Arrested Development: Season 2, Episode 8

Queen for a Day (23 Jan. 2005)

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Michael finds out that some company funds have been unfrozen, which the family quickly spends on some elaborate stuff. He then trades the family's portable stairway vehicle for a Corvette. ... See full summary »



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Michael finds out that some company funds have been unfrozen, which the family quickly spends on some elaborate stuff. He then trades the family's portable stairway vehicle for a Corvette. Tobias and Buster enjoy a night out, where Buster runs into a recuperated Lucille 2. Written by halo1k

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When Michael is in Tobia's club with Lucille Austero, the collar on his windbreaker keeps going between popped up and folded down. See more »


Gob Bluth: So you take your mom to work every day? Bummer. Moms are such a pain in the ass, huh? It's like "Die already!"
Starla: I love my mother.
Gob Bluth: Huh?
Starla: She's one of the two most important people in my life. You know, she and Quincy.
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References Armageddon (1998) See more »


Theme from New York, New York
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by David Cross
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Underrated episode fit for a queen
23 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode, along with the rest of the middle of season 2 (Switch Hitter, Burning Love, and Ready, Aim, Marry Me) has a reputation for being one of the weaker episodes of Arrested Development, which none of these episodes really deserve. Indeed, I imagine most people who call them weak still think they're funny, and better than just about anything else on TV. But what's important is that Queen for a Day is a funny, solid episode.

In it, Michael learns his son isn't fond of the stair car the family has been using since their bankruptcy; when the family's stock is unfrozen, Michael chooses to indulge himself in a new and better car. In an amusing scene, he picks the least practical car he could find. Meanwhile, George Michael finds love letters he had written to his cousin Maeby, and mistakenly thinks Maeby has seen them. This joke, especially George Michael's remark about "the drawings," was priceless, and it was nice to revisit the George Michael-Maeby thing which gets less attention in season 2. Also in this episode, Tobias buys a club called the Queen Mary and Lindsay tries to scare him away from it by hiring the Hot Cop strippers to pose as gangsters. The Hot Cops from the episode Pier Pressure are nice to see again, and it's funny when they dance and one instinctively tears off his shirt. There's plenty of good stuff in this episode.

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