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Storming the Castle 

Michael decides to expose Marta to Gob's womanizing by having her participate in a magic trick that involves one of Gob's many girlfriends.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Bluth
... Lindsay Bluth Fünke
... Gob Bluth
... George-Michael Bluth
... Maeby Fünke
... Buster Bluth
... Tobias Fünke
... George Bluth Sr.
... Lucille Bluth
... Lucille Austero
... Marta Estrella
... Rollo
Kennedy Kabasares ... Lance
... Stage Hand
... Prison Guard


Determined to get back in the Magician's Alliance, GOB puts on one last big show, thanks to his brother Michael. Michael, hoping to steal Marta away from GOB, tries to pull a scam almost as great as GOB's magic act. Meanwhile, Tobias, hoping to impress his daughter, becomes a "leather daddy". Written by halo1k

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4 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Lucille (Jessica Walter) says that Buster (Tony Hale) has a "hole in his heart," (cardiac shunt) a fact that's mentioned several times throughout the series. See more »


At the end of the show in the scene when the narrator is explaining that Michael was accepting the fact that he was a "good guy", but not as good as people thought, there is a TV at work that Michael is looking at. In the next scene, it shows Michael stealing that TV, but this TV is completely different from the one from the previous scene. See more »


Narrator: On the next Arrested Development: The Alliance decides to let Gob back in.
Rollo: [at the Magicians' Alliance office] Tell me, how did you get two Alliance-approved assistants with such short notice?
Gob: Oh, that was just my girlfriend and my nephew.
Rollo: [quickly conferring with other Alliance members] Well, you're out.
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Referenced in CHIKARA Storming the Castle (2015) See more »


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Written by Joey Tempest
Performed by Europe
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10 July 2018 | by See 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.

Storming The Castle

A decent take on the protagonist and his overcoming of the issues and the conflicts he has been buzzing on with a similar format that still never fails to deliver its expected outcome which is shock and awe and some chuckles here and there.

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