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Whistler's Mother 

As his entire family targets company funds that have recently become unfrozen, Michael purchases some ultimately worthless land from his Uncle Oscar.

Director:

Paul Feig

Writers:

Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), James Vallely (as Jim Vallely) | 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 (credit only)
David Cross ... Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Amy Poehler ... Bride of Gob
Ethan Phillips ... Military Officer
Peter Jason ... Mr. Jordan
Charlie Hartsock ... Ted
Michael Bartel ... Young Michael
Dave Allen ... Activist (as Dave Gruber Allen)
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Storyline

Some company funds have been unfrozen, and everyone in the family wants a cut of it. Michael makes a bad investment on his uncle Oscar's land, and takes the blame for it. Meanwhile George Michael spots a mysterious man who looks a lot like his grandfather, and the Bluth Company institutes a new whistle-blowing policy. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The long haired hippie who, in frustration, shouts at Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) to abandon her protest is played by Dave Allen. Allan, playing Mr. Rosso on Freaks and Geeks (1999), also advised a character named Lindsay to abandon her protest in Freaks and Geeks: The Little Things (2000), a show created and written by Paul Feig, who directed this episode of Arrested Development. See more »

Goofs

When Lucille (Jessica Walter) visits Oscar (Jeffrey Tambor) in the supposed lemon grove, buildings and golf carts can be seen over her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

George Bluth Sr.: Michael, do you have any idea what it's like to have a sibling who has no source of income except for you?
Michael Bluth: Just one? No, I don't. It sounds wonderful, though.
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References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

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Arrested Development
Composed by David Schwartz
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other than my children..
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.

Whistlers Mother

A spiritually fueled episode that either feeds itself off on misunderstood or confused humor and politically twisted amusing characteristics that draws in most of the laughs which comes with a price of sacrificing the first act.


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