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"Arrested Development" Sad Sack (2004)

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Arrested Development: Season 2: Episode 5 -- While the government wants to cut a deal with Michael over the whereabouts of his father, George Sr. wants Michael to find out if Lucille is really in love with Oscar.


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Original Air Date:
12 December 2004 (Season 2, Episode 5)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Lauer 
Writing credits
Mitchell Hurwitz (created by)

Barbie Adler (written by)

Produced by
Barbie Adler .... supervising producer
John Amodeo .... producer
Brad Copeland .... producer
Jennifer Crittenden .... consulting producer
Brian Grazer .... executive producer
Ron Howard .... executive producer
Mitchell Hurwitz .... executive producer
John Levenstein .... consulting producer
Chuck Martin .... supervising producer
Diane Mercer .... associate producer
David Nevins .... executive producer
Richard Rosenstock .... co-executive producer
David Shafer .... production associate producer
James Vallely .... co-executive producer (as Jim Vallely)
Original Music by
David Schwartz 
Cinematography by
Greg Harrington (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Bramwell 
Casting by
Deborah Barylski 
Allison Jones 
Production Design by
Dawn Snyder 
Art Direction by
Scott Cobb (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Maureen Osborne 
Costume Design by
Katie Sparks 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Coffey .... makeup department head
Marie Larkin .... hair stylist
Vito Trotta .... key hair stylist
Jennifer Turchi Nigh .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Mark S. Glick .... unit production manager (as Mark Glick)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald Chong .... first assistant director (as Ronnie Chong)
Jennie O'Keefe .... second assistant director (as Jennie O'Keefe Mills)
Art Department
Artie Chavez .... construction foreman
Al Eisenmann .... property master
Greg Hamlin .... construction coordinator (as Greg 'Tiny' Hamlin)
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Preston Connor .... second boom
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
Peter Kelsey .... sound re-recording mixer (as Peter R. Kelsey)
Tom Stasinis .... sound mixer
Nello Torri .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Chris Quilty .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John P. Cazin .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Dodd .... camera operator
Steve Galvin .... chief lighting technician (as Stephen Galvin)
Chris Hathaway .... best boy electric
Robert Knouse .... camera operator (as Robby Knouse)
Eric Layden .... second assistant camera
Stuart T. Lillas .... first assistant camera
Layna McAllister .... first assistant camera
Steve Robertson .... key grip
Michael A. Savage .... grip
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Christine Ciraolo .... casting associate
Kevin Goldson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alana Caudillo .... set costumer
Kate Samhat .... set costumer
Perri Kimono .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ted Brady .... colorist
Bill Missett .... on-line editor
Bryan Petty .... assistant editor
Matthew Douglas Helfgott .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Joshua Minyard .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Joshua Minyard .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music editor (uncredited)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music mixer (uncredited)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Hal Lary .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Rebecca Asher .... script supervisor
Sherry Brooks .... production accountant
Charles Canzoneri .... key set production assistant
Anne Marie Coyne .... assistant: Mitchell Hurwitz
Marcia Fields .... writers assistant
Dianne Ketchum Friedgen .... location manager (as Dianne Friedgen)
Abraham Higginbotham .... executive story editor
Jen Mayo .... assistant coordinator
Tiffany Sipantzi Moore .... production coordinator
Michael Spear .... production assistant (as Mike Spear)
Tom Goodrich .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Stacey Levin .... head publicist (uncredited)
Chad Swenson .... video playback services (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Additional Details

Argentina:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This is the first time it's heard that Michael's former wife was named Tracy.See more »
Continuity: There is a scene in the attic with George and Michael where George is having trouble opening a tin. The bird cage to George's right sits on a stack of stuff that gets bigger and smaller between takes, i.e., the bird cage is alternately higher and lower than George's shoulder.See more »
Steve Holt:You're mom seems pretty cool.
Maebe:That's not my mom.
Steve Holt:...But she said you were her daughter.
Maebe:His daughter. It's my dad.
Steve Holt:That's a dude?
Maebe:And the worst part is? He thinks he's passing.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Deserving of its Emmy nomination, 20 August 2007
Author: gizmomogwai

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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