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Arrested Development: Motherboy XXX

Lucille takes George Michael to the mother-son dance instead of Buster, her typical date. Seeing this, Buster and Michael team up to save George Michael from Lucille, but things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, Tobias lands a role similar in nature to George, Sr., which turns Lindsay on.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x13
Production Number: ARR-213
Airdate: Sunday March 13th, 2005
Network: FOX
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Nov 30, 2005

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Guest Stars
Amy Poehler
As Gob's Wife
Carl Weathers
As Himself
Henry Winkler
As Barry Zuckerkorn
Michael Paul Chan
As Judge Lionel Ping
Dave Attell
As Himself
Gil Glasgow
As Fisherman
Karly Rothenberg
As Woman #1
Ryan Raddatz
As Hotel Clerk
Sammy Fine
As Boy Sailor
Timothy Brennen
As Announcer at Dance
Main Cast
Jason Bateman
As Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi
As Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett
As George "G.O.B." Bluth II
Michael Cera
As George Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat
As Mae "Maeby" Fünke
Tony Hale
As Byron "Buster" Bluth
David Cross
As Tobias Fünke
Jessica Walter
As Lucille Bluth
Jeffrey Tambor
As George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth
Ron Howard
voiced Narrator
Episode Notes
On The Next Arrested Development Gag: Lindsay finds herself strangely compelled to be with Tobias, but not the one she’s married to; having finally had sex, G.O.B. can admit that he never consummated their marriage, but then G.O.B. caught a lucky break, but it didn’t last long; and Maeby impresses the kids at the Promise Land with her one scary campfire story.

This episode received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series in 2005.

Burger King, a sponsor of the show, is "subtly" referenced during the episode.

This is the first appearance of Carl Weathers since "Marta Complex" and this episode marks his final appearance on the series.

Episode Quotes
Barry: You don't want to go in front of that judge. I caught him in a drag club.
G.O.B.: What were you doing there?
Barry: Wow, you should be the lawyer.

Michael: You know, if that hand is still intact inside the seal, Buster's got a shot at a transplant.
G.O.B.: At the very least, we can get Buster's Swatch back, right?

Buster: Can I open a can of soup for you?
George Michael: Can it open a can?
Buster: Can what open a can? Oh, God.
George Michael: Oh, God.

Maeby: Do you guys know where I can get one of those gold necklaces with a "T" on it?
Michael: That's a cross.
Maeby: Across from where?

Episode Goofs
After the driver's window of the staircar is broken, the pieces of window that remain change between shots while Buster is talking to Michael.

Cultural References
Visual: Barry Zuckercorn (Henry Winkler) jumping over the dead shark on the pier.

This is a reference to Henry Winkler's character on Happy Days jumping over a shark on water skis, marking when the show lost all relevance. This later turned into the popular "jumping the shark" phrase used to describe TV shows that have reached their end.

The license plate Tobias holds up that reads "DR HOUSE" is a reference to the FOX drama House.

The "legally obligated" differentation between Motherboy the band and Motherboy the dance is a reference to the band Arrested Development suing the series over use of the name Arrested Development.

Episode References
Tobias says "there are dozens of us" when he corrects Dave Attell about his cutoffs. He said the same line during the Living Classics Pagent in "In God We Trust".

Visual: Buster on the park bench

On the bench, Buster covers up words on a bench so it reads "Arm Off", similar to a scene in "Out On A Limb".


The flashback to J. Walter Weatherman’s scene is from the episode "Pier Pressure".

Warning: Arrested Development season 2 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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