Arrested Development - Episode Guide

Season 1

Pilot

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Nov 2, 2003

Season 2

The One Where Michael Leaves (2)

Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Nov 7, 2004

When George Sr. is apprehended, the police realize they have mistakenly caught Oscar, George Sr.'s twin brother. With George Sr. at large, Michael is next in line to be prosecuted for the Bluth Co. crimes and must find funds immediately to stay out of jail. Too proud and angry to ask his family members for help, Michael is further vexed to find out that they are doing perfectly well without him - Lindsay and Tobias have decided to have an open relationship, Gob is running the company and Lucille has asked Oscar to move in and be a role model for Buster.

The One Where They Build a House

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Nov 14, 2004

Due to Michael's continuing legal troubles, Gob agrees to be the company figurehead while Michael pulls the strings, an arrangement which, of course, ends up driving Michael completely crazy when Gob's showmanship and ludicrous ideas impress the board. Meanwhile, the mistaken identities continue when George Sr. is arrested in Mexico for a crime that Oscar committed, and Oscar takes George Sr.'s place in a way no one could have predicted.

Amigos

Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Nov 21, 2004

When the staircar turns up in Mexico, Michael decides to organize the family and go down to pick it up. Gob becomes suspicious of Michael's behavior so he hires a bounty hunter to follow him. Michael discovers this and rehires the bounty hunter to search for George Sr. Meanwhile, Lindsay develops a crush on the bounty hunter and Buster spends time with housekeeper Lupe's family and thinks he's in Mexico.

Good Grief!

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Dec 5, 2004

When Lucille hires a bounty hunter to find George Sr., he delivers the disturbing news that George Sr. is dead. Each Bluth copes with the pain in a different way: Gob tries to pull off an elaborate illusion, Maeby tries to set up Lindsay with the bounty hunter, and Michael tries to mend his son's relationship. Meanwhile, George Sr. is closer than they all think.

Sad Sack

Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Dec 12, 2004

When Wayne Jarvis is assigned to prosecute George Sr., he threatens Michael to turn in his father or go to jail. Michael, who has hidden his father in the attic, convinces him to stay hidden until he can figure out what to do. George Sr. confesses that he is only in town to win back Lucille and Michael is concerned that he will find out about Lucille's relationship with Oscar. Meanwhile, Lindsay spends more time with Maeby to get closer to Steve Holt and Tobias starts working out.

Afternoon Delight

Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Dec 19, 2004

When a prankster throws the banana stand into the bay, Michael is forced to rebuild it. Meanwhile, Gob acts as president of the company and prepares for the annual Christmas party. But things take an awkward turn when Gob fires everyone after an employee inadvertently roasts him. Michael realizes he must woo the employees back by throwing another holiday party and decides to do it in conjunction with the unveiling of the newly rebuilt banana stand. Meanwhile, Buster plays hooky from the army and spends all of his time at the arcade grabbing stuffed animals with a skill crane.

Switch Hitter

Episode: 2x07 | Airdate: Jan 16, 2005

When the president of a rival company, Sitwell, hires away Gob in an effort to win the big company softball game against the Bluth Co., Michael asks Gob to throw the game. Gob grapples with the idea, but finds his new boss supportive and fatherly, which catches him off guard. Meanwhile, Lindsay takes anti-depressants and the bizarre side effects include hallucinations and a strong sense of team spirit.

Queen for a Day

Episode: 2x08 | Airdate: Jan 23, 2005

When Michael learns that the company stock has been unfrozen, he decides to sell a little to buy a car. Unbeknownst to him and despite warnings from their attorney, the rest of the family sell off their stock as well and they lose control of the company. Meanwhile, Lucille 2 is back, only to discover Buster is dating the new secretary.

Burning Love

Episode: 2x09 | Airdate: Jan 30, 2005

When Michael reunites with his long lost love, Sally Sitwell, their romance is interrupted by meddling parents. Meanwhile, Gob starts to fall for Lucille 2 and Lucille worries about who will bid on her in the bachelorette auction this year since Buster is dating someone.

