Arrested Development: Season 3, Episode 10

Fakin' It (10 Feb. 2006)

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As the family's upcoming deposition nears, they participate in a mock trial, hosted by Judge Reinhold. Michael searches for a mysterious witness on the list, while the prosecuting attorney ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Eagleman
Dr. Farmer


As the family's upcoming deposition nears, they participate in a mock trial, hosted by Judge Reinhold. Michael searches for a mysterious witness on the list, while the prosecuting attorney makes Michael an offer he cant refuse. Meanwhile, GOB practices his ventriloquism act, and Buster fakes a coma to get out of testifying. Written by halo1k

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Franklin Bluth: My name is Judge.
Gob: Whose name is Judge?
Franklin Bluth: My name is...
Gob: That's a silly name!
Franklin Bluth: -Judge. My name...
Gob: Yes I am judging your name. It am silly!
Franklin Bluth:
  • is...

Gob: Oh, now you're correcting my grammar?
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The beginning of the end is terrific
7 July 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Fakin' It is the first part of the four-part finale of Arrested Development, which was aired in its entirety on February 10, 2006 (against the Olympics!). These last four episodes were a considerable artistic accomplishment, much like the first four episodes of the show in season 1.

Here, the Bluths prepare for George Sr.'s trial with a televised mock trial, with actor Judge Reinhold presiding. GOB, who has fixed his black puppet Franklin, gets Franklin on the witness list while Michael handles the defense. Buster doesn't want to testify and goes into a fake coma, and George Michael and Maeby stage a wedding to entertain hospital patients.

Like other episodes of Arrested Development, Fakin' It has a title that fits for more than one reason- fake sleeping, fake son (Franklin), fake trial, fake coma, fake wedding, fake Tobias-Lindsay intimacy. But an episode has to have more than a clever title, and there is indeed more substance that makes for quintessential AD. For starter's, Franklin's back, in his first major role since Righteous Brothers. We get more of the characters ridiculously treating him as an actual person ("Franklin guess what"). Then we get something new (and clever)- GOB manages to write a whole routine with a talking Franklin with just the recorded phrase "My name is Judge." We have returning themes of family unity and loyalty, and the episode ties in well with the Peter Pan lawyer jokes from season 1 (a less gratuitous call-back than others we got in season 3). There are good laughs, with the use of the word "mockery," George's "wedding speech," and the line "seven minutes heals all wounds." It's even got good deleted scenes and bloopers (thankfully available on the DVD)- the "Michaelment" gag is hilariously lame, and Cross' "gift certificate" joke is sharp.

Are there any flaws? I've heard at least one fan say the scene where the doctor suggests the fake wedding is forced, but personally I think it was convincing. My real gripes about this episode are that GOB taking the doctor's tape is cruel (hopefully the patient will be okay), and that George Michael in lying to Maeby becomes unlikeable for the first time (but on AD, no one's perfect). Still, these are minor problems. The beginning of the end is terrific.

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