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Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Comedy
Original Title: Good Grief!
Director: Jeff Melman
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz,John Levenstein
Released: 2003–
Duration: 30min
Video type: TV Episode
George is declared dead in Mexico and the Bluth family holds a wake for their dead family member. Meanwhile, George isn't dead and has returned to the USA, only to be found by a newly dumped George Michael.
Episode cast overview:
Jason Bateman Jason Bateman - Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi Portia de Rossi - Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett Will Arnett - Gob Bluth
Michael Cera Michael Cera - George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat Alia Shawkat - Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale Tony Hale - Buster Bluth
David Cross David Cross - Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor Jeffrey Tambor - George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter Jessica Walter - Lucille Bluth
Henry Winkler Henry Winkler - Barry Zuckerkorn
Malik Yoba Malik Yoba - Ice
Mae Whitman Mae Whitman - Ann Veal
Jason Aaron Tinero Jason Aaron Tinero - Young Buster
Abraham Higginbotham Abraham Higginbotham - Gary

At about 6 minutes 30 seconds George Michael (Michael Cera) can be seen walking in front of a red dog house with a beagle sleeping on the top of it. This is an obvious reference to the Peanuts character Snoopy who is a beagle that spends a great deal of time on top of his red dog house. The "sad" version of the song "Christmas Time Is Here" from A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) plays whenever anyone in this episode does the "sad walk". The first time this leitmotif makes an appearance, we see the beagle on the doghouse. Other references to Peanuts in this episode include a sign on the banana stand which reads "The frozen banana maker is currently 'IN'" (a play on the sign hung on Lucy's psychiatric help stand), the music which plays as various characters sulk dejectedly after being humiliated or rejected, and of course the title of the episode itself.

ICE (Malik Yoba) tells the family that George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) was killed by a guard, showing a picture of this guard. If you freeze-frame (or look fast enough), you see that the guard is Jeffrey Tambor, the actor playing George Sr. and Oscar, with moustache and beard.

George Michael (Michael Cera) telling George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) that Ann (Mae Whitman) is funny is a reference to a comment G.O.B (Will Arnett) made about her in the previous episode: "What, is she funny or something?".

In the storage closet that Michael (Jason Bateman) is working in, next to paper and office related products, there is also a CornBaller, the dangerous kitchen device George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) used to sell, on one of the shelves.

The death certificate confirms that Lucille (Jessica Walter)'s maiden name is Jenkins.

George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor)'s underground hiding place and dental inspection mirror the real-life discovery of the deposed Iraqi dictator.

The picture of Ben Stiller as Tony Wonder was added last minute before airing, just after the producers landed him to appear in episode 2.15, Arrested Development: Sword of Destiny (2005).

G.O.B. (Will Arnett)'s Aztec Tomb illusion is seen in the attic, hiding George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor).

Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) wears the "SLUT" shirt from episode 1.8, Arrested Development: My Mother the Car (2003).

Alia Shawkat (Maeby Funke) & Mae Whitman (Ann) previously worked together on State of Grace (2001) as Young Hannah Rayburn & Emma Grace McKee respectively.

When the coffin is being spun around just before it is to be buried, a video camera appears mounted to the inside of the coffin lid. It is not there in the shots immediately before and after.

When A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)'s "Christmas Time is Here" is first played on the show when a character is dejected (in this case, George-Michael), a beagle laying down on a red doghouse can be seen in the background as a nod to one of the classic TV short's main characters, Snoopy.

'Good Grief!', the title of the episode introducing the ongoing gag of playing A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)'s "Christmas Time is Here" during a character's dejection, is a common catchphrase of the 1965 classic's titular character.

After George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) fakes his death in Mexico, he is found in a covered hole by George Michael (Michael Cera), which is very similar to how Saddam Husein, for whom George SR. was building houses, was found.

Peanuts, the long-running comic strip is referenced several times in the episode:

  • "Good Grief" is a commonly heard phrase from Peanuts main character Charlie Brown
  • A crooked sign on the frozen banana stand says that the frozen banana maker is out, similar to Lucy Van Pelt's psychiatric help booth's sign.
  • George Michael (Michael Cera), George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), Tobias (David Cross), and G.O.B. (Will Arnett) walk sullenly with their head drooped, as Charlie Brown does when he's sad. The sad piano tune playing is "Christmas Time Is Here" by The Vince Guaraldi Trio from the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965).
  • When George Michael enters the house he collapses face down on the floor in despair, another common Charlie Brown eccentricity.
  • A Beagle can be seen lying on top of a red dog house, mimicking Snoopy.
  • Two people walk by in the background, holding a small Christmas tree, as in the Peanuts Christmas special

When George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) sees Oscar (Jeffrey Tambor) wearing his suit, he tells George Michael (Michael Cera) to tell Oscar, "You don't wear a dead man's clothes." In the next episode, Michael (Jason Bateman) sees George wearing Tracey's maternity clothes.

