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"Development Arrested" aka "Harboring
Resentment" is the 53rd episode aired of the TV comedy
Development. It is the season finale for Season 3, as well as
The episode opens with Michael Bluth being
honored by his family for his work in getting the treason charges
against his father dropped. At the party, Michael breaks into
tears, which the narrator says is due to the fact that his family
will now be part of his life for a long, long time.
The day before, Michael woke up to find George
Michael in his bed. George Michael has fled his bedroom
because, having reached "second base" with Maeby, has realized that
she still intends to progress on their relationship in the privacy
of their bedroom.
Meanwhile, on the television show Mad Money, Jim Cramer upgrades Bluth
Co. from “Don’t Buy” to “Risky”. Michael asks his son if he has
anything on his mind, and George Michael suggests moving out of
The family gathers at the penthouse for brunch. Lucille suggests throwing a party on the
same boat to name Michael CEO. Michael actually expresses hope for
the future and mentions in passing that the family can now sell
their stock for $2 million each, although they shouldn’t, since the
company is moving forward.
Lindsay privately tells Michael she wants
to sell her shares since she is almost 40 and wants to remarry.
George Sr. also tells Michael he wants to cash out and move down to
Lucas. Michael assures them both that the honestly run family
business will generate plenty of money, but George Sr. warns his
son that there is no way Lucille will allow a clean business. She
even stole the idea of selling frozen bananas from a Korean
immigrant and then had him deported when he threatened to sue.
Down at the harbor, Michael finds Gob trying to flee on a boat that he has
been living on. Michael asks Gob how he plans to pay for the boat
and Gob replies that Stan Sitwell made a generous offer for his
Michael calls his mother for advice. Her idea is to lease the
boat to Gob through the company to show the shareholders the family
is united. George Michael visits his father at the office, wanting
to talk about moving. Michael tells his son the party is important
to show how close the family is. This causes George Michael to
confess that he and Maeby made out. In his astonishment, Michael
tells his son to no longer act on his feelings. Still needing to
keep the family together, Michael reluctantly suggests he bring Ann
Lindsay tells Stan Sitwell that she refuses to sell her share of
the company, even though he hasn’t made an actual offer. Sitwell
expresses surprise that Lucille gave Lindsay less of the company
than she gave her actual children. Lindsay is just as surprised to
find out that she is adopted. Sitwell apologizes, assuming Lindsay
already knew, but she is overjoyed to hear that she isn’t related
to the Bluths. However, she then discovers that she is three years
older than she thought and is, in fact, 40. She doesn't take this
news nearly as well.
Maeby, meanwhile, heads to Tantamount Studios, where word is out
she is about to be replaced. She finds out that she is not going to
be fired, and the studio has received ten offers on Maeby’s life
story. The only catch is that she needs to get her family to sign
their rights away.
Michael is having trouble sleeping after having compromised his
morals and is surprised to find Lindsay sharing his bed. Lindsay
happily tells him the news of her adoption and propositions him,
claiming that if she does not get divorced and remarried in a
month, she is going to sell her shares. She asks Michael to marry
her but even he cannot sell out that much.
The next morning, Michael awakes to find Tobias in his bed. He
tells Michael that he also wants to sell his shares and move on.
Michael tells Tobias that if he can find another venue for the
upcoming party, one that is not a boat, perhaps he can put Tobias
on the company payroll as Events Coordinator.
George Michael visits Ann’s to win her back. Her Uncle Paul
answers the door and tells him that Ann has moved in with her new
boyfriend. George Michael decides to seek out his own creepy uncle.
At the same time, Michael confronts Lucille about Lindsay's
adoption, which she openly admits to.
Michael says this is a problem, because it makes it harder for
him to keep the family from selling their shares. Lucille suggests
a payoff called an accrued cash dividend. The family will not get
their money until they sign an agreement promising not to sell
their shares for ten years. This maneuver is illegal.
Tobias catches up with Michael and tells him he has booked the
thinking this was a chain of nightclubs and not a luxury ocean
liner permanently docked south of Los Angeles. He has also booked
Gob’s old stripper troupe, the Hot Cops. Buster begins to dread
George Michael catches up with Gob and finds out that Gob has
been dating his ex-girlfriend Ann. Gob tells George Michael that
Ann needs a man, and George Michael decides to become one by
punching out Gob.
