Episode 002: Arrested Development: Top Banana

  1. Introduction
  2. How are you?
  3. What it means for your weekend
    1. http://fashionista.com/2012/02/rachel-antonoff-fall-2012-sweet-sea-dreams-and-songs-by-alia-shawkat/
    2. http://www.examiner.com/primetime-tv-in-columbus/todd-margaret-conclusion-bombs-literally-review
    3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/12/saturday-night-live-zooey-deschanel-video_n_1271742.html
    4. http://celebritybabies.people.com/2012/02/16/jason-bateman-welcomes-daughter-maple-sylvie/?xid=rss-topheadlines
    5. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-201202171417reedbusivarietynvr1118050447feb17,0,5792254.story
  4. Sixty-Second Synopsis (Mike):

Although he may be doing time (or rather, the time of his life) in prison, George Senior is still trying to run the family business from behind bars. This doesn’t sit well with Michael, who is tired of his father running (and occasionally ruining) his life as a result. Michael is getting fed up because the family is running out of money, and George mentions that “there’s always money in the banana stand.”

Meanwhile, George Michael has been feeling feelings for his cousin Maebe he maybe shouldn’t be feeling, so he asks to work more hours at the banana stand to maybe avoid feeling those feelings. Unfortunately for George Michael, Michael wants to inspire some work ethic in Maebe and commands his son, now Mr. Manager, to bring her on as an employee. As Lindsey puts it, if she knows her daughter, that stand won’t be there in a week.

Of course, George Michael and Maebe aren’t the only ones working hard. GOB is asked to mail an insurance letter, Lindsey gets cast in a TV commercial about a fire sale (while Tobias’s hopes of being cast in the same commercial go up in flames), T-Bone, himself a flamer, gets a job at the banana stand, and Michael realizes George Senior is STILL running things from prison.

After things fall apart at the banana stand, George Michael decides the only solution is to burn it down. Surprisingly his father agrees, in an act of defiance to prove he will no longer be controlled by his father. Unfortunately, Michael later finds out quite literally that there was “always money in the banana stand” when George Senior loudly informs him that there was $250,000 cash lining the walls.

  1. Favorite moments & Least Favorite moments
    1. Bryce:
      1. Mister Manager
      2. Amazing Grace
    2. Mike:
      1. Most of the moments Miles has already stolen.
      2. I love how disgusted Tobias looks when Lindsie declares she’s “supporting her husband” and touches his arm on the couch.
      3. Narrator segues… “While George was losing a roommate, George Michael was having a hard time adjusting to his new one.”
        1. Later, at Tobias’s audition: “Lindsie came along to appear supportive.”
      4. Talking about GOB – Lucille: “Find a job for him, make him feel special.” Michael: “But he’s not special, mother.” Lucille: “No, he’s not. But he loves you. We all love you.” Then later… “Don’t take that tone. He’s my son. I want you to make him stop calling me.”
    3. Miles:
      1. “No touching” when George Senior looks at the guard.
      2. “Something-dale, Brookfeather, Raintree. It’s hot there, very hot. I’ve never been. Get a warrant.”
      3. Fire versus Fire Sale. It’s one line, and Tobias didn’t even read it all the way through.
      4. GOB hurling letter into the ocean.
      5. T-bone invents a catchphrase for the banana stand.
      6. “So he did a little detective work.” “You burned down the storage unit?” “Almost definitely.”
  2. New moments
    1. Mike: Just noticed for the first time that Buster isn’t in this episode
      1. Tobias is wearing shorts in the shower
      2. Also, Tobias sets his timer to make sure the conditioner is in for the appropriate length of time
    2. Bryce: Tee-bone: “Oh, I’m definitely getting blamed for this”
    3. Miles: Cliche boys’ room decorations: George Michael’s room has a large poster that reads “Basketball”, and smaller ones that read “Baseball”, “Football”.
  3. Learn more about this episode on Wikia.
  4. Ratings
    1. Bryce: Steve Holt!
    2. Mike: Steve Holt! (Possibly my favorite episode of the series.)
    3. Miles: Steve Holt!
  5. Fun question: What was your worst summer job?
    1. Mike: Painting the tunnel and bathroom walls of the 80,000-plus-seat football stadium at Texas A&M University – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Field (turned into a great job by the end though).
    2. Bryce: Warehouse
    3. Miles: Well-digging
  6. Next episode: Bringing Up Buster
  7. From the Internet
    1. Call 605.610.8080
    2. Send e-mail to show@manilovethis.com
  8. Follow Us
    1. Bryce: @brycerausch, Paycloud
    2. Mike: @mikebilleter, LinkedIn
    3. Miles: @awayken, http://milesrausch.com

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