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Arrested Development: Prison Break-In

Crushed over his breakup with Rita, Michael tries to reach out to his mother but soon discovers that she's dating the Warden. Michael finally decides to tell his father about his mother's infidelity, but George, Sr. has an undercover plan of his own. Meanwhile, Buster's pet turtle gets into Oscar's secret box of weed and the Bluth family come together to plan a benefit for Tobias' life-threatening hair transplant.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x7
Production Number: ARR-308
Airdate: Monday December 12th, 2005
Network: FOX

Guest Stars
James LiptonJames Lipton
As Warden Stefan Gentles
Kenneth KimminsKenneth Kimmins
As Doctor Carr (as Ken Kimmins)

Co-Guest Stars
Hector Atreyu RuizHector Atreyu Ruiz
As Prison Guard
Cameron CovellCameron Covell
As Boy Prisoner #1
Andrew VoAndrew Vo
As Boy Prisoner #2
Ruby JossenRuby Jossen
As Girl Lucille
Mackenzie HanniganMackenzie Hannigan
As Boy Gentles
SemaSema'jay Hall
As African-American Boy Inmate
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: George Michael gets closer to his family, George Michael experiences his unhappiest moment ever, Buster tries to forget his recent losses by breaking out the old guitar, and G.O.B. finally faces a phobia he’d faced before.

We learn that Michael's wife, Tracy, most likely died due to ovarian cancer.

Episode Quotes
George Michael: The new facility's pretty nice. It's like school ... but air-conditioned.

Tobias: Oh, come on. Don't leave your Uncle T-Bag hanging!
George Michael: Please don't call yourself that.

Lucille: I want to cry so badly, but I don't think I can spare the moisture.

Lindsay: Did it ever occur to you that maybe Warden Gentiles likes her?
Michael: Likes her what?
Lindsay: No, I mean, likes her. Like, is attracted to her.
Michael: Who’s the “her” in that sentence?
Lindsay: Mom. Warden Gentiles likes Mom.
Michael: Her?

Narrator: Buster had recently brought home a turtle in an incredibly misguided attempt to make his mother jealous.
Buster: You can stay in this box that Uncle/Father Oscar left behind.
Narrator: In fact, it was a box of Oscar’s legally obtained medical marijuana.
Buster: Oh, good, you’ve already got grass.
Narrator: Primo bud. Real sticky weed.

Tobias: I'm afraid I'm with Michael on this. The guy runs a prison. He can have any piece of ass he wants.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Prison Break-In

The title of the episode comes from FOX's break out hit Prison Break.

George Sr: Shrinkage. Someone saw Seinfeld last night.

George Sr. is referring to a Seinfeld episode entitled "The Hamptons" where George has to explain 'shrinkage' after he emerges nude from a swimming pool.

Narrator: Oscar never got a chance to hide behind the mirror. Although, it wasn’t the first time he’d been knocked out by a powerful lid.

"Lid" is slang for an ounce of marijuana.

Episode References
Visual: G.O.B. with his jet pack

G.O.B. first had his jet pack in the episode "Mr. F".

George Sr.: (about house arrest) [House arrest] is the time of my life.

George Sr.'s line parallels his line "I'm having the time of my life" that he spoke while in prison in the "Pilot".

Big Yellow Joint

The song "Big Yellow Joint" is heard numerous times during the episode. The song first appeared in "Pier Pressure" as a song written by Jimmy Jane in the 1970s about how the frozen banana stand looks like a big, yellow joint.

Buster: You can stay in this box that Uncle/Father Oscar left behind.

The box that Buster puts his turtle in is the box of Afternoon Deelite from "Afternoon Delight".

Warden Gentiles: I promised myself I wasn’t going to become one of those people who were always going on about their screenplays. So, I’ll just say I put together a staged reading with some fabulous young actors, and it was very well received.

Warden revised his play "New Warden" which was first seen in "Staff Infection".

Visual: George Michael holding a woodblock

George Michael holding a woodblock is a reference to "Best Man for the Gob" when George Michael wanted to join Dr. Fünke’s 100% Natural Good-Time Family-Band Solution.

Narrator: But this, too, would prove challenging, as the family had no books. Other than those.

The only books in the Bluth house are copies of The Man Inside Me. The Man Inside Me was first seen in "Let 'Em Eat Cake" when the book becomes a best seller in the gay community.

Visual: George, Sr. holding up Franklin while going through boxes

Franklin, the puppet, was first seen in "Meet the Veals".

Lucille: P-2-2-5-2. (beep)

The code to unlock George, Sr.'s ankle bracelet is the same as the code seen on the wall in Mexico during "Good Grief!".

Prison Guard: You can’t park there! No stair car parking!

The prison guards comment dates back to "Visiting Ours" when the inmates used the staircar to escape when it was parked near the gate.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMitchell Hurwitz
Executive ProducerBrian Grazer  |  Ron Howard  |  Mitchell Hurwitz  |  David Nevins
Co-Executive ProducerTom Saunders  |  Dean Lorey  |  Chuck Tatham  |  Richard Day  |  James Vallely
Supervising ProducerJohn Amodeo  |  Ron Weiner
Co-ProducerDiane Mercer (2)  |  David Shafer
Consulting ProducerMaria Semple
Production DesignerDawn Snyder
EditorStuart Bass
CastingSteven Jacobs (2)  |  Allison Jones
Unit Production ManagerBarbara Black
First Assistant DirectorRonnie Chong
Second Assistant DirectorJennie O'Keefe Mills
MusicDavid Schwartz (2)
Music EditorJason Tregoe Newman
HairstylistJean Webber
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 DirectorKandy Stern
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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