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The bounty hunter hired in the previous episodes tells the family that George, Sr. is dead. The news hits the family hard, prompting Michael to spend more time with his son, G.O.B. tries a new allusion, and Maeby tries to set her mother up with the bounty hunter. However, George, Sr. is closer to the family then they all think.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: ARR-204
Airdate: Sunday December 05th, 2004
Network: FOX
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Director: Jeff Melman
Writer: John Levenstein

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Oct 26, 2005
DE (Comedy Central) May 04, 2007

  • Currently 8.9/10
8.9/10 (9 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Henry WinklerHenry Winkler
As Barry Zuckerkorn
Recurring

Guest Stars
Mae WhitmanMae Whitman
As Ann
Recurring
Malik YobaMalik Yoba
As Ice
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Abraham HigginbothamAbraham Higginbotham
As Gary
Recurring
Jason Aaron TineroJason Aaron Tinero
As Young Buster
Recurring

Uncredited
Ben StillerBen Stiller
As Magician
Recurring
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 finds out about the death of Captain Kangaroo, Michael grows weary of caring for his father, and G.O.B. finally makes the cover of Poof magazine.

In the shop where Buster finds the wicked card, you can see a George W. Bush punching bag in the back.

This episode was nominated for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series in the 2005 Emmys.

Commercials for the episode showed G.O.B. falling into the hole with the casket then saying, "I've made a huge mistake." But when the episode aired, neither that scene nor the line were aired.

Abraham Higginbotham, who guest stars as Gary, is a writer for Arrested Development.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
EuropeFinal Countdown 


Episode Quotes
Tobias: Here he comes. Here comes John Wayne. "I'm not going to cry about my Pa. I'm going to build an airport! Put my name on it." Why, Michael? So you can fly away from your feelings?"

Michael: I think George Michael is hiding Ann in the attic.
Lindsay: From who, the Nazis?

Lucille: Oscar, close it! You look like the window of a butcher shop.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Good Grief!

The title comes from the exclamation that Charlie Brown often makes in the Peanuts cartoons and comic strips.

Visual: George Sr. watching his own funeral

George Sr. watching his funeral is a reference to the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in which Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn fake their deaths, then watch their funerals.

Visual: George Michael walking in front of a red dog house with a dog on top of it.

This is a reference to Snoopy of Peanuts comic strip fame who is usually seen sleeping on top of his red dog house.

Visual: "The frozen banana maker is OUT” sign

"The frozen banana maker is OUT” sign is a reference to the Peanuts comic strip where Lucy has a "The doctor is IN/OUT" sign that she hangs on her psychiatry stand.

Visual: Frito Bandito caption

The political cartoon is captioned "Frito Bandito". Frito Bandito was a cartoon used to promote Fritos brand chips during the 1960s.



Episode References
Visual: George Sr. hiding in the Aztec Tomb

George, Sr. hiding in GOB's Aztec Tomb parallels a scene in the "Pilot" episode and he will later do the same thing in "Public Relations".

Visual: Lindsay's "SLUT" shirt

The shirt that Lindsay wears was previously seen in "My Mother The Car".

Visual: George Michael attempting to sneak ice cream sandwiches to George, Sr.

In "Top Banana", George Sr. had a "love affair" with ice cream sandwiches.

G.O.B.: Oh, yeah. I used to be a stripper.

In "Pier Pressure", we learn that G.O.B. used to work for Hot Cops, a stripping agency.

Visual: George Michael trying to sneak eggs to the attic

George Michael tries to sneak eggs into the attic, causing Michael to believe that Ann was in the attic. In "The One Where They Build a House", Ann's affinity for hard boiled eggs is first seen.



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