Maeby is trying to get the family to sign away their TV rights
to her story. Lucille is trying to get signatures from the family
too that would prevent them from selling their stock. And Gob,
after hearing Lindsay say she is adopted, and upset that Michael
sent George Michael to the docks, goes into a sort of knee-jerk
revenge mode and tries to proposition Lindsay. She violently
Lucille asks Maeby to collect signatures for her, offering each
family member $100,000. This solves Maeby’s TV rights problem as
she can trick them into signing away their TV rights. Michael
addresses the gathered crowd. While lauding each member of the
family, Michael realizes that all of his efforts to keep them
together have paid off and he begins to cry. The tears shown at the
beginning of the episode are not tears of sorrow, but in fact tears
After the speech, Gob tells Michael of his run in with
George-Michael and how he offered to let the boy have the yacht if
he didn’t hit him again. Upset that his son is fleeing, Michael
leaves the party. Lucille tries to stop him by reminding him that
fleeing will not look good to the investors. Michael chooses to
ignore her and for once runs off to look after his son.
Stan Sitwell approaches Lucille. After a quick negotiation,
Lucille agrees to sell Stan the company for 12% above the market
value. Using one of the telescopes on the ship, Michael spots the
C-Word in the harbor. Rushing to a rubber dinghy, Michael chases
after his son.
Gob notices something too: SEC police boats approaching the
party. Lucille wonders who tipped off the feds to the company’s
latest misdealings. That’s when the informant steps forward.
Annyong, Lucille’s adopted son, reveals that he dobbed them in as
revenge for his grandfather, the man Lucille stole the banana stand
idea from. Lucille doesn’t want to go peacefully though.
George Michael explains that with Ann dating and Maeby being his
cousin, he cannott stay in Newport. Michael informs him that Maeby
is not actually his cousin. He then argues that he still shouldn't
be with Maeby because he’s only 15 (although this is a mistake, see
below) and, even though she isn’t a blood relative, she's still
Suddenly, the yacht is rocked by a huge wave (after the phrase
"don't rock the boat" has been said) as Lucille tries to power the
Queen Mary off the dock and into the open sea. The boat’s rocking
sends Buster overboard and into the ocean, his second greatest
fear. He is soon confronted by his greatest fear, a seal with a
yellow ribbon tied around its neck; the very same seal that Gob had
used in his magic act until it developed a taste for flesh and
caused him to dump it in the ocean. It is the very same seal that
bit off Buster’s hand.
And the Queen Mary and C-Word both make a break for it. George
Michael offers to go back and stick with the family, but Michael
finally realizes that his son is the most important thing in his
life. He decides to let the family handle their own problems while
he spends time with his son. Michael pushes the throttle forward
and he and his son motor off into the sunset, with the narrator
saying "It WAS Arrested Development".
Michael and George Michael finally arrive in Cabo, and the next
morning Michael wakes up. However, Michael receives another
surprise bedfellow: his father, who had woken up next to him.
George greets his son and then asks how the party was.
Meanwhile, Maeby and her agent attempt to pitch their idea to "a
Hollywood icon", the real Ron Howard (who had been narrating the
series throughout its run). Howard tells them that he does not see
the concept working as a series. Howard then says the final lines
of Arrested Development: "Maybe a movie."
- This episode was titled "Harboring Resentment" in press
releases, though its listed title was changed to "Development
Arrested" several days before it aired. It appears that
"Development Arrested" is the official title, as this is what the
episode was referred by at the 2006
Emmy Awards, as well as on the Season 3 DVD released days
- This episode was the last of four episodes in a two-hour season
finale aired on Fox.
- Unlike the other season finales, which ended with "On the next
season of Arrested Development", this episode ends with "On the
epilogue". However, when this was broadcast, closed captioning had
"On some future Arrested Development" as this line.
- This episode earned writers Chuck Tatham, Jim Vallely, Richard
Day and Mitchell Hurwitz an Emmy Nomination For Outstanding Writing
In A Comedy Series
Cramer bumps up the Bluth Company from “Don’t Buy” (as heard in
Show") to “Risky.”
- Risky Business Ted is
dressed like Tom
Cruise in Risky Business (sunglasses, collar up, no
pants) under the "Risky Business" banner. He can be heard saying "I
couldn't see through the glasses and I slid into the ladder",
implying he (unsuccessfully) attempted to re-create the famous
"sliding in front of the stairs" scene from the movie, in front of
the ladder and knocked over his co-worker that was on the
- Skating With
- Maeby’s taxi drives by a billboard for the show Skating
with Celebrities, which has the tagline “Train Wreck on Ice!”
