Arrested Development: Season 3, Episode 7

Prison Break-In (12 Dec. 2005)

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The family plans their annual fund raiser, and they actually have a cause this time - Tobias is ailing due to his transplanted hair plugs, which appear to be rejecting him. Lindsay uses the... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Kimmins ...
Doctor Carr (as Ken Kimmins)
Boy Prisoner #1
Boy Prisoner #2
Ruby Jossen ...
Girl Lucille


The family plans their annual fund raiser, and they actually have a cause this time - Tobias is ailing due to his transplanted hair plugs, which appear to be rejecting him. Lindsay uses the illness as her ticket back into high society, and Michael learns of the prison warden's true intentions with his mother after reading the warden's screenplay. Written by halo1k

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After having left the reason Michael's wife, Tracy, died a mystery for 2 seasons, it is strongly implied she succumbed to ovarian cancer. See more »


When Michael is playing guitar to grieve his and Rita's breakup he knocks the music stand over, but in the next shot the music stand is once again standing. See more »


Tobias Fünke: Don't leave your Uncle T-bag hanging!
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References Prison Break (2005) See more »


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Proof that it's possible for Arrested Development to be bad
21 August 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the episode that demonstrated it's possible to use Arrested Development characters and actors and still wind up with a bad episode. The key ingredient is a new writer who, thankfully, never wrote another episode. And unlike other episodes that improved upon second viewing, this one worsened.

I've heard of fans who disliked this because the ill Tobias came across as disgusting. More disgusting still was a dried, dead turtle seen falling apart. Previous jokes about dead animals in good episodes were never so graphic; they didn't need to be. The turtle belongs to Buster, who named it Mother, so here we see the motherboy turned to Norman Bates. Not appealing.

The main plot of the episode, though, is whether Lucille will have an affair, but none of the characters except Michael actually care. Their apathy spread to me. Part of that related to George plotting another ridiculous escape, and here he does it in a completely unoriginal way (the same way from the season 2 finale). Here's a question left unanswered: If Michael cares about his parents' faithfulness, why did he suggest she go on a date in the first season 3 episode? Michael even says it's his duty to keep the family together. Taken right from the opening credits.

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