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Michael plans a family trip to Mexico to get back the staircar. G.O.B., suspicious of Michael's behavior, hires a bounty hunter to follow his every move. But when Michael learns about the bounty hunter, he hires the bounty hunter to track down his father. Meanwhile, Buster mistakenly thinks he's in Mexico after spending some time with Lupe and her family.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x3
Production Number: ARR-203
Airdate: Sunday November 21st, 2004
Network: FOX
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm


Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Oct 26, 2005
DE (Comedy Central) Apr 28, 2007

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Judy GreerJudy Greer
As Kitty Sanchez
Recurring
Mae WhitmanMae Whitman
As Ann
Recurring
Malik YobaMalik Yoba
As Ice
Recurring
Martin MullMartin Mull
As Gene Parmesan
Recurring
Mo CollinsMo Collins
As Starla
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
B.W. GonzalezB.W. Gonzalez
As Lupe
Recurring
Eli VargasEli Vargas
As Mexican Teenager
Recurring
Justin LeeJustin Lee
As Annyong Bluth
Recurring
Alejandro PatinoAlejandro Patino
As Mexican Man #1
Jamie KalerJamie Kaler
As Fireman
Joseph NunezJoseph Nunez
As Lupe's Brother (as Joseph A. Nunez)
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: Buster reclaims his favorite chair, but the victory is short-lived, and Tobias gets medical attention.

"Usted baila como un hombre que vive como mujer" translates as " You dance like a man who lives like a woman".

When Buster sees his hand chair at Lupe's house, he says "I never thought I'd miss a hand this much." This foreshadows Buster losing his hand to a seal later in the season.

Lupe comments "Ahora tengo que cuidad para retardo", which translates as "now I have to take car of a retard", but is subtitled as "now I must take care of Buster".

The man in the background of the photo of George Michael and Ann is writer Jim Vallely who wrote several Arrested Development episodes.

On the season 2 DVD set, this episode is entitled "¡Amigos!".


Yellow Page Ad from Gene Parmesean.

In the silent film of how the chicken dance came to be an obscene gesture in Mexico, the two fighting Mexican men and the piano man who ends up getting shot are played by Will Arnett (GOB), Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth), and Tony Hale (Buster).



Episode Quotes
Michael: We have a private eye, huh?
Lucille: Oh, I hired him a hundred years ago to find out if your father was cheating on me. He never did find anything.
Michael: Well, he can't be very good then.

Lucille: A camcorder. That's so you can videotape it when they put you in a naked pyramid and point to your Charlie Browns.
Buster: I ought to point to Uncle Oscar's Charlie Browns next time you're on top of him, Mother.
Lucille: You see how he treats me just because he thinks I'm having an affair with the boy's uncle?

Maeby: The important thing is that you guys don’t lose focus on yourselves.
Tobias: You know, first of all, we are doing this for her, okay, because neither one of us wants to get divorced. And second-of-ly, I know you’re the big marriage expert. Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot. Your wife is dead. I’m sorry. That was 100% inappropriate, and I do apologize profusely. I’m ... uh ...

G.O.B.: Fleeing the country, you bastard?
Michael: No, I’m still not fleeing, okay? I’m just here to pick up my son’s girlfriend. She ran off the last time we were leaving.
Ann 2.0: Actually, I was sitting right there the whole time.
George Michael: Way to plant, Ann.
Michael: George Michael, why don’t you and Plant just wait in the staircar?

G.O.B.: I think the plant lady’s wearing a thong.

G.O.B.: Oh, please, allow me. I’ll just circumvrent you.



Episode Goofs
When Michael and Lindsay are talking about Ice, the Mexicans in the background keep dissappearing then reappearing between shots.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Amigos

The episode title translates to "friends" in English, making it a continuation to the Friends titles that were used in the previous two episodes.

Visual: Isis pharmacy behind the staircar

In the photo taken by Gene Parmesan of the staircar, a pharmacy named Isis is in the background. In Egyptian mythology, Isis is a woman who brought her dead husband back to life after he was murdered by his jealous brother.



Episode References
Buster's judgement being hindered due to breathing in carbon monoxide is a reference back to "Top Banana" in which Michael thinks his entire family is lying down due to a carbon monoxide leak.

Visual: "la feliz beber: hay Cloudmir si tienes sed" Cloud Mir advertisement

The vodka Cloud Mir was first seen in "Public Relations".

Visual: G.O.B.'s "Dont' be afraid to make a mistake" sign

G.O.B.'s sign is a reference to his signature "I made a huge mistake" line which was first used in "Key Decisions" by G.O.B. after he realizes what committing to Marta meant.

Visual: G.O.B.'s chicken dance

G.O.B.'s chicken dance was first seen in "Staff Infection".



Warning: Arrested Development season 2 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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