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Let 'Em Eat Cake 

Michael discovers the secret behind his father's financial woes, and George Sr. has a heart attack in prison and makes his escape from the hospital.

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Paul Feig

Writers:

Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), Mitchell Hurwitz | 2 more credits »
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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
Henry Winkler ... Barry Zuckerkorn
Sam Pancake ... James Alan Spangler
Ian Roberts ... Literal Doctor
Matt Walsh ... The D.A.
John Beard ... John Beard
Justin Lee ... Annyong Bluth
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Storyline

Michael learns the real secret behind the Bluth Company's international accounts - his dad may have been illegally building houses similar to the one he lives in in Iraq. George Sr. agrees to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence, but the family gets word that he has had a heart attack while in prison. The family goes to the hospital to visit, but learns that George Sr. has made an elaborate escape. Michael decides that he's had enough, and he and George-Michael decide to pack up and head to Phoenix. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2004 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the narrator (Ron Howard) refers to the history of Tobias (David Cross)' "The Man Inside Me" book, a brief clip of the book on amazon is shown. Below the book cover, the website reads, "Customers who bought 'The Man Inside Me' also bought: Families with Low Self-Esteem by Tobias Funke (Author), Caged Wisdom by George Bluth, The Low-Carb, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gender Diet by BJ Zuckercorn (Author)." Two of the works were introduced to the show, except the one by Barry Zuckercorn (played by Henry Winkler), who occasionally exhibits homosexual tendencies. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene when Michael uses the remote to turn the TV off, the trim work of the entertainment center comes loose and swings into a speaker, knocking it from the wall onto the floor. A moment later Lindsay enters the room, and as the camera pans back to Michael we can see over his shoulder that the speaker is back on the wall. According to the DVD commentary the speaker was not meant to fall down, explaining why it would be set back up between scenes. See more »

Quotes

Buster Bluth: I didn't even know we were calling him big bear.
Gob: We never had a chance to!
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Connections

Referenced in CHIKARA: Let 'em Eat Cake (2015) See more »

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End Credits Theme
Composed by David Schwartz
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10 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 01

The first act in here is somewhat of an introductory section for the character development is handled well enough if not evolved entirely (there is no need to grab the whole bite too). It is also fast paced and evenly distributive among the characters that shares their screen time and factors in with a greater impact than the protagonist.

Let Em Eat Cake

An appropriate finale for the season on terms of character development and a cliffhanger that may or may not be as provoking as it is entertaining and humorous but if considered a bigger picture there isn't much to explore in it.


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