Arrested Development: Season 1, Episode 15

Staff Infection (14 Mar. 2004)

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Michael is tired of the family getting free handouts from the Bluth Company without doing anything, so he puts them to work. He puts Lindsay to work at the company answering phones, while ... See full summary »



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Michael is tired of the family getting free handouts from the Bluth Company without doing anything, so he puts them to work. He puts Lindsay to work at the company answering phones, while GOB and Buster take construction jobs. Meanwhile, the sheep-like behavior of the Bluth Company employees gets them in trouble on a visit to the island of Catalina, and Tobias, researching his role as a frightened inmate, checks himself into the prison where George Sr. is being held. Written by halo1k

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The cooler on the yacht containing the evidence has the name H.MADDAS stenciled on it. When you see it reflected in the mirror, it reads SADDAM.H. See more »


In the staff meeting, a boom microphone can be briefly seen before the camera zooms in on Lindsay. See more »


Tobias Fünke: [while rehearsing his "frightened inmate #2" character] Lindsey, say something to scare me
Lindsay Funke: F*** me.
Tobias Fünke: Nope, nothing. Thanks for trying though.
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References Footloose (1984) See more »


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Get along, little sheep
8 May 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Turning back to Arrested Development, in spite of some flaws this is a truly funny episode. Staff Infection deals with the Bluths taking company money and Michael trying to make them work for it. But Michael's siblings just spread chaos.

In terms of characterization, Tobias and Buster both shine here. Tobias signs his name "T (Tobias)" needlessly and needs Lindsay to ask for sex to become frightened (though it doesn't work). Buster conveys pure terror in the sheep picture and gets nervous working indoors and outdoors (where else can he go?). The episode is helped along with motifs like the common theme of incest (GOB mistakes Lindsay for Kitty). However, this particular episode also has an amusing sheep motif, combined with an original song "Get Along, Little Sheep."

This episode has a revelation that surprised viewers- Annyong speaks good English. Some people regard this as a retcon, but as this is only Annyong's second episode it shouldn't be surprising we're still learning new things about him.

On the downside, Lucille's comment about Buster's "scholarly pursuits" is one of the cheapest shots in season 1. Additionally, George Michael finding his childhood crafts in Michael's office didn't really make me feel anything. Still, for some good laughs there's no denying Staff Infection is a winner.

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