Michael suspects that George Sr. is running the business from inside prison. George Michael is made manager of the banana stand, and Michael gives GOB a letter to mail after Lucille suggests that he be included in the business.



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After getting some unexpected help at the family's frozen banana stand, Michael suspects that George Sr. has been running the business from inside prison. His suspicions are confirmed when he follows his mother's house keeper to the family storage unit, which has been burned to the ground. Michael and his son decide to teach their father a lesson by burning the stand to the ground. Meanwhile, GOB deals with a pet store who refuses to give him a refund, and George-Michael has a hard time adjusting to his new roommate. Written by halo1k

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9 November 2003 (USA)  »

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When George Michael is confessing his intention to burn down the banana stand to Michael, his distinct Canadian accent comes out repeatedly on the word "sorry." See more »


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Michael Bluth: I burned it. Down to the ground.
George Bluth Sr.: There was money in that banana stand.
Michael Bluth: Well, it's all gone now.
George Bluth Sr.: There was $250,000 lining the inside walls of the banana stand.
Michael Bluth: What?
George Bluth Sr.: Cash, Michael. What the hell did you think I meant when I said...
[strangles Michael]
George Bluth Sr.: [yells, pausing after each word] There is money in the banana stand!
Prison guard: [George Sr. quickly takes his hands off Michael] No touching!
George Bluth Sr.: No touching!
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Taking Care of Business
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
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29 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The second episode of Arrested Development is a dandy. It takes the information from the first episode and brings it to another level. There is some deeper characterization as we learn more about Michael and his family. There are some funny jokes and I like how they take offensive taboos and turn them into something funny. An example of this would be the animal cruelty which I definitely don't condone.

This episode has Michael under the impression that his father George Sr is running the business from inside prison. He also promotes his son George Michael as manager of the banana stand. Meanwhile GOB has a dead dove and wants to return it to the pet store.

Overall, this is another incredibly funny episode after the magnificent pilot. The acting is wonderful and shows why this show will be good for seasons to come. I rate this show 9/10.

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