Michael: Maybe Buster killed her already.

Episode Goofs
At the police station, Oscar is wearing a wedding ring.

Cultural References
Documenter: Would you enroll your son or daughter in the Army?

Michael Moore asked this same question to Senators in the documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11.

Episode Title: The One Where Michael Leaves

The episode title is a reference to Friends where every episode title begins with "The One Where/With/..."

Narrator: Seven minutes had passed since G.O.B. had discovered the documents.

G.O.B sitting for seven minutes before reacting is a reference to President George W. Bush sitting reading a children's story at an elementary school for seven minutes after learning about the 9/11 attacks.

Episode References
(to Michael, in prison)
Barry Zuckerkorn: I’m having the time of my life!

This scene parallels a scene from the "Pilot" where George Sr. says the same thing about prison to Michael.

Visual: Lindsay's H.O.O.P shirt

Lindsay's H.O.O.P shirt is a reference back to the "Pilot" “Hands Off Our Penises” charity event.

Hiding valuables in walls

Michael discovering the secret documents in the walls of the Bluth company is a reference to "Top Banana" where Michael learns of his father's secret of hiding valuables in walls after burning down the banana stand that had hundreds of thousands of dollars hidden in the walls.

Visual: Tobias tumbling off the bed

Tobias tumbing off of the bed is a reference to "Bringing Up Buster" when Tobias tumbles onto the stage at the school play.

(after Michael is sawed out of a Christmas magic show trick)
G.O.B.: Ta-da.

G.O.B. says "ta-da" as he did in "Key Decisions" after he escaped from prison.

Tobias: The universe works in mysterious ways.

Tobias' comments about the universe are a call-back to the "Pilot" and "Public Relations" where Tobias waits for the universe to give him a sign.

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