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Making a Stand 

Michael is tired of his father always having Gob compete with him, so Michael gets Gob his own banana stand franchise, only to find that Gob has set it up 20 feet from the old one. After ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Lauer

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
Jeff Garlin ... Mort Meyers
Steve Ryan ... J. Walter Weatherman
Justin Grant Wade ... Steve Holt
Lobo Sebastian ... Eblin
Scott Baio ... Bob Loblaw
Josh Shada ... Young Gob
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Michael is tired of his father always having Gob compete with him, so Michael gets Gob his own banana stand franchise, only to find that Gob has set it up 20 feet from the old one. After the two compete, they decide to teach their father an elaborate lesson, and Buster refuses to use his handicap to scare kids. Meanwhile, Maeby uses Lucille's surgery in a horror film. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

An image of a discarded hammer is included in the kidnap stills montage. The Bluth family's inability to use a hammer has been seen across many episodes, starting with G.O.B. (Will Arnett) in episode 1.2, Arrested Development: Top Banana (2003), and including Michael (Jason Bateman) and Maeby (Alia Shawkat) in episode 2.6, Arrested Development: Afternoon Delight (2004). See more »

Quotes

George Bluth Sr.: I certainly didn't teach Buster how to compete, and look at how he turned out!
Byron "Buster" Bluth: I think Mother is raising me just fine.
George Bluth Sr.: I used my contacts to get you a job and you quit!
Narrator: The job was at an Iraqi-owned toy store who wanted to use Buster to deter shoplifters.
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References Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) See more »

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Yello Boat
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Performed by Will Arnett
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who is the "her" in that sentence..
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.

Making A Stand

A more relaxed or mellow take on the realm of Bluth family despite of depicting some higher stakes which once again is due to the numbness created by the writers hitherto, for the characters, makers and the audience.


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