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Arrested Development 1.07 – My Mother, the Cat

Lucille feels unloved by her children and attempts to pin her car accident on an amnesiac Michael. Buster begins a relationship with Lucille Austero, and Lindsay is unpleasantly surprised when she finally visits her father in prison.


Arrested Development 1.08 – In God We Trust

George Sr. is to be released for an afternoon to take part in a pageant of living art representations, playing God in Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”. The role of Adam is sought by George Michael, Buster, and Tobias, who all have different motivations.

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Arrested Development  1.05 – Charity Drive

Lucille and Buster prepare for a charity bachelorette auction. Meanwhile, Michael and Lindsay try to prove to each other that they are not selfish, and Gob convinces George Michael to break into the permit office.


Michael: Come on, face it. You just do all this charity crap just to stroke your ego. You don’t even know what the auction’s for tonight.
Lindsay: The wetlands.
Michael: To do what with them?
Lindsay: Dry them.
Michael: Save them.
Lindsay: From drying.


Arrested Development 1.06 – Visiting Ours

 

Needing information from George Sr.’s secretary Kitty, Michael attempts to use her crush on Gob to get it. Meanwhile, Tobias and Lindsay attend couples therapy and George Michael attempts to conquer his fear of visiting George Sr. in prison.


George Sr.: I just haven’t had sex in a month.
Michael: You know, you’ve been here two months.

Kitty: Do you like my outfit?
Gob: Not as much as I like what’s underneath it.
Kitty: Gob!
Gob: No, I need your chair. Get up.

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Portia de Rossi as Lindsay Fünke

 

Arrested Development 1.03 – Bringing Up Buster

Lucille grows annoyed with Buster and forces Michael to take him to work for a day. Meanwhile, George Michael auditions for the school play in an attempt to kiss Maeby, but Tobias’ ineptitude as a director ruins his chances.

 

Arrested Development 1.04 – Key Decisions

Liza Minnelli plays Lucille Austero;

Gob attempts to break out of prison in a publicity stunt to further his magic career. While Gob is locked up, Michael agrees to accompany Gob’s girlfriend Marta to an awards show, where he begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, Lindsay attempts to save an old tree from being demolished by the Bluth Company.

With a guest performance by Liza Minnelli.


Lucille: I’ll be in the hospital bar.
Michael: Uh, you know there isn’t a hospital bar, Mother.
Lucille: Well, this is why people hate hospitals. [Cackles at her own wit]

Prison warden: You really think you can break out of my prison?
Gob: You won’t even know I was here.
Narrator: The warden was intrigued. Less about the stunt, and more about the prison beatings this brash magician was sure to receive.

 

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Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003, to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of 15 episodes was released on Netflix on May 26, 2013.

The show follows the fictitious Bluth family, a formerly wealthy and habitually dysfunctional family. It is presented in a continuous format, incorporating handheld camera work and voice-over narration, as well as the use of occasional archival photos and historical footage. The show also maintains several running gags throughout each season.

Ron Howard serves as both an executive producer and the series’ uncredited, omniscient narrator. Set in Newport Beach, California, Arrested Development was filmed primarily in Culver City and Marina del Rey.


 

Episode 1.01 – Pilot

Michael anticipates becoming the new president of his father’s homebuilding company, having put up with his family for years in order to achieve it. Instead, the position is given to his mother, Lucille–just before his father George Sr. is arrested by the SEC. When his family proves unable to run the company, Michael reluctantly returns to help. Meanwhile, Gob’s magic career is derailed and George Michael develops a crush on his cousin Maeby.

 

Episode 1.02 – Top Banana

Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth

The banana stand has burned down and flashbacks reveal the events that led to its destruction: Michael tries to get George Sr. to let him run the company himself. Maeby begins working at the banana stand. Tobias auditions for a commercial. Gob deals with feeling unneeded.

 

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Episode 26 – Somewhere Else

 

Michael argues that the humans’ postmortem self-improvement, which the immortal beings thought impossible, means the afterlife system is corrupt.

Eleanor’s memory is again wiped; in a new scenario, she is saved from the accident that would have killed her; Michael and Janet monitor the behavior of all four humans.

Eventually, Eleanor travels to Australia to meet Chidi, pleasing Michael.


Well this ended in a strange place (Australia). And in the end it is all about Eleanor. This is the last episode of series 2. Series 3 has been commissioned, but where will that go ????

