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My Mother the Car 

Michael loses his short-term memory after he and Lucille have a car accident. George-Michael and Maeby want to see an R-rated movie about cousins in love.


Jay Chandrasekhar


Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), Chuck Martin | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Jason Bateman ... Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi ... Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett ... Gob Bluth
Michael Cera ... George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat ... Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale ... Buster Bluth
David Cross ... Tobias Fünke (credit only)
Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr.
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Liza Minnelli ... Lucille Austero
Patricia Velasquez ... Marta Estrella
Mark Blankfield ... Dr. Miller
Evan Lee Dahl ... Usher
Marc Antonio Pritchett ... Paramedic


Michael cannot remember anything about the car accident he and Lucille were in. While he's trying to piece together the accident, GOB thinks Michael is planning to escape to South America with his father. Meanwhile, Lindsay makes repeated visits to the prison in hopes of scoring a date. Written by halo1k

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14 December 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Once again, Lucille (Jessica Walter) attempts to throw an extravagant party, the last one appearing in the previous episode, Arrested Development: In God We Trust (2003). See more »


The narrator calls G.O.B. Lucille's fourth-least-favourite child, but given Lucille's statement in the "Pilot", "I don't care for G.O.B.", he actually means her first-least-favourite, or her fourth-favourite child. See more »


Michael Bluth: Fine, we'll have a party
Mae 'Maebe' Funke: For Gangey?
Michael Bluth: Yeah, how'd you know?
George Michael Bluth: She called and invited us.
Lindsay Funke: [to Michael] Okay, maybe it was her idea.
Mae 'Maebe' Funke: We don't have to come, do we?
Michael Bluth: Come on, this is a Bluth family celebration. It's no place for children.
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References My Mother the Car (1965) See more »


Arrested Development
Composed by David Schwartz
(opening theme)
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Can Michael Solve Lucille's Mystery?
21 September 2018 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

Arrested Development is known for being a big comedy with many characters and subplots as we have seen in the previous episode. That being said, "My Mother, the Car" is a smaller, more focused episode. We get little snippets of all the characters, but this episode focuses mainly on Jessica Walter and Jason Bateman. Walter's Lucille is the series evil 'villain' with a drive to control the entire family and business, and she's at her most evil here. Even though her character is deplorable, the show manages to find sympathy for her. Finding sympathy in despicable characters is hard to do, but creator Mitchell Hurwitz pulls it off very well, especially here. In addition to the mother/son dynamic, there are several other things of note that occurred here. GOB is one of best sitcom characters in all of television history, and this episode furthered that notion. Also, we see a very popular shirt from Lindsay and George-Michael continues his cousin-loving with his new favorite movie: Les Cousins Dangereux.

The episode begins with Lucille saying she wants to throw a lavish birthday party for herself, but Michael denies her wants. She convinces Lindsay to convince Michael to throw a surprise party for her. Of course, no one shows up. Michael berates his family, and tells them they better show up to the next party. Did they show? Nope. On the way home, Michael allows his drunk mother to drive-even though she's not a good driver and she was even featured on the show World's Worst Drivers. It's no surprise that she hits a guy with a car. Michael is knocked out by one of Buster's artifacts and can't remember the incident, and Lucille makes it out as if it is Michael's fault. Meanwhile, Lindsay keeps visiting George Sr in prison with her 'slut' shirt hoping to get noticed, but little does she know George Sr paid a fortune to keep the prisoners silent. George-Michael continues fawning over his cousin with a new French movie that happens to be about cousins falling in love. Finally, GOB decides to turn the family's yacht into a loveboat and decides to go to South America.

Overall, I had a great time with this episode. The clever jokes are still there, and I love the quality of the dirty jokes. Generally, I feel shame when it comes to jokes regarding rape, incest, etc-but wow, these jokes are so good here. The scenes where an older couple visit GOB's 'loveboat'=classic. In addition to the laughs, this film has a mystery feeling to it as the majority of the episode focuses on Michael putting the pieces together ala Scooby-Doo style. This is a smaller, more tighter episode of this series, and it's a fun watch.

My Grade: A-

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