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 5 of Season 2, “Sad Sack,” which first aired Dec. 12, 2004. Watch the first three seasons of “Arrested Development” on Netflix.
[Note: This episode landed “Arrested Development” the enviable honor of being named the “Worst TV Show of the Week” by the always humorless Parents Television Council. Among the PTC’s complaints: “one or two plotlines cross the
line by involving the institutions of marriage and family in such a negative way
that it becomes offensive to adult viewers and potentially damaging to children
who see it.” Read on to see why!]
Plot: Michael is offered immunity if he’ll tell the prosecution where his father is. (And since George Sr. is still hiding out in Michael’s attic, he knows exactly where that is.) Lindsay worries Tobias might be getting more action than she is in their new open marriage arrangement, so she starts flirting with Maeby’s crush Steve Holt. Buster is having a tough time scaling a wall in boot camp.
Bluth Company status: They’re in hot water when photos obtained from Bluth Company servers appear to show Bluth construction sites built on top of WMD bunkers in Iraq. It turns out the photos are just extreme close-ups of Tobias’ balls.
Secondary characters introduced: They were both seen in Season 1 but this is the first Season 2 appearance for attorney Wayne Jarvis (John Michael Higgins) and Maeby’s crush Steve Holt (Justin Grant Wade).
Notable guest stars: Henry Winkler returns as Barry Zuckerkorn; Cedric Yarbrough as Sergeant Wendell Baker, Buster’s army boot camp sergeant whose name is a reference to Sergeant George Baker, the creator of WWII military life comic strip “Sad Sack.”
Huge mistakes: Besides the whole confusing photos of Tobias’ balls for overhead shots of Iraq landscapes thing, a more understandable mistake occurs when Lucille falls for George Sr.’s masquerade as Oscar — a test to find out her true feelings for his twin brother.
Most sexual tension: Lindsay spends the episode trying to get close to Steve Holt, but in an attempt to undermine her mother, Maeby tells Steve that Lindsay is a transsexual.
Allusions to Tobias being gay: When Lindsay is talking to Michael about her open marriage with Tobias she asks, “I wonder how many women [Tobias] has slept with, if any?”
Best narrator commentary: After Tobias tells Gob, “The Blue Man Group might need me and I do deserve a fancy phone,” the narrator chimes in, “They didn’t, and he doesn’t.”
Next on “Arrested Development”: “Oscar returns to find a now distant Lucille, which was what attracted him to her in the first place; Lindsay reconciles with her daughter; and Tobias, traumatized by the public exposure, returns to an unfortunate quirk.” [Yep, the cut-offs are back.]