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 “AD” one of our most beloved TV comedies. Watch the first three seasons of “Arrested Development” on Netflix. Today we’re covering the Season 2 episode “Afternoon Delight,” which premiered Dec. 19, 2004.
Plot: It’s holiday time for the Bluths, which means it’s the annual Bluth company Christmas party. When GOB gets mad at the employees laughing at him and fires them all, Michael and Maeby organize a second party at the Banana Stand to un-fire them. Meanwhile, Buster misses Army training to play the claw machine at an arcade and Oscar gets Lucille high to calm her down after she thinks she has had an intruder — who turned out to be Tobias, dressed as a Blue Man Group member, sustaining a concussion via Lucille.
Bluth Company status: GOB is the company president and he’s alienating the employees by being abrasive, loud and wearing his father’s uber-expensive suits. He gives a sexual harassment speech — “Please refrain from discussing or engaging in any sort of inter-office [bleeping] or [bleeping]” and it just goes on with so many bleeps that we can’t actually figure out what they all stand for.
Recurring jokes worth remembering: Lindsey and Tobias have an open marriage now, but Lindsey can’t find anyone to sleep with her because GOB has threatened all the Bluth company employees if they do.
Huge mistakes: Letting GOB be president of the company, getting Lucille high — she runs over both Tobias and the Banana Stand with her car.
Most sexual tension: Michael and Maeby go to the company Christmas party together and sing “Afternoon Delight,” a song about a couple having a nooner. Michael puts a stop to it a couple minutes in. But then they go on a road trip and Lindsey and George Michael get jealous, so Lindsey and George MIchael do their own performance of “Afternoon Delight” at the second Christmas party.
Allusions to Tobias being gay: “I got blown, so I can’t sleep,” Tobias, when he gets a concussion.
Best narrator commentary: “Just then, Lucille arrived, craving a frozen banana. And the effects of Lindsey and George Michael’s ‘Afternoon Delight’ was overshadowed by the effects of Oscar and Lucille’s Afternoon Deelite.”
Next on “Arrested Development”: The Blue Man Group finally calls for Tobias, but he can’t hear the call and his life stays the same.