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« Reply #280 on: 09-26-2005 18:21 »

Just finished watching season 2, awesome.
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« Reply #281 on: 09-26-2005 20:32 »

Just finished watching tonight's episode and it was very good. While nothing stood out too much, there were a lot of fairly good jokes. A-
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« Reply #282 on: 09-27-2005 01:53 »

Am I the only person who didn't really like this episode that much? The "previously on AD" bit was completely disorienting, like they somehow lost an episode and had to somehow fit all the plot into an existing episode. While the show moves at a fast pace, this episode just seemed incredibly, incredibly rushed in all the wrong ways. Perhaps I won't be so hard if it was two episodes, but I couldn't pay attention to everything.

Of course, perhaps future episodes will put this episode in a better light, but I frankly didn't like it.
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« Reply #283 on: 09-27-2005 02:03 »
« Last Edit on: 09-27-2005 02:03 »

Yeah, I was expecting them to say she was a preschooler, but they never did.
I didn't enjoy this one toooooo much. The British stuff was cute, but..eh. I loved the magic stuff/Tobias with hair and all of the chicken noises/dances. But overall a somewhat disappointing episode.
Why'd you sniff your hand, Buster? Gross.   tongue
And no Maeby and George Michael. :/

Oh wait, Matlock!  big grin I give it an automatic A-.
The - because he wasn't actually in the ep.
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« Reply #284 on: 09-27-2005 02:11 »

This episode was one of the worst.

I give it a - D
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« Reply #285 on: 09-27-2005 14:30 »

I've made a huge tiny mistake.

 laff

Arrested Development has just made it to my record list. That's right, every Monday night at 8pm I sit down and record it  big grin  love
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« Reply #286 on: 09-27-2005 16:17 »
« Last Edit on: 09-27-2005 16:17 »

After a 2nd and 3rd viewing, I love this ep. <3
Tobias was on Carson Daly's show a couple of weeks ago saying that he's growing his hair out for the show, so maybe that's his real hair.  red face
Ha! And I loved Tobias trying to sound like Gob. "Michael!" Especially with the bob wig.
Some more Rita stuffz: the way she laughs and then later apologizes, and the way she repeats "impugn" after Michael says it, like she doesn't know what it means. So there are a lot of hints. That's why I don't think the backpack was necessary. Screw spoilers!
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« Reply #287 on: 09-27-2005 17:54 »

This show is pretty good!  cool
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« Reply #288 on: 09-27-2005 18:21 »

This show is very good!
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« Reply #289 on: 09-27-2005 19:00 »
« Last Edit on: 09-27-2005 19:00 »

So, if George is under house arrest, doesn't that mean Oscar should be out of prison?

And the vitamin that Gob offers to that one guy, what was up with that? I didn't get it. Or was there anything to get?

And as much as we'd like to believe that anyone can enjoy this show, someone tuning in for the first time with this episode would be completely lost. "Saddam? British people? Chicken noises? A missing hand?   confused" It's never gonna be a big, fat popular show. :/

Free Chicken!!!!
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« Reply #290 on: 09-27-2005 19:18 »

Maybe they'll say if Oscar was released from prison in the next episode.

I didn't get the vitamin thing either.

I loved the Matlock stuff, it didn't register that Ron Howard worked with him until he said that thing at the end.
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« Reply #291 on: 09-29-2005 09:15 »

 
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Buy it!!! It's well worth the money, and you'll be supporting the show in the best way possible.

I'm too poor at the moment. For now I'll look for video stores that might have it.
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« Reply #292 on: 09-29-2005 16:31 »

 
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Was it supposed to be hard to figure out?  I assumed that it was supposed to be obvious to us, despite the fact that Michael remains clueless.  Dramatic irony and all that.

Speak softly. Drive a Sherman tank.
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« Reply #293 on: 09-29-2005 18:38 »

Most of it isn't terribly obvious if you only see it once.
Like the "My whole face is British" line just seems cute at first.
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« Reply #294 on: 09-29-2005 19:24 »

 
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Originally posted by Jeremy:
Most of it isn't terribly obvious if you only see it once.

I only saw the episode once, and it was pretty obvious to me.  I had figured it out by the time she said, "I like to think they're teaching me."

 
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Like the "My whole face is British" line just seems cute at first.