Jokes about Ann (Mae Whitman):

  • Amusingly, in response to his grandfather, George Michael (Michael Cera) says (in a hushed and slightly embarrassed sort of way) that Ann is really funny. When G.O.B. (Will Arnett) first saw Ann in person in episode 2.3, Arrested Development: Amigos (2004), he asks Michael (Jason Bateman), "What, is she funny or something?"
  • Michael tells George Michael "it's as Ann as the nose on Plain's face," mixing up his words.

George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor), unbeknown to everyone but George Michael (Michael Cera), watches his wake from a window in the attic. This is a reference to the book "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", specifically the scene in which the whole town, believing that the boys are dead, gather at the church. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin arrive at the church and listen in on their own funeral service.

Whenever the F-word is said, it is bleeped and the mouth is obscured so that the lips are unreadable. When George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor)'s death is announced, Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) says the F-word while sobbing into her hands.

At George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor)'s wake, a corner of the "Happy Trails Pard'ner" banner from episode 1.1, Arrested Development: Pilot (2003), can be seen.

The back cover of Poof features an advertisement for 'costumes for the professional magician', illustrated by a photograph of a man in a black mask. G.O.B. (Will Arnett) wears a similar mask when he meets Tony Wonder (Ben Stiller) in episode 2.15, Arrested Development: Sword of Destiny (2005).

Tony Wonder (Ben Stiller) appears in the issue of Poof. He is later seen in person in episode 2.15, Arrested Development: Sword of Destiny (2005).

This is the first instance where G.O.B. (Will Arnett) fails to pronounce the word "circumvent" properly. This later becomes a running gag, and eventually spreads to other words too.

Reviews: [2]

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    To tell you the truth, I'm not sure if I liked the fact that George, having escaped from prison, hides in Michael's attic. It's one of the more far-fetched plot developments in the series. Yet some great moments came out of it, and in particular, the two episodes setting up the storyline- Good Grief and Sad Sack- are exceptional and among the very best in the series. This transition in the storyline is eased with big-time laughs.

    Good Grief picks up where Amigos left off, with the bounty hunter Ice searching for the missing George Sr. He finds evidence that George is dead. Eventually, however, George Michael finds him alive near the house. George Michael sneaks George Sr. into the attic while the rest of the family mourns his supposed death.

    The episode is named after a phrase in Peanuts, while music from a Peanuts Christmas special is played to portray George Michael depressed. The tribute is important- both Peanuts and Arrested Development share the basic philosophy that life is suffering; both tell the stories of losers. We particularly see that here when Ann breaks up with George Michael- and to top it off, it's because of George Michael's too-close relationship with his father, which is a common theme for the series. Here as well we see the characters somehow managing to be both upset with George's death and selfish; Maeby tries to hook her mother up with Ice to break the family and GOB puts on a show he's sure will help his career, though it's officially part of the wake. As usual, AD achieves much with its characters. To top it off, the episode has a great line from Lindsay about Ann in the attic and from Michael about "Pop Pop in the attic." This episode about losers is a winner.
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    Arrested Development

    Arrested Development is another take on dysfunctional family; created by Mitchell Hurwitz, with lots of twists and turns and mystery that helps kick the series into another level and stand alone. The narration by Ron Howard that guides the viewers is actually a smarter concept that it actually seems, since the makers doesn't feel the need to explain the situation and momentum through cheesy and additional dialogues; a slick move.

    It is short on technical aspects like cinematography, background score and art design although the camera work is plausible and is shot beautifully with pleasing, light and breezy environment.

    The writing is strong in terms of the material offered especially since it doesn't feel the urge to push boundaries just to crack a smile, and instead focuses on the irony of it and lets it flow fluently with well barred structure. The amusing concept, enfolding tricks, gripping screenplay, parallel sub-plots that are well edited which later merges in brilliantly are some of the high points of the series.

    There is also a lot of going on in mere 20 minutes for the audience to let it sink in which may seem overstuffed at times but it does the work which is to keep the audience tangled into it. The characters are more mature and pragmatic than the audience usually gets in a sitcom where they might not be lovable or even likable at times, but their humane-ness keeps the viewers rooting for them.

    The performance is somewhat fragile in here since the protagonist Jason Bateman is in his A game but unfortunately isn't supported to that extent by its supporting cast (Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi and David Cross).

    Season 02

    The second act is unfortunately wafer thin on concept and is overstuffed on the distracted and inessential material and characters which aren't intriguing or funny enough to invest in it. Addition to that, it is less sensible and lacks the poetic essence which is what made the first one more layered and adaptive.

    Good Grief

    The weary jokes are so long and elaborated that it goes from "that's funny" to "is it still going on" and then back to, "maybe, it is funny" which in its own way works for the cynical questionable plot track isn't something that the audience aspired.