'Arrested Development' Season 1, episode 19: 'Best Man for the Gob'

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Welcome to the "Arrested Development" Rewatch. Leading up to the release of Season 4, Zap2it will be taking a look back at the 53 episodes that made "Arrested Development" one of our most beloved TV comedies.Watch the first three seasons of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. We continue with the Season 1, episode 19, "Best Man for the Gob." It originally aired on April 4, 2004.

Plot: Michael ( Jason Bateman) is trying to work with an accountant, Ira Gilligan ( Michael Hitchcock), to find missing money. Gob ( Will Arnett) is meanwhile trying to get out of his marriage. George Sr. ( Jeffrey Tambor) suggests a solution to both of these problems -- a bachelor party in which a narcoleptic stripper will look dead, forcing Gilligan Ira to go on the run. Tobias ( David Cross) and Lindsay ( Portia de Rossi) try to strengthen their family by folk singing. Michael decides to prove he can be fun by taking George Michael ( Michael Cera) fishing.

Everybody winds up at the same hotel for the ensuing chaos. Dr. Funke's 100% Natural Good Time Family Band Solution breaks up, but Gob's wife ( Amy Poehler) and George Michael jump in to save the performance. Unfortunately, this makes Gob's wife fall in love with Tobias. Up at the bachelor party, Gilligan Ira turns out to be the designated driver and won't drink. Buster ( Tony Hale), in search of a sugar rush, finds the narcoleptic stripper instead. Both Buster and Michael get knocked out. It's kind of a mess.

GIF-worthy scenes:

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Bluth Company status: There's money missing. The attempt to distract the accountant about this issue fails.

Notable guest stars: Gilligan, who prefers to be called Ira -- a temperature-sensitive accountant played by Michael Hitchcock

Huge mistakes: They should have known that scaring an accountant with a supposedly dead stripper was never going to work. Especially when Buster and his juice addiction get involved...

Most sexual tension:
George Michael wants to be in the Funke family band in order to be closer to Maeby ( Alia Shawkat). "Some call me the human metronome." -- George Michael with a wood block

Allusions to Tobias being gay: "I feel a bit like a Mary without a Peter and Paul." -- Tobias onstage alone after Lindsay and Maeby abandon him

Best narrator commentary:
"In the mid-90s, Tobias formed a folk-music group with Lindsay and Maeby, called Dr. Funke's 100% Natural Good Time Family Band Solution. The group was underwritten by the Natural Life Food Company, a division of Chem Grow, an Allyn-Crane acquisition, and part of the Squimm Group. Their motto was simple: 'We keep you alive.'"

"Buster had finished the juice and was desperately looking for his next sugar fix when he discovered the cake in the next room. Unfortunately, he was unaware of the narcoleptic stripper confined within it."

Next on "Arrested Development": Buster thinks he killed Michael, and Michael is upset about the accountant situation and not consoled by having been punched. Gilligan Ira turns out to have stolen the money. The narrator says "And Ira fulfills his destiny" as we see the accountant and the narcoleptic stripper lounging on a desert island.


Photo/Video credit: FOX