Granted, but there were enough hints that by the end of the episode it shouldn't be hard to guess what her "secret" is.
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« Reply #295 on: 09-30-2005 04:28 »

I downloaded this ep and really didn't like that for british eyes only tune it was just annoying.
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« Reply #296 on: 10-01-2005 19:52 »
« Last Edit on: 10-01-2005 19:52 »

I downloaded this episode and finally saw it for a second time. What I liked about "The British Bombshell" probably isn't what most people liked about the episode. First off, I liked Wee Britain and Michael/Rita connection. Although I do find it poor writing that the Bluths are still ragging on Michael for not getting over his dead wife when he's had relationships with 3 other women (G-M's teacher, Maggie Lizer, Sally Sitwell). The "For British Eyes Only" song wasn't too bad, just overused. The "if you lose 20 pounds" pun was nicely done, as well.

What I didn't like was GOB's trick, or the whole chicken dance part. Hopefully, that can be put to rest. Buster, Maeby, and Oscar seem to have nothing to do anymore. Now that George Sr. is around, there's going to be less screen time for them. As has been said a lot before, I hated the rough introduction. There *definately* is a missing episode here. And while the cabin truck was funny once, they better not bring it back again.

Hopefully, this all builds somewhere funny in this week's episode.

edit- There's a clip for the next episode online. This makes it dead certain about Rita's condition. And it's funnier than the previous clip.

Michael: "You must be asked out all the time."
Rita: "Not by men like you. Mostly little boys."
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« Reply #297 on: 10-01-2005 23:36 »
« Last Edit on: 10-01-2005 23:36 »

How can you people say the "For British Eyes Only" song was overused? It's only 15 seconds long and it was in the episode, like, twice. Come on!

Anyway, as for the episode itself, I really disliked For British Eyes Only (AKA The British Bombshell) the first time I saw it, but it's really grown on me. It's definitely one of the stranger episodes, but hey, I always like a change of pace on TV shows. Definitely some great moments, and I can't wait to see where they're going with the Rita storyline (while I have spotted all the hints to suggest she's mentally handicapped, I wouldn't mind betting there'd be a few more twists included - after all, we all know how much the AD writers love screwing with the audience's heads   wink).

As for Buster, Maeby and Oscar not having much screen time lately - keep in mind the show does have an ensemble cast of 10 characters. They can't all have screen time in each episode. Now, we KNOW they've got a good story planned for Buster in the future, and I trust the writers will be going somewhere with Maeby's film executive storyline (and the GM/Maeby story) too. As for Oscar... that could go either way. Still, the writers are juts trying to get these important story-based episodes out of the way so they can set things up for the rest of the season. They did the same thing for Season 2, too - I don't think we have anything to worry about.   smile

Also, Jeremy, I think the vitamin joke was just a weird, throwaway line. Gob was trying to distract Tom from just how bad a parent he was, and that was the only thing he could think of to do it (since I suppose a vitamin is the only object he had on him at the time)... That's my theory, anyway. It is an odd line.
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« Reply #298 on: 10-03-2005 20:56 »

In my opinion, Forget Me Now was a great one, especially after last week's below standard episode.

I'm beginning to think Rita might just be a spy. Her being mentally handicapped seems too obvious, so the writers are probably just going to mislead us. I know stuff like Tobias' sexual preference is pretty obvious, but it's not especially important to the plot (I'm more reminded of Maggie Lizer's fake blindness/pregnancy).
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« Reply #299 on: 10-03-2005 22:15 »

True, they even had the "Wee Britain" bench change to "Wee Brain" when she was sitting in front of it. That has too be obvious to the viewer (after Buster's "Arm Off." )
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« Reply #300 on: 10-04-2005 00:38 »

There really were way too many clues in For British Eyes Only, the writers are usually more subtle with hints and foreshadowing. Either they want to make this obvious to the viewer and let us figure it out before it's mentioned (just like they did with Oscar being Buster's father), or this isn't the twist, and there's another one. I mean, already we've got all these (a lot of these have been pointed out, but I'll mention them again for the sake of counting them):
1. She says she's at a school called SLOWBrooke.
2. When asked if she teaches there, she says "I like to think they teach me."
3. When asked if the kids misbehave, she says "Not when I'm there, I'm very good" - implying she could be a good student, not a good teacher.
4. She says "I could sneak out at nap time," which could also work for both students and teachers.
5. She laughs like a child when Michael gets hurt.
6. She never says more than a few words in most sentences.
7. She mouths the word "impugn" along with Michael.
8. Dave Thomas is obviously affiliated with Rita, possibly a family member, and he says to Michael "How would you like it if someone came after a stupid member of your family?"
9. She's fingerpainting WITH the kids rather than supervising them doing it.
10. She wears a backpack, and it's shaped like a fucking chicken.
11. All the other ridiculous clothes she wears.
12. Her name's Rita, which sounds awfully similar to "retard."
13. Michael's "I don't even have a girl, much less a stupid one" line at the start.

