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Recap / Arrested Development S1E19 "Best Man for the GOB"

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Michael offers to plan Gob a bachelor party after his drunken wedding appears to have stuck. Gob refuses, saying George Sr. is his best man, so Michael tries to plan a fishing trip with George Michael for the same weekend. George Sr. plans to use the party in an elaborate attempt to scare an accountant out of testifying against him. Tobias tries to convince Lindsay to re-form a pharmaceutical-jingle-based family band.


The Arrested Development episode "Best Man for the GOB" provides examples of:

  • Brick Joke: Buster finally gets punched in the face.
    Buster: Oh, my God, I killed Michael!
    GOB: Yeah, but on the plus side, you got punched in the face.
  • Censorship by Spelling: Lucille spells juice as J-U-I-C-E so Buster won't understand but he cannot be fooled.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Ira Gilligan tries to tell George Sr. that he prefers to be called Ira, it goes completely over George Sr.'s head.
    George Sr.: Gilligan has promised me that all this money will be safe in IRAs.
    Ira Gilligan: It's Ira, sir.
    George Sr.: Oh, I'm sorry, Gilligan. Will be safe in Iras.
  • Foreshadowing: Buster at one point says, "This party's gonna be off the hook!", foreshadowing a future plot development.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Lindsay: I'm tired of trying to find happiness through lies and self-medicating. If you need me I'll be at the bar.
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  • Jumping Out of a Cake: As part of the fake bachelor party.
  • Pun-Based Title: On "best man for the job", replacing "job" with GOB's name. A running theme throughout the episode is also Michael expecting to be made GOB's best man at his bachelor's party.
  • Shout-Out: Two to Gilligan's Island:
    • Firstly when GOB is in the process of enacting the plan, he calls out "Gilligan killed the skipper! (correcting himself) Stripper!"
    • Secondly, Gilligan ends up "fulfilling his destiny" when he uses the money he stole to actually live on a deserted island, or at least vacation there, with the stripper.
  • Scare 'em Straight: George Sr.'s plan was to make Ira believe he killed a stripper so he would Run for the Border.
  • Two Decades Behind: Lindsay alludes to this trope.
    "We're dressed like we're in The '60s. It's the 21st century. We should be dressing like it's The '80s."
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  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The plan to scare Ira had to fail since they gave away all the details.


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