Skating With Celebrities is the show that replaced
Arrested Development in its Monday timeslot.
- Buster says he prefers that show when Maeby attempts to get him
to sign away rights for a series. (Skating With
Celebrities not only took Arrested Development's
Monday night time slot, but also increased the Monday ratings
- Maeby later circulates a "petition to help improve television,"
referencing the numerous petitions requesting that FOX keep
Arrested Development on the air.
- "And a whole lot of love." Lucille uses love
as an excuse for committing a horrible deed, which she had first
done in "Let 'Em Eat
- Chant The Bluths chant the words "risky,
risky" over and over again when Michael walks in, the same way the
Bluth employees chanted "don't buy, don't buy" in "The Cabin Show"
and "Speech" in "Marta Complex".
- The Bluths also later chant "$2 million, $2 million" in the
- "Come On!" G.O.B.'s running line (most notably
Delight"), is used by Michael, George Michael and Buster.
- C-Word G.O.B. is seen on a party boat named
the "C-Word"; a callback to the Seaward in "The One Where They Build a
House". Lucille had misheard the word "seaward" as "C-Word" in
that episode. The C-Word is both "cunt" and "cancelled."
- Later, G.O.B. doesn’t want the "C-Word" to smell like fish.
This is a reference to the rather crude notion that unwashed female
genitalia can take on a smell similar to fish.
- G.O.B also has a problem with the letter c in words, frequently
mispronouncing words like 'circumvent', and 'consummate'.
- Flee G.O.B. once again tries to flee from
Michael on a boat. He had first attempted to do this in "My Mother,
- "Her?" When George Michael finds out G.O.B.
had been dating Ann, he says, "her?"
- When G.O.B. tells Michael that he had been dating Ann, he says,
- Hot Cops Tobias hires the Hot Cops to perform
at the party. Hot Cops is the stripper agency G.O.B. worked for in
and that has been referenced several times throughout the series
(most notably in "Best Man for the GOB" and "Queen for a
- "I’ve made a huge mistake" When Lucille
regrets putting Michael in charge, she utters G.O.B.'s catch
phrase. This was first used by G.O.B. in "Key Decisions".
- Knee-Jerk Revenge Mode The Narrator says that
G.O.B. went into a "kind of knee-jerk revenge mode" when G.O.B.
attempts to sleep with Lindsay to get back at Michael. G.O.B.'s
tendency to sleep with women he thinks Michael is interested in was
first displayed in "Shock and Aww".
- "Maeby ever mention my name?" Annyong is
interested to know whether Maeby has mentioned him. Annyong
developed a crush on Maeby in "Let 'Em Eat
- Nellie We learn that Lindsay is the Nellie
from the photo Michael discovered in "Fakin'
- Nose job Lindsay says "this is the happiest
I’ve been since the day I got my new nose," referring to the nose
job she had done when she was younger. We first learned she had a
nose job done in "The One Where Michael
- We also learn that Lindsay had work done on her lips, forehead
and teeth. Additionally, Lindsay mentions that her hair color isn't
natural, referring to Michael's "bleach-blonde" comment from "The Cabin
- "Pilot" This episode has numerous
scenes and moments mimicking the pilot. Often, things are the
opposite of what they were in the pilot.
- Both episodes start off with a boat party, panning from the sky
to Michael, followed by the Narrator saying "This is Michael
Bluth." The same music opens both episodes.
- Both contain banners at the boat party with Western references,
the banner in the pilot reading "Happy Trails, Pard'ner!" and in
this episode reading "Mount Up Pard'ners!"
- Both cold openings end with the Narrator explaining why Michael
is in a certain mood. Both times are due to his family. However, in
the pilot, Michael is happy that he will never see his family
again, whereas in this episode, he is apparently sad because he has
to stay with them.
- After the intros, both of which occur chronologically later in
the episodes, the episodes then cut to Michael sleeping, and pan
out to reveal George Michael lying next to him.
- George Michael saying the “most important thing” is “family”
and Michael saying “breakfast.” In the pilot, these lines were
- In the pilot, George Michael wants to stay with the family and
Michael wants to leave. In this episode, George Michael wants to
leave and Michael initially wants to stay.
- Tobias walks into Lucille's penthouse and hugs Michael. Michael
then says "hey, oh" and nervously laughs as Tobias hugs him.
- In both episodes, the song "Free At Last" is present.
