Arrested Development At Its Best: Season 2's Most Memorable Episodes

By Nick Venable 2013-05-24 00:16:10 discussion comments
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Good Grief
This time, the episode’s title refers to a frequent Charlie Brown moan from the comic Peanuts. I wondered it when it first aired and I continue to wonder how much of my love for this episode relies on my Sunday comics obsession throughout my youth. If you don’t have the image of Charlie Brown’s depressed look in your head whenever you see George Michael, George, G.O.B. and Tobias do it, along with the key music, then what do these scenes do? There were already two references to testicles being referred to as “Charlie Browns,” and then we get a Linus/penis correlation. I wonder what unaware people think of these nicknames, the Banana Stand sign that says “The Frozen Banana Maker is ‘Out’” or the tiny Christmas tree or the below picture.

”snoopy”

Anyway, this is an amazing episode on top of that, or rather six feet below that, as most of the episode’s events revolve around the assumed death of George Sr. – “Frito Bandito” - due to George Sr. figuring out that money buys freedom, at least in Mexico. So all the characters get to pretend that he’s dead, but the sheer lack of mourning is almost flagrant, though it makes almost every single line drip with black humor. Maeby spends the episode trying to get emancipated from her parents, talking Lindsay into wearing her SLUT shirt to impress Ice. And it’s amazing because both of them are naďve enough to think it would work, despite clearly having the capabilities to pull men. I guess.

The show carries some weight in holding a wake for a man who is listening from the attic – and that’s what Pop Pop in the attic means – and giving G.O.B. the heartless choice to use it to his advantage to redeem himself as a magician and getting into Poof Magazine. Few shows on television would dare to just remove any signs of normal behavior for the sake of proving how heartless the characters actually are.

“I am surprised though that she’s going after someone so similar to my own type. But I suppose we all do expose our inner desires, don’t we?” “I think you just did.” “No, I didn’t.”

Not only do these people not react in an extended fashion to George’s death, but they also don’t react overwhelmingly to his being alive and in the attic, nor to his disappearance from the attic. For a series that delves into fantasy and fourth-wall-breaking narration, it’s one of the truest shows out there. Oh wait….

”grave”

Things That Make The Episode Memorable

“Who left the cap off my [bleeping] Glisten?”

Tony Wonder’s Poof Magazine shot. G.O.B. can’t top the bread trick. Spoiler. Also, ‘I should be in this Poof!” Tons of poof jokes here.

“I didn’t want to say that while you were talking to Egg.” Poor Bland.

“Oscar, close it. You look like the window of a butcher shop.” And somehow, I don’t feel that this insults George Sr.’s naked body.

Let’s all give thanks that we weren’t around when Buster found out about the parakeet and Captain Kangeroo.

“From who, the Nazis?”

Barry Zuckercorn is a shitty human being. “I could have you out on the street in a month.” He should know that she wouldn’t be able to pay him. I meant to say he’s a shitty lawyer. “The will is not here. The will is at my office, next to the hot plate with the frayed wires. I didn’t, uh…It wasn’t, uh…”

I kind of need an Aztec’s Tomb in my life.

”sad”
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