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 thirteenth episode of Season 3, “Development,” which premiered Feb. 10, 2006.
The final episode of “Arrested Development,” “Development Arrested,” is a clear throwback to the show’s pilot. From the “Mount Up Pard’ners” banner to the company party being held on a ship to George Michael confusing whether “family” or “breakfast” are the “most important” thing, this then-series finale was an unapologetic celebration of everything we love about “Arrested Development.”
Plot: Michael tries to keep the family from selling their Bluth family shares once he finds out that the charges against George Sr. have been dropped. They hold a party to celebrate, but there it’s revealed that Annyong has sold out Lucille, the true mastermind behind the schemes, to the SEC. She tries to escape on Long Beach’s famous ship the Queen Mary, and Michael and George Michael choose to sail away on the company yacht instead of help her out. Meanwhile, it’s revealed Lindsay was adopted (and is actually 40 instead of 37), so Maeby and George Michael aren’t actually cousins.
Bluth Company status: At first things seem to be going well for the Bluth Company, as all charges against George Bluth Sr. are dropped for some unknown reason — the company even gets bumped up to “Risky” on “Mad Money.” Lucille opts to name Michael CEO and Michael accidentally tells the family they can sell their shares for $2 million. It’s then revealed that Lucille Bluth is actually the mastermind behind all of their schemes and that Annyong sold her out to the SEC.
Notable guest stars: Ed Begley, Jr. as Stan Sitwell, Mae Whitman as Ann and Justin Lee as Annyong.
Memorable line: Michael tells Lindsay, “I’m just not that into older women.”
Milestones: Lucille is revealed to be the Bluth company mastermind, the audience finds out Lindsay is adopted which makes Maeby not George Michael’s cousin, Michael and George Michael finally leave their family behind, Annyong’s true reason for joining the Bluth family is revealed and Ron Howard suggests “maybe a movie” to Maeby.
Huge mistakes: Lucille makes a “huge mistake” naming Michael CEO, and tries to sell it to Stan Sitwell instead.
Recurring jokes worth remembering: The Bluth’s crazy party banners, Michael ignores George Michael every time he wants to tell him something important, Michael and George Michael confusing “breakfast” and “family” as the “most important” thing, Lucille is a “horrible mother,” Rita gets called a “wee-brain,” Lucille likes GOB the least of her children, GOB is dating Ann, Ann gets called “her,” the song “Free At Last” gets played, Oscar gets tricked by George Sr. over the promise of shrimp so George Sr. can escape, Annyong’s real name is actually “Hello,” Buster faces the seal that bit his hand, Michael and Buster say “Come on!” and Tobias and Lindsay continue to have marital problems.
Allusions to Tobias being gay: Tobias spoons Michael in bed and then, when Michael offers him a job, he asks if he can “just lay here and think about it.” He also wants to call the Hot Cops “Hot Sea Men” at the company party.
Most sexual tension: George Michael and Maeby can’t keep their hands off one another, so George Michael opts to sleep in his dad’s bed. At long last, George Michael tells Michael that he has feelings for his cousin, only to later find out they’re not really related. Meanwhile, Lindsay makes a move on Michael when she finds out she’s not his biological sister.
Best narrator commentary: “And that’s when Michael finally cried. It wasn’t exactly a turn-on.”
On the epilogue: Michael wakes up and finds that George Sr. has stashed himself away on the family yacht, and Maeby pitches her Bluth family TV show to Ron Howard, who says, “Nah, I don’t see it as a series. Maybe a movie.” And that was the end … until tomorrow, when “Arrested Development” returns to Netflix with its fourth season.