- In both episodes, the Securities and Exchange Commission
interrupts the boat party. When G.O.B. sees the police boats, he
says "Are those police boats?", followed by George Sr. saying
"That’s the SEC" and Buster saying "They have boats?" Here, these
lines are mirrored exactly, except Lucille says George Sr.'s line
and Buster's line is changed to "They still have boats?"
- Once again, Lucille tries to flee the SEC in the Queen Mary,
resulting in another slow boat chase. However, this time, the SEC
is coming after Lucille and not George Sr.
Mary Tobias (mistakenly) selects the ship in Long
Beach as the location for the party instead of chain of nightclubs
seen in "Queen for a
- Religious Girlfriend G.O.B. has been dating
Ann since the pageant at the Church and State Fair in "Notapusy", when he said that
the third place contestant is "a little bit plain" and has "super
low self-esteem" so he "steps in and lays her crown upon his sweet
- The Holy Trinity scene continues from "Family
Ties", revealing Ann.
- In this episode, it is described that G.O.B. reached second
base with Ann "Head first." In the season two episode "Switch Hitter",
during the softball game, G.O.B. collides with Ann at home base,
with the narrator saying "G.O.B. went head first into The Wall
- Robot G.O.B. once again calls Michael a robot
due to his apparent lack of emotion. G.O.B. had first used this
expression in "The
Cabin Show", "S.O.B.s"
- When Michael cries during his speech, the Narrator says "and
that's when Michael finally cried," emphasizing Michael's
tendency to not openly express his emotions.
- Seal Buster encounters the seal with the
yellow bow-tie that had bitten off his hand in " Out on a
- Shiner The bruise on G.O.B.'s face looks
identical (and is in the same spot) as the bruise he got in "Beef
- Throughout this episode, G.O.B. is hit repeatedly. He always
takes the blow in the same area of his face.
- Shrimp George Sr. uses free shrimp to trick
Oscar into attending the boat party in his place. George Sr. showed
his love of shrimp in "Fakin' It" when he would visit Buster only so
he could eat at ShrimpFest.
- Skip Church's Bistro The brunch is catered by
Skip Church’s Bistro, seen in " Out on a
Limb". Among the food being served are several dishes of the
infamous "Skip's Scramble."
- Stick It Lucille says she bought Lindsay just
to "stick it" to Sitwell. G.O.B. and George Sr. had talked about
Michael "sticking it" to Sally Sitwell in " Burning
- "That was a freebie" Maeby says "that was a
freebie" when Lucille gets her to take down signatures. Maeby used
this expression in "Mr. F" and
George Sr., along with G.O.B., used this expression in "Prison
Break-In". Lucille first said it in "The Cabin Show".
- "This was as good an opening as George Michael was going to
get." - George Michael finally talks to his father
about his crush on Maeby, something which he's been trying to do
throughout the series (most notably in "Pier Pressure", "The Cabin Show",
British Eyes Only" and "S.O.B.s"). Also, when Michael asks him how long
he has had a crush on her, he replies 53 weeks, the number of
episodes of Arrested Development.
- Tobias is gay
- Tobias spoons Michael while lying next to him in bed, and does
so for a further 20 minutes while deciding to be Events
- When it is revealed that G.O.B. is living on a yacht, Tobias
says, "I always pictured him in a lighthouse," implying that Tobias
may fantasize about G.O.B.
- Tobias ponders changing the Hot Cops theme for the party to
'Hot Sailors', and Michael interrupts him when deciding on 'Hot
Seamen'. Michael says that he likes 'Hot Sailors' and Tobias
- During the speech at the party, Tobias and Lindsay stand
separated by the Hot Sailors.
- Wee Brain - Mort Meyers refers to Rita as a "wee
brain," the very same thing said in "Forget-Me-Now" when she was covering up
the letters of the "Wee Britain" bench.
- 3035 The address on Uncle Paul's house is
3035, which reversed is 5303 which could reference the series' 53
episodes and three seasons.
- 53 Weeks George Michael says that he's had a
crush on his cousin for 53 weeks, referring to the fact that this
is the 53rd episode.
Lucille accidentally calls Stan Sitwell an alpaca when referring to
his alopecia condition.
- Later in the episode, Sitwell is wearing a wig made from alpaca
- Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand According
to the photo, a Korean immigrant first marketed the frozen banana
as "Cold Banana in Delicious Brown Taste."
- Commercial When Michael switches on the
television, the "and they deliver insulin right to my door"
commercial plays. This commercial was also heard in "Exit
- Bob Loblaw's commercial from "Forget-Me-Now" can also be heard in the
background after this.
