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"Arrested Development" Forget Me Now (TV Episode 2005) Poster

(TV Series)

(2005)

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When Bob Loblaw, (played by Scott Baio) says it's not the first time he's had to replace Barry Zuckerkorn as a younger person and "heartthrob", it may be a reference to Baio's character Chachi on Happy Days (1974), appearing on that show as the younger "heartthrob" nephew of Fonzie (played by Henry Winkler).
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When Rita (Charlize Theron) is sitting on the "Wee Britain" bus bench she blocks the letters I and T so the sign appears to say "Wee Brain."
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George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor) gets the idea to escape on a deck chair tied to balloons after watching a scene from the movie Danny Deckchair (2003).
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Rita's (Charlize Theron) name is a joke, since the four letters that make up her name are taken right out of the middle of the word, Britain.
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When George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) is watching "the game" in his bedroom, the game he is watching is a college baseball game between Wichita State and Creighton.
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Henry Winkler (Barry Zuckerkorn), Ron Howard (Narrator) & Scott Baio (Bob Loblaw) also starred together on Happy Days (1974) as Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli, Richie Cunningham & Chachi Arcola respectively.
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In her role as a movie executive, Maeby (Alia Shawkat) green-lights a script by "Judd Apacow", which she re-titles "The 14-Year-Old Virgin". Judd Apatow co-wrote and directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005).
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In season three, the Bluths' new lawyer, Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio), is brought in to replace their usual lawyer, Barry Zuckercorn (Henry Winkler). Loblaw proudly states this is not the first time he has been called on to replace Zuckercorn, a nod to the television series Happy Days (1974), where Baio was added to the cast, in the role of Chachi, to supplement Winkler's teen idol status as Fonzie. Winkler was getting older, and the producers of Happy Days wanted a younger cool character on the show. The narrator, Ron Howard, also starred in Happy Days alongside Winkler and Baio.
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett)'s use of his "forget-me-now" pills is referenced again in this episode, when he roofies Rita (Charlize Theron) to make her forget she was knocked out by Buster (Tony Hale). He also implies to Lucille (Jessica Walter) that he has used one on her before for an unknown reason when she questions his use of the Rohypnol on Rita.
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'Forget-Me-Now' is the name given by G.O.B. (Will Arnett) to his roofie pills and a play on the flower name, "Forget-me-not." It is also evocative of a James Bond movie title, following in the pattern of episode 3.2, Arrested Development: For British Eyes Only (2005), and to be continued by episodes 3.4 Arrested Development: Notapusy (2005) and 3.5 Arrested Development: Mr. F (2005). The Bond-esque gun barrel ending and "Michael Bluth returns in..." can yet again be seen in this episode.
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The episode's title refers to the opening episode of season 6 of The Avengers (1961), titled The Avengers: The Forget-Me-Knot (1968), in which the iconic Mrs Peel character departs from the series. The male and female British 'spies' with their small convertible English sports car are very much reminiscent of the John Steed and Emma Peel characters in the 1960s British spy serial.
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Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) says "He's very good" about Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio). Barry Zuckerkorn (Henry Winkler) was referred to as very good by Lucille (Jessica Walter) and Buster (Tony Hale), and it is quote he uses to advertise his law services.
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Lucille (Jessica Walter)'s 'You're killing me, Buster' banner, as created in episode 2.3, Arrested Development: Amigos (2004), and doctored for the first time in episode 2.12, Arrested Development: Hand to God (2005), has this time been quickly changed into 'You're kidding me, Buster' for his party.
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When Rita (Charlize Theron) is carried out of the cabin, she is laid down on a park bench that promotes Wee Britain. When she comes to and sits up, she is covering two letters on the sign, making it spell "Wee Brain."
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Tobias (David Cross) says he's an Analrapist (the poorly-conceived combination of "analyst" and "therapist") for the first time. This comes up several times in this episode, and is later referenced again in episode 3.9, Arrested Development: S.O.B.s (2006).
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Scott Baio's Bob Loblaw is introduced in this episode as the replacement for Henry Winkler's Barry Zuckerkorn. Winkler had left the show to join CBS's Out of Practice, just as Scott Baio had been brought onto Happy Days (1974), which starred Henry Winkler, as an appeal to younger viewers.
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett) calls George Michael (Michael Cera) a 'pothead' in a rage, calling back to the drug dealing events of episode 1.10, Arrested Development: Pier Pressure (2004).
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett) says "home run," referring to one of his own jokes. George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) said "home run" in episode 2.4, Arrested Development: Good Grief! (2004), and G.O.B. says it in episode 2.18, Arrested Development: Righteous Brothers (2005).
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The living room of the model home appears restored in this episode suggesting it might have been repaired during the prior events of episode 3.2, Arrested Development: For British Eyes Only (2005), which lacks any scenes at the location.
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During attorney Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio)'s commercial, when listing the types of cases he handles, "Identity Theft" has the disclaimer "*Cash Only*".
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The author of the script 'The Sexual Assault of Abigail F.', Kallie Korrie, seems to be a play on the name of the writer of Thelma & Louise (1991), Callie Khouri.
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George (Jeffrey Tambor) is eating an ice cream sandwich, a favourite treat of his that is referenced in several episodes.
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The seal on Rita (Charlize Theron)'s back had a yellow bow tie, the same colour tie as the one that bit off Buster (Tony Hale)'s hand.
