Perhaps the most unusual episode of Arrested Development's 57 to this point, they've got the time and resources to do an ep leaning hard on core cast members Kitty, Ron Howard, Carl Weathers, Warden Gentiles, and Andy Richter. And Michael, who a little surprisingly ends up being the central figure (as opposed to Maeby or Tobias) in the storyline that was long-rumored to be the plot of the movie, the making of the Bluths movie within a movie.
Wait, was this also the one with the historic uniting of Barry and Bob Loblaw? One of the treats of this, which I'm sure is simultaneously one of the biggest criticisms being levied against it in insta-reviews I haven't read yet -- is the fan service exploring the secondary characters. Especially Barry, who it's easy to forget we were deprived of in sea3, but even the great John Beard is being deepened. It might seem like pandering if one of the whole foundations of AD1-3 was not just its world-building but a world built directly on top of itself, Jenga-style, like high-quality Bluth architecture.
Wish I could remember more jokes but it's harder to keep those straight from episode to episode. Hooray rewatches.
Isla Fischer -- who I guess is playing Bryce Dallas Howard? -- fits nicely into the long line of Michael's first meetings and early flirting with Beth Baerly/Heather Graham, Jessie (had best watch her mouth)/Kid Rock's sister, and Charlize Theron long before the MR F reveal. Michael's sing-song celebration about meeting her is one of the great LOLs of the series so far.
Conan O'Brien is here too, playing a much more sinister version of himself than the one who guested on 30 Rock and The Office. Speaking of which, John Krasinski's quick stint was a real step up from the Office b-teamers scattered throughout season 2. Wish we could've seen some more of him, like that guy in the ... well, I'll save it for the Tobias and Lindsay threads.
I'm glad you started this thread and provided more detail than I could muster considering I watched this at about 5:12am Sunday morning. Ron Howard hiding in the LEM with Michael and telling him the "true" history of the moon landing kind of blew my mind. Also loved the joke descriptions of the Bruckheimer Films logo vs. the Imagine Entertainment logo. Plus Imagine Orange County vs. Orange County Imaging.
I don't think Rebel Alley is a stand in for Bryce Dallas. I believe Bryce Dallas actually is referenced as Ron Howard's other daughter, if not in this episode then in a later one. I can say I too have a crush on Rebel Alley. And I liked the very Michael-esque runner of not knowing her name and thinking she's Ron Howard's mistress.
Michael Bluth, Warden Gentiles, Carl Weathers, Andy Richter = The Dream Team.
Originally posted by JustinShapiroYES. It's a little confusing when Ron and the narrator have lines right after each other.
Is Ron the narrator? Does the narrator have an identity? He's definitely been as much of a character as any actual member of the Bluth's, and I'd have no problem with an episode being "Ron's Arrested Development" (as an aside, I think it was around this episode that I noticed the descriptions during the opening credits were modified for the starring Bluth, so everyone in this episode is described in relation to Michael, while the prior Lindsday episode had everyone described in relation to her).
I like how Michael thinks he's in trouble for dating Ron's mistress, when he's going to be in such a different amount of trouble for dating Ron's daughter.
The Bob Loblaw scene was great. I can't stop trying to say Bob Loblaw Law Bomb.
I love how the in-flight magazines have become a motif this season. Especially Michael's article being what inspired Ron.
I'm guessing this will get clearer over time, but the events in this episode take place after Michael returns to get attacked by the ostrich at the end of ep 1, but before the Cinco de Cuatro party at the beginning of ep 1, right? We still have to learn where Michael gets the shiner he's sporting at that party, right?
I read a good article recently about how ABC is quietly struggling as a network. Scandal and Modern Family are their only two legitimate hits but both shows have proven to be difficult to build a night around.