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Arrested Development: Righteous Brothers

An inspector comes to the model home to check the plumbing, forcing George, Sr. to leave the attic to avoid being discovered. G.O.B. offers to help his father, but ends up doing more harm than good. Meanwhile, Ann and George Michael boycott "Dangerous Liaisons", but inadvertently make it more successful, and Tobias and Kitty begin to hit it off.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x18
Production Number: ARR-218
Airdate: Sunday April 17th, 2005
Special Airtime: 08:30 pm

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TPS Star) Dec 14, 2005

  • Currently 9.1/10
9.1/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Henry Winkler
As Barry Zuckerkorn
Jeff Garlin
As Mort Meyers
John Michael Higgins
As Wayne Jarvis
Judy Greer
As Kitty Sanchez
Mae Whitman
As Ann
Andy Samberg
As Stage Manager
Marc Cherry
As Himself
Rob Huebel
As Dave Williams
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: On the next season of Arrested Development: Oscar, robbed of his fingerprints, has difficulty proving his identity; Tobias and Kitty go to Vegas, only to find that his dream job has been filled; and George, Sr. turns out to be right about the effects of stress.

FOX had originaly greenlit 22 episodes for the second season, but due to lackluster ratings, cut the episode order down to 18, making this the season finale.

This episode was the winner of Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series at the 2005 Emmy's.

The song that G.O.B. sings is Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You".

Courtney Lilly, who guest stars in this episode as an engineer, is a writer for the series.

Episode Quotes
Michael: This can't be good.
Tobias: (reading from a script) Michael, it saddens me greatly to say I can no longer work here at the Bluth Company. You've been a great boss --
Michael: Wait. Tobias, Tobias...do you work here?
Tobias: Do I work here...I developed an eating disorder from being your assistant, Michael!
Michael: I never saw you at the desk.
Tobias: Well, excuse me if I was too busy on my knees in front of the toilet, Michael!

Michael: The city's sending out an inspector. They're going to be crawling over every inch of this place; you're going to need to leave.
George Sr.: Where the hell do you want me to go, Michael? Back to your mother's? I believe there's a freeloading loser in my bed.
Michael: You know, Buster's just lost a hand, dad. He's going through a lot.
George Sr.: I'm talking about Oscar
Michael: Oh, yes. Your brother. I can see why that would bug you.

George Sr.: No! I can't go back to that hellhole!
Michael: They finally got the court to try you in absentia, so you don't have to go to prison, but you can't stay here.

Michael: We’re brothers who shouldn’t be fighting. We cannot afford to lose each other, okay?
G.O.B.: I can’t. I already lost a brother today.
Michael: Franklin?
G.O.B.: Well, I didn’t lose him, but he’s all puckered and white.
Michael: On the plus side, you can take him to lunch at the club now.
G.O.B.: That’s the exact kind of joke he would have loved!

Michael: Since you’re devastating people, go ahead and tell G.O.B. that I’ll be telling the cops that it was him in the truck. So he’ll be joining me here. I’ve got a nice hard cot with his name on it.
Lucille: You’d do that to your own brother?
Michael: I said “cot.”

Cultural References
Visual: G.O.B.’s “Franklin Comes Alive” CD

The title and the cover of G.O.B.'s CD is a reference to Peter Frampton's "Frampton Comes Alive” album.

Episode References
George Michael: (about the French) I like the way they think.

George Michael first made this comment in "My Mother the Car" while thinking about the French movie Les cousins dangereux.

Visual: The “former psychiatrist Tobias Fünke" sign

The sign for Tobias shows a picture of his book The Man Inside Me. The Man Inside Me was first seen in "Let 'Em Eat Cake" when the book becomes a best seller among the gay community.


The movie of the night is Soapdish, the movie that led to a prison fight in "Queen for a Day".

Warning: Arrested Development season 2 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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