Arrested Development: Season 1, Episode 13

Beef Consomme (15 Feb. 2004)

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After Tobias moves into his room, George Michael gets a rather curious tip about his cousin's origins, so he decides to investigate. GOB, worried about his girlfriend Marta, heads down to ... See full summary »



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After Tobias moves into his room, George Michael gets a rather curious tip about his cousin's origins, so he decides to investigate. GOB, worried about his girlfriend Marta, heads down to the TV studio to visit the set of her show, to confront a man named "Hermano". Written by halo1k

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Marta: [to a fighting Michael and Gob] What is wrong with you? I thought you were good people. I thought you were noble. I thought you care about family, but you clearly don't. It's over. Both of you. It's over.
Buster: Wait, wait. What about... what about me?
Marta: I'm sorry, I'm not totally sure who you are.
Buster: Wow. Wow. That's what it feels like to get punched in the face.
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Average for Arrested Development, nevertheless important to the plot
13 August 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode, which I've heard might have been meant as a season finale until season 1 was extended from 13 to 22 episodes, has a lot of story to tell, but it's not the funniest episode. I laughed consistently, which makes it worth it, but not as much as with others.

Picking up where the 12th episode, Marta Complex, left off, Beef Consomme concludes the story of Michael's conflicted crush on his brother GOB's girlfriend Marta. It also semi-retires the stories of Tobias unwilling to undress and George Michael lusting after his cousin, who as it turns out might not be a blood relative. I wasn't crazy about the possibility of her being adopted, but this episode comes to the best conclusion- even if adopted, she's still family, and George Michael realizes he can't have her.

As for the Marta storyline, the ultimate Michael-GOB fight is interesting to see, but not laugh-out-loud hilarious. Overall, I actually prefer Marta Complex to its sister episode. Still, this was only the second episode of AD that I saw, so it didn't turn me off on this strange new show. 8.3/10

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