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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.
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.
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.
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.
The title of the episode comes from FOX's break out hit Prison Break
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.
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.
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
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
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.
George, Sr. holding up Franklin while going through boxes
Franklin, the puppet, was first seen in "Meet the Veals
The code to unlock George, Sr.'s ankle bracelet is the same as the code seen on the wall in Mexico during "Good Grief!
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.