Ready, Aim, Marry Me

Episode: 2x10 | Airdate: Feb 13, 2005

The Bluths are worried that Lucille 2 is making a deal to sell the company, so George Sr. suggests calling an old family friend, Uncle Jack, for help. But when creepy Uncle Jack agrees to come to their aid only if he gets a date with Lindsay, Michael must come up with a plan to distract Tobias. Meanwhile, Gob and Buster team up to find out what Lucille 2 is up to and end up fighting over her.

Out on a Limb (1)

Episode: 2x11 | Airdate: Mar 6, 2005

Michael's budding relationship with Sally is threatened when he runs into his former fling, Maggie Lizer, who's pregnant. Michael suspects that he's the father, but Gob brings up a good point - since Maggie lied about being blind, she could be lying about her pregnancy, too. Meanwhile, George Michael struggles to find a way to break up with Ann, and Buster learns he is going to be deployed to Iraq.

My Hand to God (2)

Episode: 2x12 | Airdate: Mar 6, 2005

The Bluths are shocked to discover that Buster's hand was bitten off by a seal and he's left with a mean left hook. Meanwhile, Michael has to figure out if Maggie's baby is really his or if it's just another one of her lies.

Motherboy XXX

Episode: 2x13 | Airdate: Mar 13, 2005

When Lucille abducts George-Michael to take Buster's place at the annual mother-son dance, Michael and Buster try to save him and end up in a compromising position. Meanwhile, Tobias gets a role in which he must act like George Sr., which makes him more attractive to Lindsay.

The Immaculate Election

Episode: 2x14 | Airdate: Mar 20, 2005

When Ann convinces George-Michael to run for student body president, Michael gets involved and things take a turn for the worse. Michael asks Gob to help remedy the situation, but instead, Gob shoots an offensive campaign video that makes all the students revolt against George-Michael. Meanwhile, Buster has an affair with Lupe and Tobias moves out - sort of.

Sword of Destiny

Episode: 2x15 | Airdate: Mar 27, 2005

Gob and Buster team up for some magic tricks with the help of Buster's fake hand, but when Tony Wonder, a rival magician, starts to mentor them, somebody gets the finger. Meanwhile, Michael is forced to delegate some work when he's hospitalized and Lindsay teaches George Michael how to drive using the staircar.

Meet the Veals

Episode: 2x16 | Airdate: Apr 3, 2005

When George Michael gives Ann a promise ring, Michael is concerned it's too much, too fast and decides to talk to her parents, the Veals. But when his plan backfires, Michael takes matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, George Sr. enlists Gob's help in abducting Lucille and taking her to renew their vows in order to get her away from Oscar.

Spring Breakout

Episode: 2x17 | Airdate: Apr 10, 2005

It's Spring Break, and Gob gets the chance to confront Phillip Litt, the guy who featured Gob's magic trick mistakes on a "Girls with Low Self-Esteem" video. Meanwhile, Lucille's drinking is out of control and Michael tricks her into going to rehab by telling her it's a spa. But when Kitty kidnaps George Sr. and attempts to blackmail the Bluths, Michael must turn to Lucille for help.

The Righteous Brothers

Episode: 2x18 | Airdate: Apr 17, 2005

Due to shoddy plumbing on the model home, Michael must call an inspector to check out the house. But when he asks George Sr. to vacate the attic so that he won't have to cover for him, Gob steps in to help and all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, George Michael helps Ann stage a boycott of the American version of "Dangerous Liaisons" and they inadvertently turn the movie into a bigger hit for Maeby. And when Michael asks Tobias to keep an eye on Kitty, their relationship begins to bloom, much to Lindsay's dismay.

Season 3

The Cabin Show

Episode: 3x01 | Airdate: Sep 19, 2005

The Cabin Show

Michael is back in charge of The Bluth Co. and things appear to be on track. However, when Michael decides to take his son on a trip to the family cabin, his plan goes off course when he decides to track down George Sr. and ends up in Reno. Meanwhile, Lindsay - along with George Michael and Maeby, who are still dealing with the aftermath of their awkward kiss - goes searching for Tobias and discovers he's not blue without her. Gob goes to an event hosted by a group that reunites abandoned sons with their fathers and gets a surprise of his own, while Lucille is up to her old tricks dealing with Buster.

