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 fourteenth episode of Season 2, “The Immaculate Election,” which premiered March 20, 2005.
“Arrested Development” Season 2 continues down its strange, hilarious path in “The Immaculate Election.” From George Michael’s cringe-worthy “Star Wars” tapes to the introduction of Mrs. Featherbottom — she’s as gorgeous as she sounds — this episode really digs into some of the weirdest aspects of the Bluths, and it’s a fan-favorite because of that.
Plot: Ann tries to get George Michael to run for student body president, which Michael fully supports — until he realizes his son isn’t as popular as Ann claims he is. Then he and GOB do their best to help George Michael beat the popular candidate, Steve Holt, whom GOB will soon find out (to his chagrin) is his illegitimate son. Lucille meanwhile fires her maid, Lupe, for getting in bed with Buster, who subsequently turns to the newly acquired robotic vacuum cleaner for intimacy. Through it all, Tobias deals with Lindsay kicking him out by borrowing the plot of Mrs. Doubtfire and hanging around the Bluth house in the guise of Mrs. Featherbottom, a saucy British maid with a sagging bust, a lovely singing voice, and a conspicuous five o’clock shadow.
Bluth Company status: GOB goes back on a deal with Michael and ruins a Bluth Company board meeting for the sake of a cheap trick — er, illusion. Michael fires GOB after GOB attempts to fire him rather unsuccessfully..
Notable guest stars: Mae Whitman as Ann Veal, Rob Corddry as Wrench in a brief appearance and Justin Grant Wade as Steve Holt
Memorable lines: “You’ve got to be the laziest person in the world.” – Michael Bluth “If you weren’t all the way on the other side of the room I’d slap your face.” – Lindsay Bluth
Milestones: First mention of George Michael’s “Star Wars” tapes and the introduction of Mrs. Featherbottom.
Recurring jokes worth remembering: George Sr.’s relationship with the Hussein family, the “Wrench” TV show, George Michael’s “Star Wars” tapee, Steve Holt is GOB’s son, Tobias’ alter ego Mrs. Featherbottom, Buster’s cries of “I’m a monster!” and George Sr.’s continued faith quest and his love affair with his dolls.
Allusions to Tobias being gay: Tobias’ leopard print man thong is discovered, and when Lindsay wears it to try to seduce him, he asks her to stop stretching them out. As a result, Lindsay kicks him out. He then begins cross-dressing as an elderly British maid.
Most sexual tension: A tie between Buster and Lupe and Buster and the robot vacuum.
Best narrator commentary: “As George Michael was on the path to higher self esteem, Buster was losing what little he had.”
Next on “Arrested Development”: Lucille hires Mrs. Featherbottom, “a housekeeper that she won’t lose her son to,” and she and Buster share a good cry. Meanwhile Steve Holt finds out that GOB is his father and frets about the future of his hairline.