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 tenth episode of Season 3, “Fakin’ It,”
which premiered Feb. 10, 2006.
Plot: To avoid testifying against his father, Buster fakes a coma. The Bluth family decides to do a mock trial on Judge Reinhold’s courtroom show, with Michael as the attorney, since he once played a lawyer in an adaptation of Peter Pan as a kid. George Michael and Maeby agree to stage a fake wedding to entertain Alzheimer’s patients at the hospital, and things go about as well as you might imagine. Michael discovers that he’s listed as “Nichael Bluth” on his birth certificate, and that his father has been using the name to stash embezzled money.
Notable guest stars: Judge Reinhold as Judge Reinhold in a reality courtroom drama, William Hung and his “hung jury” at the mock trial.
Milestones: There are scenes in 3D, the last seconds of the
episode are “live,” one character dies and George Sr. is revealed as the
Recurring jokes worth remembering: GOB still sucks at ventriloquism, and his puppet is still racist.
Allusions to Tobias being gay: While Tobias and Michael are in the secret hidden room (which has a strange stack of bodybuilding magazines) Michael asks Tobias, “Are you coming out?” Tobias says he plans to fight for his marriage.
Most sexual tension: Things continue to heat up between George Michael and Maeby after they plan to stage a fake wedding … which turns into a real wedding.
Best narrator commentary: “Nichael was worried.”
Next on “Arrested Development”: Michael discovers that he’s not “N. Bluth” — he has an older sister named Nellie.