Arrested Development: Season 2, Episode 4

Good Grief! (5 Dec. 2004)

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George is declared dead in Mexico and the Bluth family holds a wake for their dead family member. Meanwhile, George isn't dead and has returned to the USA, only to be found by a newly dumped George Michael.



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George is declared dead in Mexico and the Bluth family holds a wake for their dead family member. Meanwhile, George isn't dead and has returned to the USA, only to be found by a newly dumped George Michael.

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At about 6 minutes 30 seconds George Michael can be seen walking in front of a red dog house with a beagle sleeping on the top of it. This is an obvious reference to the Peanuts character Snoopy who is a beagle that spends a great deal of time on top of his red dog house. The "sad" version of the song "Christmas Time Is Here" from A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) plays whenever anyone in this episode does the "sad walk". The first time this leitmotif makes an appearance, we see the beagle on the doghouse. Other references to Peanuts in this episode include a sign on the banana stand which reads "The frozen banana maker is currently 'IN'" (a play on the sign hung on Lucy's psychiatric help stand), the music which plays as various characters sulk dejectedly after being humiliated or rejected, and of course the title of the episode itself. See more »


When the family goes to the attic after the funeral, the blue screen outside the window is clearly visible. It appears that an exterior animation was left out in post production. See more »


[Michael catches George-Michael sneaking hard-boiled eggs to George Sr]
Michael Bluth: I think George-Michael is hiding Ann in the attic.
Lindsay Bluth Fünke: From who, the Nazis?
Michael Bluth: No, his girlfriend from me. I just caught him sneaking up to her in the attic and he clearly did so because he thinks I don't approve. I think I'm gonna invite her to the wake. Why make him hide? Why do to him what... Why do to him what Dad used to do to me?
Lindsay Bluth Fünke: [sobbing] He was so amazing.
Michael Bluth: That was actually an example of how not so amazing he was. You're ...
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References A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »


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I have Pop Pop in the attic
26 January 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

To tell you the truth, I'm not sure if I liked the fact that George, having escaped from prison, hides in Michael's attic. It's one of the more far-fetched plot developments in the series. Yet some great moments came out of it, and in particular, the two episodes setting up the storyline- Good Grief and Sad Sack- are exceptional and among the very best in the series. This transition in the storyline is eased with big-time laughs.

Good Grief picks up where Amigos left off, with the bounty hunter Ice searching for the missing George Sr. He finds evidence that George is dead. Eventually, however, George Michael finds him alive near the house. George Michael sneaks George Sr. into the attic while the rest of the family mourns his supposed death.

The episode is named after a phrase in Peanuts, while music from a Peanuts Christmas special is played to portray George Michael depressed. The tribute is important- both Peanuts and Arrested Development share the basic philosophy that life is suffering; both tell the stories of losers. We particularly see that here when Ann breaks up with George Michael- and to top it off, it's because of George Michael's too-close relationship with his father, which is a common theme for the series. Here as well we see the characters somehow managing to be both upset with George's death and selfish; Maeby tries to hook her mother up with Ice to break the family and GOB puts on a show he's sure will help his career, though it's officially part of the wake. As usual, AD achieves much with its characters. To top it off, the episode has a great line from Lindsay about Ann in the attic and from Michael about "Pop Pop in the attic." This episode about losers is a winner.

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