- G.O.B.'s home The joke where none of the
Bluths know where G.O.B. lives refers to the fact that G.O.B. has
had no official place of residence since he blew up the yacht he
was living on in "Missing Kitty".
- Maeby's Birth The Fünkes’ announcement reads
"There’s A Girl in My Soup! Announcing Our Daughter: Maeby Fünke."
Consommé", Lucille had remarked that Maeby was made in a cup,
"like soup," so it is possible that her comment
originated from the birth announcement. Also, Michael, when
describing the amounts each member of the family would receive if
they sold the company mentions that Lindsay and Tobias have
"already spent twelve hundred dollars on eggs".
- Maeby's release forms Maeby asks Buster to
sign release forms, saying TV is "not as good as it used to be" and
that signing her "petition" would "make it better". Arrested
Development fans often used the same argument against FOX's
cancellation of the show. Buster replies by saying he liked
Skating With Celebrities, a FOX reality show, indicating
that many other people did not care. This is also in reference to
the fact that Skating With Celebrities replaced
Arrested Development in FOX's Monday timeslot.
- Mimicking Photos When Tobias is in bed with
Michael, he does the same expression George Michael is doing in the
photo behind him.
- Mock Trial with J. Reinhold The front
page of Variety also features an article "There go the Judge" in
the bottom right corner.
- Monster George Michael says he's "kind of"
scared of a monster. Although the Narrator says this is the monster
of lust, this line could also be interpreted as a penis joke, and a
callback to Rita's "That way I can see if you have a monster" line
- One Day Annyong says his grandfather vowed
"One day, he would get even for Banana Stand you stole from him."
Given that Annyong's real name, Hel-loh, is captioned "One Day"
when translated to English, this sentence can also be interpreted
as his grandfather saying that Annyong would get even for
- Sign Michael updates the “Days Without a
Workplace Injury” sign from 27 to 1.
- Variety Article The Variety article
“Tantamount To Child Labor; Teen Exec Cons Studio Job” reads:
- “Sources say the hiring of new film kid on the block Maeby
Fünke, age 16, is Tantamount to child abuse but studio head Mort
Meyer [sic] says it was pure genius on his part to draw in the
younger demographic they sorely need. / But others disagree. They
believe that Ms. Fünke's foray into film, though innocent enough,
happened when she inadvertently managed to be indoctrinated into
the fold through a mistaken identity phenom that was not of her own
- Fünke’s calling card apparently fell into her lap as she was
helping her father, wannabe actor Tobias Fünke, gain entrance into
Tantamount Studios. Who could blame her for hanging on when she
suddenly found herself behind a desk and in a position of power
than many spend a lifetime trying to attain? ‘At least it’s better
than high school, except for the food!’, she was overheard saying.
/ Well, no doubt, but does any of this excuse Tantamount from its
legal responsibility regarding the child labor laws? One would have
to argue, NO! / What passes for the upper echelon of studio
masterminds if a teenage girl can pull the dyed in the wool cloth
over their eyes? / It seems, however, as though the industry, or at
least Tantamount Studios, is more than ready to wrap their arms and
minds around Ms. Fünke and are putting their money where their
slack jawed mouths are. / Now industry insiders are even whispering
about a reality show, MOW or sitcom about the sassy lass’s
- Ms. Fünke's ex-boyfriend and cousin, Steve Holt, is reportedly
anxious to sign on to play her ex-boyfriend and cousin. When asked
about it Holt raised his fists in the air and shouted, ‘Steve
Holt’. / Ms. Fünke’s other cousin, George Michael Bluth, got a deer
in the headlights look on his face and curled up in a ball on the
floor. This reporter took that to mean ‘no comment’. / Is this
media darling's success wreaking havoc in her home life? / Her
family has already been fodder for the rumormill microscope due to
the litany of charges against her grandfather, Bluth patriarch
George Bluth, head of the development empire the Bluth Company.
Charges of possible incest and insanity seemed to continue to flit
around this kids inner circle. MOW here we come! / At the end of
the day will Ms. Fünke be just a one hit wonder or will she spur a
whole new era in the movie biz? Only time will tell but for now,
things are undoubtedly getting funky at the Fünke household. It was
reported that her father is jealous of her budding fame and has
refused to eat until he gets equal press time. Though that has not
happened yet, it is said that he has scheduled a photo session for
new head shots to cash in on his new svelte figure. / So has all of
this surprised studio execs to start combing the hallways and
locker rooms of their local high schools? No telling for sure but I
think I saw a certain SS superfigure huddled at the lunch counter
with a gaggle of gals at Beverly Palisades high school last week.
