Viewers and critics have been asked not to compare this show to Arrested Development and I will do nothing but.
This episode was my favorite episode of all the episodes. It was like Diet Arrested. Although according to Mitch Hurwitz, Fox is adamant that the show be nothing at all like Arrested Development. So he's probably going to be in trouble if they saw this one. I myself was briefly transported to the halcyon days of 2004: a plot where people ironically reversed field a lot, multiple stories being told and intertwining (but only about half as many as you'd find on your average week of AD), wordplay transitions in narration, a Blue Man Group reference, and, in a truly bizarre and astounding time paradox, an Arrested Development joke about The Office.
When Emmy and Fa'ad had a conversation in which she misunderstood that by "slippery slope" he was talking about a frozen windowsill, Arrested was back, For One Night Only.
Originally posted by JustinShapiroThis episode was my favorite episode of all the episodes.
For I as well.
Originally posted by JustinShapiro Arrested was back, For One Night Only
I particularly enjoyed Steve accidentally working a day in his life, though he loved it so much he went back for more, and Emmy completing her self-righteous transformation into Michael Bluth. Andy in Alaska could have been Lindsay Bluth protesting in a cage (without getting hosed down). Forget Juice could be Forget Me Nows, and KFC "It's sooo good! How have I never heard of this old chef before?" could be Burger King "It's a wonderful restaurant!"
Migo on his gambling addiction: "I really feel like I'm one big win from finding a cure."
Photosynthesis - The Building Blocks of Life, the Musical by Paul Shaffer.
I loved how Emmy was on the phone moving the plot along via some exposition while Andy was on the other end making the impatient "hurry it along" motion.
Steve: "It's an acquired taste, like condor... ments. God, I lurve condorments."
Fa'ad: "Well, I think I know a little girl who should spend less time spying on grown ups and more time thinking about finding a husband."
And the brilliant dig at Felicity's haircut by Steve, not liking how Emmy wore her hair in a bun.
But Running Wilde isn't Arrested, because every time Puddle gazes at Steve with a wide-eyed look of hope, you realize Maeby and George Michael are simply not capable of that sort of optimism. (Unless it's George Michael's hope he can make physical love with his cousin.) That's your difference maker.
(edited by John Orquiola on 6.10.10 0745) @BackoftheHead
Boxofficemojo.com has Condemned finishing the weekend at about $4M, which I believe is actually quite a bit under what was projected (the projections I am finding look to be between $6M and $8M). It looks too much like a poor man's The Running Man to me.