Arrested Development: Season 3, Episode 1

The Cabin Show (19 Sep. 2005)

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Michael learns that it's actually George Sr.'s twin brother Oscar serving time in prison, not George. After getting a tip from Barry, Michael heads to Reno to find George, but that costs him a camping trip he promised his son.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Grant Wade ...
Michael Savage ...
Paul Vogt ...
Twin #1


When Michael hears good news about the family business for a change, he decides to go down to the prison to gloat to his father, and take George-Michael out on a long overdue camping trip. While the rest of the family heads to the cabin property, Michael discovers that it's really George Sr.'s twin brother Oscar serving time, and heads to Reno after getting a tip from Barry that George Sr. is working there as a Blue Man. Meanwhile, George Michael tries to avoid his crush on Maeby. Written by halo1k

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When Michael runs into Barry in Reno, the envelope Barry holds (containing money and a passport for George, Sr.) changes from a manila color to plain white. See more »


Buster: I decided to sleep in the car so my snoring wouldn't bother you, and I left a tape recording of my snoring so you wouldn't know I was gone.
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Taste the happy: AD returns
16 January 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In spite of rumours Fox would drop Arrested Development after season 2, due to ratings that failed to improve, season 3 debuted with The Cabin Show in 2005. (Indeed, the show is now supposedly going to be resurrected for a second time, with season 4 promised on Netflix in 2013). Picking up where Righteous Brothers left off, The Cabin Show feels more like a season 2 episode than a season 3 one, probably because it is written by the only writers who stayed on after seasons 1 and 2, Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely.

It's good the show was brought back, because I didn't want to see the (relatively) innocent Oscar in jail for too long. In this episode, Michael realizes his true identity and begins getting him free. Complicating matters is some good news for the Bluth Company (but colourfully, not too good- they're upped from "Sell" to "Don't buy"). Tension between George Michael and Maeby is strong and delicious, with the two cousins being thrown together in the car ride to Reno, and certainly the rub off/tent joke was good enough that it was a big reason why I bought the season 3 DVD.

The stories of the episode are important, with GOB discovering Steve Holt is his son, and the Michael-George Michael talk in the cabin is sort of touching. However, this episode is also memorable for standalone jokes, including a shot at Scientology, an abortion reference and the often quoted "Taste the happy/sad."

As for Tobias, AD fans are fairly divided as to whether he is actually gay. Certainly there are many jokes where he appears to be gay, and many fans take these at face value. However, the more astute AD fans see that the humour derived from these jokes is that Tobias isn't really gay but is outrageously oblivious to the things that make him appear so. Most of Tobias' gay jokes have a subtle double meaning. In this particular episode, some fans point to his kiss with Barry as proof Tobias is gay, but it's really still a mystery. It was just a scheme to make his wife want him again; it is explicitly stated in the episode more than once that Lindsay only wants what she can't have. As usual, you have to think about the jokes in Arrested Development- and they're totally worth the effort.

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