Arrested Development: Beef Consomme   Rewatch 
July 28, 2014 5:20 PM - Season 1, Episode 13 - Subscribe

Michael tells Gob about his flirtation with Marta. Meanwhile, George-Michael tries to determine whether he and Maeby are related by blood.

And the family fails to show up, looking like a loving, supportive family, for even 10 minutes, to George Sr's hearing.

Even if nothing else were funny in this episode--and there is plenty--the graphic for Hermanoin the opening is worth it all by itself. If you haven't paid attention to the drawings in that, do so now!
posted by freejinn (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
To me, this is one of the very best episodes in the series — I'd rank it in the top 5. Some of my favorite lines:

Buster’s aspirations:
I wanna dance! I wanna make love to a woman! I wanna get a checking account! I wanna know what it feels like to get my face socked in!
Maeby walks in on her parents arguing; Lindsay and then Tobias realize mid-sentence that she's there:
Lindsay: That’s my point, you handsome cowboy, you!
Tobias: Oh, great, and now you’re mocking me, you selfish country-music loving lady!
Tobias misunderstands George Michael's question about "where Maeby came from," allowing us to hear his take on heterosexual sex:
Tobias: When a man needs to prove to a woman that he’s actually — when a man loves a woman, and he actually wants to make love to her, something very, very special happens. And with deep concentration and great focus, he is often able to achieve an er—
George Michael: I’m sorry, I’m going to stop you.... I didn’t mean babies in general.
Tobias: Oh, well that’s good, because it was about to get a little, eh, gross.
Lucille tells George Michael about Maeby:
She’s not real. She was made in a cup, like soup.
GOB tries to come up with the perfect analogy to explain to Buster why he doesn't have a chance with Marta:
You know that she’s kind of used to being with me, right? So, it would be sort of like going from prime rib ... to ... I don’t know ... weird brother of prime rib?
Marta leaves:
Marta: It’s over — both of you! It’s over!
Buster: Wait, wait ... what about, what about me?
Marta: I’m sorry, I’m not totally sure who you are.
Buster: That’s what it feels to get your face socked in!
posted by John Cohen at 5:56 PM on July 28, 2014 [2 favorites]

The camera not being allowed in the courtroom, and the fight breaking out into the hallway where it was sent.
posted by RainyJay at 7:21 AM on July 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

Buster’s aspirations

Buster's physicality in his little speech about making love to a woman is SO good. Ditto a bit later when he takes off his glasses and starts crowding G.O.B., looking for the punch. Tony Hale seems to be a bit of a cast favourite and you can see why.

This is the one of two episodes with DVD commentary, but it features almost the entire cast and is more like friends sitting around watching an episode, not many behind the scenes details. Most of it is "Hey, it's that actor!" or "Hey, it's me!"
posted by Lorin at 8:00 AM on July 29, 2014 [1 favorite]


Michael: Is that G.O.B.?
Marta: He likes to make love to this.
posted by Lorin at 8:12 AM on July 29, 2014

> And the family fails to show up, looking like a loving, supportive family, for even 10 minutes, to George Sr's hearing.

We couldn't get that down, huh?

Barry: "Here's the good news: I think I'm gonna get off. I have a good lawyer."

Lucille (upon seeing Buster with his hired Mariachi band): "For god's sake. He's on his own for two days and he joins a gang."

GOB: "Marta's been interested in Michael. That's right. Dull, nothing going on upstairs ... ... Michael."
posted by bjrn at 9:38 AM on July 29, 2014

I love that that's how G.O.B. thinks of Michael. And then there's Buster: weird brother of prime rib.
posted by Lorin at 9:50 AM on July 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

If I could I would watch a 24/7 feed of Tony Hale as Buster just going about his day. He just inhabits the character so completely and every interaction with the outside world is fascinating in a different way.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on July 30, 2014

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