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Family Ties 

Michael's quest to locate the mysterious "N. Bluth" leads him to Nellie, a prostitute who he believes is his long-lost sister, and the woman who just might be able to clear everything up. ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Berlinger (as Bob Berlinger)

Writers:

Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), Ron Weiner | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi ... Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett ... Gob Bluth
Michael Cera ... George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat ... Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale ... Buster Bluth
David Cross ... Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr.
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Justine Bateman ... Nellie
Rob Riggle ... Congressman John Van Huesen
Bronwen Masters ... Adelaide
Charlie Hartsock ... Ted
Ben Carroll ... Employee #1
Lanre Idewu ... Girl-Michael
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Storyline

Michael's quest to locate the mysterious "N. Bluth" leads him to Nellie, a prostitute who he believes is his long-lost sister, and the woman who just might be able to clear everything up. Meanwhile, Buster's fake coma incurs the wrath of real doctors. Written by halo1k

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A number of classic computers can be identified in the Bluth Co. office, including the Commodore PET, Osborne 1, Apple II and Kaypro 10, which Michael (Jason Bateman) uses. However, many of them have their brand labels removed. See more »

Goofs

According to the marriage certificate, George Michael was born on November 2, 1990 and Maeby was born on September 22, 1990. However, in "Hand to God", George Michael said that he was older than Maeby, and in "S.O.B.s'" he says his age is 16 when introducing himself at his new school. Also, this would make their characters only 15 years old in this episode, which contradicts information given in previous episodes. See more »

Quotes

[Michael has a long, boring talk with Nellie]
Narrator: Yeah. While that's going on, let's see what's happening with the rest of the family.
[We see George-Michael doing his homework]
Narrator: Nothing there.
[We see George Sr. clipping his toenails]
Narrator: Or there.
[We see Buster in the hospital faking a coma. Adelaide crawls into bed with him]
Narrator: Oh my! Let's go back to Michael.
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Connections

References Veronica Mars (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

End Credits Theme
Composed by David Schwartz
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don't you kind of remember..
14 July 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Arrested Development

Arrested Development is another take on dysfunctional family; created by Mitchell Hurwitz, with lots of twists and turns and mystery that helps kick the series into another level and stand alone. The narration by Ron Howard that guides the viewers is actually a smarter concept that it actually seems, since the makers doesn't feel the need to explain the situation and momentum through cheesy and additional dialogues; a slick move.

It is short on technical aspects like cinematography, background score and art design although the camera work is plausible and is shot beautifully with pleasing, light and breezy environment.

The writing is strong in terms of the material offered especially since it doesn't feel the urge to push boundaries just to crack a smile, and instead focuses on the irony of it and lets it flow fluently with well barred structure. The amusing concept, enfolding tricks, gripping screenplay, parallel sub-plots that are well edited which later merges in brilliantly are some of the high points of the series.

There is also a lot of going on in mere 20 minutes for the audience to let it sink in which may seem overstuffed at times but it does the work which is to keep the audience tangled into it. The characters are more mature and pragmatic than the audience usually gets in a sitcom where they might not be lovable or even likable at times, but their humane-ness keeps the viewers rooting for them.

The performance is somewhat fragile in here since the protagonist Jason Bateman is in his A game but unfortunately isn't supported to that extent by its supporting cast (Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi and David Cross).

Season 03

The third act is actually more of a final act and hence the makers did put all the eggs in the basket, which delivers this ultimate culmination of plot revelations, dramatic sequences, morale conflicts and hilarious but more importantly non-sketchy sequences, claiming once again their throne which they deserve to be sat upon.

Family Ties

A nice emotional touch with convincing performance as always by Jason Bateman whose character has evolved aptly with a perfect arc that keeps the audience hooked into the show and the characters bound among them.


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