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Mr. F 

The family's meeting with Japanese investors backfires big time when Tobias mistakes a real government agent for a talent agent. Gob tries to connect with his father, who is controlling a ... See full summary »

Director:

Arlene Sanford

Writers:

Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), Richard Day | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
Charlize Theron ... Rita
Dave Thomas ... Trevor
Jeff Garlin ... Mort Meyers
Bob Einstein ... Larry
Scott Baio ... Bob Loblaw
John Viener ... Frank
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Storyline

The family's meeting with Japanese investors backfires big time when Tobias mistakes a real government agent for a talent agent. Gob tries to connect with his father, who is controlling a Surrogate. Meanwhile, Michael has another encounter with Rita's uncle, and Maeby's romantic comedy is a total flop. Written by halo1k

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Michael (Jason Bateman) rips down George Michael (Michael Cera)'s "fun and failure" poster, a poster for Les Cousins Dangereux is revealed. See more »

Goofs

During the first board meeting, after Bob Loblaw reveals there may be a leak in the family, a boom mic is visible. Bob states that there may be a spy among them with a listening device, and the camera comically zooms in on the surrogate and a glimpse of the boom mic. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [after Tobias's gym buddy reveals he is a government agent] He said "CIA", a government agency responsible for this catstrophe
[shows a "Bay Of Pigs" map]
Narrator: . But what Tobias thought the man said was "CAA", a talent agency responsible for this catastrophe.
[shows the poster for "Love, Indubitably"]
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References Brighton Rock (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Arrested Development
Composed by David Schwartz
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and not fall in love..
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.

Mr. F

A decent end to the sub-plot of guest actor Theron and Bateman which was manipulative and smartly weaved in by the writers with a mysterious plot whose revelation might be more hilarious than shocking or surprising.


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