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When Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) says that Andy Griffith cancelled his appearance because he thought the Bluths were making fun of him, the narrator says "No one was making fun of Andy Griffith. I can't emphasize that enough." The narrator, Ron Howard, starred with Andy Griffith in the The Andy Griffith Show (1960).
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When Michael (Jason Bateman) is confronting George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) about lying to him and George Sr. denies it, Michael retorts: "Great performance, Dad. You're a regular Brad Garrett." Jeffrey Tambor had just lost the 2005 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy to Brad Garrett, the second year in a row he had lost out to Garrett.
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It's learned that Michael (Jason Bateman)'s wife was in a coma before she died.
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First episode to skip the "Now the story..." opening credit sequence.
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While G.O.B. (Will Arnett) is performing his illusion in front of the court house, he finally found a way around the copyrighted Free Bird name and a large banner reading "Free Chicken" can be seen behind him.
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The episode features six chicken impressions, by George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor), Lucille (Jessica Walter) and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi), who all dance together. G.O.B. (Will Arnett) runs to get his chicken mask and does his dance, but no one sees it. Michael (Jason Bateman) and Tobias (David Cross) also do chicken impressions, though no dance is included. Michael is the only member of the family to do an accurate chicken impression.
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This episode marks the first appearances of Charlize Theron as Rita, and Dave Thomas as Trevor, in their five episode run.
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First episode to have real "previously on" clips.
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This episode begins with a "Previously on Arrested Development" segment, which mostly contains scenes that didn't actually appear in the previous episode, but does not have an "On the next Arrested Development" segment at the end.
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Lupe (B.W. Gonzalez) is seen working as Lucille (Jessica Walter)'s maid again, despite having been fired in episode 2.14, Arrested Development: The Immaculate Election (2005). There is currently no explanation of how she got her job back.
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This episode begins a run of episodes referencing the James Bond series of films, as continued in episodes 3.3 Arrested Development: Forget Me Now (2005), 3.4 Arrested Development: Notapusy (2005) and 3.5 Arrested Development: Mr. F (2005). The spoofing of the Bond films is evident in the episode titles, vocal and instrumental music cues, and the gun barrel shot at the end of the episode accompanied by the subtitle "Michael Bluth will return in..."
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The title is a spoof on For Your Eyes Only (1981), a James Bond film, as well as picking up the clerk's line that the records in Wee Britain were for "British eyes only." "For British Eyes Only" is also the name (and the only lyric) of the James Bond parody song that played throughout this episode.
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Michael (Jason Bateman) tells Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) that her new car (the cabin car) is "more like a Lincoln," using the ambiguity of referring to both the Lincoln Logs toy cabin and the Lincoln car.
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George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) tries to explain away his encounter with Saddam Hussein as a confusion in believing that Hussein was the Soup Nazi (Larry Thomas) character from Seinfeld (1989).
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The Merry Poppuns sign in the background reads, "Please stay off my landing port...I'm not the tourist killing sort... But if you have a working girl to kill... Please let her stay and I'll do my will", continuing the references to Jack the Ripper. A sign in the background adds more information: "Ms. Poppuns is an original creation of Wee Britain and is in no way meant to invoke the character of the popular novel, musical or stage show 'Mary Poppins.' Our Ms. Poppuns has neither the trade-markable qualities of being a nanny nor the power of flight, but instead is a cleaning woman who transports herself with the aid of a guide wire and a sturdy cane as she fights the likes of Jack the Ripper every weekday at quarter past and half after every odd Greenwich mean hour."
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett) again refers to his magic tricks as "illusions" as he has done ever since the Arrested Development: Pilot (2003). However, he immediately afterwards refers to it as a trick, which as he stated in the "Pilot" "is something a whore does for money...or candy!" ("or cocaine" replaced "or candy" in the extended Pilot.
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Michael (Jason Bateman) says "don't call it that" when George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) refers to builders operating outside "the O.C.," which refers to another Fox program, The O.C. (2003), which used the term, short for "Orange County," as a title.
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Maeby (Alia Shawkat) does not appear in this episode (aside from a brief clip at the start, though this is just footage from episode 2.18, Arrested Development: Righteous Brothers (2005).)
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Donald Rumsfeld being pictured with Saddam Hussein is cited as an example that interacting with Hussein does not necessarily end your career.
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This episode has also been known as "The British Bombshell", as it was originally titled this in early press releases.