For British Eyes Only

Episode: 3x02 | Airdate: Sep 26, 2005

For British Eyes Only

To save money on expensive attorney fees, Michael tells George Sr. to plead guilty, but George Sr. proclaims his innocence and says he was set up by an underground British group. Michael goes to "Wee Britain" to investigate these claims, and meets a beautiful British woman, Rita, whom he asks out on a date. Meanwhile, Lindsay tries to flirt with the family's new attorney and ends up being charged for her time, and Gob stages an elaborate magic trick to get out of spending time with his son.

Forget Me Now

Episode: 3x03 | Airdate: Oct 3, 2005

Forget Me Now

Michael inadvertently lies and tells Rita that he doesn't have a family. But the lie catches up with him, when the Bluths try to surprise Michael by bringing Rita to a family party and all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, Lindsay works as the nanny to the family's new attorney and George Sr. tries to escape the penthouse.

Notapusy

Episode: 3x04 | Airdate: Nov 7, 2005

Notapusy

In an effort to prove to Rita he's not a wimp, Michael tries to convince George Michael to join him in some manly activities, but George Michael is too busy prepping girlfriend Ann for an Inner-beauty Pageant. So Michael and his recently discovered nephew Steve Holt enter a triathlon, only to discover Gob is the one who stumbles at the finish line. Back at work, Michael must deal with a huge mole problem in order to salvage a major real estate deal. But when Gob and Buster team up with George Sr.'s surrogate, Larry, to help Michael save the deal, their plan falls apart in a big way. Meanwhile, Tobias mistakes a CIA agent for a CAA agent and inadvertently betrays the family, and Michael makes Rita a proposal she can't refuse.

Mr. F

Episode: 3x05 | Airdate: Nov 7, 2005

Mr. F

Trevor tells Rita that Michael must be eliminated; the family tries to trick Japanese investors; George-Michael mistakes a jet pack as a gift.

The Ocean Walker

Episode: 3x06 | Airdate: Dec 5, 2005

The Ocean Walker

After Michael announces he's marrying Rita, George Sr. worries that she's after their family's money. But when Rita's Uncle Trevor tries to stop the wedding by revealing some surprising information about Rita, Michael must decide if he wants to walk down the aisle.

Prison Break-In

Episode: 3x07 | Airdate: Dec 12, 2005

Prison Break-In

Upset after his breakup with Rita, Michael reaches out to Lucille, but is concerned when he discovers she's dating the Warden behind his father's back. Michael decides to tell George Sr. about the affair, but his dad has an undercover plan of his own.

Making a Stand

Episode: 3x08 | Airdate: Dec 19, 2005

Making a Stand

When Gob interferes at work, Michael gives him his own banana stand in an effort to keep him occupied. But when Michael learns that George Sr. has been using Gob to plot against him, he confronts Gob. The brothers decide to band together to teach George Sr. a lesson once and for all. Meanwhile, Lucille gets a facelift and Tobias and Lindsay vie for Bob Loblaw's attention.

S.O.B.s

Episode: 3x09 | Airdate: Jan 2, 2006

S.O.B.s

Concerned about the family's future, George Sr. insists they host a fundraiser to raise awareness within the community. Michael is in charge of finding a celebrity to emcee the event, so he sets out on a mission to track down Andy Richter. Meanwhile, Gob inadvertently becomes a waiter and has a run-in with a nasty customer - Lucille.

Fakin' It

Episode: 3x10 | Airdate: Feb 10, 2006

Fakin' It

When Michael represents his family at a mock trial, Buster pretends he's comatose to avoid testifying; Michael learns he may have a long-lost sister.

Family Ties

Episode: 3x11 | Airdate: Feb 10, 2006

Family Ties

Michael tracks down the mysterious woman who may be his sister; George-Michael and Maeby learn that their mock marriage is real.

Exit Strategy

Episode: 3x12 | Airdate: Feb 10, 2006

Exit Strategy

After Gob is imprisoned by American forces, Michael and Buster travel to Iraq to free him; George-Michael throws a surprise birthday party for Maeby.

