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Staff Infection 

Michael learns that most of his family is on the company payroll despite not working there. Gob and Buster are sent to work at the construction site, while Lindsay answers phone calls for the company.

Director:

John Fortenberry

Writers:

Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), Brad Copeland | 1 more credit »
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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
James Lipton ... Warden Stefan Gentles
B.W. Gonzalez B.W. Gonzalez ... Lupe
Michael Blieden ... Agent Cummings
Justin Lee ... Annyong Bluth
Brant von Hoffman ... Foreman
Teddy Lane Jr. ... Construction Worker
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Storyline

Michael is tired of the family getting free handouts from the Bluth Company without doing anything, so he puts them to work. He puts Lindsay to work at the company answering phones, while GOB and Buster take construction jobs. Meanwhile, the sheep-like behavior of the Bluth Company employees gets them in trouble on a visit to the island of Catalina, and Tobias, researching his role as a frightened inmate, checks himself into the prison where George Sr. is being held. 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:

14 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The subtitle "hello" can be seen in a small text next to Annyong (Justin Lee)'s head when Michael (Jason Bateman) approaches the banana stand looking for George Michael (Michael Cera). See more »

Goofs

In the staff meeting, a boom microphone can be briefly seen before the camera zooms in on Lindsay. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: On the next Arrested Development, Tobias gets an insight into fear.
Tobias Fünke: Let's discuss our new bunking situation.
White Power Bill: You're going to be sleeping under me for a while.
George Sr.: I sold you for a pack of cigarettes.
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Connections

References Footloose (1984) See more »

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End Credits Theme
Composed by David Schwartz
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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.

Staff Infection

A role reversal that unfortunately doesn't work despite of having such a potential on the premise but draws a margin and makes it different from any other is the emotional touch that does communicate with the audience.


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