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Harry Hamlin appears as himself impersonating a lawyer, referencing his role on L.A. Law (1986).
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The "Merry Poppuns" tourist attraction in Wee Britain references the Mary Poppins (1964) character.
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The red Eve Arden style wig is the first that Tobias (David Cross) tries on in the costume shop.
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Jack Black has a cameo, throwing darts, dressed as a Chimney Sweep, in Wee Britain.
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This episode is different than most as it does not feature the traditional opening credits or the "On the next Arrested Development" section.
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Lucille Bluth's (played by Jessica Walter) fingernails change colour during the court house scene.
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The episode does not feature a single scene set in the model home.
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Michael tries to argue that he looks kind of British in order to gain access to the files. Jason Bateman (Michael) has referred to his British heritage in interviews, specifically during his April 8, 2004, The Jon Stewart Show (1993) visit.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The clues to Rita (Charlize Theron)'s secret start in this episode.
  • The narrator (Ron Howard) says that if George Michael (Michael Cera) and Maeby (Alia Shawkat) were to have a child, it would be stupid, which foreshadows the reveal of Rita's parents being cousins in episode 3.6, Arrested Development: The Ocean Walker (2005).
  • George Michael says "I have a stupid girl problem." Michael (Jason Bateman) tells George Michael that "I don't even have a girl, much less a stupid one."
  • Rita's name sounds suspiciously similar to the slang term "retard" when said with a British accent.
  • Rita is wearing overly strange clothes, including a duck backpack, an unusual hat, and a smiley face sticker on her top.
  • Rita says that "I like to think they teach me" when she talks about her attendance at Slowbrooke School. When Michael asks her if the kids misbehave, she says "Oh no, not when I'm there" and assures him she's very good.
  • When Michael uses the word "impugn," Rita mouths it along with him, as if she doesn't understand it.
  • Rita laughs like a child when Michael is hit by the Poppuns.
  • When Michael asks Rita if he can pick her up tomorrow, she says that she can "sneak out at nap time."
  • Trevor (Dave Thomas) threatens Michael with "how would you like someone going after some stupid person in your family?"
  • Rita is fingerpainting with the children rather than overseeing them, and tells Michael that she'll make him blue, referring to the paint on her fingers rather than to the emotion. All shots in this scene show that Michael cannot see the 'blue' on her hand.
  • In episode 3.6, Arrested Development: The Ocean Walker (2005), we later learn that Rita owns Wee Britain, hence the illogical ideas in its design.
  • The episode ends with the narrator saying, "For, you see, Rita had a secret of her own."
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George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) asks his son if he's "ready for the bombshell," i.e. George's claim that he was a patsy set up by a British syndicate to build houses in Iraq. This claim is confirmed to be true in episode 3.12, Arrested Development: Exit Strategy (2006), through the discovery of recording device disguised as a bombshell.
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Tobias (David Cross)'s headshot is captioned "No reality" which overtly indicates his unwillingness to act in reality shows, but ironically indicates his denial of reality. This head shot later becomes the official head shot Tobias hands out to people, replacing the "tennis player" shot first seen in episode 1.6, Arrested Development: Visiting Ours (2003).
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett) intends to call his illusion this but is unable to get the rights to it, presumably because of its fame as a Lynyrd Skynyrd song title. In a deleted scene, they send a fax complaining that they "done copywrit" the title (although it would, strictly speaking, be a trademark).
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Numerous jokes are made in this episode about Tobias (David Cross)' questionable sexuality:
  • Regarding G.O.B. (Will Arnett)'s illusion (which G.O.B. has described as "a spectacular protest - a protest-acular"), Tobias says "I so very much would like to be in your prostate-icular," as in prostate-tickler.
  • Tobias says that he is "buy-curious" (obviously pronounced "bi-curious") while in the costume shop, and he also misses the double meaning of 'TV' while in conversation with the sales clerk. She uses it to refer to transvestites.
  • Tobias wears a woman's 'bob' wig mistakenly believing that 'bob' refers to the male name, rather than to the woman's hair style.
  • Tobias expresses a wish to "taste those meaty leading man parts in my mouth" during the prep for G.O.B.'s illusion.
  • Lupe (B.W. Gonzalez) calls him "Mister Gay" after expressing alarm due to his bleeding head.
