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Arrested Development: The Sword of Destiny

G.O.B. takes advantage of Buster's fake hand in his magic shows leading Tony Wonder to mentor G.O.B. Meanwhile, Michael is hospitalized and Lindsay teaches George Michael how to drive the staircar.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x15
Production Number: ARR-217
Airdate: Sunday March 27th, 2005
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Director: Peter Lauer
Writer: Brad Copeland

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Dec 07, 2005

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (7 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Ben StillerBen Stiller
As Tony Wonder
Recurring
Bob GloubermanBob Glouberman
As Doctor #2
Recurring
Charlie HartsockCharlie Hartsock
As Ted
Recurring
Ian Roberts (1)Ian Roberts (1)
As The Literal Doctor
Recurring
John Beard (1)John Beard (1)
As Himself
Recurring
Mo CollinsMo Collins
As Starla
Recurring
Ben HoffmanBen Hoffman
As FBI Man #1
Craig AnstettCraig Anstett
As FBI Man #2
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
As Dr. Stein
David McMillan (3)David McMillan (3)
As Doctor #1
George CheungGeorge Cheung
As Asian Man
Kevin HeffernanKevin Heffernan
As Announcer
Paul FeigPaul Feig
As Wizard
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
Episode writer Brad Copeland received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for this episode in 2005.

On The Next Arrested Development Gag: Michael gets a new roommate, and the FBI finds footage more troublesome than they’d originally thought.

This episode was voted #47 on the Futon Critic's 50 Best Episodes of 2005 article.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
EuropeFinal Countdown 


Episode Quotes
Tony Wonder: Did someboy say "wonder?"
Buster: Wow, you just appeared in that cloud of smoke and the door over there mysteriously opened!

Newspaper Article: Despite the oohs and ahs of the mean audience there was one disgruntled ex-magician who was seen doing some sort of chicken-type dance at fevered pitch.

Newspaper Article: The trick was once contemplated by Houdini himself but that the ovens during that time period were either too small or booked way in advance.

Tobias: Although, if I may, let me take off my assistant’s skirt and put on my Barbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides ass-masking therapist pantsuit.

Buster: And now our magic trick.
G.O.B.: Illusion.
Buster: Silence, slave!

Narrator: Michael Bluth had just been stunned to discover that a contract his company was counting on was being cut back.
Michael: You initially told us to design and build 22 homes. Now you’re saying 18. That’s doesn’t give us enough capital to complete the job. And we’ve already got the blueprints drawn up and everything.
Narrator: Well, that part wasn’t true. But they would have.



Cultural References
Dr. Stein: D'oh!

This is Homer Simpson's famous utterance from The Simpsons. Dan Castellaneta, who guest stars as Dr. Stein, voices Homer on The Simpsons.

Tony Wonder: Some band has got the rights to [Use Your Illusion].

Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II are the names of albums by Guns N' Roses.

The jokes about the 22 houses being scaled down to 18 is a jab at the show's episode original 22 episode order being reduced to 18.

Asian Man: It’s the Sword of Destiny. It’s full of ancient magic.

The Sword of Destiny is a take on the ancient Spear of Destiny, the weapon said to have pierced the side of Jesus during his crucifixion.

Visual: Tony Wonder’s website

Tony Wonder’s website is failing because of the amount of pop-up ads on the site, a reference to the amount of pop-up advertisements during FOX programming. One of the pop-up ads featured on the Tony Wonder website is for FOX's animated series, Family Guy.

Tobias: Although, if I may, let me take off my assistant’s skirt and put on my Barbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides ass-masking therapist pantsuit.

The Prince of Tides is a 1991 film starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte about a teacher struggling to overcome psychological damage from his childhood.



Episode References
Visual: Tobias' resume

Gobias Industries is listed on Tobias's resume. Gobias Industries was the company that G.O.B. and Tobias created in "Whistler's Mother".

Visual: Buster performing the "dirty ears" trick

The "dirty ears" trick was first performed by G.O.B. in "Key Decisions".

Visual: Unfurlling of the Misson Accomplished banner

The banner that is unrolled is the same banner from "The One Where They Build A House".



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