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Arrested Development: Forget Me Now

Michael, worried about what Rita would think of him, lies and tells her he has no family. However, the truth eventually comes out when Rita is invited to a family function, leading to bad results. Meanwhile, Lindsay is hired as a nanny for the new attorney; George, Sr. once again attempts an escape; and Tobias coaches Buster to help him overcome his self-confidence issues.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x3
Production Number: ARR-303
Airdate: Monday October 03rd, 2005
Network: FOX

Director: John Amodeo
Writer: Tom Saunders


  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (8 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Charlize TheronCharlize Theron
As Rita
Recurring

Guest Stars
Dave ThomasDave Thomas
As Trevor
Recurring
Jonathan SchmockJonathan Schmock
As Lionel
Recurring
Justin Grant WadeJustin Grant Wade
As Steve Holt
Recurring
Bob EinsteinBob Einstein
As Larry
Recurring
Scott BaioScott Baio
As Bob Loblaw
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Asante JonesAsante Jones
As Army Sergeant
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: Lindsay tries to work off her debt with Bob Loblaw, and a traumatized Steve Holt needs a father.

Tobias's business cards read "analrapist" after he combined his careers of analyst and therapist.

Scott Baio, who guest stars as Bob Loblaw, is the third Happy Days star to guest star on Arrested Development. On Happy Days, Scott Baio played Chachi.



Episode Quotes
Maeby: Don't you see? I drugged him not to go all the way with him.
George Michael: Well, I think even the anti-drug people are going to be okay with that.

Tobias: Here, take my business card. (Buster gasps) No, no. It's pronounced a-NAL-rapist.
Buster: It wasn't really the pronunciation that bothered me.

G.O.B.: I think we all feel that way about our mothers. And we all have legs.

Michael: You know, your average American male is in a perpetual state of adolescence, you know, arrested development.
Narrator: Hey, that’s the name of the show.

Buster: I am getting rid of this thing. It has caused me nothing but pride and self-respect.

Bob Loblaw: Can you catalog for me the various ways you've been promised to be fulfilled whether or not said promise was made explicit?
Lindsay: You want me to be explicit?
Bob Loblaw: Yes, but I will be needing to get off in four minutes.
Lindsay: Well, let's see if I can't hit that target for you.

Tobias: Okay, Lindsay, are you forgetting that I was a professional twice over, an analyst and a therapist. The world’s first a-NAL-rapist.
(pan to Tobias' business card that reads Tobias Fünke, M.D. ANALRAPIST)
Lindsay: Yes, and you were almost arrested for those business cards.



Episode Goofs
When George Sr. is eating an ice cream sandwich, the scene cuts to Larry. After the scene returns to George Sr., he doesn't have the ice cream sandwich and a laptop is in front of him.

When Buster is about to throw his medal away we see him taking it off, then we cut to him walking towards the balcony and once there we see him again taking the medal off.



Cultural References
Episode Background Music

The episode background music is a reference to the music used for the James Bond series of films.



Episode References
G.O.B.: That's my son, you pothead!

This refers to the episode "Pier Pressure", in which George Michael asked Gob to get some pot for him.

Visual: The “You’re kidding me, Buster” banner

The banner was first seen in "Amigos" as a “You’re killing me, Buster” banner. For this episode, a "dd" is taped over the "ll".

Visual: Rita on the bench

Rita covers up part of the bench so it reads "Wee Brain", much like Buster covering up letters on a bench in "Out On A Limb".

Steve Holt: I’ve made a huge mistake.

Steve Holt's line is G.O.B. catchphrase first used in "Key Decisions".



Analysis
In the beginning of the episode, the mysterious British man drops of Rita off to see Michael and before Rita leaves the man mysteriously says "Don't forget your Hat" and throws it to Rita, this is the first subliminal setup for viewers to question Rita's motives towards Michael, the subliminal setup furthermore continues when Michael asks the surrogate if they ever met before and his father says through him that he hired this guy to be his eyes and ears while he's stuck in his house under house arrest, they slowly zoom in on the hat of the surrogate Larry where a camera is located subliminally linking a hat to a camera.
The setup is for the ending of the episode where Michael Tells Rita everything about the case and his family and the camera zooms in on her hat giving viewers the impression that her hat has a camera in it. giving viewers the illusion that she is there to spy on him.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorMitchell Hurwitz
Executive ProducerBrian Grazer  |  Ron Howard  |  Mitchell Hurwitz  |  David Nevins
Co-Executive ProducerTom Saunders  |  Richard Day  |  Chuck Tatham  |  Dean Lorey  |  James Vallely
Supervising ProducerRon Weiner  |  John Amodeo
Co-ProducerDavid Shafer  |  Diane Mercer (2)
Consulting ProducerMaria Semple
Production DesignerNanci Roberts
EditorRichard Candib
CastingJulie Ashton
Unit Production ManagerJim Sharp (2)
First Assistant DirectorRoss Novie
Second Assistant DirectorJennie O'Keefe Mills
MusicDavid Schwartz (2)
Music EditorJason Tregoe Newman
HairstylistMarie Larkin
Key GripJoe Kelly (6)
Camera OperatorStuart Lillas  |  Robert Knouse
Set DecoratorMaureen Osborne
Location ManagerKevin Funston
Transportation CoordinatorMalcolm Mazer
Property MasterBrad Elliot
Construction CoordinatorGreg Hamlin
Production Sound MixerTom Stasinis
Script SupervisorRebecca E. Asher
Production CoordinatorJen Mayo
Post Production SupervisorTerri Murphy
Supervising Sound EditorSusan Cahill
Re-Recording MixerNello Torri  |  Gary Alexander
Director of PhotographyGreg Harrington
Art DirectorW. Stewart Campbell
Costume SupervisorMarilynn A. Oleksinski  |  Kate Samhat
Production AccountantSherry Brooks
Chief Lighting TechnicianSteve Galvin
Original CastingDeborah Barylski
Assistant To The Executive ProducerAndrew Avner
Makeup ArtistStephanie Coffey
Production Associate ProducerTiffany Sipantzi Moore
 
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