  • Chicken beak - The costume beak G.O.B. acquires for his illusion has a prominent wattle that resembles testicles. When G.O.B. first wears it, Tobias is seen with a delighted grin; later, when Tobias is wearing the beak in the cage, the fake wattle hangs down over his mouth.
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett)'s continual attempts at showering pennies from his sleeves, as first seen in episode 2.1, Arrested Development: The One Where Michael Leaves (2004), make another appearance in this episode. This time his first effort only results in a dove flying out of his sleeve, but later on in the episode, the trick is successfully (albeit mistakenly) performed during the Free Chicken illusion. Tobias (David Cross) also attempts the trick by throwing a handful of pennies while trying to convince G.O.B. that he would make a suitable lookalike. The pennies trick failure is continued in episode 3.8, Arrested Development: Making a Stand (2005).
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The introductions of Wee Britain and British characters lead to various allusions to British culture.
  • Accent - George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) was confused in his business dealings by the British accent as he claims that "they're polite and the men all sound gay." Later on, Michael (Jason Bateman) fails to realise Rita's (Charlize Theron) mental retardation due to the masking capabilities of her accent in episode 3.6, Arrested Development: The Ocean Walker (2005).
  • Background - In Wee Britain, a Hackney carriage, a red telephone box, a contemporary London bus stop, typical British school uniforms, a sign for the "London Tube," a hotel referencing The Strand, a MINI Cooper (also a callback to Tobias (David Cross)' Mrs. Featherbottom driving a properly British car in episode 2.16Arrested Development: Meat the Veals (2005)"), and a Routemaster tourist bus, can all be seen in the background. Also, Michael is almost hit by a blue MGB at the crosswalk, and Trevor (Dave Thomas) drives a red Austin-Healey 3000, both British cars.
  • BBC Footage is seen from "WeeBBC," a variation on the British Broadcasting Corporation, the show's UK broadcaster.
  • British comedy - There is a Monty Python-esque exchange in the pub regarding the soup of the day.
  • Britishisms - Michael embarrasses himself with attempts at British turns of phrase, which are mostly in the Shakespearean vein. "Ponce" and "bloody" are also heard being uttered. Michael later shows his pick-up of British slang in episode 3.4, Arrested Development: Notapusy (2005). These remarks make Michael seem strangely similar to Tobias.
  • Greenwich Mean Time - Wee Britain runs on GMT, which prevents Michael from accessing the records office there.
  • IRA - Television news reporter suggests that attack on Michael by the Mary Poppin puppet may be a work of itsy-bitsy Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) members.
  • James Bond - The title of this episode is derived from that of the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981), and the Sheena Easton song of the same name, whose melody is heard several times in the episode. The unusual ending of this episode states that "Michael Bluth will return in episode 3.3, Arrested Development: Forget Me Now (2005), the next episode, which is a reference to the ending of 60's James Bond movies. This motif is continued in both episodes 3.4 Arrested Development: Notapusy (2005) and 3.5 Arrested Development: Mr. F (2005).
  • Lanes - The road lanes swap from right to left once one enters Wee Britain.
  • Telephone code - The telephone number that Trevor (Dave Thomas) instructs Michael to call from his car includes the 0 11 44 code that is necessary in order to call the UK from America.
  • Wee Britain - First a play on Great Britain, the title of the area is in the style of naming small nationality-specific enclaves in large cities as "Little Italy" etc., as well as it possibly being a play on the title of the British comedy Little Britain (2003) which uses a similar wordplay.
  • The Yellow Fang Pub - This is in regard to the stereotype of substandard British dentistry. Bad breath of Britons is referred to by both Michael and George Sr.
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G.O.B. (Will Arnett) offers Bluth Company employee Tom a "vitamin," presumably a Forget-Me-Now (pill) as featured in episode 3.3, Arrested Development: Forget Me Now (2005), as a way of getting Tom to forget that Steve Holt (Justin Grant Wade) was G.O.B.'s son.
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Michael (Jason Bateman) shouts "More touching!" as a rampant Lucille (Jessica Walter) jumps upon a reluctant George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor). The phrase "No touching!" originates from the visiting room scenes during George Sr's time in prison in Season 1.
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This episode sets up that G.O.B. (Will Arnett) must move his cage into Buster (Tony Hale)'s room, something that is important for the story line of episode 3.7, Arrested Development: Prison Break-In (2005).