And that's just for her first episode!

I think that as time goes on, Michael will start to notice some suspicious behaviour from Rita, but rather than interpreting it as stupidity, will think that she's involved in the british conspiracy against his father. By the time they go this way, though, everyone would've figured out her "secret," and this is where the humour comes in... maybe not though, that's just the direction I think they're taking it.

Of course, another theory is that she's a product of family incest. I mean, it's a running theme in the show, and they did make a few connections between incest and stupidity right at the start of For British Eyes Only.

I'm hoping that there's a twist that reveals she's not actually british... at least that'd explain her horrible accent.  tongue
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« Reply #301 on: 10-04-2005 01:15 »

IMDb claims Charlize Theron is from South Africa. How much of a difference is there between a South African accent and an English accent, anyway?

You're right, Beamer...they are way obvious with all the clues about Rita's condition. The eating habits, the riding the shuttle while waiting for Michael (although that could be dirty), etc. If you're paying attention, it's quite obvious.

I believe the contrapositive (right usage?) of what Beamer says: she's pretending to be retarded in order to sneak into the Bluth family. Michael's going to realize it and feel terrible about dumping her, therby bringing her closer into the family. When she's talking to Dave Thomas's character, she seems quite smart and capable of abstract thought. And Michael telling her all about the company's woes hints that's what she's after.
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« Reply #302 on: 10-04-2005 02:32 »

Well, keep in mind I'm just going by what I saw from For British Eyes Only, since I haven't seen Forget-Me-Now yet. I'm "aqquiring" it now, but on my 56k modem, I probably won't have it until Thursday or so...
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« Reply #303 on: 10-04-2005 04:00 »
« Last Edit on: 10-04-2005 04:00 »

Ha. Now we know what the vitamin was for. What other show would do that? Have a joke that you don't get, then explain it the next week? Bloody brilliant.

I dunno. I think they actually tried too hard to make her look like a spy in this episode. (as well as doing a more obvious job of making her look like a 'tard)  Holding the hat thingy like there's a microphone in it, the shot of the jewel...thingy    tongue to end the show, everything Ron Howard says when Rita and Dave Thomas are together, the conversations between Dave Thomas and Rita. But it will be interesting to see what happens.

analrapist.     tongue
God, I love this show.

P.S. The Bob Loblaw character has nothing to offer so far. Clearly not as good as Barry. Let's see if that changes. Super Dave was okay.

Will it be 3 weeks until the next episode? They said Prison Break would return in 3 weeks. They didn't say anthing about Arrested Development, though.
Stupid baseball.    frown And I love baseball.
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« Reply #304 on: 10-04-2005 05:50 »

Apparentally, a lot of cast members have interviews for various talk shows scheduled towards the end of the month. That'd lead me to believe AD's coming back then - since they'd be doing these interviews to promote it. Plus, information for Notapusy, the forth episode of Season 3, has already been released online, so it can't be too far off.  smile
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« Reply #305 on: 10-04-2005 11:11 »

Ron Howard: "Hay! That's the name of this show!"

Heheh.

And Gob gives himself a Roofies, I thought he was going to say "I've made a huge mistake", but that was even better.  laff
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« Reply #306 on: 10-04-2005 11:56 »

 
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IMDb claims Charlize Theron is from South Africa.

Yeah, she's African-American.   tongue

 
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How much of a difference is there between a South African accent and an English accent, anyway?

Quite a bit, I would suppose, considering that South Africans speak Afrikaans, not English.  According to IMDb, Charlize Theron learned English by watching American television.
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« Reply #307 on: 10-04-2005 17:43 »

 
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P.S. The Bob Loblaw character has nothing to offer so far. Clearly not as good as Barry. Let's see if that changes. Super Dave was okay.