The whole point of this episode (and possibly the series is that people should do good things not for the ‘reward’, but because it’s the right thing to do.


Michael: No, see, I think it does prove something. If I’m right, the system by which we judge humans, the, the very method we use to deem them Good or Bad, is so fundamentally flawed and unreasonable that hundreds of millions of people have been wrongly condemned to a, an eternity of torture!

Jason: Man, think about everything that’s happened to us. We died. Michael tortured us. We teamed up with him. We escaped. We went through the portal. The Judge ruled against us. Then Michael showed up. This has been one of the craziest years of my life.

 

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Episode 25 – The Burrito

The Judge’s Burrito

The four humans arrive at the Judge’s chambers. Eleanor reveals Michael’s sacrifice. The Judge, Gen, agrees to hear out Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani, and tells them they must be subjected to separate tests of their personal growth.

At their own request, they will share one fate and can only pass if all do individually. Jason fails a test of impulse control, while Tahani fails when, instructed to ignore what others think of her, she maturely confronts her parents over their lifelong cruelty towards her.

Then Michael and Janet arrive.


Chidi: Wait, you don’t already know everything about us? You’re not omniscient?
Gen: Well. Not in the way you mean. I try to learn as little as I can about the events of humankind so I can remain impartial ’cause I’m a judge, yadda yadda yadda. That being said, sometimes I get bored and I cheat a little bit. I’ve been binging Ken Burns’ Vietnam recently. It’s okay. I mean, I’m immortal, but that thing is long, you know what I’m saying?

Gen: I just absorbed the entirety of your existences, and I just wanna say, you guys are so cute! And the thing is, you didn’t file any paperwork and you have no advocate, and the rules say I gotta… [gives a thumbs-down and blows a raspberry] send you back.

“Bad” Janet: You really junked your jeans on this one, you butterface.
Michael: I did what I had to do.
“Bad” Janet: Oh, you had to junk your jeans? [high-fives Shawn]
Shawn: How could you betray your own kind like this? Who taught you how to turn a human inside-out by reaching down their throat and grabbing their butt from the inside?

Eleanor: All those ethics lessons paid off! Who ever said philosophy was stupid!
Chidi: You d-you did! Many times! As recently as this morning!

Eleanor: Oh, Jason. I feel like you always understand about twenty percent of what’s happening.
Jason: Thanks!

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Episode 24 – Rhonda, Diana, Jake, and Trent

The gang in the Bad Place

Inside Bad Place headquarters, Michael works to obtain special badges that enable use of the Judge’s portal. When a reception is unexpectedly held in the others’ hiding place, the humans impersonate demons and Janet impersonates a Bad Janet. Chidi is unwilling to lie until Eleanor convinces him moral particularism permits it.

Michael intends to use the humans’ extradition paperwork as a cover, but Shawn (against regulations) sends commandos to Mindy’s house and learns the humans aren’t there. Michael flees, stealing badges, and rejoins the humans at the reception, where a presentation about the neighborhood reveals the humans’ identities.

The five escape without Janet after Jason blocks Shawn’s pursuit with a Molotov cocktail. Michael sends Tahani, Jason, and Chidi through the portal before discovering he is one badge short. He then gives his to Eleanor—determining self-sacrifice solves the trolley problem—-and pushes a protesting Eleanor through the portal as Shawn arrives.


Jason: Mm, I don’t know. This plan seems complicated.
Eleanor: To be fair, you also once said that about an orange.
Jason: They don’t make sense! Apples, you eat their clothes, but oranges you don’t? Forget this plan! I say we just huck a Molotov cocktail and [whooshing noise] run through the portal.

Eleanor: No! Dumbass! I’m lying to you to make you feel better! See? Sometimes lying is awesome! [gasps] Plus, I said “dumbass”! Oh, cursing, how I’ve missed you.

Jason: What even is this thing? I hate suits. They remind me of court. And going to court, and being my own lawyer against the advice of the judge in court, and getting immediately convicted in court…

Jason: Is there a gift shop?
Michael: Jason, this is Hell. Of course there’s a gift shop. [sighs] It’s the least horrifying room, it’s the Hall of Low-Grade Crappiness.

 

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Episode 23 – Best Self

Michael tells the humans they will travel to the Good Place in a hot-air balloon that challenges them to prove they are the best versions of their respective selves.

