Storming the Castle
|"Storming the Castle"|
|Arrested Development episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Greg Mottola|
|Written by||Brad Copeland|
|Original air date||January 4, 2004|
|List of Arrested Development episodes|
"Storming the Castle" is the ninth episode of the TV comedy series Arrested Development.
While doing some business work at home, the chair Michael Bluth is sitting in collapses. Michael decides he'll get one from work, which George Michael questions. Michael tells his son that taking a leather chair from work isn't unethical, prompting the newly anti-leather Lindsay to voice her concern over the "skinning of cows." They are interrupted by Marta, who is looking for her boyfriend, Michael's older brother, Gob. Michael covers for his brother despite his feelings for Marta; as Lindsay soon points out, he is permanently the good guy who will never win. Maeby decides that if her mother is anti-leather, she'll turn pro-leather. George Michael agrees to go shopping with his cousin, deciding some leather could toughen his image (Maeby had recently pointed out his lack of leg hair). Michael meanwhile is confronted by Rollo, a menacing man in a limousine, who gives him a message: tell Gob to "say goodbye to his legs." Looking for his brother, Michael visits his mother's apartment. There he learns that Lucille Bluth is trying to break up Buster and his newfound love, Lucille's friend and social rival, Lucille Austero. Meanwhile, Tobias, desperate for his daughter's approval, decides to support her apparent newfound interest by getting his own "leather daddy" outfit.
Michael finds Gob at the Playtime Pizza Theater, where the magician has been forced to work since being kicked out of the Magician's Alliance. Michael learns that Gob has been cheating on Marta with the "legs" in his "saw-the-woman-in-half trick" (two women curl up in a box: one is the head and one is the legs). Rollo, it seems, wants the girl who plays the legs. Michael tells Gob that Marta is a "treasure and a once-in-a-lifetime woman" - a line which, as Marta later recounts to Michael, Gob used to prove his affection. Michael hesitates over telling Marta the truth about Gob, but upon realizing that Gob has stolen his watch, he decides it is time to be less selfless. He sets in motion a plan to steal Gob's girlfriend by revealing Gob's affair with the "legs" to Marta during the magic act. And he decides to take that leather chair he wanted.
Michael tells Rollo that he will get his "legs" back only if he allows Gob one last chance to get back into the Magician's Alliance; Rollo agrees and gives him an act at the Gothic Castle. As Michael becomes more selfish, George Sr. takes a more pious path. Stuck in solitary for a brutal two days, he discovers Judaism. When Lucille brings Buster to the prison so his father can disapprove of him dating Lucille Austero, George Sr. supports Buster instead.
The night of the magic show arrives; almost everyone attends. Tobias has a mixup with his cab driver, and instead of being taken to the "Gothic Castle," he finds himself at the "Gothic Arsehole," dressed in his leather daddy outfit. Meanwhile, Gob returns Michael's watch, vowing to become a better brother; that makes Michael regret his plan. Fortunately, "the legs" don't show; however, this leaves them in desperate need of some female legs on short notice. Gob's act begins; when it's time for the "saw the lady in half" trick, Gob is pleasantly surprised to see Marta come on stage. The illusion goes smoothly; George Michael is providing the "women's" legs. After the show, Lucille realizes the importance of love to her children, and finally decides to support Buster in his relationship with Lucille Austero. Her support takes the form of befriending Lucille 2, which freaks Buster out. Meanwhile, Michael watches as Gob and Marta reunite, once again in love. And so, Michael accepts that he is, in fact, the good guy.
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