Welcome to the “Arrested Development” Rewatch. Leading up to the release of Season 4, Zap2it
will be taking a look back at the 53 episodes that made the show one of our
most beloved TV comedies. We continue with episode 9 of Season 1, “Storming the Castle,” which first aired Jan. 4, 2004. Watch the first three seasons of “Arrested Development” on Netflix.
Plot: Michael is still infatuated with Gob’s girlfriend Marta (Patricia Velasquez) and decides to make a play for her, though Lindsay insists he’s too nice of a guy to tell Marta that Gob is cheating. Lucille is determined to break up Buster and Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli). George Michael wants to prove his manliness to Maeby.
Milestones: The first trip to the Gothic Castle (inspired by the actual Magic Castle in Los Angeles), and Gob’s first use of “The Final Countdown” as his stage music. George Sr. converts to Judaism after the Star of David appears to him in solitary confinement.
Huge mistakes: Michael tries to prove he’s not just Mr. Nice Guy by taking things from work (a chair, and eventually a TV). As George Michael points out: “Isn’t that why Grandpa’s in jail? Cause he took things from work?”
Most sexual tension: Buster is finally settling into his relationship with Lucille 2, before Lucille gets in the way (“She changed him as a baby!”).
Allusions to Tobias being gay: In his ongoing quest to prove he’s a “cool dad,” Tobias picks up on the leather Maeby is wearing to rebel against Lindsay’s current animal rights craze. He goes leather shopping (“I’m looking for something that says, ‘Dad likes leather!'”) and later — due to a miscommunication with a taxi driver — winds up at a gay bar that kinda sounds like the Gothic Castle… only not.
Next on “Arrested Development”: “The alliance decides to let Gob back in” [and then immediately kicks him out again] “and Tobias gets some good news” [he books a gig with the leather-wearing “Whips-and-Snaps Barbershop Quartet”].