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Marta Complex 

Michael delivers a speech about love that makes Marta realise she has feelings for him. George-Michael realises that Maeby might not be his cousin.


Joe Russo


Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), John Levenstein | 2 more credits »

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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.
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Liza Minnelli ... Lucille Austero
Patricia Velasquez ... Marta Estrella
B.W. Gonzalez B.W. Gonzalez ... Lupe
Bashir Salahuddin ... Prisoner
Carl Weathers ... Carl Weathers


It's Valentine's Day and everyone but Michael has a reason to celebrate. Buster, tired of dealing with his mother, goes to live with the rest of the family in the model home. But soon Marta realizes that Michael is the one she has feelings for, not GOB. Written by halo1k

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Release Date:

8 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Carl Weathers says "I thought you had class" to Buster (Tony Hale), he's referring to Buster's studies. When Buster says back to Carl Weathers, and then to Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli), "I thought YOU had class," he means as in dignity, poise, etc. See more »


When George Michael digs through the bowl of candy hearts, the first one he reads is purple. However, the next camera shot is of him stuffing an orange candy heart in his shirt pocket. See more »


Carl Weathers: We're just two adults getting a stew on, man.
Buster Bluth: I don't know what that means, but it sounds disgusting.
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Referenced in Chikara the Marta Complex (2015) See more »


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Composed by David Schwartz
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Who Is "Hermano"?
10 October 2018 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

We just had a fantastic four-run episodes of Arrested Development that can be considered classic. Does the run continue with "Marta Complex"? Yes and no. The episode does not quite reach the heights of the previous four episodes, but I would still consider this episode to be a minor classic. This is a Valentine Day-themed episode and the romance takes the reign as the A-plotline which basically has Michael trying to understand what on earth does "hermano" mean? It's Spanish for brother, but of course Michael does not realize that.

The episode starts off at the anniversary party for Lindsay and Tobias. Michael makes a speech where he says, "you can't really heal yourself until you stop living a lie." After that statement, the family decides it is time to make some changes. George-Michael will act on his feelings for Maeby, Buster will reach out from the grasp of his mother, and Lindsay will divorce Tobias. After Tobias is banished to sleeping with George-Michael, he blurts out to George-Michael that Maeby may not even be his daughter, thus not being G.M's cousin. Buster makes advances on Lucille 2 trying to escape his mother, but she rejects those advances thus making Buster realize he has been dating an old woman this entire time. "I've made a huge mistake" he says. Then for A-subplot, we have Michael trying to see if Marta has been cheating on GOB. GOB overhears Marta talking about 'hermano" but both GOB and Michael have no idea who that could be. As it turns out, Marta may not love GOB anymore.

Not as good as the previous classics, this episode still has many great moments. The acting is fantastic, thanks to the usual suspects and some solid supporting turns from Liza Minnelli, Carl Weathers, and Patricia Velaquez. Carl Weathers is here to give Tobias even more acting "advice" this time about making stew. The episode's MVP has to be awarded to Tony Hale as Buster. Buster certainly makes go at it rebelling against his mother.

My Grade: A-

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