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Not Without My Daughter 

Police attempt to pin Kitty's disappearance on Michael. Meanwhile, Michael brings Maeby along with him for "Take Your Daughter To Work Day."

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Lee Shallat Chemel

Writers:

Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), Mitchell Hurwitz | 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. / Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Henry Winkler ... Barry Zuckerkorn
Jay Johnston ... Officer Taylor
Jonathan Penner ... Detective Fellows
Kevin McDonald ... Detective Streudler
Justin Lee ... Annyong Bluth
Charlie Hartsock ... Ted
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Storyline

Michael decides that it's time to retire a long-running joke involving George-Michael and "Take Your Daughter To Work Day", so he brings Maeby along for the ride instead. The police get involved in the disappearance of Kitty Sanchez, the company's former secretary, and Michael discovers shocking video evidence of Kitty's last known whereabouts. 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:

25 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Former The Kids in the Hall (1988) star Kevin McDonald plays a detective who gives Maeby (Alia Shawkat) the security code to the office. See more »

Goofs

One of the police officers makes reference to having daughters who seem to have run off somewhere. In the next season, the same officers are a couple and hire Maggie (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to be a surrogate mother so they can finally have children. Their next appearance completely disregards the fact that they already have kids. See more »

Quotes

Maebe: So, you killed Kitty, huh?
Michael: No, I did not kill Kitty. However, I am going to oblige and answer the nice officer's questions because I am an honest man with no secrets to hide.
[whoops and hollers heard from the conference room]
Michael: And apparently, a fun one. Why don't we go see what's going on in the back, shall we?
Maebe: Were those the last words Kitty ever heard?
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Connections

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
(uncredited)
Written by J.R. Shannon
Performed by Henry Winkler
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i hate to "bring your daughter to work" day..
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.

Not Without My Daughter

A more sweet and honest episode than any other and not for it touches essential emotional chords but its amusing input of the premise on the world that the characters revolved around which factors in majorly and effectively.


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