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Check Mates 

George Sr., Lucille and Maeby give honesty a try. Good news becomes bad for George-Michael. Michael remembers there's always money ... somewhere.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi ... Lindsay Bluth Fünke (credit only)
Will Arnett ... Gob Bluth
Michael Cera ... George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat ... Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale ... Buster Bluth
David Cross ... Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Maria Bamford ... Debrie Bardeaux
Ed Begley Jr. ... Stan Sitwell
Dermot Mulroney ... Dusty
Kyle Mooney ... Murphy Brown
Wilky Lau Wilky Lau ... Chen Wu
Lee Chen ... Xiang Wu


George Sr., Lucille and Maeby give honesty a try. Good news becomes bad for George-Michael. Michael remembers there's always money ... somewhere.

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15 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Maeby Fünke: Wait until you find out who the new president is.
George Bluth Sr.: Oh no
Gob Bluth: Did somebody say, "wait until you find out who the president is"?
Lucille Bluth: Yes, but then we figured it out and your father said "oh no".
George Bluth Sr.: So hold on, we've got three million tied up in something Gobs involved in
Maeby Fünke: Maybe we could hire him, like, a really good assistant?
Gob Bluth: One step ahead of you. I took this guy home last night after I found him next to the police station. Please, say hello to my new right hand man.
[long Pause]
Gob Bluth: Now, Geo-bead
Buster Bluth: Did somebody ...
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References The Dark Knight Rises (2012) See more »


The Final Countdown
Written by Joey Tempest
Hummed by Will Arnett
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steve mcqueen from the great escape..
25 March 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Arrested Development

Arrested Development is another take on dysfunctional family; created by Mitchell Hurwitz, with lots of twists and turns and mystery that helps kick the series into another level and stand alone. The narration by Ron Howard that guides the viewers is actually a smarter concept that it actually seems, since the makers doesn't feel the need to explain the situation and momentum through cheesy and additional dialogues; a slick move. Despite of being hefty and almost walking parallel to the political crisis of the current society, there is very little to offer on terms of an innovative illuminating idea.

The writing is strong in terms of the material offered especially since it doesn't feel the urge to push boundaries just to crack a smile, and instead focuses on the irony of it and lets it flow fluently with well barred structure. The amusing concept, enfolding tricks, gripping screenplay, parallel sub-plots that are well edited which later merges in brilliantly are some of the high points of the series.

There is also a lot of going on in mere 20 minutes for the audience to let it sink in which may seem overstuffed at times but it does the work which is to keep the audience tangled into it. The characters are more mature and pragmatic than the audience usually gets in a sitcom where they might not be lovable or even likable at times, but their humane-ness keeps the viewers rooting for them. The performance is somewhat fragile in here since the protagonist Jason Bateman is in his A game but unfortunately isn't supported to that extent by its supporting cast; exception being Michael Cera and Will Arnett whose pretending-to-be-a-ruffian attitude never disappoints.

Season 05

The second take on the fifth chapter of the series is a bit downer on terms of carrying out a meaningful theme from all the razzle dazzle it goes through, yet with too much of a narration going on behind the screen, surprisingly, Ron Howard's is the best input in this eight-part half season.

Check Mates

This is has always been their major asset, solving things after so much work and then shattering all the hopes by one bad decision, this sort of pivotal point in this another round of fifth season is clearly the peak of it until now.

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