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"Arrested Development" Marta Complex (TV Episode 2004) Poster

(TV Series)

(2004)

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When Lucille (Jessica Walter) is dancing around her apartment the song she is listening to is "Rose's Turn," performed by Liza Minnelli, who plays Lucille 2.
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When Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) approaches Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli) about having Carl Weathers attend dinner with them, she phrases the question as "Guess who's coming to dinner?". Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) was the title of a 1967 film starring Sidney Poitier. The plot of the movie was that a black man was going to be having dinner with a rich, white, upper class white family. Lucille invites Carl Weathers, a black man to have dinner with the rich, white upper classes of the Balboa Towers.
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This is the first time we see George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor)'s home video he creates and markets while in prison.
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During Tobias (David Cross) and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi)'s anniversary party/Lucille (Jessica Walter)'s Valentine's Day party, Lupe (B.W. Gonzalez) is wearing a "Gobble Gobble" sweatshirt (which would be for Thanksgiving Day). She was also previously seen wearing a Halloween sweatshirt at Christmas time.
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Buster (Tony Hale) says, "hey, brother" to Michael (Jason Bateman), and "hey, brother-in-law" to Tobias (David Cross), again demonstrating his tendency to refer to people by their relationship to him instead of their name, first seen in episode 1.4, Arrested Development: Key Decisions (2003).
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Some of the candy hearts in the dish that George Michael (Michael Cera) picks through irregularly read "Dress Up", "Vogue" and "Guess Again".
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This episode's title is a reference to the term "Martyr Complex."
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On the set of El Amor Prohibido, the makeup artist that Michael (Jason Bateman) believes to be "Hermano" can be seen checking Michael out from behind as he walks away.
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This is the first time we see the set of the soap opera that Marta (Patricia Velasquez) appears in - El Amor Prohibido.
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When Arrested Development was first picked up by FOX, it was for only 13 episodes, so this episode was largely intended only to set up the next episode, Arrested Development: Beef Consomme (2004), which continues the story lines involving Marta (Patricia Velasquez), George Michael (Michael Cera) searching for Maeby (Alia Shawkat)'s parentage, and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi)'s marital difficulties with Tobias (David Cross), and was designed to possibly serve as the series finale.
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Buster (Tony Hale)'s line "I can blow myself" when Lucille (Jessica Walter) holds a tissue under his nose mimics Tobias (David Cross)'s line, "I just blue myself" from episode 2.1, Arrested Development: The One Where Michael Leaves (2004).
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Maeby (Alia Shawkat) references the film Action Jackson (1988) starring Carl Weathers.
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When introducing Carl Weathers, a clip is shown from his role in Predator (1987).
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Maeby (Alia Shawkat) can be heard several times blowing bubbles into her soda.
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This episode was intended as the Valentine's Day episode, and several decorations can be seen throughout the episode.
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This episode is rated TV-PG-LV.
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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.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In both this episode and the following episode, Arrested Development: Beef Consomme (2004), much of the plot is predicated on numerous characters misinterpreting the Spanish language, the specific detail being both Michael (Jason Bateman) and G.O.B. (Will Arnett)'s misunderstanding of the word 'Hermano' (Especially strange since G.O.B. knows the French word for brother, despite having studied Spanish for four years).
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"Hermano" - G.O.B. (Will Arnett) would later refer to Michael (Jason Bateman) as "hermano" in episode 1.19, Arrested Development: Best Man for the Gob (2004), and George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) can't remember the Spanish word for brother in episode 2.2, Arrested Development: The One Where They Build a House (2004).
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The family all chant "speech", as they do in several more episodes, such as episode 3.3, Arrested Development: Development Arrested (2006).
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"I've made a huge mistake" - Several characters are seen saying this line, first seen in episode 1.4, Arrested Development: Key Decisions (2003):
  • G.O.B. (Will Arnett) says it in two flashbacks from the earlier episode.
  • Marta (Patricia Velasquez) says it after realising she is in love with Michael (Jason Bateman).
  • Michael says it after realising Marta (is in love with him.
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More jokes are made at the expense of Tobias (David Cross)'s sexuality.
  • Maeby (Alia Shawkat) says that he has a "big-boy crush on Action Jackson", meaning Carl Weathers.
  • Between Tobias and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) is Carl Weathers, similar to the group of hot sailors between Tobias and Lindsay in "Development Arrested".
  • Tobias reveals that he hasn't made love to Lindsay in quite some time.
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The scene where Lucille (Jessica Walter) is dancing to Liza Minnelli's "Rose's Turn" is later mirrored by Buster (Tony Hale) in episode 2.17, Arrested Development: Spring Breakout (2005).
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Michael (Jason Bateman) uses the phrase "I'm okay with that" for the first time, referring to G.O.B. (Will Arnett) dating Marta (Patricia Velasquez) instead of him. The phrase would be used much more at the beginning of Season Two when G.O.B. is president of the company instead of Michael.
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Tobias (David Cross)'s role as Frightened Inmate #2 is a subject in several more episodes, most notably in episode 1.15, Arrested Development: Staff Infection (2004), when he has himself incarcerated in George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor)'s prison for research.
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The line Carl Weathers says about ham ("No. I love it.") is used again by Steve Holt (Justin Grant Wade) about magic in episode 3.2, Arrested Development: For British Eyes Only (2005).
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We see more instances of Carl Weathers' thriftiness:
  • He tells Tobias (David Cross) not to throw out a bone, as it can be made into a stew with a couple of potatoes and some broth.
  • While standing on the balcony, he tells Tobias about taking leftovers from the craft service table and making a stew out of them.
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This episode contains another instance of Tobias (David Cross)' incapability of being completely nude. He can also be seen unpacking several cutoffs when moving into George Michael (Michael Cera)'s room.
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The music played while Lucille (Jessica Walter) learns to enjoy being alone is Liza Minnelli's "Rose's Turn" from this musical based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee. This musical would again be referenced in the next episode, Arrested Development: Beef Consomme (2004).
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This is the first indication we receive that Maeby (Alia Shawkat) might not be George Michael (Michael Cera)'s biological cousin, a concept that would come up several more times over the span of the series.
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