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 elevanth episode of Season 3, “Family Ties,”
which premiered Feb. 10, 2006.
Plot: George Michael and Maeby learn that their marriage is real. Tobias and Lindsay make plans to improve themselves so that they might be more sexually attracted to each other. Michael continues his search for his mysterious older sister, Nellie. Turns out Nellie isn’t his sister — she’s actually a prostitute, pimped out by Gob. Gob starts dating George Michael’s ex, Ann. Buster (still faking his coma) falls in love with his day nurse, who is only into guys in comas.
Bluth Company status: “I know this looks bad, but it’s just my father trying to erase the hard drives to avoid conviction. The company is fine,” Michael tells the worried employees.
Notable guest stars: Jason Bateman’s real life sister, Justine Bateman, as Nellie — who he thinks is his sister, and hasn’t realized is a prostitute.
Recurring jokes worth remembering: A “Veronica Mars” reference, ‘censored by FOX,’ when George Michael is trying to make his marriage to Maeby work by suggesting a cozy night by the DVD player.
Allusions to Tobias being gay: Tobias falls for his bodybuilding trainer, Michael… who he believes to be a woman. He is mistaken.
Best narrator commentary: “George Michael was interested in the subject of marital love because
earlier that day, he discovered that the recent mock wedding he had
acted in with his cousin was in fact as real and binding as the rice
pudding the disoriented patients had thrown at them.”
Next on “Arrested Development”: Buster’s fake coma is put to the test when a Baby Buster lover crawls into bed with him.