Development Arrested

Episode: 3x13 | Airdate: Feb 10, 2006

Development Arrested

Michael tries to keep family members from selling their shares of company stock; George-Michael tells his father about being attracted to Maeby.

Season 4

Flight of the Phoenix

Episode: 4x01 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Flight of the Phoenix

Michael says goodbye to the family business and starts his own. And the life of the family is turned upside down when their mailman Pete dies.

Borderline Personalities

Episode: 4x02 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Borderline Personalities

George Sr. comes up with a get rich scam after his family falls apart.

Indian Takers

Episode: 4x03 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Indian Takers

Lindsay tries to reclaim her sense of self while traveling and getting back to her political activist roots.

The B. Team

Episode: 4x04 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

The B. Team

Michael is presented with a new business opportunity that could change his life. Unfortunately, he needs his family to sign off.

A New Start

Episode: 4x05 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

A New Start

Tobias searches for meaning after splitting with Lindsay, only to find that old habits die hard.

Double Crossers

Episode: 4x06 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Double Crossers

George Sr.'s new business hits a rough patch, and he must bribe a politician to get his scam back on track.

Colony Collapse

Episode: 4x07 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Colony Collapse

Gob finds a new group of friends after his relationship falls apart and his family abandons him.

Red Hairing

Episode: 4x08 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Red Hairing

Lindsay continues to push away from being a Bluth by embracing a relationship and finding a new career.

Smashed

Episode: 4x09 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Smashed

Tobias returns to his roots and reunites with his leading lady after a rough few weeks.

Queen B.

Episode: 4x10 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Queen B.

Lucille finds that her children have already started divvying up her things, and adjusts to her new home.

A New Attitude

Episode: 4x11 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

A New Attitude

Gob accepts a job from his brother, but is distracted by a scheme of his own.

Señoritis

Episode: 4x12 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Señoritis

Maeby moves out on her own and reconnects with her cousin, George-Michael.

It Gets Better

Episode: 4x13 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

It Gets Better

At UC Irvine things get steamy when George-Michael finds himself in a love triangle with his best friend Ray and his girlfriend Becky.

Off the Hook

Episode: 4x14 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Off the Hook

Buster struggles to make it on his own and break away from his overbearing mother.

Blockheads

Episode: 4x15 | Airdate: May 26, 2013

Blockheads

George-Michael tries to reconnect with his father, but is finding himself overwhelmed by the responsibility of running his business.

Season 5

Family Leave

Episode: 5x01 | Airdate: May 29, 2018

Family Leave

Surprises greet Michael at the penthouse and Sudden Valley. George-Michael confides in Maeby, who's trying to avoid Sudden Valley.

Self-Deportation

Episode: 5x02 | Airdate: May 29, 2018

Self-Deportation

For varying reasons, most of the Bluths (even Steve Holt) feel compelled to run off to Mexico. Michael tries to convince Buster to go to the police.

Everyone Gets Atrophy

Episode: 5x03 | Airdate: May 29, 2018

Everyone Gets Atrophy

The family unites behind Lindsay's campaign, but Michael senses that something is amiss. Maeby has an idea that George-Michael likes a little too much.

An Old Start

Episode: 5x04 | Airdate: May 29, 2018

An Old Start

Gob acquires a new office for the company with a "premium view." Michael gets a shock when he returns to a place that holds a lot of memories.

Sinking Feelings

Episode: 5x05 | Airdate: May 29, 2018

Sinking Feelings

The Bluths receive/present their award, but it weighs on George Sr. and creates new problems. Michael and George-Michael have a deep conversation.

Emotional Baggage

Episode: 5x06 | Airdate: May 29, 2018

Emotional Baggage

Michael attempts to bail out Buster. George-Michael finally meets the Howards, and Ron informs Michael that his plans for the movie have changed.

Rom-Traum

Episode: 5x07 | Airdate: May 29, 2018

Rom-Traum

George-Michael thinks he's being lied to by Michael, who thinks he's being lied to by George Sr. Gob hires guys to help with his "closet conversion."

Premature Independence

Episode: 5x08 | Airdate: May 29, 2018

Premature Independence

As the Second of July parade approaches, Sally steps up her campaign against Lindsay while the Bluths again struggle to keep their stories straight.