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My Mother the Car 

Michael loses his short-term memory after he and Lucille have a car accident. George-Michael and Maeby want to see an R-rated movie about cousins in love.



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Tobias Fünke (credit only)
Dr. Miller


Michael cannot remember anything about the car accident he and Lucille were in. While he's trying to piece together the accident, GOB thinks Michael is planning to escape to South America with his father. Meanwhile, Lindsay makes repeated visits to the prison in hopes of scoring a date. Written by halo1k

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14 December 2003 (USA)  »

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When Michael returns after the first surprise party, G.O.B. and Lindsey are watching television. The theme to the television series My Mother the Car (1965) is playing. See more »


When Lucille is unpacking the groceries, which include the disguised gold bars, she unpacks a bottle of "Bushmills", a Northern-Irish whiskey - However, the bottle appears to be filled with a clear liquid - not whiskey. Either that, or the bottle is empty. See more »


Lindsay Funke: Michael, you cant expect mom to drive. She's the world's worst driver.
Narrator: Lindsay was not exaggerating. Lucille had recently been featured on a Fox special "World's Worst Drivers".
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References My Mother the Car (1965) See more »


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Composed by David Schwartz
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Brilliant insight into Jessica Walter's character
5 January 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

My Mother, the Car is a good, solid episode of Arrested Development that explores the relationship between Michael and his mother Lucille (Walter). In it, Lucille wants to have a "surprise" birthday party held in her honour and Lindsay and Michael agree to have one. However, the party is ruined when only Lucille and Michael actually go. Michael confronts his siblings and asks them to come to another party- but once again, Michael and Lucille are the only ones there. When they leave, Lucille crashes their car- and makes it look like Michael was the driver.

Lucille, typically the series' villainess, is at her most evil in this episode, but it's a brilliant episode for still having some sympathetic moments for Lucille- no one goes to her party and she explains why she framed Michael. Also on the side are a good subplot for George Michael and Maeby, Lindsay with a hilarious shirt, and one of the best "On the next" segments. Arrested Development is doing what it does best in relying on its wonderful characters for laughs.

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