They struggle to do so, and Michael admits he is stalling because he was actually unable to determine a means to enter the Good Place despite exploring over a billion options.

Out of options, the group holds a party. Tahani ends her relationship with Jason. Eleanor admits she has feelings for Chidi, who describes his struggle to process his feelings and wishes he and Eleanor had met under normal circumstances.

The humans name Michael an “honorary human”, praising him for making more of an effort to do the right thing than a typical person. Tahani suggests they “demand to speak to a manager”, but Michael says the Judge rarely hears cases and can only be reached through the Bad Place. Eleanor suggests they try, and everyone agrees. Michael incapacitates the Bad Janet sent to transport him, and Janet conducts everyone to the Bad Place on a train as the neighborhood disintegrates.


Eleanor: Cool! Cool! Cool, we got this. I don’t know about you guys, but I am definitely the best version of myself. I know a shirtton about ethics now, ’cause I studied, and I read books, that weren’t even written by the Real Housewives. Relax, everyone. We’re all gonna be fine.

Jason: And to Janet! The best robot.
Janet: Not a robot.
Jason: Girl.
Janet: Not a girl.
Jason: And straight-up hottie.
Janet: I am attractive, yes.

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Episode 22 – Leap to Faith

Michael’s falsified progress reports have earned them both promotions and the new torture plan will be widely implemented. Michael “reveals” to Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason that they are in the Bad Place, and announces the demons will destroy and abandon the neighborhood while the humans will be remanded to traditional torture the next day.

The four consider exposing Michael to Shawn or fleeing to Mindy St. Clair’s house, but Eleanor realizes Michael mentioned Kierkegaard as a cue for them to take a leap of faith on him, and his cruel roast of them encoded a plan.

Mindy is delighted when a sexually willing Derek arrives at her house with cocaine.


Shawn: When you proposed this new form of torture, we all laughed behind your back. Some people called you names, like “the Thomas Edison of Incompetence”, or “That Dick”.

Shawn: Hello, imbeciles. We need to study everything that happened here. There was a first version that collapsed, but the second has been a huge success. We’ll be shutting this place down. The four of you will be brought to the real Bad Place, where your brains will be removed, studied, and batted about a stadium like beach balls. Your arms will be peeled like bananas; that part’s just for fun.
Michael: [laughing] Right.
Shawn: And then you will be tortured for, you know. Ever.

Tahani: No, sorry, and no offense, Jason, but the stakes here are too high to let someone with your limited intellectual processing capacity weigh in.
Jason: I was gonna agree with you.
Tahani: Oh, great, well that’s two votes for my plan.

Jason: I never thought I’d be the one to say it, but this is getting outta hand. I think we gotta go to the cops.
Eleanor: What cops? Where do you think we are!?

Michael: “Humans… make a lot of mistakes when they’re horny.”

Michael: Eleanor and I have a lot in common. Now here’s how you can tell us apart: One of us is a manipulative demon who’s an expert at making other people miserable, and then the other one is me!

Tahani: Oh, Michael, we never doubted you for a moment.
Michael: Thank you, Tahani. You’re lying, though, right?
Tahani: Yes, I am. I doubted you very strongly.

 

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Episode 21 – Derek

 
Michael fears Derek’s existence will expose him. Michael sends Jason and Tahani on a private retreat and seeks Chidi and Eleanor’s advice.

Janet and Derek’s relationship deteriorates. After Jason and Tahani ask Janet to marry them, Chidi acknowledges that the most ethical action is to inform the couple of Janet’s issue, despite the double effect that Janet might eliminate


Michael: Hey, guys, what’cha doing. Nothing? Great. So, Chidi. Just wanna double-check: How do ethical philosophers feel about murder?
Chidi: It’s frowned upon.
Michael: Okay. What if the reason you want to murder someone is to make your life easier? That’s okay, right?
[Chidi facepalms]

Chidi: I know, but we’ll also be sent to the real Bad Place if we do bad things! I know it’s tempting to take a shortcut, but moral strength is defined by how we behave in times of stress.
Michael: Has anyone ever told you what a drag you are?
Chidi: EveryoneConstantly.

Michael:  Being ethical. It’s hard, and I kinda hate it. When’s it get easier?
Eleanor: Why don’t you ask Chidi? He’s the ethics master. I’m just a newbie, and I still kinda suck at it.