Recap / Arrested Development S1E4 "Key Decisions"

In an hope to gain publicity for his magic career, GOB incarcerates himself inside Orange County Prison with his father, where he will escape within 24 hours. Michael is left to take his girlfriend Marta, a Spanish-language soap opera star, to an award show, only to find that they might have more in common than he thought. Meanwhile, Lindsay helps an activist named Johnny Bark protest the demolishing of trees around the model home, and Lucille takes Buster to attend the award show, hoping it will improve her social life.

The Arrested Development episode "Key Decisions" provides examples of:

  • Brick Joke: The key Gob swallows to unlock his jail cell deflects the shiv White Power Bill uses to stab him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: White Power Bill.
  • Delayed Reaction: Kitty when noticing her mistake of calling Lucille Michael's wife.
    Narrator: Kitty realized her mistake. But not immediately.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The episode features Michael making an important decision between his family and his love life, and also involves GOB swallowing a literal key to escape from prison.
  • For Want of a Nail: GOB originally planned on breaking up with Martia after escaping the prison. Why didn't he? Michael deciding to not being the stairs he needed to escape, which meant he stayed in long enough for White Power Bill to attempt to kill him.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go / Letting Her Hair Down: Hilariously subverted when Gob is trying to seduce Kitty; removing her glasses just makes her cross-eyed, and letting down her hair makes it poof out into a tangled mess. He even tries different combinations.
  • Jump, I'll Catch You!: After being unable to pass the key and Michael arriving without the stairs, GOB toys with jumping down on top of Michael in order to escape the prison. It ultimately falls apart due to A) him not being able to climb over the fence and B) the guard tasering him (due to the paperwork that would ensue if he actually jumped.
  • Mood Whiplash: While having his first ever game of catch with George, GOB gets shived by White Power Bill.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Downplayed: after deciding to recommit to his relationship with Martia and even telling her that, when he's all alone in the hospital room, what is GOB's reaction?
    GOB: ...I've made a huge mistake.
  • Not Hyperbole: When Michael visits GOB at the prison when he's attempting to escape, he asks about his relationship with Marta (kind of making it obvious that he wants to date her). GOB, in turn, asks Michael how he would feel if he came down on him hard. As in jumping down and landing on Michael in order to escape the prison.
  • Prison Episode: More so than most of the season, as GOB's storyline also takes place in prison - as part of an "illusion," GOB goes to prison to prove he can escape in 24 hours time. He eventually escapes when an inmate shivs him and he's rushed to a hospital.
  • Swallow the Key: GOB tries to do this to aid his escape from prison, but first has trouble swallowing the key and later is unable to pass it because of a Shy Bladder.
  • UST: Between Michael and Marta.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: George for his son GOB.
  • What Have We Ear?: One of GOB's illusions, which he uses on White Power Bill, or as he is called as a result, Dirty Ears Bill.