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Michael suspects that George Sr. is running the business from inside prison. George Michael is made manager of the banana stand, and Michael gives Gob a letter to mail after Lucille suggests that he be included in the business.


Anthony Russo


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi ... Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett ... Gob Bluth
Michael Cera ... George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat ... Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale ... Buster Bluth (credit only)
David Cross ... Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr.
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Patrice O'Neal ... T-Bone
Lillian Hurst ... Luz
Scott Atkinson ... Roger Danish
John Beard ... John Beard
Kendall Clement ... Fireman
Monika Jolly Monika Jolly ... Donna


After getting some unexpected help at the family's frozen banana stand, Michael suspects that George Sr. has been running the business from inside prison. His suspicions are confirmed when he follows his mother's house keeper to the family storage unit, which has been burned to the ground. Michael and his son decide to teach their father a lesson by burning the stand to the ground. Meanwhile, GOB deals with a pet store who refuses to give him a refund, and George-Michael has a hard time adjusting to his new roommate. Written by halo1k

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9 November 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode is well-regarded among fans, and rivals episode 1.3, Arrested Development: Bringing Up Buster (2003), as the favourite among early episodes. See more »


In the scene where Michael makes his son manager of the banana stand, the overlay reads that it is 2:07 p.m., but the clock on the wall clearly says 10:10. See more »


[Gob is buying a dove at the pet store]
Clerk: Don't you want a cage for that?
George "Gob" Bluth II: [sticking the dove in his jacket] Please! I'm a professional.
[the dove can be heard cooing as Gob walks to the door. He walks into the door and the dove stops cooing]
George "Gob" Bluth II: [looking into his jacket] What's your return policy, by the way?
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29 August 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The second episode of Arrested Development is a dandy. It takes the information from the first episode and brings it to another level. There is some deeper characterization as we learn more about Michael and his family. There are some funny jokes and I like how they take offensive taboos and turn them into something funny. An example of this would be the animal cruelty which I definitely don't condone.

This episode has Michael under the impression that his father George Sr is running the business from inside prison. He also promotes his son George Michael as manager of the banana stand. Meanwhile GOB has a dead dove and wants to return it to the pet store.

Overall, this is another incredibly funny episode after the magnificent pilot. The acting is wonderful and shows why this show will be good for seasons to come. I rate this show 9/10.

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