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"Arrested Development" Amigos (2004)

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Arrested Development: Season 2: Episode 3 -- When George Sr.'s car is found in Mexico, Michael decides to go search for his father, and Buster hides in the car trunk so he can escape the country and the Army.


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Original Air Date:
21 November 2004 (Season 2, Episode 3)
Michael gets a lead that his father has fled to Mexico and takes along a group to retrieve him. In the meantime, he tries to connect with George-Michael's girlfriend, Ann, and Buster tries to escape going off to the army by stowing away. | Add synopsis »
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Gene was far from the best. This episode is closer to it, though. See more (1 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Lee Shallat Chemel 
Writing credits
Mitchell Hurwitz (created by)

Brad Copeland (written by)

Produced by
Barbie Adler .... supervising producer
John Amodeo .... producer
Brad Copeland .... producer
Jennifer Crittenden .... consulting producer
Brian Grazer .... executive producer
Ron Howard .... executive producer
Mitchell Hurwitz .... executive producer
John Levenstein .... consulting producer
Chuck Martin .... supervising producer
Diane Mercer .... associate producer
David Nevins .... executive producer
Richard Rosenstock .... co-executive producer
David Shafer .... production associate producer
James Vallely .... co-executive producer (as Jim Vallely)
Original Music by
David Schwartz 
Cinematography by
Greg Harrington (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Bramwell 
Casting by
Deborah Barylski 
Allison Jones 
Production Design by
Dawn Snyder 
Set Decoration by
Maureen Osborne 
Costume Design by
Katie Sparks 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Coffey .... makeup department head
Marie Larkin .... hair stylist
Vito Trotta .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Mark S. Glick .... unit production manager (as Mark Glick)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald Chong .... first assistant director (as Ronnie Chong)
Jennie O'Keefe .... second assistant director (as Jennie O'Keefe Mills)
Art Department
Artie Chavez .... construction foreman
Al Eisenmann .... property master
Greg Hamlin .... construction coordinator (as Greg 'Tiny' Hamlin)
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Preston Connor .... second boom
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
Peter Kelsey .... sound re-recording mixer (as Peter R. Kelsey)
Tom Stasinis .... sound mixer
Nello Torri .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Chris Quilty .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John P. Cazin .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Charlie Brewer .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Dodd .... camera operator
Steve Galvin .... chief lighting technician (as Stephen Galvin)
Chris Hathaway .... best boy electric
Robert Knouse .... camera operator (as Robbie Knouse)
Eric Layden .... second assistant camera
Stuart T. Lillas .... first assistant camera
Layna McAllister .... first assistant camera
Steve Robertson .... key grip
Michael A. Savage .... grip
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Christine Ciraolo .... casting associate
Kevin Goldson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alana Caudillo .... set costumer
Kate Samhat .... set costumer
Perri Kimono .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ted Brady .... colorist
Bill Missett .... on-line editor
Bryan Petty .... assistant editor
Matthew Douglas Helfgott .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Dianne Ketchum Friedgen .... location manager (as Dianne Friedgen)
Music Department
Joshua Minyard .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Joshua Minyard .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music editor (uncredited)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music mixer (uncredited)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Hal Lary .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Rebecca Asher .... script supervisor
Sherry Brooks .... production accountant
Charles Canzoneri .... key set production assistant
Anne Marie Coyne .... assistant: Mitchell Hurwitz
Marcia Fields .... writers assistant
Abraham Higginbotham .... executive story editor
Jen Mayo .... assistant coordinator
Tiffany Sipantzi Moore .... production coordinator
Michael Spear .... production assistant (as Mike Spear)
Tom Goodrich .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Stacey Levin .... head publicist (uncredited)
Chad Swenson .... video playback services (uncredited)
Daniel Veluzat .... location liaison (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Mitchell Hurwitz  created by

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Additional Details

Argentina:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The two previous episodes had titles in the style of "Friends". ("The One Where...") This one's title is Spanish for "friends".See more »
Continuity: When Michael, George Michael and Lindsay are taking in front of the church, the Mexicans behind them disappear and reappear between shots.See more »
Narrator:On the next Arrested Development, Buster reclaims his favorite hand chair.
[Buster sees Lucille and Oscar having sex in it]
Narrator:But the victory is short lived.
Buster:Make love in your OWN hand, MOTHER!
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Movie Connections:
End Credits ThemeSee more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Gene was far from the best. This episode is closer to it, though., 24 November 2008
Author: gizmomogwai from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The third episode of season 2 continues the storyline of the Bluths looking for their fugitive father George who escaped from prison. Thanks to a private investigator named Gene Parmesan, they find out George went to Mexico, and they go to that country to pick up the stair car and hopefully find George. GOB is left out of the plan, though, and hires a bounty hunter named Ice to find out what his brother Michael is up to. The storyline is rich; Ice goes from a mission to keep an eye on Michael in Mexico, but ends up watching Lindsay in California while Michael goes back to Mexico, much to GOB's frustration.

This episode is the first to focus on the fact that, throughout the series, none of the Bluths seem to have friends besides each other. Here, GOB is feeling down about being friendless, and searches for someone in the family to spend time with. (This episode notably predates the introduction of the puppet Franklin, who as we see later, is really GOB's best friend.) As someone who never has had a lot of friends, I found this story enjoyable. Much of the humour of the episode, however, comes from Ann. The incestuous lust between George Michael and Maeby goes on the back burner in season 2, though it is joked about here when Michael comments on how George Michael can't date Maeby. Nevertheless, Hurwitz finds in Ann a joke to adequately (and amazingly) fill the void left by the incest subplot. Her lack of personality and plain looks makes Michael forget her, and call her Ann Hog and Plant, and- in the ultimate slap in the face- abandon her in Mexico. It was all delightfully inadvertent, but it's amazing she didn't break up with George Michael here instead of in the next episode. With a lot of great laugh out loud jokes in this episode, including the running joke about Tobias having to go to the hospital, and Lucille's rare enthusiastic reactions to Gene, Amigos emerges as one of the best episodes of Arrested Development. The laughs make up for the slightly forced feeling of Michael and GOB's talk at the end.

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