Bob: "...I have to get off in four minutes."
Lindsey: "Well..I'll try my best." (or something like that)
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« Reply #308 on: 10-04-2005 19:41 »

You know, I don't buy all the spy stuff. She had no way of knowing Michael would go into the bar and talk to her. And she goes to that school for the sake of fooling Michael? I doubt it. If it's all an act from her, I don't think it's because she's a spy, I'd say it's because she's a thief or something. Ron Howard says she works with Dave Thomas. She asks Michael if she can see his house. Dave Thomas asks her if Michael invited her over. She follows him up to his mom's apartment. Maybe to case the place? Dun dun dun. Unlikely, but I refuse to believe she's a spy.
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« Reply #309 on: 10-05-2005 04:35 »

I don't particularly like whats going on with this british spy crap. The Steve Holt subplot is good though. I wonder what will happen next when Gob doesn't know he told his son he's his son and Steve Holt does. Lets hope hilarity ensues.
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« Reply #310 on: 10-05-2005 18:43 »

I hope they have George Sr. try to break out of the house some more.

And I also hope GOB has some kind of relationship with his son. I was kind of disappointed in him when he took that roofie to forget. But it was really funny.
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« Reply #311 on: 10-05-2005 20:23 »

 
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 Bob: "...I have to get off in four minutes."
Lindsey: "Well..I'll try my best." (or something like that)

evan loves Chachi!  tongue
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« Reply #312 on: 10-05-2005 22:02 »

 
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I don't particularly like whats going on with this british spy crap. The Steve Holt subplot is good though. I wonder what will happen next when Gob doesn't know he told his son he's his son and Steve Holt does. Lets hope hilarity ensues.

Gob already knows Steve Holt knows he's his son - he called him "Dad" in For British Eyes Only. And Roy Bluth, don't worry about George Sr, he'll be making plenty of escape attempts this season. Mitch Hurwitz said in a recent interview that he was going to try several Wile E. Coyote-like ways to escape.  wink
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« Reply #313 on: 10-06-2005 01:59 »

In "For British Eyes Only," I think you can see Buster's fingers. Right after his "pots and pans" line. Go look! Go.
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« Reply #314 on: 10-06-2005 02:58 »

I just did... Ehhh, you can see a little bit of skin there, but nothing distinguishable as a finger (and I did zoom right into it on my DVD player). They could quite easily just pass it off as a bit of Buster's "stump" (as Gob calls it), and it was so brief they didn't feel the need to blur it. I'll admit, they have been pretty good with keeping his missing hand out of sight - I don't think they've screwed up once yet, as far as I've noticed.
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« Reply #315 on: 10-06-2005 04:56 »
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Fingers, I say! That's probably why they just blurred it out. "Eh, we could just make some kind of stump or blur it out and they'll just think it's too graphic to show."

   
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What I didn't like was GOB's trick, or the whole chicken dance part.

Come on, didn't you like how excited Gob was to get to use his chicken beak for the chicken dance, and then how disappointed he was when everyone left before they could see it? It was like his whole life had led up to that moment.     tongue

And Tobias acting like Gob is the funniest thing ever to me. Especially how he thinks he looks like Gob with that Bob wig. "Michaellll. Hey!"  Haaaa.
Also, "No, that's not how I do the trick. Even it it was, how'd the look-alike get up there?" Gold, evan. Gold.

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« Reply #316 on: 10-06-2005 06:08 »

 
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 Mitch Hurwitz said in a recent interview that he was going to try several Wile E. Coyote-like ways to escape.   wink

Is there anything AD can't do?

(note this is a rhetorical question please do not answer it with it cant fly to the moon or something)

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« Reply #317 on: 10-06-2005 21:57 »

It can't fly to the moon or something.

 
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And Tobias acting like Gob is the funniest thing ever to me. Especially how he thinks he looks like Gob with that Bob wig. "Michaellll. Hey!"  Haaaa.

Tobias is always funny when he does his bad impressions of other family members.
"(cowboy voice)'I'm George Sr!' - Oh, that's the voice, I've got the voice!"
"That is NOT my voice!"
The fact that it makes George Sr. so angry he feels he needs to risk letting his secret get out JUST to attack Tobias for it is hilarious.   laff
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« Reply #318 on: 10-08-2005 05:13 »

3 days 'til the Season 2 DVDs come out.
Get excited, analrapists.
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« Reply #319 on: 10-08-2005 05:29 »

Yay, that means just 6 more months or so until it comes out here.  roll eyes
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