Arrested Development: Season 2, Episode 5

Sad Sack (12 Dec. 2004)

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Some unfortunate pictures of Tobias wind up on the internet, which the military mistakes for pictures of Iraq and proof that the Bluth Company was building houses over there. Wayne Jarvis, ... See full summary »

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Some unfortunate pictures of Tobias wind up on the internet, which the military mistakes for pictures of Iraq and proof that the Bluth Company was building houses over there. Wayne Jarvis, the family's former attorney, makes Michael an offer he cant refuse. Meanwhile, Buster seeks GOB's help to provide motivation for his Army training. Written by halo1k

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At the beginning of the episode Michael is making scrambled eggs. He scrapes the eggs into a plate leaving the pan empty. The plate is later taken away by Oscar. Then Michael comes back to the pan, which is magically full of eggs again. See more »

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Barry Zuckerkorn: Those are the pictures?
Wayne Jarvis: They're all over the news.
Barry Zuckerkorn: Those are balls.
Wayne Jarvis: What?
Narrator: Barry was right. Tobias had inadvertently photographed himself while learning how to use his new camera phone.
Barry Zuckerkorn: This close, they always look like landscape. But nope, you're looking at balls.
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Deserving of its Emmy nomination
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It looks like fan opinion of this second season episode varies and can be underwhelming, but this is one of the few AD episodes to be nominated for an Emmy, particularly for Writing (it lost to the fellow-AD episode Righteous Brothers). And this is a stand-out episode in my opinion. Like Good Grief before it, Sad Sack has the burden of explaining why goody goody Michael is letting his fugitive father George hide out in the family attic. And Sad Sack manages to not only be funny and lively but also emotional and thoughtful. This episode was also singled out by the Parents Television Council as inappropriate, and it's worthy of that distinction as well, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Michael gets an offer from the prosecution to escape punishment if he surrenders his father, since the government suspects Michael knows where he is. This allows for the two great caricatures of lawyers, Barry and Wayne Jarvis, to appear, and both are great in this episode. This also allows for Michael to rethink his father and whether George is worth the risk of being kept hidden, while George is devastated by the thought of losing his wife and is seen in a rare fragile state. Meanwhile, Michael's sister Lindsay, portrayed in this episode as having lost her voice (a nice challenge for actress Portia de Rossi) is attracted to a boy who her own 15-year-old daughter is attracted to. At the same time, Michael is so disappointed with his son's girlfriend that he even has his son's eyes examined. The scene where George Michael struggles with the eye exam is funny, but as is typical with Arrested Development episodes, so much is funny that you might have to rewind and rewatch it to appreciate it. I know I did.

Sad Sack is at the same time irreverent and smart, and definitely amusing.


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