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Michael (Jason Bateman) mentions that there is a banjo in the cabin, as later seen being played by Rita (Charlize Theron) in episode 3.5, Arrested Development: Mr. F (2005).
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Buster (Tony Hale) says that he would like a pet turtle in this episode, something he finally got in episode 3.7, Arrested Development: Prison Break-In (2005).
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George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) introduces his "coo-coo-ka-cha" chicken dance, and Lindsay (Portia de Rossi), Lucille (Jessica Walter), and G.O.B. (Will Arnett) reprise theirs. Michael (Jason Bateman) again expresses his disbelief at the chicken impressions, a reaction previously seen in episode 2.10, Arrested Development: Ready, Aim, Marry Me (2005). Michael's later (credible) rendition is only considered apt by Lindsay once it is enhanced by his surprised squawk as Trevor (Dave Thomas) tries to ram into the staircar. Tobias (David Cross) also offers up his chicken impression while in the illusion cage.
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George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) says he mistook Saddam Hussein for the actor who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld (1989). That actor, Larry Thomas, would later play the real Saddam Hussein, with the scarred forehead, in episode 3.12, Arrested Development: Exit Strategy (2006).
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Lucille (Jessica Walter)'s exaggerated wink, this time regarding her reinvigorated sex life, returns after appearances in episodes 1.1 Arrested Development: Pilot (2003) and 2.1, Arrested Development: The One Where Michael Leaves (2004), as well as Michael (Jason Bateman)'s interpretation of the wink in episode 2.6, Arrested Development: Afternoon Delight (2004). It would later be done again by Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) and Rita (Charlize Theron) in episode 3.6, Arrested Development: The Ocean Walker (2005).
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"The most beautiful woman he'd ever seen" - The narrator (Ron Howard) uses this phrase to describe Michael (Jason Bateman)'s reaction to Rita (Charlize Theron). According to the narrator, Michael and Buster (Tony Hale) had exactly the same reaction to Marta (Patricia Velasquez) in episodes 1.4, Arrested Development: Key Decisions (2003), and 1.12, Arrested Development: Marta Complex (2004).
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When G.O.B. (Will Arnett) asks Steve Holt (Justin Grant Wade) if he likes magic, Steve's response of "No, I love it" parallels Carl Weathers's response to Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli) about ham in episode 1.12, Arrested Development: Marta Complex (2004).
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Michael (Jason Bateman) says that Buster (Tony Hale) "certainly [has] a type" after Buster says he likes the turtles' leathery, snapping faces. G.O.B. (Will Arnett) says the same thing about Michael's dates in episode 1.14, Arrested Development: Shock and Aww (2004).
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Lucille (Jessica Walter) tells Michael (Jason Bateman) that "Mama horny, Michael," which expands upon George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor)'s similar line in episode 1.6, Arrested Development: Visiting Ours (2003). Rita (Charlize Theron) would later attempt to copy this line in episode 3.6, Arrested Development: The Ocean Walker (2005).
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Michael (Jason Bateman)'s "whole thing of candy beans" follows the product's mention in episode 2.7, Arrested Development: Switch Hitter (2005). He later comforts himself with the same food in episode 3.6, Arrested Development: The Ocean Walker (2005).
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Harry Hamlin appears as the opposing counsel, paid off as a presence in much the same tactic as George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) tried to employ Andy Griffith.
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Michael (Jason Bateman) silently mouths the phrase while walking away from Rita (Charlize Theron), as previously seen with Maggie Lizer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) in episode 2.12, Arrested Development: Hand to God (2005).
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During his conversations with Rita (Charlize Theron), Michael (Jason Bateman) makes a number of references to murder and Jack the Ripper. The first referencing of Michael being a murderer appears in episode 1.5, Arrested Development: Charity Drive (2003).
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Michael (Jason Bateman) and G.O.B. (Will Arnett) suggest that George Sr (Jeffrey Tambor) is going to strangle himself with his belt. G.O.B. tried to hang himself with his belt in episode 2.5, Arrested Development: Sad Sack (2004).
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When Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) mocks Michael (Jason Bateman) for not even speaking with his wife, Tracy, "near the end," he responds, "A lot of that was the coma."
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Michael (Jason Bateman)'s stumbling attempts at offering Rita (Charlize Theron) money in order for her to get the records he needs results in him comparing himself to Jack the Ripper and his murdering of prostitutes.
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