Public Relations (Arrested Development)
|Arrested Development episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Lee Shallat Chemel|
|Written by||Courtney Lilly|
|Original air date||January 25, 2004|
|List of Arrested Development episodes|
"Public Relations" is the eleventh episode of the TV comedy series Arrested Development.
Michael takes his son for an interview at the prestigious Milford School, an institution famous for its credo that children should be neither seen nor heard. The dean is unwilling to associate the school with the tarnished Bluth name, producing a recent newspaper headlining Lucille's brawl with her daughter at a Klimpy's family restaurant. Fearing the family's bad press could affect George Michael's future, Michael decides to hire Jessie, a publicist whom he met at the gym, to improve the family's image. Jessie tells the Bluths that Michael, as the most likeable one, will become the face of the Bluth family. Also, Gob will start doing charity work, Lindsay will get a job promoting a fancy vodka, and Tobias will get his medical license back. Jessie wants Buster to stay out of the public eye from now on, a task he's likely to excel at because he graduated from Milford.
Tobias, on his way to a medical-license review in Boston, meets actor Carl Weathers on the ride-share van to the airport. Instead of going to Boston, Tobias petitions Carl to teach him acting for $1,100 (the amount Michael gave Tobias for his plane ticket). Carl, who now spends his days getting bumped from flights and pocketing the $300, accepts. Meanwhile, Gob conducts his first charity magic show at a retirement home, and Michael takes Jessie out for dinner, where she indicates her romantic intentions. George Michael, who hopes Jessie's public relations will fail because he doesn't want to attend a different school from his cousin Maeby, indicates that he doesn't like her. Concerned by George Michael's doubts, Michael suggests to Jessie they take a step back; Jessie quits as the Bluth's publicist. Michael then gets a call from Gob saying he needs Jessie to spin a story for him. During his charity magic show, Gob had made Earl Milford, founder of the academy, disappear into the Aztec Tomb - permanently.
The next day, Jessie drops by the banana stand and blames George Michael for destroying her relationship with Michael; she threatens to portray the Bluths as the worst family in town. Gob unloads his equipment and makes a surprising discovery: Earl Milford, hiding in one of his trunks in order to escape from the home. Later that night, Tobias and Carl Weathers visit Lindsay at the restaurant where she works hoping to get free food — the same restaurant where Michael is meeting Jessie to patch things up. Lindsay and Lucille want to fight Jessie because they saw the planted story in that day's paper, and Michael tries to prevent them. But when he learns that Jessie threatened George Michael, Michael steps back and a free-for-all breaks out.
Back home, Michael reassures George Michael that he can be honest with him, and asks him if he is disappointed that he does not get to go to Milford. George Michael tells him that he is not, and tells Michael that he can date whoever he wants, admitting that he thinks it is sad that Michael is not taking more chances with women, prompting Michael to ask him to be less honest.
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