Arrested Development: Season 2, Episode 13

Motherboy XXX (13 Mar. 2005)

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Lucille recruits George Michael to take Buster's place at the annual mother son dinner dance. While Michael and GOB are busy tracking down the seal that ate Buster's hand, Tobias signs away... See full summary »

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Lucille recruits George Michael to take Buster's place at the annual mother son dinner dance. While Michael and GOB are busy tracking down the seal that ate Buster's hand, Tobias signs away the family's life rights in order to get a part with his former acting coach Carl Weathers. Written by halo1k

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Michael, Buster, GOB and their attorney played by Henry Winkler are on the dock attempting to retrieve Buster's hand from the seal that had bit it off. Mistakenly it was a shark which was captured and the scene ends with Winkler "jumping the shark", a phrase which is thought to have originated from a 1977 episode of the Happy Days when the character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, played by Winkler, jumped over a shark while water skiing. See more »

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At 4:11 into this episode, a crew member is visible on the left side of the frame. He is holding a camera and filming perpendicularly to the angle at which we are viewing. See more »

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Mae 'Maebe' Funke: So what is this camping trip?
George Michael Bluth: It's called "the Promised Land", you're supposed to make promises about your relationships in accordance with the generations that proceeded you.
George Michael Bluth: [picking up a cup] Hey, there's booze in this.
Mae 'Maebe' Funke: That's the promised land that Ann's taking you to? You're going to need this more than Polly here.
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Man-eating seals, badly named mother-son dances and other oddities
29 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When Buster loses his hand to a seal bite in the episodes Out on a Limb and Hand to God, it was unclear whether this would be a permanent development or temporary; indeed, in this episode, the Bluths think they can track the seal and restore Buster's hand with a transplant. In the mean time, what one thinks of the hand storyline might be mixed- I've heard of fans who liked it and didn't like it, but got used to it. I fall into the second category. Motherboy XXX is a good enough episode that, when I realized the hand would not be reattached, I nevertheless accepted the hand loss story (which isn't to say Out on a Limb and Hand to God are bad, just that the storyline is odd at first). Part of how Motherboy XXX does justice to the storyline is by tying it in with a previous episode: The Bluths remember being psychologically tormented by a one-armed man growing up (see the episode Pier Pressure), and are thus a little afraid of Buster. But they eventually accept him.

From a comedic perspective, this episode is good, complete with some Ann jokes, George going crazy in the attic, and a mother-son dance badly titled Motherboy XXX (as in 30). It's an episode that utilizes the odd characters Buster, Lucille and Michael well. Nominated for an Emmy for editing.


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