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The One Where They Build a House 

Michael's new business model backfires when GOB suggests that they build a fake house in two weeks. Meanwhile, George Sr. turns up in Mexico, only to be captured by prison guards who have ... See full summary »

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Michael's new business model backfires when GOB suggests that they build a fake house in two weeks. Meanwhile, George Sr. turns up in Mexico, only to be captured by prison guards who have been injured by a shoddy device he tried to market in Mexico years earlier. Written by halo1k

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The truck that Tobias rode on and blended into because of his blue paint had the label "Blendin Moving & Storage." See more »

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When Michael is giving the pep talk before construction of the second model home begins, on the left hand side of the screen a lens hood pushes into the shot before pulling back out of frame. See more »

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George Michael: Yeah, Ann loves eggs. Sometimes, she puts mayonnaise in her mouth, then she puts the egg in there and does this
[Imitates pushing an egg around in his mouth]
George Michael: She calls it a "mayonegg!"
George Michael: [pause]
[to Michael]
George Michael: Are you ok?
Michael: I don't feel so good.
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Written by Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson
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Rock beats scissors, paper beats rock, and Arrested Development beats everything else
14 June 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The second episode of the second season of Arrested Development steps up two running jokes that came to define that season- the Ann jokes and Tobias' blue man. For the first time, we have Michael meeting Ann and calling her "Egg" and "Her?" It's a joke about bland looks and a father's reservations about his son growing up all at once. And Tobias uses his blue body colour to hide against blue backgrounds. Sometimes, like when he's on the truck, he's hard to spot. These are intelligent and funny jokes established in this episode co-written by the master, Mitchell Hurwitz.

The plot of this episode- GOB, as the new president of the Bluth Company, has Michael build a fake model house. It's just walls, with nothing inside, but looks real on the outside. Michael isn't optimistic this will work, and indeed, the house falls apart. This is actually a metaphor for the Iraq War, although it isn't obvious until we see the infamous Mission Accomplished banner; the president said something could be done and Iraq was solid, and then it fell apart. Even if future generations don't get the reference, the story and much of the humour will still probably be enjoyable, much like how people still enjoy The Wizard of Oz long after they've forgotten the politician who inspired the Cowardly Lion. They wouldn't know that they missed anything.

Other highlights of the episodes- the George-Kitty son with a good callback to Lindsay's business in Let 'em Eat Cake, the snappy writing (is Oscar a real man?), the rock-paper-scissors jokes (although you'd think it would be GOB who always picks rock), the way Oscar is mistaken for a homeless guy while Lindsay pursues a homeless guy. The last moments when Lindsay misses Tobias is sweet. No question- this episode is as solid as a rock.


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