Arrested Development: Season 2, Episode 16

Meat the Veals (3 Apr. 2005)

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Michael thinks George-Michael has set the bar too low with his dating standards, so he sets up a meeting between Ann's ultra-conservative parents and his family, hoping that would break ... See full summary »

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Michael thinks George-Michael has set the bar too low with his dating standards, so he sets up a meeting between Ann's ultra-conservative parents and his family, hoping that would break them up. But the plan backfires when Michael realizes Ann's family is just as screwed up as his. Written by halo1k

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The script that Maeby reads at the beginning of the episode while she is at her office is called "Operation Hot Mother"; which is the plan Buster and Michael came up with to save George Michael from Motherboy several episodes earlier. See more »

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In the final scene when Buster is using Franklin as a replacement arm you can clearly see a cameraman on the right of the screen. See more »

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Gob: Franklin said some things Whitey wasn't ready to hear.
Michael Bluth: G.O.B., weren't you also mercilessly beaten outside of a club in Torrance for that act?
Gob: He also said some things that African-American-y wasn't ready to hear either.
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This is it, the peak of the series....
25 August 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Maybe not the best episode, but close, one of the most consistently laugh-out-loud episodes of Arrested Development. It was never this funny again- though it was still good.

Here, Michael Bluth learns his son George Michael is ready to propose to his girlfriend Ann, who Michael always disliked. Michael then tries to scare away Ann's parents by introducing them to the Bluth family, but the plan doesn't quite work out the way he hoped.

Among the strong points of the episode is a puppet named Franklin, operated by GOB who unwittingly makes it a racist stereotype of black Americans; and Tobias keeps up an unconvincing disguise as an English nanny a la Mrs. Doubtfire. But there's more to the episode than this. Michael's dislike for Ann is a great source for comedy, George's decision to renew his marriage comes to funny, chaotic results and odd wedding vows, and Maeby keeps up a double life more successfully than her father Tobias. With strong innuendo, physical humour and irony, and a climactic point in Ann's storyline, this episode is a winner.


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