George is declared dead in Mexico and the Bluth family holds a wake for their dead family member. Meanwhile, George isn't dead and has returned to the USA, only to be found by a newly dumped George Michael.

Director:

Jeff Melman

Writers:

Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), John Levenstein
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
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. / Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Henry Winkler ... Barry Zuckerkorn
Malik Yoba ... Ice
Mae Whitman ... Ann Veal
Jason Aaron Tinero Jason Aaron Tinero ... Young Buster
Abraham Higginbotham Abraham Higginbotham ... Gary
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George is declared dead in Mexico and the Bluth family holds a wake for their dead family member. Meanwhile, George isn't dead and has returned to the USA, only to be found by a newly dumped George Michael.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

George Michael (Michael Cera) telling George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) that Ann (Mae Whitman) is funny is a reference to a comment G.O.B (Will Arnett) made about her in the previous episode: "What, is she funny or something?". See more »

Goofs

When Michael is comforting Lindsey in the kitchen, his watch goes from 9:30 to 9:25, then back to 9:30. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: As a child, Buster had a beloved parakeet. But after landing on his mother's housekeeper's head, it flew away. And into a transformer. When Buster found out, he destroyed the family's kitchen, believing this to be where Rosa lived.
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Connections

References Captain Kangaroo (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Arrested Development
Composed by David Schwartz
(opening theme)
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yeah, that's still going on..
12 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 02

The second act is unfortunately wafer thin on concept and is overstuffed on the distracted and inessential material and characters which aren't intriguing or funny enough to invest in it. Addition to that, it is less sensible and lacks the poetic essence which is what made the first one more layered and adaptive.

Good Grief

The weary jokes are so long and elaborated that it goes from "that's funny" to "is it still going on" and then back to, "maybe, it is funny" which in its own way works for the cynical questionable plot track isn't something that the audience aspired.


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