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Despite Wayne Jarvis' strong suggestion to turn George, Sr. in, Michael decides to keep his father hidden until he can come up with a plan as to how to fix the situation. But when George, Sr. confesses that the only reason he came back was to win back his wife, Michael begins to worry that her new relationship with Oscar will be revealed. Meanwhile, Tobias takes up a new hobby, working out, and Lindsay tries to get to know Steve Holt better.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: ARR-205
Airdate: Sunday December 12th, 2004
Network: FOX
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Nov 02, 2005
DE (Comedy Central) May 04, 2007

Special Guest Stars
Henry WinklerHenry Winkler
As Barry Zuckerkorn

Guest Stars
John Michael HigginsJohn Michael Higgins
As Wayne Jarvis
Justin Grant WadeJustin Grant Wade
As Steve Holt
Sam PancakeSam Pancake
As James Alan Spangler
Cedric YarbroughCedric Yarbrough
As Sergeant Baker

Co-Guest Stars
Bradley StrykerBradley Stryker
As Man
Curtis BlanckCurtis Blanck
As Young G.O.B.
Jason Aaron TineroJason Aaron Tinero
As Young Buster
John Beard (1)John Beard (1)
As Himself
Bruce CronanderBruce Cronander
As Chairman
Ross GottsteinRoss Gottstein
As Optometrist
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: Oscar returns to find a now distant Lucille, which was what attracted him to her in the first place; Lindsay reconciles with her daughter; and Tobias, traumatized by the public exposure, returns to an unfortunate quirk.

The writer of this episode, Barbie Adler, received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for this episode.

We learn that Michael's wife who died was named Tracy.

Episode Quotes
Barry: Well, if he's got a shot with her, just give me a little tap on the fanny.
Michael: It's not going to happen.

Michael: Why'd you have to come back here in the first place?
George Sr.: Oh, no reason. Your mother happens to be just schtupping my brother, that's all.

Oscar: God willing, he'll fail boot camp.
Michael: Well, why wouldn't he? He already failed day camp.

George Sr.: Hey, by the way, I broke this thing. What the hell is it, anyway?
Michael: That's a breast pump, dad.
George Sr.: Oh, well, I did not use it for that.

Lucille: You smell like a pine cone.
George Sr.: Yeah, that's the weed. I went to my, uh, shithole trailer and, uh, I smoked some ... like a cigarette.

Buster: I can't do it; I can't make my bed, and I can't do this, either -- I'm sorry. Aren't you supposed to yell at me and call me "homo" and motivate me over this wall?
Sergeant Baker: We can't do that anymore. Lawsuit.

Lucille: And it’s so nice not to have to worry about getting pregnant. The doctor said I couldn’t be a mother now if I tried.
Michael: And that was without even interviewing me.

Lucille: I don’t know what you’re so nervous about, Michael. It’s a new prosecutor. It’s a whole new beginning. A new day, a new case, a whole new set of lies.
Michael: I’m not lying anymore, Mom.
Narrator: Michael was lying.

Tobias: I just found out that my cellular telephone was a lemon. It didn’t work.
Lindsay: Coincidentally, neither do you.
Michael: Pretty brave card for you to play.

Narrator: Lindsay had been frnquenting singles clubs, also still hoping to make her open marriage work --
Lindsay: Woo!
Narrator: -- which it won’t.

Cultural References
Visual: Leg lamp on G.O.B.'s desk

The miniature leg lamp is a reference to the infamous full sized leg lamp in the holiday classic A Christmas Story.

Episode Title: Sad Sack

The episode title comes from a classic Army comic of the same name. The comic began running in 1942 and was written by Sergeant Baker, which happens to be the name of Buster's seargeant in the episode.

Episode References
Visual: Ann 2.0's yearbook picture

Ann 2.0's entry in the yearbook reads "Ann Paul Veal (Not Pictured), Nickname: Egg, Activities: Math Club, Quote: ‘Were we supposed to have a quote?’". This is a reference to "The One Where Michael Leaves (2)" when Maeby says that Ann 2.0's yearbook entry has "not pictured" under her name.

Wayne Jarvis: [Weapons of Mass Destruction] make [George, Sr.] guilty of medium to heavy treason.

Wayne's line alludes back to "Visiting Ours" where George, Sr. admits to Michael that he may have committed light treason.

Lindsay: But Mom isn’t the only one “finding love” where she least expects it—her words.

Lindsay's line parallels a line from "In God We Trust" spoken by Lucille when she was trying to cover up her lies.

Tobias' ringtone

Tobias has a "Final Coundown" ringtone, which is the song that G.O.B. uses in his illusions in several episodes including "Storming the Castle".

(a box of Cloud Mir is rolled by Lucille)
Lucille: Thank God they’ve got my brands here.

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

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