Welcome to “Arrested Development” Rewatch. Leading up to the release of Season 4, Zap2it will be taking a look back at the 53 episodes that made “AD” one of our most beloved TV comedies. Watch the first three seasons of “Arrested Development” on Netflix. Today we’re covering the Season 1 episode “Pier Pressure,” which premiered Jan. 11, 2004.
After being introduced in “Pier Pressure,” the character of J. Walter Weatherman has gone on to be one of the funniest recurring jokes on “Arrested Development.” There’s a lot to love in this Season 1 episode, but learning why “you always leave a note” has got to be the best part. Ah, parenting skills from George Bluth Sr.
Plot: Michael decides he is being too hard on George Michael and his grades, so he orders his son to have more fun. Lindsay, meanwhile, realizes she’d been too lax on Maeby, and punishes her daughter by making her spend the day with her grandmother Lucille. In his desire to help Lucille 2 cope with her vertigo, Buster turns to George Michael and asks him to get marijuana from GOB. George Michael agrees, but Michael finds out about his son’s seeming smoking habits and tries to teach him a lesson about using drugs. The lesson ends up being turned on Michael when his father, George Sr., uses his old friend J. Walter Weatherman to get his son back on his grandson’s behalf.
Bluth Company status: Lucille asks Michael to doctor all the receipts of her valuables, but he declines, so she asks Lindsay instead. Lindsay ends up using that task as a punishment for her daughter, which leads to Maeby and Lucille spending quality time together. We’re honestly not sure what happened with the receipts, but at least Maeby was reminded why she has a great terrible mother.
Memorable line: “My gut is telling me no, but my gut is also very hungry.” – GOB
Milestones: “Pier Pressure” marks the first appearance of J. Walter Weatherman, and also the fact that the song “Big Yellow Joint” was written about the marijuana trade around the Bluth banana stand. We like it’s rock ‘n roll version best.
Recurring joke worth remembering: Weatherman’s classic line, “And that’s why you always leave a note,” and GOB’s gig as a member of the stripper crew Hot Cops.
Huge mistakes: George Sr. decides the fact that he taught his children lessons with J. Walter Weatherman is a mistake, but then decides to use his former employee once more to teach his adult son Michael not to teach his son George Michael lessons. Confused? You should be.
Most sexual tension: George Michael admits he has a crush on Maeby to his father, but Michael thinks it’s just a joke. “Now you taught me a lesson!” Michael responds. If only.
Best narrator commentary: “Buster, meanwhile, was still worried about Lucille 2, whose condition seemed to be worsening. He remembered a study he took part in on medical marijuana and its effects on nausea. The subject took the drug in the form of a THC pill. Nausea was then induced with a day at the carnival, which is what attracted Buster to the experiment in the first place. Buster was found two days later trying to eat his way through this enormous plaster donut.”
Next on “Arrested Development”: Nothing, surprisingly. For whatever reason, there was no “Next on ‘Arrested Development'” this episode. We guess we’ll just have to… watch the next one on our own.