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 “Missing Kitty,” which premiered March 28, 2004.
“Missing Kitty” marks yet another appearance by the wonderful Judy Greer. Of all the secondary characters introduced in “Arrested Development,” she’s arguably the fan-favorite, so fortunately she is slated to return in Season 4. Also notable is that “Missing Kitty” is the first time the video series “Girls With Low Self-Esteem” is introduced, and it becomes a major recurring joke throughout the series. Spring break!
Plot: GOB needs to make the yacht disappear to make good on a promise he made the year before at Newport Beach’s spring break celebrations. Michael struggles to deal with Kitty and tries to fire her, but that proves to be more difficult than it sounds. Lindsay becomes worried about her grandmother after she doesn’t receive Maeby’s annual birthday check (a check, it’s worth noting, that she spends on herself instead of Maeby) and later discovers her grandmother died six months prior. Lucille had been hiding the news because she didn’t want to have to share the inheritance money she received, and protects it by putting it in a trust fund for Annyong that she is in charge of until he turns 18. GOB does manage to make the Bluth yacht disappear, but does so by sinking it. At least the Bluths do get to collect $900,000 of insurance money for it’s destruction. Only problem? Kitty was on the yacht when it sank.
Bluth Company status: Michael is having trouble handling Kitty, so he fires her — which, as viewers of “Arrested Development” know, will have negative consequences farther down the road. Meanwhile, George Sr. is still incarcerated and, worse, stuck in prison with Tobias.
Memorable line: Kitty Sanchez’ “Eyes up here, Michael,” tied with “Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time.”
Milestones: The “Girls With Low Self-Esteem” movies are introduced for the first time, and Kitty’s googly eyes get another nod with her uneven nipples after her breast implants.
Recurring jokes worth remembering: The “Girls With Low Self-Esteem” videos, Kitty’s line, “Take a good look, because it’s the last time” and GOB performing a magic show to the song “The Final Countdown.”
Most sexual tension: Kitty gets a boob job, and repeatedly flashes Michael with her breasts. Also, more of her trysts with George Sr. and GOB are revealed.
Allusions to Tobias being gay: “I thought the two of us could talk, man on man,” Tobias tells George Sr. while using the prison nickname Dorothy.
Best narrator commentary: “As GOB was forced to send away someone he loved, George Sr. was forced to visit someone he had once tried to shove out a moving car.”
Next on “Arrested Development”: Lupe discovers Annyong’s passport and finds out that he is already 18, and police come to the Bluth company investigating Michael in relation to the disappearance of Kitty, who is now missing.