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George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) is interested by a television program involving a lawn chair tied to weather balloons and tries to arrange the party to have an excuse to build this contraption. This is actually a reference to Darwin Awards honorary mention Larry Walters who did this poorly conceived action in 1982.
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When Buster (Tony Hale) talks about Tobias (David Cross)'s attempts to dress up like Lucille (Jessica Walter) for his analrapy session, he declares that "I thought the Donna Karan worked, you just didn't have the right shoes.", referencing this well-known dress designer, Donna Karan.
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett)'s 'Forget-Me-Now's are Rohypnol tablets, also known as roofies, which cause temporary amnesia. Rohypnol tablets have been known to be used for a number of illegal and morally reprehensible actions such as date rape and robbery.
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Lifetime - Tobias (David Cross) references the women-oriented movies while at a fraught emotional moment with Buster (Tony Hale), comparing it to the typical heightened emotional content of those Moment of Truth movies shown on the network.
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Bob Einstein, better known as Super Dave Osborne, begins his deadpan run as George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor)'s surrogate.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Two fourth wall breaking moments can be seen in this episode:
  • While talking about the American male's potential immaturity to Rita (Charlize Theron), Michael (Jason Bateman) is the first main character to utter the phrase "arrested development" in the show's history, and the narrator (Ron Howard) exclaims, "Hey, that's the name of the show." Interestingly, the term "arrested developer" was first used by as a byline on a TV newscast, when discussing the Bluth scandal.
  • Next, after Tobias (David Cross) compares his emotional moment with Buster (Tony Hale) to a potential act break moment in a Lifetime movie, a typical Arrested Development segment end music string follows but is quickly rebutted with a narrator's "But it wasn't." The actual act break follows Tobias's exclamation, "Now that's an act break," later on.
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The third of Michael (Jason Bateman)'s dates in his recollection, as sabotaged by his family, is subtitled 'Marta', and is played by a new actress. This forms the continuation of the swapping of Martas, as discussed during the DVD commentary on episode 1.13, Arrested Development: Beef Consomme (2004), when the cast and Mitchell Hurwitz were talking about the replacement of Leonor Varela by Patricia Velasquez in the character of Marta, and the possible extension of that into constant revolving of Martas for comic effect. In the commentary for this episode, Mitchell Hurwitz revealed that the decision to name this episode's woman Marta came in post, when the editors decided, "Why not?" and gave fans a third Marta.
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Further clues to Rita (Charlize Theron)'s possible mental state are evident:
  • The literal greeting at the restaurant, "I've been having such fun on this spaceship" is wrongly interpreted by Michael (Jason Bateman) as Rita's sarcastic expression of frustration at his tardiness.
  • Rita shoves food down her throat, and speaks with her mouth open while eating.
  • Rita tells Michael that she too hasn't been on a date in a long time, and complains that she only seems to meet little boys who think the stupidest things are funny, referring literally to her peers at school.
  • Rita points the raccoon tail of her hat towards Michael, as if it were a listening device, but is instead just being playful.
  • As she sits in front of an advertising board for Wee Britain, Rita happens to obscure the middle letters leaving the phrase 'Wee Brain' visible.
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More jokes are made about Tobias (David Cross)' questionable sexuality
  • He refers to himself as an "analrapist", a half-analyst, half-therapist (and Buster (Tony Hale) is more shocked by the word rather than the pronunciation when Tobias tries to correct it).
  • In order to help Buster overcome his inferiority to his mother, Tobias dresses up as her and at one point is seen wearing her bra.
  • Tobias grabs and later slaps Michael (Jason Bateman)'s buttocks when Michael arrives at the "Family Love Michael" party.
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The new 'Family Love Michael' banner shows off the Bluth family's pattern of simplistic grammar, later seen in episodes 3.6 Arrested Development: The Ocean Walker (2005) and 3.11 Arrested Development: Family Ties (2006). G.O.B. (Will Arnett) also uses simplistic grammar by saying "I Will" at the end of the episode.
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Michael (Jason Bateman) is seen on dates with a number of very attractive women, contrasting the fact that G.O.B. (Will Arnett) often criticises Michael for dating ugly women, a reference to the episode 1.14, Arrested Development: Shock and Aww (2004).
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A police officer leaps forward to hit George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) with a baton, just as Oscar (Jeffrey Tambor) was hit several times in episode 2.1, Arrested Development: The One Where Michael Leaves (2004).
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Buster (Tony Hale)'s prepared note for his reception of his medal at the army base can be briefly seen upside-down as he takes it out of his jacket pocket. The one visible cue card reads: "And most of all Mother (choked up)."
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Michael (Jason Bateman) gets knocked over by the "Poppuns" yet again. His first encounter with the flying tourist attraction had occurred in episode 3.2, Arrested Development: For British Eyes Only (2005).
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Rita (Charlize Theron)'s seal backpack that scares Buster (Tony Hale) in the cabin car happens to be wearing a yellow bowtie, as did the original seal attacker in episode "Hand to God".
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The 'American style' restaurant that Michael (Jason Bateman) and Rita (Charlize Theron) are at for their date is called Fat Ammy's. When Rita is riding the space shuttle there is a sign for the restaurant with a bulky depiction of Uncle Sam that reads: "I'm Still Eatin' at... Fat Ammy's. American Style Restaurant." This slogan is also printed on the numerous, huge bags of food Rita and Michael are carrying after leaving the restaurant.
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As G.O.B. (Will Arnett) makes up with Michael (Jason Bateman), puppet Franklin, still bleached from his washing machine encounter in episode 2.18, Arrested Development: Righteous Brothers (2005), reappears to help with the rendition of "It Ain't Easy Being White."
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett)'s titling of the Rohypnol pills 'forget-me-now's recalls the similarly literal naming of magic show audience members as 'howdeydodats', another supposed magician's term as expressed by Tony Wonder (Ben Stiller) in episode 2.15, Arrested Development: Sword of Destiny (2005).
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