Recap: Arrested Development S 1 E 4 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.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.