Arrested Development: Season 2, Episode 9

Burning Love (30 Jan. 2005)

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The family's careless selfish spending sprees cause them to lose control of the Bluth Company to Lucille 2. GOB tries to regain control of the company by courting Lucille 2. Michael ... See full summary »

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The family's careless selfish spending sprees cause them to lose control of the Bluth Company to Lucille 2. GOB tries to regain control of the company by courting Lucille 2. Michael continues to pursue his relationship with Sally Sitwell, only to wind up looking like he's 12. Buster scores a date with the company's new secretary after Michael sets them up. Written by halo1k

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Rob Corddry plays an actor who is pro gun. His name, Moses Taylor is a nod to Charlton Heston who was pro gun. Heston played Moses in the Ten Commandments and he also played Taylor in Planet of the Apes. See more »

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When Michael and Gob are in the kitchen discussing Gob's new attachment to Lucille 2 and Michael says, "But yes I probably will tell people about this," Gob mistakenly starts to say his next line, "Maybe we can strike up a deal." See more »

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Lindsay Funke: And I'm gonna go see if I can get a wrench to strip my nuts.
Lindsay Funke: I was trying to be sexy. It just got away from me.
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Love for Burning Love
21 December 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Warning: This review contains a spoiler for the series finale.

As I said in my review on Switch Hitter, which is also from the middle of season 2, it's to Arrested Development's credit that one of its weaker episodes still manages to make you laugh, still manages to be better than a lot of good TV. I've heard complaints about this episode, that it's too sitcom-like, but AD's genius shines through here anyway- as you can tell from a title which is fitting for more than one reason, and a double meaning for when Michael tells Lucille to get someone else to do her "bidding." Moreover, I have heard fans compliment this episode for Arnett reading a menu to Lucille 2 seductively. And who can resist the wolf? The ending, where it attacks George and George sounds pleased, is the closest AD ever comes to a bestiality joke, though it thankfully doesn't cross the line.

The episode is about Michael's romantic interest in Sally Sitwell, a princess of the Sitwell empire which builds homes in competition with the Bluth business. However, at every turn Michael's efforts to look like an impressive man to her fail. Is this too much like a typical sitcom? Those thoughts aside, it's funny because a lot of us have experienced that. Funny, though it's later overshadowed in season 3 when Michael in trying to flirt with Rita compares himself to Jack the Ripper. The actress who plays Sally Sitwell is good-looking, with a sexy smile, even if her character isn't the funniest. Again, the humour in her storyline is found in Michael being unlucky in love.

Once again, we see the Bluths' rival, Stan Sitwell, is basically a good guy, and we see his good side when it turns out he actually likes Michael and wants him to pursue Sally. Sitwell recognizes that Michael is a better person than his father. Still, I'll never forgive Sitwell for taking the company away from Michael in Development Arrested. Other guest actors include someone from the US Office as a gun salesman, and Jack McBrayer of 30 Rock, forming a connection between AD and two other quality comedy shows of the 2000s.


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