Can you say power lunch sloppy joes?”
- Another article in the first Variety reported the
cancellation of Mock
Trial with J. Reinhold.
- The second Variety features articles “Biz Slips On Uni-tard;
Managing Rita’s Development” as well as “TV DVD Sales Enjoy All
- Adopted Lindsay's adoption is hinted at, early
in the episode, during the flashback to Michael comforting Lindsay
as children. Lindsay is clearly a lot older than Michael in this
flashback, despite the fact they're supposed to be twins.
- Oscar There are several hints that it is in
fact Oscar on the ship, rather than George Sr.
- First, when Oscar walks up to Buster, the Narrator says "and
Buster was approached by his loving father." Buster has a
much stronger relationship with Oscar than George Sr., and
throughout the show it is made clear that Oscar is in fact Buster's
- Oscar (a well-known marijuana user) replies with "We're on a
ship?", implying that he is under the influence of drugs at the
- When Michael mentions George Sr. in his speech, Oscar yells out
"He's a great man!", once again implying that Oscar is on marijuana
at the party. The audience, however, passes this off as a joke from
George Sr. and simply laughs, while Oscar looks around, somewhat
- This is revealed to be true when the SEC boards the boat and
Oscar realizes that he has been used as a switch for George
Sr.--whom Michael wakes up next to on the yacht in the
- The final scene in the series is Maeby's pitch of her family's
story to Ron Howard, who rejects it as a television series before
adding, "Maybe a movie..." These last words in the episode and
series hint at the notion of an Arrested
Development movie - which (as of October 2009) is,
possibly, in the works.
- Ann (Mae Whitman) has a brief cameo in this
episode. This is her second appearance in the third season, her
first being in "Notapusy"
(though she'd been mentioned several times throughout Season 3,
sometimes just by G.O.B. referring to his 'religion girlfriend',
whose identity at the time was unknown to the audience).
- Ed Begley,
Jr. makes his first appearance in the third season as Stan
Sitwell, who was a recurring character throughout Season
- Jim Cramer has
another cameo as himself, hosting Mad Money. He first did this in
Lee returns again as Annyong. This is his
second appearance in the third season of the show, his first being
a brief cameo at the end of "Mr.
- This is Oscar's third appearance in Season 3. His first two
were in "The Cabin
Show" and "Prison Break-In".
- Uncle Paul (Ann's uncle, as seen in "Afternoon
Delight" and "Burning
Love") makes a brief cameo in this episode, and while he does
have a speaking role, none of his lines are audible as the Narrator
is talking over them.
- After narrating the entire series, Ron Howard finally makes a physical
appearance in the epilogue.
- In the scene in which Michael and Tobias are in bed together,
the clock says 7:44. After the caption states "20 minutes later",
however, the clocks still reads 7:44. One possible explanation for
this would be the fact that they are still in the model home, and
the clock could have a permanent display on it. This is
contradicted however by an earlier shot which shows the clock at
- The seal with the yellow bow-tie appears to have no trouble
swimming, despite the fact it had its left flipper bitten off by a
shark in "Motherboy
- The Skating with Celebrities billboard, due to it
being an actual billboard for the program on the lot where
AD is filmed (according to the Season 3 DVD commentary on
the episode), refers to a "FOX
11". The Fox affiliate on the show has always been "FOX
- Michael says to George Michael "you're fifteen." Yet Maeby had
her sixteenth birthday in a previous episode and in the episode
where Buster loses his hand George Michael reminds Lucille that he
is older than Maeby. (Although presumably if Lindsay is older, her
daughter's birth date might have been fudged accordingly and she
may in fact be older than him)
- In the episode "Charity Drive" from Season 1, George Sr.
becomes angry with GOB for sending "his 14-year-old grandson" to do
his dirty work. In this episode, Lucille insists that they finish
the party they had three years ago and name Michael as the CEO of
the company. George Michael should, therefore, be 17.
- In the episode "S.O.B.s"
George Michael states that he is actually sixteen years old.
- This may be an indication of how bad a father Michael is and
how little he knows about his son.
- The jacket Maeby is shown wearing when she meets Mort to ask
that he not fire her is not the jacket she was wearing while in the
cab on the way to the studio. Her hair also changes. Additionally,
Maeby and Mort are wearing the same clothes in the later scene
where they meet with Ron Howard, despite the fact that the latter
scene seems to occur at least a day after the first scene.